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.”
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!
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.
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 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.
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!