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Books on Gratitude for Babies and Toddlers
by Dena McMurdie
Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.
It’s never too early to introduce your little one to the concept of gratitude. Fostering feelings of thankfulness and gratitude will help your child develop confidence, happiness, and kindness throughout their life. Here are several board books for babies to help you get started.
by Tomie dePaola
Every baby needs a few Tomie dePaola books on their shelf, and this one is utterly precious. In his signature style, the beloved author encourages young readers to appreciate the wonders around them. Whether it’s the rising sun, a beautiful view, or a quiet moment, this board book celebrates the joy each day brings.
by Anna Dewdney
Introduce your child to gratitude with their favorite llama in this Thanksgiving-themed board book for babies and toddlers. Young readers will love the rhyming text, autumn colors, and all the ways that Llama Llama gives thanks.
by DK, illustrated by Maja Andersen
Crack open this classic cautionary tale about King Midas, who isn’t grateful for the things he has. But when he gets his wish — to turn anything to gold with a touch — he quickly learns that his greed robbed him of the most essential things in life.
by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac
This highly acclaimed and award-winning picture book on gratitude is now available as a sturdy board book for younger readers. Celebrate the seasons, community, and thankfulness with this beautiful story about Cherokee traditions and customs.
by Raffi, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Dust off your singing voice because you’ll want to use it when you read this sweet board book adaptation of Raffi’s catchy tune. You won’t be able to resist singing along, and it will quickly become a storytime favorite.
by Loren Long
Head to the farm for a story about gratitude with the cutest tractor around! Otis feels grateful for everything around him, from the land to the animals and his friends. It’s a lovely reminder to take stock of our lives and look for the good in every day.
by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Summer Macon
This board book is one of the happiest counting adventures you’ll ever experience. This little book encourages readers to express gratitude for the little things that make life wonderful, like hugs and friends.
by Dr. Seuss
I spy with my little eye — two thankful things! Babies and toddlers will love learning about gratitude with Dr. Seuss's wacky and irresistible characters. It's perfect for reading at Thanksgiving or any time of year.
by Laurel Porter Gaylord, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Parents sacrifice endlessly for their children, and this charming board book is the expression of gratitude that you didn’t know you needed. From hugs and kisses to lending a listening ear, baby animals list all the reasons they’re grateful for their moms. You’ll also enjoy the companion book I Love My Daddy Because...Board Book.
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