November 9, 2016 | Marianne
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but any time of year is a good time to stop and be thankful for what we have. Check out these picture books for tales of gratitude that can be enjoyed all year long.
It's Gratitude Day at school! Gerry is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery, and she even has the perfect jar contribution ready for the food drive. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful--even on Gratitude Day! Can Gerry prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude?
A celebration of how the body's parts work together, from hands and eyes to lips and heart, allowing one to exist in the wondrous universe. Includes instructions for making a book.
In this lyrical text, a young child lists body parts from nose to toes, giving thanks for each along the way. A subtle reminder of our deepest core values, Thank You for Me! is a delightful celebration of gratitude.
Before we eat, many people must work very hard--planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates. In this book, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.
A young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite, ladybug. Simply told, penned in graceful hand-lettering and illustrated with jewel-like paintings, this picture book encourages each one of us to be thankful.
A cat's life is not all fun and games, or even all milk and mice. Sometimes things can get a little, well, hairy. With very few words to convey all kinds of action, Mike Dumbleton's simple, repetitive text joins perfectly with Craig Smith's energetic and whimsical illustrations to make Cat perfect for both solo beginning readers and preschool classrooms.
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.
Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, tire themselves, and drift off to sleep, but not before sharing their gratitude.
Splat the Cat's trusty mouse friend, Seymour, needs cheering up, and Splat wants to help. He's been working on something special for Seymour--not just a thank-you card but a thank-you book! His book lists all the sweet and often hilarious reasons Splat is thankful for their friendship. The funny adventures that Splat and Seymour have had together, complete with animated illustrations and a laugh-out-loud text from bestselling author and illustrator Rob Scotton, will leave Splat fans thankful to know this cat-and-mouse duo.
Ladybug Girl explains why she is thankful for all of her favorite things, including Bingo, her friends and family, the trees, her books, and pumpkin pie.
Bestselling and award-winning children's author Eileen Spinelli combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives.
Join one boy as he thinks about the people in his life he'd like to thank, the many reasons to be grateful, and the different ways of showing affection and gratitude to the people we love. From giving a hug, to sharing toys, to helping someone out, this book suggests a number of practical and playful ways to celebrate the people we share our lives with, and show them that we care.
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.