So I am always thankful for books, any books actually (well, almost any, or rather a 99.99% of them maybe). Anyway, stats aside, books are amazing, and while I have covered other lists of books and things I am thankful for in previous such posts, today’s list is to show that I am thankful for wonderful children’s thank you books.
These are all children’s books that are about saying thank you or showing gratitude in one way or another. There are so many such books that I might need a top 100 (or more too) list to fit things in, but for today, I have just a little more than 10 of them (excluding those in previous such lists or other posts on my blog)
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This week’s theme over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl for Top Ten Tuesday is a Thankful freebie, so here is mine: a list of simply wonderful
Children’s Thank You Books
Gratitude is My Superpower
Gratitude is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego.
With flowing rhyming text and the sweetest of illustrations, this book shows readers how we can easily include the attitude of gratitude into our lives. And as a bonus, includes a journal at the end of the book! Plus, this is part of a beautiful series of ‘Superpower’ books. (6 – 12 years, and up)
Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks
Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman.
I have read a few of the books in this series (including the first book reviewed here) with my daughter when she was little; and the books are adorable! This one is no different as readers find Ladybug Girl thanking various things and people around her, and lets us know “why” as well. Bingo the dog, her friends, trees, all find themselves included in her thankfulness! (Baby – 3 years)
Tankful of Thankful
Tankful of Thankful by Trishla Jain and illustrated by Zach Wideman.
A sweet sweet book – in both artwork and narrative – that features an adorable Baby Train who realizes how thankfulness can fuel us! To paraphrase Baby Train, “the more thankful he was, the more he was able to do and explore. And the more he did and explored, the more he was thankful!’ A wonderful cycle – or train – to be in indeed. (2 – 5 years, and up)
Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Miranda Paul and Illustrated by Marlena Myles.
Of course, I had to pick this for this list. I read this one a couple of years ago when it was first published, but somehow never reviewed it. It is an amazing anthology of poems, with poets from diverse backgrounds writing about thankfulness in so many delightful ways, from thanking the rock that one little person found to the sky, from sleep to thinking itself, and so many more.
As a bonus, each of the 32 poems (by 32 different poets) is written in a different poetic form; and Miranda Paul includes a brief overview of the forms plus an introduction to the poets at the back of the book. (6 – 10 years, and up)
Thank You for the Little Things
Thank You for the Little Things by Caryl Hart and Illustrated by Emily Hamilton. It is hard to say what I love more about this book; the sweet rhyming verses that show us how the little things can help us a lot, or the adorable and vibrant crayon-ish illustrations that adorn this delightful book. Well, to keep it simple, let me just say it is the whole package, and it is a must-read! (4 – 8 years, and up)
Thank You, Garden
Thank You, Garden by Liz Garton Scanlon and Illustrated by Simone Shin.
This seemingly simple book, with minimal text, and collage-like artwork, conveys beautiful and powerful messages with ease. The power of community, the act of gardening, and of gratitude to gardens and food we grow, and of doing things together! (3 – 7 years, and up)
Thank You, Mama
Thank You, Mama by Linda Meeker and Illustrated by Sandra Eide.
Readers watch Grey through the course of a day, trying to figure out his favorite food, as he explores various options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between too. With a smooth conversational narrative and adorable illustrations, this book is sure to delight you at the end when you discover Grey’s favorite food. (1 – 5 years, and up)
Thank You, Miyuki
Thank You, Miyuki by by Roxane Marie Galliez and Illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh.
Oh my! Those were my first thoughts when I saw the gorgeous illustrations in this book. And then those thoughts remained, and amplified even (as in – wow!, so wonderful!) as I read it.
The stunning origami-style illustrations accompany an almost lyrical narrative as Miyuki and her grandfather spend the day together. It is a peaceful and stunning book that is about the simple act of simply being, with ourselves, and with others. A book that is worth getting, for both the beautiful prose and the frame-worthy art! (5 – 8 years, and up)
Thank You, Omu!
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora.
I could not say it better than the description of this book, but I will attempt to. First, the story itself that talks about sharing selflessly (kind of like The Giving Tree) and of community. I am so glad I know more than a few people like Omu in my life! Second, the vibrant cut-paper collage artwork, shows the diversity around us everywhere effortlessly and is full of delightful details to explore.
I also enjoyed Oge Mora’s artwork in another brilliant book The Oldest Student last year (3 – 6 years, and up)
Thank You, Teacher from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Thank You, Teacher from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
With Eric Carle’s signature artwork and using many animals across the pages, this book is a wonderful way to say thank you to teachers everywhere. And also a great book to read anytime! (3 – 6 years, and up)
The Thank You Book
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems.
Have you read the Elephant and Piggie books (or any of the other series of books) by Mo Willems? If you have, then you know this one is sure to delight, entertain, and leave you with all the good-feels! If you have not, then go ahead and pick this one, and you can thank me later for this joyful, heartwarming read:-) (3 – 6 years, and up)
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell and Illustrated by Frane Lessac.
I read this book last year, and somehow missed reviewing it here, even though I meant to. I have read Traci Sorell’s work earlier as well, including in this powerful anthology of poems, and another yet-to-review wonderful book (has been in draft status for over a year now) – The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love, & Truth, and each work shows her brilliance!
In We Are Grateful, Sorell takes readers on a journey around the year across the seasons to show how the Cherokee are grateful everyday, every season. She reminds us to be grateful for everything around us, the elements, the people, our ancestors, our future, and to say otsaliheliga each time. I appreciated that she included a pronunciation guide on each page where needed. The backmatter has an author’s note, as well as a glossary and the Cherokee syllabary. The book provides many avenues for more learning and discussion with mentions of Cherokee history and culture, and the vibrant artwork provides an additional look into the people and their lives. (1 – 7 years, and up)
Related Reads for Children’s Thank You Books
- How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope
- Beautiful Words of Gratitude and Peace
- Book Review: Dictionary for a Better World
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, have you read any of these children’s thank you books? I would love to hear your thoughts on them (if you have read them), as well as recommendations for other similar books. What are the things that you are most thankful for, today and everyday?