Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, our minds turn to all the things we are thankful for. There are so many good books that cover this wonderful topic. It’s easy to see that there are so many things to be thankful for. To get into the thankful spirit, here are a few good reads that you can share with those you love!


Gracias = Thanks by Pat Mora
In a series of poetic sentences, a young multiracial boy tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. Pat Mora is a bilingual author with a special focus on children’s literature.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
For as long as anyone can remember, Mohawk parents have taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth. The Good Morning address, also known as the Thanksgiving address, is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift, and as such the whole universe should be addressed as one great family.

Thank You, World by Alice B. McGinty
Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings past treetops tall and proud. Thank you, trees. Your branches are my playhouse. I’m climbing to the clouds! Eight very different kids, from eight different continents, all go about their day and experience the same moments of happiness: greeting the sun in the morning, swinging on a swing, flying a kite, being tucked in by Mommy at bedtime. Uplifting and visually rich, this book reminds us that the world isn’t as large as it seems, and that life’s greatest pleasures are the simple ones.

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Little Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read. But when she looks at a book, all the letters and numbers just get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her ‘dummy.’ Only Mr. Falker, a stylish, fun-loving new teacher, recognizes Trisha’s incredible artistic ability and her problem, and takes the time to lead her finally and happily to the magic of reading.This autobiographical story is close to author Patricia Polacco’s heart. It is her personal song of thanks to teachers like Mr. Falker, who quietly but surely change the lives of the children they teach.

Thank you, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
From the author of Speak and Fever 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary “lady editor” who made Thanksgiving a national holiday! Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth’s shore. But by the 1800s America’s observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible “lady editor” name Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe for Thanksgiving as we know it today. This is an inspirational, historical, all-out boisterous tale about perseverance and belief: In 1863 Hale’s thirty-five years of petitioning and orations got Abraham Lincoln thinking. He signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday. This story is a tribute to Hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords citizens the power to make the world a better place!


One good way to show someone you’re thankful is by letting them know. And what a better way than to make this cute and wordy “Thankful Pumpkin” craft?  Instructions courtesy of The Moffatt Girls.


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