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Little Thanks: 8 Great Thanksgiving Books for Kids

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Getting little ones into the spirit of Thanksgiving means turning their attention from Christmas wish lists, and guiding them toward the happiness in all the gifts that they take for granted. I admit it: as any parent of a toddler or kindergartener knows, this is a tall order! But these gentle books can help children understand the meaning of thankfulness, and make it fun. From Llama Llama to the Very Hungry Caterpillar, their colorful characters engage little ones in the joys of giving thanks.

In an era when grown-ups are only rediscovering the power of gratitude, why not share bedtime stories that will help your children grow up with a spirit of thankfulness?

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

Thanksgiving time means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama's family, giving thanks is always here!

Ages 0 to 3.

The Thankful Book

I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.

From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments.

Ages 3 to 6.

Bear Says Thanks

Bear decides to throw a feast. One by one, Bear's friends show up with delicious food to share. There's just one problem. Bear's cupboards are bare!

Discover the special gift Bear has to share, and rejoice in all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.

Ages 3 and up.

Thanks For Thanksgiving Board Book

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what's most important is being able to share them with family!

Ages 4 to 8.


The gardener's thankful for every green sprout. The fireman, for putting the fire out. The artist is thankful for color and light. The clown for her costume silly and bright.

Thankful combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to share the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings.

Ages 4 to 8.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles: do you and the little ones in your life have any favourite thankfulness books? Please share your suggestions in the comments.


Cover image from The Thankful Book by Todd Parr


Katie is a reader, editor and note taker who works as a Content Writer at Bookwitty. Originally from Wisconsin, she's at home in Dublin.

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