• A Story For Bear by Dennis Haseley. It is a wonderful story about a bear's discovery of books and the relationship that he develops with both books and the woman who reads to him each day. It is a celebration of literacy and a perfect way to introduce gratitude to young children.

  • Andy and the Lion: A Tale of Kindness Remembered or the Power of Gratitude by James Henry Daugherty In this retelling of Aesop's "Androcles and the Lion," Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw. The book was a 1939 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the
    Medal winner) for best illustration in a book for children.

    Attitudes of Gratitude by M. J. Ryan. In this inspiring book, author M.J. Ryan shows readers how to nurture this attitude every day of their lives. Short, easy-to-digest essays explain why gratitude chases away negative emotions - and how gratitude is possible even in times of pain and hardship.

    Clovis Crawfish & Michelle Mantis. by Mary A. Fontenot. Although Clovis Crawfish and his bayou friends are afraid of the large, insect-devouring mantis that invades their home, they earn her gratitude by rescuing her when she gets stuck in the mud. (Uses French on some of the pages!) Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Format: Hardcover; ISBN: 882897306

    Feeling Thankful by Sheely Rotner and Sheila Kelly. This simple multi-ethnic photo-essay book encourages young children to think about the many things they have to be thankful for. This book presents a colorful, photographic essay designed to give kids an awareness of all they have to be thankful. A spiritual yet non-religious look at gratitude for kids that is perfect for Thanksgiving. Good springboard to class discussion and journaling.  Paperback. For ages 5 to 8.

    If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World's People by Smith, David J.; illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong. If the world consisted of 100 people in one small village, how many of those people would have computers? Have enough to eat? Be able to read? Smith makes global issues accessible to all. Perfect to introduce children to the world around them. Kids Can Press; ISBN: 1550747797; March 2002

    Minnie and Moo and the Thanksgiving Tree By Denys Cazet. Minnie and Moo start out to just protect the turkeys, Zeke and Zack, from becoming Thanksgiving dinner for the farmer, by hiding them in a tree, but soon there a lot of animals hidden in the old oak tree while the farmer's family eats a Thanksgiving tofu picnic beneath it. Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY, 2000

    A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert, Anita Lobel (Illustrator). She needed a new one for the winter. The problem is that there is no money to buy one. In order to get the new coat, her mother must barter or trade some of her valuable possessions to get the things that are needed to make the coat. Knopf; ISBN: 0394898613; Reprint edition; May 1988

    The Night Before Thanksgiving (Reading Railroad Books) by Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator). A creative spin on the Clement C. Moore classic, The Night Before Thanksgiving is a warm, whimsical celebration of everyone's favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an extra helping of holiday fun. Grosset & Dunlap; ISBN: 0448425297; August 2001

    Precious Water: A Book of Thanks by Brigitte Weninger.  Ages 3-6. Reminiscent of Weninger and Moller's Little Apple: A Book of Thanks (2001) in format and tone, this picture book looks at water. In the simple, first-person text, a girl tells her cat where water is found on earth and how necessary it is to living things. She gives water to her
    plants, puts it in the cat's bowl, and drinks a glass herself. Echoing the ending of the previous book, she says, "I am so thankful for this precious water." Moller has painted, torn, cut, and assembled papers into distinctive collage illustrations. In some double-page spreads, the collage is evident; in others, the elements appear to be paintings. In both, she creates a well-focused illustration, from bleached bones lying in the desert sun to a frog sitting on a lily pad in torrential rain to the quiet scenes of the girl and her cat at home. An effective introduction that complements nonfiction titles on the water cycle. North-South Books ISBN: 0735815135; March 2002

    Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks (Reading Railroad Books) by Margaret Sutherland, Sonja Lamut (Illustrator).  Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history-and turkey, of course!-but most importantly, it's a holiday all about everything that we are thankful
    for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. Platt & Munk; ISBN: 0448422867; September 2000

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