We all know that reading to your kids is so important. I love snuggling up with my kids and a good book.  I have to be honest, there are times when it is not always easy. It can be a challenge to find books the kids like… that I like too. Have you ever felt that way? Reading should be a fun way to connect as a family. I want to make it easy for parents to find great quality books that the entire family can enjoy. This is my first post in a new monthly reading series where I will share our favorite books that are family approved!

November: Thankfulness

For November I wanted to focus on books about thankfulness.  This month we are in the middle of a crazy election and it is Thanksgiving time.  All I can think about is teaching my kids how to be thankful for what we have.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Todd Parr is one of my all time favorite authors.  If you have not read a Todd Parr book you should start with this one. (Although there are so many great ones!) The simple message of all the things little and big to be thankful for is easy for kids to understand and my kids adore the silliness.  Parents will love how it opens up conversation with your kids about being thankful and all the little things that matter in our lives.

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

I love this book because it is so relatable to a child.  It goes through the day of a child from mealtime to playtime.  It also rhymes which is a great way to introduce rhyming to your child.  After the book it is fun to make up our own rhymes of what we are thankful for.  I also really love the illustrations.  They are timeless and beautiful.

We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow (Illustrated/Foreword)

Who doesn’t love a little history, right?? I thought this book was a great addition to this list this month because of the election.  It is a big year and a lot of crazy stuff is going on in politics.  Throughout it all I feel its best to teach our kids to be thankful that our country allows us this freedom to elect our leader.  We the Kids has a little history in the beginning as well as a glossary of terms.  Then it beautifully goes through the Preamble.  This is a must read.  The pictures are so cute!! When I was a teacher I read this book to kids of all ages because it puts the ideas of our country in terms that are easy to understand.  It is a great time to read this book and have an open discussion about what it means to live in America.

This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed

I like this story because it is a counting one which is great for younger kids.  It also highlights the pilgrims and Native Americans working together to create the first Thanksgiving. Kids will like finding the number of things to count on each page.  Parents will like the teamwork theme and discuss how families work together.  It really emphasizes a sense of community and how to be thankful for the people around you.

The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

This is the last book in the Elephant & Piggie series and it is so clever.  If you have ever read the books it is about two friends, Elephant Gerald and Piggie.  They are silly books and a great read for beginner readers. The book follows Piggie as he thanks all the different characters that have ever been in their books.  At the end Piggie thanks his readers!! Let me tell you, my son’s face lit up when he was reading this.  To be acknowledged as a reader from beloved characters was a great feeling. He couldn’t contain his excitement.  It really teaches the power of using thank you.