Here at Springboard, we are big fans of teaching our children to be thankful and reminding them to display random acts of kindness and gratitude throughout the year. In honor of January being National Thank You Month, we’ve rounded up our top ten book picks that you can share with your children and students to foster an attitude of gratitude.
Bear Says Thanks
Author: Karma Wilson
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Recommended Ages: 4-12
Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.
Thanks a Million
Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: Cozbi A. Cabrera
Recommended Ages: 4-8
In sixteen extraordinary poems that range in form from a haiku to a rebus to a riddle, Nikki Grimes reminds us how wonderful it is to feel thankful, and how powerful a simple “thank you” can be.
The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Recommended Ages: 1-8
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.
Splat the Cat’s trusty mouse friend, Seymour, needs cheering up, and Splat wants to help. He’s been working on something special for Seymour—not just a thank-you card but a thank-you book! His book lists all the sweet and often hilarious reasons Splat is thankful for their friendship.
Join Richard Scarry’s beloved characters Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, and more as they learn about the importance of manners. From how to behave at school, to sharing, to important safety rules – and featuring bright and fun illustrations – young children will gain an understanding of the right ways to behave in a variety of situations.
Thank You and Goodnight is a beautifully illustrated book that shares the heart of gratitude. Jon Gordon takes a little boy and girl on a fun-filled journey from one perfect moonlight night to the next.
The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age.
This collection of short, snappy poems about grabby gorillas, wild cats, sloppy pigs, sharing bears, and thoughtful elephants will have kids in stitches as they’re reminded how—and how not—to behave!
There are eight species of baobab tree, and they are all found in Madagascar, a country called the ‘home of the baobab.’ This story follows a family who rely on baobab trees for many things. To the people of Madagascar, baobab trees really are the ‘trees of life.’
Written in verse, with full-spread quirky illustrations and memorable characters, this book is a great read-aloud presentation to celebrate the power of gratitude and the importance of appreciating ourselves the way that we are.