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The Best Children’s Books About Gratitude

“What are the best Children’s books about Gratitude ?” We looked at 149 of the top Kids Gratitude books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 24 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kids Gratitude ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 24 Best Children’s Books About Gratitude



24 .) All the World written by Liz Garton Scanlon

All the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • Preschool Inspirations

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.…



23 .) Gracias Thanks written by Pat Mora

Gracias Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.



22 .) Gratitude Is A Funny Thing written by Kathy Walsh

Gratitude Is A Funny Thing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play



21 .) I’m Thankful Each Day written by P.K. Hallinan

I’m Thankful Each Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

A child thinks of all the things he is thankful for, including life itself.



20 .) Thank You, Mr Panda written by Steve Antony

Thank You, Mr Panda

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parade
  • Red Tri

Mr. Panda has presents for all his animal friends, but many of the gifts are not quite right–but as little Lemur knows, it is the thought that counts.



19 .) Today I am Grateful written by Lorraine Miller

Today I am Grateful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play



18 .) Giving Thanks written by Jonathan London

Giving Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Self Sufficient Kids

A boy’s father celebrates the interconnectedness of the natural world through his daily words of thanks and assures his son, who finds it a little embarrassing to thank trees and such, that it becomes a habit and makes one feel good.



17 .) Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message written by Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Text is based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.



16 .) It Could Always Be Worse written by Margot Zemach

It Could Always Be Worse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Rhythms Of Play

Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.



15 .) Look and Be Grateful written by Tomie dePaola

Look and Be Grateful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Living Life And Learning
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Nourishing My Scholar

A boy awakes with the dawn and expresses gratitude for this unique day



14 .) Splat Says Thank You! written by Rob Scotton

Splat Says Thank You!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman

Splat the Cat is back with a new adventure. This time he’s saying thank you for all the fun he’s had with his mouse friend, Seymour!



13 .) The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.



12 .) Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks written by John Bucchino

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

An illustrated version of John Bucchino’s song of giving thanks and celebrating the gifts of life.



11 .) Gratitude Soup written by Olivia Rosewood

Gratitude Soup

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Investing In Children
  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play

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.



10 .) Sylvester and the Magic Pebble written by William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Thriving

In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.



9 .) The Thank You Book written by Mo Willems

The Thank You Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly

Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, but Gerald thinks she will forget someone important



8 .) An Awesome Book of Thanks written by Dallas Clayton

An Awesome Book of Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curious World
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Rhythms Of Play

Celebrates all the things for which to be thankful, from boats and cars to alligator acrobats and gigantic dinomachines, and from the things that can be seen everyday to the bad things that may turn out to be good.



7 .) Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? written by Dr. Seuss

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • CBC
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

Compared to the problems of some of the creatures the old man describes, the boy is really quite lucky.



6 .) Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Parade
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Red Tri
  • Thriving

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.



5 .) Bear Says Thanks written by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear Says Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly

Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.



4 .) Thankful written by Eileen Spinelli

Thankful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curious World
  • Goodreads
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Rhyming text and illustrations convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings.



3 .) Thanks a Million written by Nikki Grimes

Thanks a Million

Lists It Appears On:

  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • Thriving

What makes you thankful? A book? Weekends? Your family? How do you say thanks? With a flower? With a chocolate bar? With a surprise? In sixteen extraordinary poems that range in form from a haiku to a rebus to a riddle, Nikki Grimes reminds us how wonderful it is to feel thankful, and how powerful a simple “thank you” can be.…



2 .) Those Shoes written by Maribeth Boelts, Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Those Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • CBC
  • Goodreads
  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Investing In Children
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.



1 .) The Thankful Book written by Todd Parr

The Thankful Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Curious World
  • Goodmorning America
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Living Life And Learning
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.




