Thanks A Lot!!! Six picture books that touch upon being grateful in this season of thanks and giving:


Please Mr. PandaPlease, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

PreK-2nd Grade

Panda wants to share his yummy box of donuts, but keeps changing his mind…until he meets the meerkat who asks in just the right way. Without being heavy-handed Anthony deftly inserts a lesson in manners. Black and white illustrations with a pop of color and great humorous text will have your child saying “Please, please…read it again.”





Bear Says Thanks 1Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

PreK-2nd Grade

Sharing is the central theme that unifies the animals in their celebration feast. Each animal contributes to the bounty. A thankful group enjoys the fruits of their labor. Bear brings the best gift of all...stories. Wilson’s talent with rhythmic language in the classic Bear Snores On is repeated here and is the perfect book for discussion about being thankful for friends.






Splat Says Thank You 1Splat Says Thank You! by Rob Scotton

K-3rd Grade

For fans of Splat the Cat this book will be a huge hit and for those who have not met Splat this will be a great introduction. Splat and Seymour the mouse have a wonderful friendship. They support each other through thick and thin. Here, poor Seymour gets sick and Splat tries to make him smile. Antics ensue as goofy illustrations depict Splat’s attempts to make Seymour happy. Emergent and early readers can enjoy more of Splat with Splat the Cat: I Can Read Series.






An Awesome Book Of Thanks 1An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton

K-3rd Grade

Quirky and cool graphic drawings remind us to be thankful for everything around us from beginning to end and beginning again. Whimsical artwork is accompanied by equally entertaining text, such as “Thanks for patience and hopes and rewards and revisions, wizards and lizards and delightful decisions.” And who could be more optimistic and creative than an author whose self-described home is a unicorn farm?






Thank you for meThank you for Me! by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

Infant-2nd Grade

This is a great book to promote interactive reading with younger children. Have your child find their nose and smell the rain, flap their hands and stretch way up high with the book. All the things that they can do with their bodies are featured. We can be thankful for everything we can do and who we are. The message is both simple and profound.






Thank you OctopusThank you, Octopus by Darren Farrell

K-3rd Grade

I will admit that I threw this one in because it is the funniest bedtime book around and not necessarily because it is about gratitude. Thank you, Octopus makes my “Thank you” list because the word appears throughout the book, but don’t be fooled. This is a bedtime story that will have you laughing out loud as an octopus “helps” put Darren to bed.  



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