Thanksgiving isn’t just about the delicious food—it’s also about being grateful for what we have, and this is important to impart on our children. A great way to give them simple lessons in gratitude is by reading a heartwarming story together. Books are a great means to illustrate certain points so that little minds can really understand. Check out these kids’ books to teach gratitude for Thanksgiving and make sure to not just read them now, but all year long. —Jennifer Cox
Let’s Be Thankful. Paw Patrol lovers will think this new Thanksgiving title is paw-some! Join Marshall, Skye, Rubble, and the rest of Nickelodeon’s heroic pups as they celebrate all the special things that they’re thankful for in this lighthearted board book for kids ages 0-3. Get it here.
I Am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book For Kids. Ideally suited for little ones ages 3-5, this rhyming storybook follows three different families as they celebrate the holiday with their own traditions, acts of kindness, and ways of giving back. Children will love learning about different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and it might even inspire you to start some of your own special traditions. Get it here.
Thankful. Sometimes it’s the “little” things that we are most grateful for. The diorama illustrations bring to life this picture book about celebrating everyday things that make life wonderful. It’s relatable and will definitely spark conversation, maybe even at the dinner table! Get it here.
I Am Thankful. Every child should have a Little Golden Book on their bookshelf, like this new release that is out just in time for Thanksgiving. When the teacher asks the students to share what they’re thankful for, each child in this wonderfully diverse classroom mentions their favourite things in rhyme. The fun story and illustrations will inspire preschoolers and their families to share what they are most thankful for, too. Get it here.
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. For the “older” crowd, Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times’ bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes a sweet story about eight children and eight turkeys on the night before Thanksgiving. This hysterical read-aloud and fan-favorite picture book will become your family favourite year after year. Get it here.