Gratitude & Generosity

by various authors

Featuring contributions by a diverse range of writers, including Joseph Bruchac, Naomi Shihab Nye and Jane Yolen, a themed poetry anthology explores various ways to express gratitude for blessings ranging from sleep and health to education and family.

Balla, Trace

A playful mealtime conversation becomes a joyful act of giving thanks.

Brisson, Pat

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

Chan, Ruth

Join our narrator and her dog on their daily walk as they greet the people in their neighborhood--from the mail carrier and bus driver to the sanitation workers and grocery clerks and more. Whether listening, asking, helping, or just saying hello and thank you, it is our patience and kindness that make a neighborhood feel like home. This story gently reminds us to slow down and be grateful for all the people, places, and things around us. Includes an author's note about how Ruth Chan's own Brooklyn community inspired her to create this picture book.

Davidson, Leslie A., author.

Children around the world give thanks to the sun, moon, wind, lightning and other natural elements in this poetic board book.

Doerrfeld, Cori

Cooper is excited to help his grandmother by delivering honey at the annual Great Giving Festival, but one jar after another is ruined when he takes time to help his friends.

Gerry, Lisa

Discover 100 creative ways to express gratitude for all that's good in your life with this powerful little book, packed with positive thoughts, practical ideas, and take-action prompts. Rejoice in snow days! Make time for belly laughs! Pause to marvel at the wonders of nature! In today's hectic, fast-paced, overscheduled world, so many of us -- including kids! -- try to do it all. This book offers up unique ways to slow down, be mindful, and appreciate life's little gifts. The pages are filled with inspiration and motivation on how to be appreciative and pass along kindness. Interviews with National Geographic explorers offer examples of ways to give back. Uplifting quotes and ideas are sure to motivate readers to do more and be more mindful every day, so we all come away with a renewed sense that life is pretty great!

Grimes, Nikki

What does it mean to connect with someone? What does it mean to feel thankful? Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes and Caldecott Honor artist Cozbi A. Cabrera honor human relationships—from family to friendships to community bonds—and the moments that bring us together.

Hart, Caryl

A child tries to keep a positive attitude by being mindful and practicting gratitude.

Mora, Oge

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

Pita, Charo

Isabella is full of questions about her world, and while Grandma cannot answer them, she does know what to do when faced with a mystery.


Raffi's beloved song about gratitude is available for the first time in a board book edition that readers will treasure. As a little boy explores his neighborhood, he takes time to appreciate it--the sun in the sky, the birds in spring, and the wonder within him. Raffi's popular and catchy song encourages mindfulness and gratitude in kids for their worlds, their families, and themselves. Adorable illustrations by Jaime Kim are just right for bringing this timely and timeless story to the littlest readers.

Ray, Mary Lyn

Explores the ways thankfulness can find expression throughout the day.

Rylant, Cynthia

A rabbit and a frog zip around town talking to their friends about all the things they love, before cooking up a way to show everyone their gratitude.

Sayre, April Pulley

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science. Water, air, light. Patterns, curves, shapes, colors. Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. Think of everything Earth gives us. What are you most thankful for? Includes notes from the author about related activities and resources.

Shulman, Naomi

Give Thanks offers simple ways kids can be aware of the gifts at hand in their lives - and reap the feel-good benefits. The book features 50 simple activity prompts, from starting a gratitude journal and taking a thankfulness walk to playing gratitude games at the dinner table.

Smith, Danna

From sharing a hug to simply saying "thank you," this celebration of the different ways we can express gratitude shows that even if we start small, we can have a huge impact on those around us.

Sorell, Traci

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Van Camp, Richard, author.

A beautiful board book about gratitude by celebrated Indigenous author Richard Van Camp, complemented by photos from tea&bannock, a collective blog by Indigenous women photographers.

Vickers, Elaine

When the first snow falls, a girl writes on strips of paper what she is thankful for, from a safe and warm home to wishes come true, as her family makes a Thankful Chain.

Yuly, Toni

This gentle message of gratitude and connection, enhanced by beautifully simple collage illustrations, makes for a charming gift. Sun gives us light. Thank you, sun. Clouds bring the rain that makes puddles to splash in. Sheep give us wool for our sweaters and hats. The honey that sweetens our bread comes from bees (thank you, bees). With spare, repetitive text and bright, torn-paper collage artwork, this picture book gives even the youngest readers a subtle sense of how everyday things are related-- and inspires an appreciation for life's simple gifts.

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