Helping our children to develop a habit of Gratitude is extremely important. Books are a wonderful tool for this. Discover some of our families favourites and downlad your FREE Gratitude Notebooking Pages!
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Fostering Gratitude in Your Homeschool: Our Favourite Books

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Helping our children develop good character is equally (if not more so) as important as setting them up for academic success. One of the most important character traits you will hear parents refer to regularly is gratitude!

The easiest and most effective way I know of to foster gratitude in children is through sharing stories! Books are a great place to find examples of the miracles and power of gratitude! As you read aloud to your children, they absorb the lessons learnt by some of the most interesting characters. Instilling in them, examples, models and the benefits of being openly thankful, greatful and even thorough the biggest of adversities. 

If you are looking for some stories that will promote discussion of and inspire gratitude in your children look no further! Here is a list of our families favourites!

Our Favourite Books for Fostering Gratitude!

The Giving Tree Book Cover - Picture of a little girl under a green tree waiting to catch a fruit. Amazon Affiliate link.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Book cover of Aesops The Complete Fables. Picture of snake,duck, bird and wolf. Amazon Affiliate link.
Three of our favourite gratitude fables are: Androcles, the Lion and The Mouse and The Wolf and The Crane

Aesop’s Fables

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss book cover Amazon Affiliate link

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? By Dr. Seuss

Five Little Peppers The Complete Collection Book Cover. Amazon Affiliate link
The entire collection is filled with examples of gratitude and giving but the first book in the series is our favourite. ” The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew”

Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli Book Cover Amazon Affiliate link Illustration of children playing in Autumn Leaves.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

The Little House Book set By Laura Ingalls Amazon Affiliate Link
All 4 of these true life tales give wonderful examples of gratitude.

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Last Stop On Market Street- Book about gratitude. Orange cover, Moter and son waiting at bustop holding hands and a bus arriving. Amazon Affiliate Link
A great example of how one mother teaches her son to be grateful for the small things in life!

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

A Greek Myth that highlights gratitude. King Midas and The Goldon Touch. Book Cover image of king and little girl. Amazon Affiliate link
This a story based on a classic Greek myth that always promotes discussion about the importance gratitude in our home.

King Midas Golden Touch  by Charlotte Craft 

Gratitude Soup  Book Cover Amazon Affiliate Link - Girl in Purple holding a spoon and cooking in a silver sauce pan.

Gratitude Soup By Olivia Rosewood

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood

2 More Gratitude Books for Homeschool ParentsToo!

At first glance the first book of the two may not shout out to you ‘gratitude’. Yet, it is very thought provoking on the topic. The power of gratitude is exactly how the people in this true story managed to keep their heads above the water and dealt with surviving some of the worst circumstances you can imagine. This is not a book for the weak hearted and certainly not for young children. For parents however who will come face to face with different struggles in our lives, this woman’s story is a gift!

This book is firstly a reminder to be grateful, I hope, that you have never had to endure anything of this magnitude. Secondly, that with a positive mindset and appreciation for all the good in your life you can over come any challenge your faced with! Yes, even the Kindergartener who’s in meltdown due to a lack of sleep or the loss of his favourite toy!

The Hiding Place Book Cover written by Corrie Ten Boom Amazon Affiliate Link

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The second book I am recommending to you is ‘The Secret’ or in fact any book by Rhonda Byrne. Her work is not specifically aimed at homeschoolers or parents but I promise you that what this woman has to share with you, will help you in every aspect of having a successful homeschool journey fuelled by gratitude!

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

If you enjoyed this post you may also like to read: 6 Great Cookbooks for Preschool and Beyond and Why I Read Classic Literature with My Children and Why You Should Too!

Why not extend the power of gratitude in your homeschool and create a daily practice of giving thanks at the end of each homeschool day! 

Helping our children to develop a habit of Gratitude is extremely important. Books are a wonderful tool for this. Discover some of our families favourites and downlad your FREE Gratitude Notebooking Pages!

Download and use these Free Printable Gratitude Notebooking Pages for All Ages, to get you started.

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