12 Titles to Enjoy with Your Kids or Students
Today I’m sharing my favorite Spanish and bilingual books for kids at Thanksgiving! These beautiful books will help you teach your little ones about Thanksgiving. What’s more, they’ll help you discuss the importance of being thankful in our daily lives.
This year more than ever, it’s important to help our kids experience and express gratitude. Instilling gratitude in our kids can help them become happier people as they grow up. We can model for our kids an appreciation of even the smallest things in life, teach them to say thank you and how to choose a positive and appreciative perspective.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”-Zig Ziglar
Kick off the month of November with one of these stories! Especially at Thanksgiving, and all year long, I hope you and your children will know the powerful importance of a grateful heart. These recommendations are for a variety of ages from preschoolers up to about third grade. Let me know which ones are your favorites!
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by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Our favorite Thanksgiving book, this one is available in a bilingual or Spanish version. Papa sends Miguel a turkey to fatten up before Thanksgiving, but he ends up growing a friendship with it.
English (bilingual): Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey
by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra
A bilingual book, this is a wonderful resource for kids on expressing gratitude for many things. It has won several awards for the beautiful words and illustrations.
by Oge Mora
This book showcases themes of sharing and community, and was inspired by loving female role models in the author’s life. Omu (AH-moo) is what she called her grandma. Not really about Thanksgiving, but a good lesson on thankfulness.
English: Thank You, Omu!
by Norman Bridwell
All three of my kids have loved the Clifford books. In this one, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover just how much they have to be thankful for.
English: Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit
by Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
I can never pass up a book by the talented Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy! A sweet story about Gaby and Beto and their big celebration (even if it snows!). It also includes facts about the history of Thanksgiving.
by Marc Tolon Brown, translated by Esther Sarfatti
Do your kids enjoy the Arthur series? In this tale, Arthur struggles with his role as the director of the Thanksgiving play.
English: Arthur’s Thanksgiving
by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Viv Escriva
Reminiscent of Charlotte’s Web, this cute story is about a spider helping a turkey find a way to avoid being eaten on Thanksgiving!
by Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri, illustrated by Lina Safar
A bilingual English/Spanish story, this one helps kids appreciate their belongings. Gladys Elizabeth doesn’t like the shoes her mother picked out for her, until she learns an importance lesson in gratitude.
by P. K. Hallinan
Another bilingual book, this one is a great conversation starter on ways for kids (or adults!) to be thankful any and every day.
by Joyce K. Kessel, illustrated by Lisa Donze
An introduction to the life of the Native American Squanto, who taught the Pilgrims how to survive in a new land when they arrived in 1620.
English: Squanto and the First Thanksgiving
by Joan Holub, illustrated by Lauren Mortimer
A look at the history of the first feast! After their first harvest in 1621, the Pilgrims at Plymouth shared a three day feast with their Native American neighbors.
English: What Was the First Thanksgiving?
by Mary Pope Osborne
If you have a reader at home who is ready for the Magic Tree House books, we highly recommend them! My second grade students adored them, and younger kids could enjoy them read aloud. Like the rest of the series, this book is full of history presented in an entertaining way!
English: Thanksgiving on Thursday
A few extra favorites that are only available in English:
- Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
- Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin, illustrated by David Shannon
- Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
- We Are Grateful, Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessec
Want to read more about fostering gratitude in your kids? Check out one of these inspiring articles:
How To Teach Children Gratitude (from VeryWell Mind, a healthcare publication written and reviewed by board-certified physicians and established mental health experts)
Gratitude for kids: Why it’s important and how to encourage it (from psychologist Sarah Conway at Mindful Little Minds)
10 Things to Be Thankful For this Holiday Season (from the American Academy of Pediatricians’ website Healthychildren.org)
Visit my Fall board on Pinterest for more fun Thanksgiving ideas!
Thanks for sharing!