The 100+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Gratitude



#BooksAuthorsLists
25A Long Walk to WaterLinda Sue ParkParade
Red Tri
26A Sick Day for Amos McGeePhilip Christian SteadParade
Red Tri
27Andy and the LionJames DaughertyBarnes & Noble
Investing In Children
28Being ThankfulMercer MayerRead Brightly
Rhythms Of Play
29Counting by 7sHolly Goldberg SloanParade
Red Tri
30CrenshawKatherine ApplegateParade
Red Tri
31Feeling ThankfulShelley RotnerGoodreads
I’m On The Nanny
32I Am ThankfulSuzy CapozziGoodreads
Read Brightly
33I am Thankful For… A Book About Being Grateful!Uncle AmonLiving Life And Learning
Rhythms Of Play
34Llama Llama Gives ThanksAnna DewdneyPreschool Inspirations
Read Brightly
35Stone SoupJon MuthBarnes & Noble
I’m On The Nanny
36Thank You and Good NightPatrick McDonnellGoodreads
Living Life And Learning
37Thankful TogetherHolly DavisLiving Life And Learning
Rhythms Of Play
38Thanks from the Very Hungry CaterpillarEric CarleGoodreads
Read Brightly
39The Berenstain Bears Count Their BlessingsStan and Jan BerenstainCBC
Investing In Children
40The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in GratitudeStacie TheisCurious World
Rhythms Of Play
41The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of GivingEllen SabinMy Cup Of Cocoa
Self Sufficient Kids
42The Quilt Maker’s GiftJeff BrumbeauPragmatic Mom
Self Sufficient Kids
43The Secret of Saying ThanksDouglas WoodNourishing My Scholar
Rhythms Of Play
44The Things I’m Grateful For…Arnie LightningNourishing My Scholar
Rhythms Of Play
45‘Twas the Night Before ThanksgivingDav PilkeyMy Cup Of Cocoa
4610% HappierDan HarrisGoodmorning America
4729 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your LifeCami WalkerGoodreads
48365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My LifeJohn KralikGoodreads
49A Ball for DaisyChris RaschkaGoodreads
50A Chair for My MotherVera B. WilliamsI’m On The Nanny
51A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My LifeJohn KralikPositive Psychology
52A Turkey for ThanksgivingEve BuntingCurious World
53Awesome Books of ThanksDallas ClaytonBarnes & Noble
54Bear Says “Thank You”Michael DahlPreschool Inspirations
55Before We Eat: From Farm to TablePat BrissonGoodreads
56Berenstain Bears Count Their BlessingsStan and Jan BerenstainBarnes & Noble
57Big PotentialShawn AchorGoodmorning America
58BlizzardJohn RoccoGoodreads
59Boa’s Bad BirthdayJeanne WillisGoodreads
60Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal: Shinning Your LightMolly HahnMy Cup Of Cocoa
61Catalog of Unabashed GratitudeRoss GayGoodreads
62Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to JoyNancy Leigh DeMossGoodreads
63Don’t Say a Word, MamaJoe HayesSelf Sufficient Kids
64Everyday GratitudeA Network for Grateful LivingGoodmorning America
65Feast for TenCathryn FalwellCurious World
66Getting Back to HappyMarc and Angel ChernoffGoodmorning America
67Giving Thanks: More than 100 ways to say thank youEllen SurreyGoodreads
68Gracias ~ Thanks I’m On The Nanny
69Grateful Bob: The BeginningBob BriggsLiving Life And Learning
70Grateful Gracie: A Story About GratitudeJennifer Tissot LCSWLiving Life And Learning
71Grateful JakeEmily MadillLiving Life And Learning
72Grateful Me! A Book Of Grateful Affirmations For Little StarsCherrie Dejolde BautistaLiving Life And Learning
73GratitudeOliver SacksGoodreads
74Gratitude More Than Thanks!Chaim Gold (Author), Ludendorff A. (Illustrator), Lou G. (Editor)Rhythms Of Play
75Growing Grateful KidsSusie LarsonRhythms Of Play
76How Many Days to America?Eve BuntingCurious World
77I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the WorldMalala YousafzaiMy Cup Of Cocoa
78In NovemberCynthia RylantCurious World
79Just So Thankful Investing In Children
80Let Your Light Shine: Kids’ Mini Gratitude JournalAwesome IncCBC
81Let’s Be ThankfulP.K. HallinanRhythms Of Play
82May Cause MiraclesGabrielle BernsteinGoodmorning America
83Monster’s Monster Thriving
84My First Gratitude JournalCreative KidsRhythms Of Play
85My Heart Fills With HappinessMonique Gray Smith, Illustrated by Julie FlettCBC
86Mystery Pragmatic Mom
87Nina and the Magic Wand: How to Explain Gratitude to Your ChildLorena Mos (Author), Raluca Popoviciu (Author, Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
88Olive and the Embarrassing GiftTor FreemanGoodreads
89One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreAnn VoskampGoodreads
90Otis Gives Thanks Read Brightly
91Penguin ProblemsJory JohnGoodreads
92Possum’s Harvest MoonAnne HunterCurious World
93Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled WorldKristen WelchRhythms Of Play
94RefugeeAlan GratzMy Cup Of Cocoa
95Sam and the Lucky MoneyKaren ChinnGoodreads
96Save on Your Family Trip Preschool Inspirations
97Secret of Saying Thanks Investing In Children
98Should I Share My Ice Cream?Mo WillemsSelf Sufficient Kids
99SpoonAmy Krouse RosenthalGoodreads
100Tashi and the Tibetan Flower CureNaomi RoseI’m On The Nanny
101Ten Thank-You Letters Read Brightly
102Ten Thankful TurkeysAngela MuseMy Cup Of Cocoa
103Thank You BearGreg E. FoleyGoodreads
104Thank You, BeesToni YulyGoodreads
105Thank You, Mr. Falker Read Brightly
106Thank You, Omu!Oge MoraGoodreads
107Thank You, ThanksgivingDavid MilgrimGoodreads
108Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude JourneyA.J. JacobsGoodreads
109Thanks for ThanksgivingJulie MarkesGoodreads
110Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You HappierRobert EmmonsPositive Psychology
111Thanksgiving at the Tappletons Thriving
112The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of GivingJan & Mike BerenstainSelf Sufficient Kids
113
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
 Read Brightly
114The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving BlessingsMike BerenstainMy Cup Of Cocoa
115The Best Teacher EverMercer MayerGoodreads
116The Blessing CupPatricia PolaccoNourishing My Scholar
117The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being ThankfulColleen CobleRhythms Of Play
118The Book of AwesomeNeil PasrichaGoodreads
119The Butter ManElizabeth AlalouGoodreads
120The Can ManLaura E. WilliamsI’m On The Nanny
121The Circle of ThanksJoseph BruhacI’m On The Nanny
122The End of Your Life Book ClubWill SchwalbeGoodreads
123The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You AreBrené BrownGoodreads
124The Grateful SpiderLisa SarverLiving Life And Learning
125The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your LifeJanice KaplanPositive Psychology
126The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten BoomCorrie ten BoomGoodreads
127The Invisible Boy Jenny Bowman
128The Lion and the MouseJerry PinkneyPreschool Inspirations
129The Little Book of GratitudeRobert A. EmmonsGoodmorning America
130The Magic Fish Read Brightly
131The Monsters’ MonsterPatrick McDonnellGoodreads
132The Most Thankful ThingLisa McCourt (Author), Cyd Moore (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
133The PowerRhonda ByrneGoodreads
134The Psychology of GratitudeRobert Emmons and Michael McCulloughPositive Psychology
135The Secret Gratitude BookRhonda ByrneGoodreads
136The Secret StoneJill Lauffer & Kathleen RobertsCurious World
137The Thank You Book .Mary Lyn RayGoodreads
138The Thankful SmurfPeypoLiving Life And Learning
139The Tigers Pay a Debt of Gratitude Pragmatic Mom
140There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling MeAlice Walker (Author), Stefano Vitale (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
141
There’s a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me
 Investing In Children
142Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude JournalLori DescheneGoodmorning America
143Under the Lemon MoonEdith Hope FineSelf Sufficient Kids
144We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaTraci SorellGoodreads
145What Is Given from the HeartPatricia C. McKissackGoodreads
146Where the Mountain Meets the MoonGrace LinGoodreads
147Wonder Cootie Catcher Nourishing My Scholar
148Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body, and SoulRobert Emmons and Joanna HillPositive Psychology
149You Get What You GetJulie GlassmanMy Cup Of Cocoa


