8 Quick Reads for Elementary Students About Gratitude
Is your child an avid reader? We put together a short book list to help you introduce your child to or reinforce some gratitude lessons during this holiday season. These easy reads for elementary schoolers are perfect tools to engage your child in reading while teaching them life lessons in thankfulness.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
This simple, impactful story teaches children to appreciate what they have. It begins when Sylvester the donkey discovers a magic pebble that grants his every wish, but soon after he is confronted by a lion. In a panic, Sylvester wishes to be a rock to escape the danger, but being that he can no longer hold the pebble while he is a rock, he must remain a rock until he is switched back into a donkey by outside forces.
The Giving Tree
This emotional tale about an ever-changing relationship between a boy and a tree takes the reader through a journey of giving and self-sacrifice. The story begins with a young boy who loves a tree. He plays in its branches, eats its apples, and slides down its trunk. As the boy gets older, he comes back time and time again to ask the tree for more, until the tree is left a stump for the now old man to rest on.
This story follows the most beautiful fish in the sea, who, in the beginning, is reluctant to give up his beautiful scales. But as he realizes he can spare some of his scales for the fish around him, he finds true happiness and learns to be thankful for the important things in life.
Bear Says Thanks
After Bear decides to throw a feast with friends, he realizes his cupboards are bare! His friends each graciously bring a dish to the feast, and Bear thanks each friend individually for their generosity.
All the World
All the World teaches children to be grateful for all of the wonderful gifts in life, big and small. The story follows a family throughout their day and explores the simple beauties of life. The illustrations will draw your child in, but the story will be what sticks with him or her.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
This book reviews a myriad of extreme situations that will encourage your child to contemplate how lucky he or she is. Sitting on a cactus, an old man uses humor to describe a number of situations the young boy sitting beside him is lucky not to have to endure in this classic Dr. Seuss book.
Thanks a Million
This collection of 16 poems illustrates the power of showing gratitude to others. Thanks a Million explores different scenarios in which characters express thankfulness and helps children understand the impact of a simple thank-you.
What are your favorite reads to teach your child thankfulness? Let us and our community know in the comments below! We love to hear your suggestions.