4. The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
This is a great read to remind children of the little things we should be thankful for. The message is simple; for example, the book teaches us how we should be thankful for our hair, our uniqueness, a garden, our hearing, and our sight—all things we take for granted every day. The book also serves to remind children of those less fortunate than them, and ways we can all be kinder to people in need.
5. Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler
This book leads kids through a variety of scenarios that show what kind of behavior is acceptable and what is not. It offers lessons in how to be polite and respectful in other people’s homes, and how to be thankful for a simple meal. Please Say Please! is a great teaching tool, as it also shows examples of inappropriate behavior, then asks the reader to explain why the behavior is wrong and how to change it.
There’s no reason to wait until the holidays to share these great Thanksgiving books for kids about kindness and gratitude. Their messages are timely all year long, and offer important reminders to children—and we adults—to be thankful for what we’ve got.