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On the Shelf: Celebrate the season with lessons of gratitude

Jump right in for a season of gratitude and – once you’ve put away the Thanksgiving leftovers – prepare for the turn of the calendar right into Christmas. 

Five Little Thank-yous by Cindy Jin, illustrated by Dawn M. Cardona (Little Simon Books, ages 5 and younger)

This fun board book is perfect for the season. Add this one to your Thanksgiving Day plans to help little ones (and not-so-little ones) center the holiday on gratitude. 

Gobble Up, Snoopy! by Charles M. Schulz, adapted by May Nakamura, illustrated by Scott Jeralds (Ready-to-Read, ages 5 – 7) Another entry into the Thanksgiving book list, this book has short, simple chapters and a sweet story that celebrates being thankful. 

Sweep by Louise Greg, illustrated by Júlia Sardà (Simon and Schuster, ages 4 – 8) Ed is in a bad mood. What happens when one fallen leaf piles on another and another and another? What happens when a bad mood piles up like those autumn leaves and spreads all over the place? This beautifully illustrated tale starts a conversation about big feelings and how to keep them from spiraling out of control. 

Turkey Trot Plot: Nancy Drew Clue Book #12 by Carolyn Keene, illustrated by Peter Francis (Aladdin, ages 6 – 9) When the chocolate turkey prize goes missing on the morning of the annual Thanksgiving-themed race, it’s up to Nancy Drew and friends to solve the case. 

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Simon and Schuster, ages 4 – 8) Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o brings an important message with this incredible book. In it, Nyong'o, who said she was teased about her night-shaded skin, addresses real beauty, loving yourself and being kind to yourself and others. 

5-Minute Stories by Margaret Wise Brown (Silver Dolphin, ages 3 – 5) This collection of eight beloved stories is beautifully illustrated and ideal for bedtime. Each story can be read aloud in five minutes and will send littles off to sleep with wonderful things for building dreams.

Plan ahead:

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith (Silver Dolphin, ages 6 – 8). This book is designed as an Advent story in 24½ chapters. Start reading it on Dec. 1 for a fun lead-in to Christmas Day. Following each chapter is an activity idea – everything from making gingerbread cookies (recipe included) to performing random acts of kindness. This is one to read together for holiday seasons to come.