The winter holiday season is upon us! The Thanksgiving holiday next week reminds many families and individuals to slow down their busy schedules and take some time to reflect on what they are thankful for. What a good exercise this can be for all of us, from the youngest to oldest, as we think about the people in our lives and what they mean to us. It can be a cliché, but, you know, life really is about relationships.
A close friend of our family died a few weeks ago. As I read her obituary in the newspaper, I was struck once more by how much of her life was spent reaching out to others and helping them become stronger and happier. She not only knew personally the value of relationships but modeled that value every day. I am thankful to have known her for 45 years or so – and I miss her.
It’s not always easy for children to understand the concept of thankfulness – to get beyond “I am thankful I can play on your iPad” or “I am thankful we are going to the movies.” And parents don’t always know the most appropriate ways to talk about the concept.
Here’s where books can help. Here are several children’s picture books to jump start your conversations.
From Imagination Library
Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk
Pass it On by Sophy Henn
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal)
What is Given from the Heart by Patricia McKissack
We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Enjoy the holidays!