As we approach Thanksgiving, it’s a good time for talking with kids about appreciation: Who and what do they value most in their lives, and how can they express this? Each of these books offers ideas for discussing gratitude, the importance of family and friends, and the ways we depend on and support other people.
When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Kellie Lewis
In this appealing picture book, a leaf blows into a barn and creates a zany series of events. Young kids can see how all the animals are connected and how one action leads to the next. The story also provides a chance to talk about the season and how we can tell that it’s fall.
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This is the Turkey by Abby Levine, illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
This story about a Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey is a great lead-in for talking about what matters most and the importance of family and friends. Young children can begin to understand the concept of “size of the problem” and the need to be flexible when unexpected situations come up.
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Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
How can a bear who has no food create a feast for his friends? Kids will be glad that bear works it all out with the support of other creatures. This engaging picture book emphasizes friendship and different ways people can contribute to a group.
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The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
In this sweet picture book, we meet a variety of children and animals who describe what they feel grateful for. Kids can respond by stating or drawing a picture of something they appreciate in their everyday lives.
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Article by Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Executive Director of Communication Works
Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children.