Books That Inspire Kids to Be Grateful

Are you looking for ways to raise kids who are grateful for their blessings? Gratitude is an essential character strength, and this list of books will inspire kids from toddlers to teens to be thankful well past Thanksgiving. From classic picture books to contemporary young adult novels, you'll find lots of reasons to be thankful for these reads. You'll also find excellent role models for how to appreciate the good things in life and return kindness to the people around you. And for more winning kids' picks, be sure to check out our roundups of movies and TV shows that inspire gratitude.

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Bear Says Thanks

age 3+

Warm animal story celebrates gratitude and friendship.

By: Karma Wilson (2012)
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Fangsgiving

age 3+

Vampire learns the meaning of family in funny holiday tale.

By: Ethan Long (2018)
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Last Stop on Market Street

age 3+

Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.

By: Matt de la Peña (2015)
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The Monsters' Monster

age 3+

Frankenstein-like monster teaches his creators gratitude.

By: Patrick McDonnell (2012)
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Thank You and Good Night

age 3+

A perfect charmer of a bedtime book; the real deal.

By: Patrick McDonnell (2015)
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Thank You, Helpers: Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Grocery Workers, and More Who Care for Us

age 3+

Happy rhymes, colors celebrate essential community workers.

By: Patricia Hegarty (2020)
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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

age 3+

Warm celebration of Cherokee families' year-round gratitude.

By: Traci Sorell (2018)
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Dear Teacher, A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us

age 4+

Sweet message of thanks for the life lessons teachers share.

By: Paris Rosenthal (2021)
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Gracias/Thanks

age 4+

A sweet celebration of the best thing life has to offer.

By: Pat Mora (2009)
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In Plain Sight

age 4+

Playful, loving relationship shines in sweet grandpa tale.

By: Richard Jackson (2017)
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Keeping the City Going

age 4+

Gratitude brims in celebration of workers in the pandemic.

By: Brian Floca (2021)
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Our Table

age 4+

Delightful story of family finding their way back together.

By: Peter H. Reynolds (2021)
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Thank You, Omu!

age 4+

Lovely art adds to sweet tale of food, community, gratitude.

By: Oge Mora (2018)
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What Is Given from the Heart

age 4+

Lovely art, heartwarming story about the joy of giving.

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You Are My Happy

age 4+

Comforting rundown of things to be happy about, like you.

By: Hoda Kotb (2019)
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Crenshaw

age 8+

Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.

By: Katherine Applegate (2015)
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Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

age 10+

Captivating tale of girl diving into her Dominican roots.

By: Hilda Eunice Burgos (2018)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

age 10+

Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.

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When Stars Are Scattered

age 10+

Uplifting graphic novel refugee tale inspires compassion.

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White Bird: A Wonder Story

age 10+

Moving WWII graphic novel has loss, offers hope for future.

By: R.J. Palacio (2019)
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