The Best Children’s Books About Gratitude

“What are the best Children’s books about Gratitude ?” We looked at 149 of the top Kids Gratitude books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 24 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kids Gratitude ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 24 Best Children’s Books About Gratitude



24 .) All the World written by Liz Garton Scanlon

All the World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • Preschool Inspirations

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.…



23 .) Gracias Thanks written by Pat Mora

Gracias Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.



22 .) Gratitude Is A Funny Thing written by Kathy Walsh

Gratitude Is A Funny Thing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play



21 .) I’m Thankful Each Day written by P.K. Hallinan

I’m Thankful Each Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

A child thinks of all the things he is thankful for, including life itself.



20 .) Thank You, Mr Panda written by Steve Antony

Thank You, Mr Panda

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parade
  • Red Tri

Mr. Panda has presents for all his animal friends, but many of the gifts are not quite right–but as little Lemur knows, it is the thought that counts.



19 .) Today I am Grateful written by Lorraine Miller

Today I am Grateful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play



18 .) Giving Thanks written by Jonathan London

Giving Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Self Sufficient Kids

A boy’s father celebrates the interconnectedness of the natural world through his daily words of thanks and assures his son, who finds it a little embarrassing to thank trees and such, that it becomes a habit and makes one feel good.



17 .) Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message written by Jake Swamp, illustrated by Erwin Printup

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Text is based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.



16 .) It Could Always Be Worse written by Margot Zemach

It Could Always Be Worse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Rhythms Of Play

Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.



15 .) Look and Be Grateful written by Tomie dePaola

Look and Be Grateful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Living Life And Learning
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Nourishing My Scholar

A boy awakes with the dawn and expresses gratitude for this unique day



14 .) Splat Says Thank You! written by Rob Scotton

Splat Says Thank You!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman

Splat the Cat is back with a new adventure. This time he’s saying thank you for all the fun he’s had with his mouse friend, Seymour!



13 .) The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.



12 .) Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks written by John Bucchino

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

An illustrated version of John Bucchino’s song of giving thanks and celebrating the gifts of life.



11 .) Gratitude Soup written by Olivia Rosewood

Gratitude Soup

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Investing In Children
  • Living Life And Learning
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play

Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. She is able to shrink her pot of soup with her imagination, and she keeps the gratitude warm and flowing in her heart all day and all night.



10 .) Sylvester and the Magic Pebble written by William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Thriving

In a moment of fright, Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then cannot hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.



9 .) The Thank You Book written by Mo Willems

The Thank You Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly

Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, but Gerald thinks she will forget someone important



8 .) An Awesome Book of Thanks written by Dallas Clayton

An Awesome Book of Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curious World
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Rhythms Of Play

Celebrates all the things for which to be thankful, from boats and cars to alligator acrobats and gigantic dinomachines, and from the things that can be seen everyday to the bad things that may turn out to be good.



7 .) Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? written by Dr. Seuss

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • CBC
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

Compared to the problems of some of the creatures the old man describes, the boy is really quite lucky.



6 .) Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Parade
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Red Tri
  • Thriving

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.



5 .) Bear Says Thanks written by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear Says Thanks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly

Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.



4 .) Thankful written by Eileen Spinelli

Thankful

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curious World
  • Goodreads
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Rhyming text and illustrations convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings.



3 .) Thanks a Million written by Nikki Grimes

Thanks a Million

Lists It Appears On:

  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Investing In Children
  • Jenny Bowman
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • Thriving

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.…



2 .) Those Shoes written by Maribeth Boelts, Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Those Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • CBC
  • Goodreads
  • I’m On The Nanny
  • Investing In Children
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Thriving

Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.



1 .) The Thankful Book written by Todd Parr

The Thankful Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Curious World
  • Goodmorning America
  • Goodreads
  • Investing In Children
  • Living Life And Learning
  • My Cup Of Cocoa
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.




