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 Book Poster Image
Warm animal story celebrates gratitude and friendship.
By Karma Wilson
(2012)
(2012)
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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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The Monsters' Monster Book Poster Image
Frankenstein-like monster teaches his creators gratitude.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2012)
(2012)
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Thank You and Good Night Book Poster Image
A perfect charmer of a bedtime book; the real deal.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2015)
(2015)
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Gracias/Thanks Book Poster Image
A sweet celebration of the best thing life has to offer.
By Pat Mora
(2010)
(2009)
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In Plain Sight Book Poster Image
Playful, loving relationship shines in sweet grandpa tale.
By Richard Jackson
(2017)
(2017)
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Crenshaw Book Poster Image
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
(2015)
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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Book Poster Image
Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.
By Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick
(2014)
(2014)
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Refugee Book Poster Image
Harrowing page-turner sheds light on child refugees.
By Alan Gratz
(2017)
(2017)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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Homeroom Diaries Book Poster Image
Cyberbullied teens promote happiness in sweet misfit tale.
By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou
(2014)
(2014)
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