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Gratitude Stories

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Heartfelt Tales from Smyrna Public Library

Thank You, Omu! By Oge Mora
The neighborhood is captivated by Omu's mouthwatering stew, each person drawn by its aroma. Omu shares her meal with everyone until the pot is empty. Is her generosity now leaving her with nothing to eat?

We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Rylant's picture book celebrates gratitude, as a rabbit and frog joyfully interact with friends, expressing their love for various things and devising a plan to demonstrate their appreciation to everyone.

The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera
Following her birthday party, Grace thanks her loved ones for their thoughtful gifts. Her gratitude extends further to her teacher's guidance in writing, her dog's cheerful presence, and even the vividly blue sky.

The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
This book explores daily gratitude for both big and small joys, offering a tender and poetic reflection on its profound influence in our lives.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Archie Preston
This book is meant for read-aloud fun, using lively rhymes, and promoting gratitude for essential workers and others in our lives.

Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin and illustrated by Dawn M. Cardona
This Thanksgiving board book with five meaningful thank-you's is an ideal way for parents to teach the holiday's significance to their child.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for family discussions about what we are thankful for and why these feelings are important.  Mary Wallace Moore, director of Smyrna Public Library, recommends these among many beautifully illustrated stories to initiate such discussions.

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