20 Best Gratitude Children’s Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes & Noble 11 Books to Instill an Attitude of Gratitude
CBC 5 Picture Books to Help Kids Understand Gratitude
Curious World 10 Uplifting Picture Books for Teaching Gratitude
Goodmorning America Printable List of Children’s Books About Gratitude and Appreciation
Goodreads Popular Gratitude Books
I’m On The Nanny 10 Diverse Picture Books About Gratitude & Giving
Investing In Children 19 Children’s Books About Gratitude
Jenny Bowman Top 5 Picture Books on Giving and Gratitude
Living Life And Learning Books about Gratitude for Kids
My Cup Of Cocoa 15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude
Nourishing My Scholar 15 Books to Inspire Gratitude and Thankfulness
Parade 6 Books That Teach Gratitude to Kids From Preschool to Middle School
Positive Psychology 5 Best Books on Gratitude + Oliver Sacks’ Gratitude Boo
Pragmatic Mom 14 Picture Books to Teach Gratitude
Preschool Inspirations Children’s Books about Gratitude and Thankfulness
Read Brightly 15 Books That Show Kids What It Means to Be Thankful
Red Tri 6 Books to Teach Kids about Gratitude
Rhythms Of Play Gratitude Books for Children That Inspire Thankfulness
Self Sufficient Kids 12 of the Best Children’s Books About Gratitude and Generosity
Thriving Best picture books to teach children gratitude

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