Books About Thank­ful­ness

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Thank You and Good Night

by Pa­trick McDon­nell

In this bed­time story from the vege­tar­ian cre­ator of the comic strip MUTTS, a child has a pre­tend slum­ber party with her three stuffed

an­i­mals. Af­ter she reads them a story, she says, “Now, be­fore we go to sleep, let’s all say, what we were thank­ful for this day,” fol­lowed by a sweet, rhyming list of thank yous. You might want to in­clude this daily thank­ful­ness rit­ual in your own bed­time rou­tine!

The THANK­FUL Book

by Todd Parr Each page of­fers some­thing to be thank­ful about, and they range from re­ally sweet, “I am thank­ful for my ears be­cause they let me hear words like ‘ I love you,’” - to re­ally silly - “I am thank­ful for un­der­wear be­cause I like to wear it on my head.” There’s even a huge draw­ing of a bunny eat­ing a car­rot with the words, “I am thank­ful for healthy food be­cause it keeps me strong,” which will res­onate with your veg­gie- lov­ing babes! All of Parr’s books have su­per sim­ple, brightly col­ored art that kids re­ally

re­spond to.

Giv­ing Thanks – A Na­tive Amer­i­can Good Morn­ing

Mes­sage by Chief Jake Swamp ( Teka­ro­ni­aneken), ill. by Er­win Printup, Jr.

For those of us who cel­e­brate Thanks­giv­ing, this month is the per­fect time to re­flect upon what

it means to be grate­ful and to ap­pre­ci­ate all that life has to of­fer. Thank­ful­ness it­self is beau­ti­ful and uni­ver­sal; this book is a cel­e­bra­tion of “Thanks­giv­ing,” from a Mo­hawk Chief who ded­i­cated his life to spread­ing peace and con­ser­va­tion.

The Won­der­ful Things You Will Be

by Emily Win­field Martin Rather than re­mind­ing chil­dren of things they should be thank­ful for, this book is about all the thank­ful­ness we feel as par­ents. Life can get over­whelm­ing and this book is a sweet re­minder of how spe­cial our lit­tle ones are and how lucky we are to be able to watch them grow. “The Won­der­ful Things You Will Be” is a beau­ti­ful way to let your child know how grate­ful you are to be their par­ent and is sure to bring a tear to the eye of any­one who reads it!

All the World

by Liz Gar­ton Scan­lon, ill. by Marla Frazee An­other tear­jerker, this gift- wor­thy book cel­e­brates our con­nect­ed­ness with ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing: “Nanas, pa­pas, cousins, kin.

Pi­ano, harp, and vi­o­lin. Ba­bies passed from neck to knee. All the world is you and me.” We see sim­ple plea­sures - like climb­ing a tree, beach­comb­ing, and the farm­ers mar­ket - along­side pos­i­tive, sup­port­ive images of peo­ple breast­feed­ing, baby­wear­ing, a les­bian cou­ple, mixed- race fam­i­lies, and so on. This is a won­der­ful book to help in­still an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the lit­tle things in life.

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