Thanksgiving can be a difficult concept for young kids to understand. What does it mean to be thankful? Why are we particularly grateful during this time of year? For what should they be thankful for? Sometimes the best way to explain these concepts to kids is with books. Check out these books to help educate your kids on why being thankful is so important.
Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks
This book and accompanying CD combine Art Garfunkel’s wonderful voice with beautiful illustrations and lyrics about everyday blessings by composer and lyricist John Bucchino.
By using a thoughtful fairy as a relatable protagonist, Rosewood creates a surreal experience for children while conveying an important message: experiences, people, places and things that we’re grateful for are the ingredients that complete the recipe for thankfulness.
The Thankful Book
Todd Parr has perfected a way of communicating values to children in a way they can understand. This book follows suit, by helping children convey what they’re thankful for and what it means to be grateful.
An Awesome Book of Thanks
This book is as enjoyable for kids as it is for parents: the illustrations—along with the characters—are out of the lines and out of this world, but the message hits home: it’s important to say thank you for the things we’re grateful for.
The Giving Tree
An instant classic, Silverstein’s “Giving Tree” is the tale of a boy who learns a lesson of gratefulness the hard way: after it’s too late. The book leaves a haunting but uplifting message: the gift of giving and unconditional love should at least be appreciated, if not returned.
Did I Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Everyone is sad sometimes—and that’s okay—but we shouldn’t dwell on the bad. We’re very lucky to be who we are and have what we have! Who better than Dr. Seuss to remind us of that?
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks
What is Thanksgiving? Why do we celebrate? We hear about pilgrims and turkey, but this cute book explains to children the feeling we can share with family and friends each Thanksgiving season.