20 Children's Books Showing
What It Means to Be Thankful
Expressing a sense of gratitude and thankfulness makes people happier and healthier. It helps us look at our lives in terms of what is around us and not just material things. Below is a wonderful selection of books illustrating what it means to be thankful. They would be perfect to share around Thanksgiving, but should also be read all year round.
These thankful books will leave you and your students with a sense of appreciation for the small things in life that make us feel happy and special.
At the end of the list of books you will find a list of thankful and gratitude discussion questions.
Gratitude and Thankful Books
*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. When you click them and then make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my work in this way
Around the Table That Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera
Thank You, Mr Panda by Steve Antony
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine
What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan
Thankful Book Discussion Questions
- I am thankful for ______ becasue _______.
- Did you thank someone today? Why?
- What acts of kindness have been important to you? Why?
- What places fo you feel grateful for? Why?
- Tell me about one thoughtful action you showed someone.
- What’s the best things that’s happened today? Tell me why.
- What made you smile today?
- Tell me about the most beautiful thing you saw today.
- How do you family and friends show they care for you?
- Who can you always rely on?
I would love to know about your favourite thankful books to promote a grateful attitude in your classroom. Do you do any activities promoting gratitude. Let me know in the comments below.