Best Books to Teach Kids to be Thankful


It can be challenging to raise selfless children in a world full of self-centeredness. Studies and experts agree on the importance of teaching children empathy from their youngest days. This time of year, I know that I’m thankful for so much with my acting, writing, and songwriting and all those who are supporting me to reach my dreams. Here are a few gratitude books for kids:

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

By Dr. Seuss

This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.

Gratitude Soup

By Olivia Rosewood

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. Your children might even be inspired to make their own Gratitude Soup! 

The Kingdom of the Lizards 

by Katrina Kusa

A fantasy children’s book inspired by my love of nature and protecting the world around us for future generations. When we grow up, we leave the world of magical creatures and mystical places behind. But when you're young, magic is all around you.

Whether it’s a special book, a tiny crown, or even the creatures in your favorite garden, magic and friendship can help you do anything. My book teaches you to be grateful for all friends big and small. 

It Could Always Be Worse

By Margot Zemach

A poor unfortunate man lived with his mother, his wife, and his six children in a one-room hut.  The children often fought, and the man and his wife argued. In this children’s book about gratitude, the poor man's life goes from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results.

Being Thankful

by Mercer Meyer

Kids often feel like what they have isn’t as good as what their friends have so this is another good book to teach kids about gratitude. The main character--Little Critter-- feels this way until his grandmother shows him how to appreciate the things he has instead of wishing for more.

Bear Says Thanks

by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear is having a feast for all his friends, but his cupboards are empty. Bear thanks each friend as they show up, bringing food with them. This warm and inviting book uses themes of friendship and generosity to illustrate good manners to kids!

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks

As you look around, you can find many things to be thankful for — the sky, the roof over your head, and even your heart and mind. Once you start counting all the good things in life, it’s hard not to feel happy.

This is the season to be grateful for the relationships and good things that you have. Have a favorite book with the theme of teaches kids gratefulness? Please share them with me at info@katrinakusa.com or on Facebook!

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