Children’s Books on Gratitude and Giving

5 Books That Teach Giving & Being Thankful

The true meaning of Thanksgiving is all too often lost among the travel, endless eating, and early Christmas shopping. Even before the turkey and stuffing has settled in our stomachs, we find ourselves out Black Friday shopping or napping the night away!

It is easy to forget that the heart of Thanksgiving is about being thankful for our many blessings and giving back – how can we remind ourselves of this and explain the importance of giving to children? Why, by reading about gratitude and giving together – check out our top 5 picks kids will love to read and learn from:

The Giving Tree

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: One of the most popular children’s story in history, The Giving Tree follows the relationship between a boy and a thoughtful apple tree throughout the boy’s life.
  2. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan: A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.
  3. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Suess: When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation, she asks Horton, the elephant, to sit on her egg.
  4. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen: Old Sarah knits mittens for all the children waiting for the school bus and hangs them on the blue spruce tree at the bus stop.
  5. The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci: A tale about two sisters whose distinctly different personalities affect the outcome of their lives.

What are you family’s favorite books on gratitude and giving? Leave a comment!