Books to help children cultivate an attitude of Gratitude

Books Gratitude

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Raising grateful kids isn’t just about teaching them to say thank you. Developing an attitude of appreciation happens in little ways every day.  Books are a perfect opportunity for exploring themes of gratitude and thankfulness! Reading to your children from a young age, as well as helping them learn to read for pleasure, heaps lifelong rewards. Here are some fantastic books about gratitude that you’ll want to read over and over again.

12 Books to teach Gratitude

Bear Says Thanks By Karma Wilson

Books about Gratitude - Bear Says ThanksThis book talks about – Gratitude for friends

What better way for Bear to say thanks and enjoy the company of his friends than over a nice big dinner! Bear decides to throw a feast. One-by-one, Bear’s friends show up with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem. Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s delightful illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share and rejoice in all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Books about Gratitude -  Thank you Elepant and Piggie

This book talks about – Being thankful

In Piggy and Gerald’s final book, Piggy makes an effort to thank everyone, but Gerald is worried she’ll forget someone important. With classic Mo Willems humor, Piggy and Gerald teach a valuable lesson while saying goodbye.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? By Dr. Seuss

Books about Gratitude - Did I ever tell you how lucky you areThis book talks about – Gratitude for what you have

This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. In this hilarious tale of mishap and misadventure, Dr. Seuss reminds us that there is always someone, somewhere, worse off than ourselves. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.

Secret of Saying Thanks By Douglas Wood

Books about Gratitude - Secret of Saying ThanksThis book talks about – Gratitude for the wonders of life

In the inspirational text that made him a bestselling, internationally acclaimed author, Douglas Wood offers a spiritual homage to nature and the world. Greg Shed’s stunning portraits of the natural world tenderly portray all of the many ways in which we can say thanks for the wonders we sometimes take granted in life.

The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings By Stan Berenstain

Books about Gratitude -The Berenstain bears count their blessingsThis book talks about – Gratitude for what you have

Mama Bear is tired of hearing how many Bearbie dolls Lizzy Bruin has and how many Game Bear video games Cousin Freddy just got. During a thunderstorm, Mama gets her cubs to realize that love and a good home are much more valuable than material possessions.

Those Shoes By Maribeth Boelts

Books about Gratitude - Those ShoesThis book talks about – Gratitude for what you have

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

Books about Gratitude -  The Giving Tree

This book talks about – The gift of giving

Shel Silverstein’s engaging picture book for readers of all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and another’s capacity to love in return. The book is about a lifelong relationship between a selfless tree and an initially selfish child, who grows to realize that he has both friendship and unconditional love for which to be eternally grateful.

An awesome book of thanks! by Dallas Clayton

Books about Gratitude -  An Awesome Book of Thanks

This book talks about – Gratitude for what you have

Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, “An Awesome Book of Thanks!” is beautifully written and fantastically illustrated by Dallas Clayton. It takes readers of all ages on a walk through a world of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, and all of life’s simple moments, great and small. This timeless story is sure to be an instant classic and is perfect for anyone looking for a reminder of just how beautiful life can be.

Have you filled a bucket today?: a guide to daily happiness for kids by Carol McCloud and David Messing

Books about Gratitude -  Have you filled your bucket today

This book talks about – Importance of Gratitude

This guide to daily happiness is not just for kids. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and behavior. It’s an important lesson for children and adults alike that showing kindness and appreciation of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves. The author, Carol McCloud, uses a simple metaphor of an “invisible bucket” that we each carry around. Kind words and actions “fill” others’ buckets and make them feel good, while unkind words and actions take away from them. When you’re a “bucket filler,” you make the world a better place to be. This 32-page picture book is perfect for children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and people that want to teach empathy, nurture kindness and create a positive environment in their home, classroom, workplace and community. Additionally, this book can be a tremendous resource when working with kids who are overcoming any adverse childhood experiences or trauma. It can help give children a voice and the words to say when they feel like their own bucket is being emptied, while teaching them to show and practice gratitude to the people in their lives.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Books about Gratitude -  The Thankful Book

This book talks about – Giving thanks

The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life’s special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.

Gratitude Soup By Olivia Rosewood

Books about Gratitude -  Gratitude Soup

This book talks about – Gratitude for what you have

Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night. Perfect for teaching your children about gratitude with fun and play, this rhyming, colourful picture book combines collage and watercolours as Violet the Purple Fairy tells her own story of cooking with gratitude. Your children might even be inspired to make their own Gratitude Soup!

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Archie Preston

Books about Gratitude -  Thankful

This book talks about – Being thankful

Two children dress up as adults and express their thanks for things like light, color, plants, and rhyming words. This charming book encourages kids to be thankful for even the smallest blessings.

Parenting Books to raise grateful children

Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character by Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono

Making Grateful kids

In Making Grateful Kids, two of the leading authorities on gratitude among young people, Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono, introduce their latest and most compelling research, announce groundbreaking findings, and share real-life stories from adults and youth to show parents, teachers, mentors, and kids themselves how to achieve greater life satisfaction through gratitude. Most importantly perhaps, they expand on this groundbreaking research to offer practical and effec­tive common-sense plans that can be used in day-to-day interactions between kids and adults to enhance success and wellbeing.

Practice Gratitude

As with any value in our lives, gratitude must be practiced. As we teach our children the importance of feeling thankful for the good things in our lives, we must also help them practice expressing that gratitude. Read up some ways to cultivate a lifestyle of thankfulness


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