Give Thanks

Booklist November 2021

It’s that time of year where many people begin thinking about everything they have to be thankful for. Research shows that cultivating gratitude has many benefits. It improves our physical and psychological health. We feel better about ourselves when we feel and express gratitude. Grateful people even sleep better! Read more about it in this article by Forbes.

So go ahead and feel grateful. As Doris Day said, “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”

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Andy and the Lion: A Tale of Kindness Remembered; or, The Power of Gratitude by James Henry Daugherty

Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw. A retelling of “Androcles and the Lion.” For grades K-3.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude: 101 Stories About How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life by Amy Newark

Collection of essays by people sharing the ways gratitude has changed their lives.


Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Reflections on the spiritual concepts of powerlessness, gratitude, and wonder.


Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Collection of four essays written after the author was given a terminal cancer diagnosis and reflecting on the things and experiences in his life for which he was grateful.


The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

Kaplan chronicles a year in which she vows to live gratefully.

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Citizen of the Cherokee Nation express thanks for celebrations big and small throughout the year as seasons change.

And a final, quirky book, just because both the book and the title are so much fun!

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams (#4 in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The message found in a gift-wrapped fish bowl after all dolphins are found to have disappeared from Earth.