We have so much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to celebrate gratitude itself! But there are so many things to be thankful for all year long, and here are a few books that help us do just that.
Thank You For Me! by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Kristina Stephenson is an example of a book about thanks that works anytime. Readers can follow the rhymes and celebrate what they do. This joyful book is a treat for preschoolers.
A terrific book for early elementary kids that expresses gratitude for the world around us is Gracias= Thanks by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra. This bilingual book in both Spanish and English features children from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds. It is more complex than Thank You For Me!, and therefore works wonderfully for kids who are beginning to think more deeply about gratitude.
Feeling Grateful by Shelly Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly, PhD along with photographs by Shelly Rotner, uses photographs to depict some of what children are grateful for. Use this book to trigger thoughts and to start conversations about the gratitude kids have for their belongings and their connections to others.
Here are a few things for which our patrons are thankful:
- "Animals, Granny and Poppy" -Quillan, age 19 months
- "Engines (Trains)" -Aarish, age 2
- "Kitty, apples, Aarish" -Cyrus, age 2
- “God” -Loloita, age 10
- "My family” -Venessa, age 10
- “Good food and football” -Anthony, age 12
If you want to share what you are thankful for, please type in the comments section below.
I am ending with this last gratitude anecdote. It warms my librarian heart. While I was at the Plaza Branch Library, a two-year-old girl named Mona told me what she is thankful for: "Books." She then proceeded to pull a chapter book off of the shelf and toddle it over to her mom.
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for eleven years. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.