Here is a list of books to share with children to cultivate gratitude. We’ve included picture books about sharing a special meal with family and friends and some books by indigenous authors as a nice options for Thanksgiving. You’ll also find books celebrating everyday gratitude, and some titles for older children as well.
Be sure to visit Anna’s wonderful post, Growing Gratitude, for ideas for sharing thankfulness as a family.
A Day with Yayah by Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish), illustrated by Julie Flett (Cree-Metis)
Nikki spends the day with her grandmother foraging for edible wild plants. At the end of the day, they prepare a meal and give thanks.
Sharing a Meal
Around the Table that Grandad Built by Malanie Heuiser Hill; illustrated by Jaime Kim
A family gathers with friends to share a meal around a special table that is brimming with food, flowers, and warmth.
Before We Eat by Pat Brisson; illustrated by Mary Azarian.
Before we eat, many people work very hard planting grain, catching fish, tending farm animals and vegetables to get food to our tables to nourish our bodies and spirits.
Thank You Omu! by Oge Mora
When her wonderful stew attracts the attention of hungry neighbors, Omu generously shares portion after portion before discovering that she has nothing left to eat herself, a dilemma that culminates in a heartwarming community surprise.
The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang; illustrated by Khoa Le.
Drawn from Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love.
Books for Older Kids
The One Thing You’d Save / by Linda Sue Park; illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng.
If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class.
100 Ways to be Thankful by Lisa M. Gerry.
100 creative ways to express gratitude for all that’s good in your life with this powerful little book, packed with positive thoughts, practical ideas, and take-action prompts.
Giving Thanks: More than 100 Ways to say Thank You by Ellen Surrey.
Join one boy as he thinks about the people in his life he’d like to thank, the many reasons to be grateful, and the different ways of showing affection and gratitude to the people we love.