I love my monthly trips to our local library with my kiddos. I want to instill gratitude within their young, impressionable hearts – so I get a little excited when they choose a book that teaches this theme. Here are a few of the books we have checked out over the past couple months that help to cultivate giving and thankful hearts.
Thankful Together – From the moment we rise in the morning to eat our breakfast, to the hours of fun and play before nap-time, to our evening bath and bedtime prayers, this book shows how each moment of each day we have something to be thankful for.
This book encourages children to find a reason in each moment of the day to give thanks.
The Silver Button – I loved this one!! At 9:59am Jodi draws a duck on her paper. During the moment that her pencil hangs in the air before drawing a silver button on the duck’s boot, the author freezes time and takes the reader on a journey outside Jodi’s front door to see a glimpse of other events that are sharing this same moment. A baby is born. A man buys bread at a bakery. A soldier returns home. A child takes his first step.
This book encourages children to consider how multiple stories and circumstances unfold every moment in the world around them. I used this opportunity to talk about how God sees everything and everyone. We can be thankful that He is always with us.
Ten Things I Love About You – Rabbit and Pig are best buddies. While Pig is busy at work, Rabbit keeps stopping by asking Pig to help him write a list of all the things he loves about him. After a few interruptions, Pig becomes noticeably frustrated and tells Rabbit “Rabbit, I’m starting to lose my patience!”. Rabbit adds to his list – “I love Pig because he’s not afraid to show his feelings!”. Thankfully, Pig’s frustration minimizes once Rabbit is done with his list and the two rejoice in all the reasons that they are such great friends!
This book encourages children to look for the good qualities in people.
The Thanksgiving Door – After burning their Thanksgiving Dinner, Ed and Ann decide to go see if the new restaurant down the street is open. They arrived at the New World Cafe to find that their door was in fact open!! As they walked through the door, many unhappy eyes peered through the kitchen door, “Oh no, who left the front door open?” “We can’t have customers today! Our party will be ruined.” Then Grandmother, disapproving of her family’s selfish attitude, convinced the family that Thanksgiving is a time for sharing. The family agreed to invite Ed and Ann to join them for their first family dinner at the New World Cafe. After a wonderful evening, Ed and Ann then return home and ask each other what they are most thankful for. They both agreed that they were most thankful that they had burned their dinner.
This book teaches children the importance of hospitality and serving others.
Wonderfully Made – This story is told through the eyes of Hope – a miniature donkey who is sent to live with three beautiful miniature horses. As Hope begins comparing herself to her new friends she see’s all the things that she wishes she wasn’t. Instead of their colorful coats, she is stuck with her boring gray one. Instead of small tiny ears, she is stuck with her gigantic floppy ones. It isn’t until Hope is taken on a special journey that she realizes the value of being different.
This book teaches children to embrace the person that God created them to be and to be thankful that we are all uniquely and wonderfully made.
Do you have any favorites? I’d love some more recommendations!