Thanksgiving means turkey, travel, family time and expressing gratitude. These books offer thanks and appreciation for all good things–even the “bumpy” ones…

Books for Infants & Toddlers

  • Thanks for Nothing by Ryan Higgins. In this hilarious board book, the mice of Soggy Hollow are very grateful. But, is Bruce the bear? A great introduction to a funny series.
  • We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell. Oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah is a phrase used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Readers explore the different ways the community appreciates its land, fish, water, plants and stars.
  • Better Together! by Amy Robach. A family of squirrels and a family of chipmunks must find ways to live together after a big storm–which isn’t always easy since they are different from each other. Can they learn to be friends?
  • Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler. Cow’s bad mood spreads to the entire farm. Can a sweet dog turn it around? Young readers learn how being really sorry makes a huge difference.
  • B is for Bison: A National Parks Primer by Greg Paprocki. Learn about famous scenic landmarks in this adorable bold collection featuring 26 national parks across the US.
  • Construction Site: Road Crew, Coming Through! by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Calling all construction enthusiasts! Rolling, building, paving, painting… so many building-machines work together to build a superhighway.

Books for Elementary Schoolers

  • A Kids Book About Gratitude by Ben Kenyon. This book teaches young children that gratitude is meant to be shared. This is a great book to help young kids notice big & small moments.
  • Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly. Marisol and Jada are best friends. Together, they enjoy summer, confront their fears (like finally climbing a big tree), and celebrate the joys of friendship.
  • Only in America: The Weird and Wonderful 50 States by Heather Alexander. This quirky fact book explores the 50 state’s silliest festivals, fun landmarks and most bizarre engineering feats.

Books for Tweens

  • Tune it Out by Jamie Sumner. A 12-year-old girl navigates sensory processing disorder while living with her aunt and uncle and starting a new school. Despite many challenges, she learns about gratitude, family bonds and what it means to live happily-ever-after.
  • Growing Pangs by Growing Pangs. Katie and Kacey are best friends- until Kacey starts acting weird. A new graphic novel explores fitting in, anxiety and letting go.
  • Northwind by Gary Paulsen. An epic story of survival. When cholera sweeps through his camp, 12-year-old Leif must survive a deadly tidal whirlpool. find food and shelter, and face bears and whales.