You know that feeling when you realize you're actually pretty lucky when you have people who love you, food to eat, shelter to sleep in, books to read, and beauty to appreciate in nature and art? Yes, that's it. Gratitude. Thankfulness. Look around. You may have more to be thankful for than you realize!

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Bear says thanks

Karma Wilson
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wil

Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

Duck and Hippo give thanks

Jonathan London
Juvenile Holiday - Ej Lon

Duck and Hippo are planning a good old-fashioned feast for Thanksgiving Day. Duck also has a big surprise in store for Hippo.


Pat Mora
Español Juvenil - ESPAÑOL Ej Mor

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Look and be grateful

Tomie DePaola
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Dep

Simply and beautifully told, and illustrated with jewel-like paintings, this picture book encourages each one of us to be thankful.

Ten thank-you letters

Daniel Kirk
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kir

While Pig is trying to finish a thank-you note to his grandmother, his best friend Rabbit repeatedly interrupts to borrow supplies for a series of his own notes, thanking all of the special people in their lives.

The thank you book

Mary Lyn Ray
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej

Explores the ways thankfulness can find expression throughout the day.

The thank you book

Mo Willems
Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Wil

Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, but Gerald thinks she will forget someone important.



Thank you and good night

Patrick McDonnell
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcd

Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, tire themselves, and drift off to sleep, but not before sharing their gratitude.

Thank you, Mr. Panda

Steve Antony
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ant

Mr. Panda has presents for all his animal friends, but many of the gifts are not quite right--but as little Lemur knows, it is the thought that counts

Thank you, Omu!

Oge Mora
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mor

When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.


Eileen Spinelli
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Spi

Combines rhymes and illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings.


The Thankful Book

Todd Parr
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Par

Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.

Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Car

Featuring art from the World of Eric Carle, this joyful book follows The Very Hungry Caterpillar and celebrates all that makes us most thankful.