6 Children’s Books That Teach Children Gratitude


Being Grateful boosts happiness.

This time of year, on Thanksgiving, many of us are reflecting on all the things that we are grateful for. Whether it’s our health, our friends, having a home, safety and security, or the ability to read. And it’s no wonder it feels so good. Research has shown that actively practicing gratitude boosts happiness and fosters both physical and psychological health. For ourselves, and those around us. 

Gratitude can be practiced. 

Although gratitude is a spontaneous feeling, we can make conscious efforts to cultivate it in our daily lives. And although there is no one “right” way to practice gratitude, regularly reminding ourselves and others of what we are grateful for is one of the most effortless habits we can adopt to live a better life.

You’re never too young to start. 

To nurture a child’s gratitude habit from a young age is to invest in their happiness and peace of mind. What’s more, teaching children how to express their gratitude gives them an outlet to voice their thoughts and feelings, providing them with a sense of wellbeing. 

During a difficult time, gratitude is more important than ever.

It is precisely under crisis conditions when we have the most to gain from having a grateful perspective on life. In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize, heal, and bring hope. That’s why, during this extremely difficult time in our world’s history, it’s essential that we teach our children the power of gratitude. 

So, this Thanksgiving, why not spend some time teaching your child about gratitude

Books can help teach children about gratitude.

Books are a fantastic resource for helping to teach children about gratitude. We’ve chosen 6 children’s books from the BookSmart library to teach your children about gratitude, generosity and appreciation for the world around them.

NOTE: these books can only be accessed on your mobile phone. Some of them may not be available in your country. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If you haven’t done so yet, you can browse our children’s library on your phone via the Google Play store or in any mobile browser by typing bebooksmart.com. Happy reading!

The Tree of Hope by Kehkashan Basu

Khadra is a curious young girl living in a desert where everyone struggles with the heat and the drought. But by planting and caring for a tree, she discovers some of nature’s best secrets, forever changing her community. 

Audience: Children, 6-8

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Ama Gets a New Book by Margaret Asante Oti-Mensah

Ama helps Papa Samo to carry his luggage home and gives Ama a book. The book makes her decide to become a medical doctor. 

Audience: Children, 6-8

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I Will Help You by Andrea Abbott

When Mama Heron needs help, Lungile comes to her rescue.

Audience: Children, 6-8

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Elders by Oku Modest

A father and mother give only small amounts of meat to their children, and keep most for themselves. When the children grow up, they teach their parents a lesson. 

Audience: Children 6-8 Years

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Everyone Counts: How to Share Food So Everyone Gets Enough to Eat by Liz Gifford, Clare Hanbury, Anise Waljee

 Zaza and ZuZu the parrots are angry that the men always eat first and do not remember to leave enough food for the children and for Mama. What can the parrots do to make sure that the children have enough to eat? 

Audience: Children, 9-14

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Thuli, Special and the Secret by Book Dash

Thuli has the cookies. Special has her eye on the cookies. What is their secret?

Audience: Children, 6-8

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