The 100+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Gratitude



# Books Authors Lists
25 A Long Walk to Water Linda Sue Park Parade
Red Tri
26 A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip Christian Stead Parade
Red Tri
27 Andy and the Lion James Daugherty Barnes & Noble
Investing In Children
28 Being Thankful Mercer Mayer Read Brightly
Rhythms Of Play
29 Counting by 7s Holly Goldberg Sloan Parade
Red Tri
30 Crenshaw Katherine Applegate Parade
Red Tri
31 Feeling Thankful Shelley Rotner Goodreads
I’m On The Nanny
32 I Am Thankful Suzy Capozzi Goodreads
Read Brightly
33 I am Thankful For… A Book About Being Grateful! Uncle Amon Living Life And Learning
Rhythms Of Play
34 Llama Llama Gives Thanks Anna Dewdney Preschool Inspirations
Read Brightly
35 Stone Soup Jon Muth Barnes & Noble
I’m On The Nanny
36 Thank You and Good Night Patrick McDonnell Goodreads
Living Life And Learning
37 Thankful Together Holly Davis Living Life And Learning
Rhythms Of Play
38 Thanks from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Goodreads
Read Brightly
39 The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings Stan and Jan Berenstain CBC
Investing In Children
40 The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in Gratitude Stacie Theis Curious World
Rhythms Of Play
41 The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving Ellen Sabin My Cup Of Cocoa
Self Sufficient Kids
42 The Quilt Maker’s Gift Jeff Brumbeau Pragmatic Mom
Self Sufficient Kids
43 The Secret of Saying Thanks Douglas Wood Nourishing My Scholar
Rhythms Of Play
44 The Things I’m Grateful For… Arnie Lightning Nourishing My Scholar
Rhythms Of Play
45 ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Dav Pilkey My Cup Of Cocoa
46 10% Happier Dan Harris Goodmorning America
47 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life Cami Walker Goodreads
48 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life John Kralik Goodreads
49 A Ball for Daisy Chris Raschka Goodreads
50 A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams I’m On The Nanny
51 A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life John Kralik Positive Psychology
52 A Turkey for Thanksgiving Eve Bunting Curious World
53 Awesome Books of Thanks Dallas Clayton Barnes & Noble
54 Bear Says “Thank You” Michael Dahl Preschool Inspirations
55 Before We Eat: From Farm to Table Pat Brisson Goodreads
56 Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings Stan and Jan Berenstain Barnes & Noble
57 Big Potential Shawn Achor Goodmorning America
58 Blizzard John Rocco Goodreads
59 Boa’s Bad Birthday Jeanne Willis Goodreads
60 Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal: Shinning Your Light Molly Hahn My Cup Of Cocoa
61 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude Ross Gay Goodreads
62 Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy Nancy Leigh DeMoss Goodreads
63 Don’t Say a Word, Mama Joe Hayes Self Sufficient Kids
64 Everyday Gratitude A Network for Grateful Living Goodmorning America
65 Feast for Ten Cathryn Falwell Curious World
66 Getting Back to Happy Marc and Angel Chernoff Goodmorning America
67 Giving Thanks: More than 100 ways to say thank you Ellen Surrey Goodreads
68 Gracias ~ Thanks   I’m On The Nanny
69 Grateful Bob: The Beginning Bob Briggs Living Life And Learning
70 Grateful Gracie: A Story About Gratitude Jennifer Tissot LCSW Living Life And Learning
71 Grateful Jake Emily Madill Living Life And Learning
72 Grateful Me! A Book Of Grateful Affirmations For Little Stars Cherrie Dejolde Bautista Living Life And Learning
73 Gratitude Oliver Sacks Goodreads
74 Gratitude More Than Thanks! Chaim Gold (Author), Ludendorff A. (Illustrator), Lou G. (Editor) Rhythms Of Play
75 Growing Grateful Kids Susie Larson Rhythms Of Play
76 How Many Days to America? Eve Bunting Curious World
77 I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World Malala Yousafzai My Cup Of Cocoa
78 In November Cynthia Rylant Curious World
79 Just So Thankful   Investing In Children
80 Let Your Light Shine: Kids’ Mini Gratitude Journal Awesome Inc CBC
81 Let’s Be Thankful P.K. Hallinan Rhythms Of Play
82 May Cause Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein Goodmorning America
83 Monster’s Monster   Thriving
84 My First Gratitude Journal Creative Kids Rhythms Of Play
85 My Heart Fills With Happiness Monique Gray Smith, Illustrated by Julie Flett CBC
86 Mystery   Pragmatic Mom
87 Nina and the Magic Wand: How to Explain Gratitude to Your Child Lorena Mos (Author), Raluca Popoviciu (Author, Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
88 Olive and the Embarrassing Gift Tor Freeman Goodreads
89 One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann Voskamp Goodreads
90 Otis Gives Thanks   Read Brightly
91 Penguin Problems Jory John Goodreads
92 Possum’s Harvest Moon Anne Hunter Curious World
93 Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World Kristen Welch Rhythms Of Play
94 Refugee Alan Gratz My Cup Of Cocoa
95 Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn Goodreads
96 Save on Your Family Trip   Preschool Inspirations
97 Secret of Saying Thanks   Investing In Children
98 Should I Share My Ice Cream? Mo Willems Self Sufficient Kids
99 Spoon Amy Krouse Rosenthal Goodreads
100 Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure Naomi Rose I’m On The Nanny
101 Ten Thank-You Letters   Read Brightly
102 Ten Thankful Turkeys Angela Muse My Cup Of Cocoa
103 Thank You Bear Greg E. Foley Goodreads
104 Thank You, Bees Toni Yuly Goodreads
105 Thank You, Mr. Falker   Read Brightly
106 Thank You, Omu! Oge Mora Goodreads
107 Thank You, Thanksgiving David Milgrim Goodreads
108 Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey A.J. Jacobs Goodreads
109 Thanks for Thanksgiving Julie Markes Goodreads
110 Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier Robert Emmons Positive Psychology
111 Thanksgiving at the Tappletons   Thriving
112 The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving Jan & Mike Berenstain Self Sufficient Kids
113
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin
  Read Brightly
114 The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Mike Berenstain My Cup Of Cocoa
115 The Best Teacher Ever Mercer Mayer Goodreads
116 The Blessing Cup Patricia Polacco Nourishing My Scholar
117 The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful Colleen Coble Rhythms Of Play
118 The Book of Awesome Neil Pasricha Goodreads
119 The Butter Man Elizabeth Alalou Goodreads
120 The Can Man Laura E. Williams I’m On The Nanny
121 The Circle of Thanks Joseph Bruhac I’m On The Nanny
122 The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe Goodreads
123 The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Brené Brown Goodreads
124 The Grateful Spider Lisa Sarver Living Life And Learning
125 The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life Janice Kaplan Positive Psychology
126 The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom Corrie ten Boom Goodreads
127 The Invisible Boy   Jenny Bowman
128 The Lion and the Mouse Jerry Pinkney Preschool Inspirations
129 The Little Book of Gratitude Robert A. Emmons Goodmorning America
130 The Magic Fish   Read Brightly
131 The Monsters’ Monster Patrick McDonnell Goodreads
132 The Most Thankful Thing Lisa McCourt (Author), Cyd Moore (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
133 The Power Rhonda Byrne Goodreads
134 The Psychology of Gratitude Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough Positive Psychology
135 The Secret Gratitude Book Rhonda Byrne Goodreads
136 The Secret Stone Jill Lauffer & Kathleen Roberts Curious World
137 The Thank You Book . Mary Lyn Ray Goodreads
138 The Thankful Smurf Peypo Living Life And Learning
139 The Tigers Pay a Debt of Gratitude   Pragmatic Mom
140 There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me Alice Walker (Author), Stefano Vitale (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
141
There’s a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me
  Investing In Children
142 Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal Lori Deschene Goodmorning America
143 Under the Lemon Moon Edith Hope Fine Self Sufficient Kids
144 We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Traci Sorell Goodreads
145 What Is Given from the Heart Patricia C. McKissack Goodreads
146 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin Goodreads
147 Wonder Cootie Catcher   Nourishing My Scholar
148 Words of Gratitude for Mind, Body, and Soul Robert Emmons and Joanna Hill Positive Psychology
149 You Get What You Get Julie Glassman My Cup Of Cocoa


20 Best Gratitude Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes & Noble 11 Books to Instill an Attitude of Gratitude
CBC 5 Picture Books to Help Kids Understand Gratitude
Curious World 10 Uplifting Picture Books for Teaching Gratitude
Goodmorning America Printable List of Children’s Books About Gratitude and Appreciation
Goodreads Popular Gratitude Books
I’m On The Nanny 10 Diverse Picture Books About Gratitude & Giving
Investing In Children 19 Children’s Books About Gratitude
Jenny Bowman Top 5 Picture Books on Giving and Gratitude
Living Life And Learning Books about Gratitude for Kids
My Cup Of Cocoa 15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude
Nourishing My Scholar 15 Books to Inspire Gratitude and Thankfulness
Parade 6 Books That Teach Gratitude to Kids From Preschool to Middle School
Positive Psychology 5 Best Books on Gratitude + Oliver Sacks’ Gratitude Boo
Pragmatic Mom 14 Picture Books to Teach Gratitude
Preschool Inspirations Children’s Books about Gratitude and Thankfulness
Read Brightly 15 Books That Show Kids What It Means to Be Thankful
Red Tri 6 Books to Teach Kids about Gratitude
Rhythms Of Play Gratitude Books for Children That Inspire Thankfulness
Self Sufficient Kids 12 of the Best Children’s Books About Gratitude and Generosity
Thriving Best picture books to teach children gratitude

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