8 Books and Journals to Inspire Gratitude in Kids

Baystateparent Magazine

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about everything we have to be thankful for. Although it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving, being thankful throughout the year could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life. There are science-back benefits to practicing gratitude -- especially for kids. Grateful children tend to be happier, more optimistic, and report more satisfaction with their schools, families, friends, and themselves.

What better time to get started? Here are our favorite journals and books to help inspire gratitude in kids and teens, whether it’s flipping through a picture book or jotting down reflections at the end of the day. 

My 26 Week Gratitude Journal 

By Suzanne Culleton and Linda Culleton 

My 26 Week Gratitude Journal

Simple prompts in this journal help children identify and recognize all the things in their life that they can be thankful for. A variety of activities, puzzles, yoga, games, and stickers are also included. Weekly activities and games can be removed from the journal and put in a place kids will see daily, such as the fridge or their bedroom. 

Thankful 

By Elaine Vickers; Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill 

Thankful

A little girl writes down the things she’s thankful for on strips of paper and links them together. As one idea leads to another, her chain grows longer. Brought to life by diorama-like 3-D illustration style, and inspired by the author’s personal family tradition of creating thankful chains, this new picture book is a reminder to observe life’s small joys. 

Gratitude is My Superpower 

By Alicia Ortega 

Gratitude is my Superpower

With the help of a magic stone, Betsy begins to feel gratitude for her parents, friends, and toys. When she forgets to use the magic of her stone she realizes that the power of gratitude is hidden in her heart. This book helps little ones learn that happiness is made up of simple things in life, both small and big.

Thankful Thoughts Journal for Kids 

By Stacey Ventimiglia

Thankful Thoughts Gratitude Journal for Kids

This journal asks kids to identify their “peaks” as well as their “valleys” each day, reminding them that every day will have its good parts and its bad parts. This gives daily practice to creating a lifelong attitude of looking for the good. It also asks a different question each day, such as “How did you show kindness today?” or “What did you learn today?” 

Gratitude Finder Journal 

By Denise Albright

Gratitude Finder by Reminder Binder

This bright and cheery journal by Reminder Binder comes in an array of colors and styles to match your little one’s personality. There’s just enough room to jot a quick note of gratitude each day, along with weekly prompts to record encouraging notes, memorable experiences, and special people. Four pages of stickers make the daily habit fun for kids. 

Things That Don’t Totally Suck 

Mindful Magic Journals 

Things That Don't Totally Suck

Designed for teens, this journal is fun, realistic and easy to fill in. Teen-friendly prompts include: “What didn’t totally suck today?” “What was actually kind of cool?” and “What are you excited to do tomorrow?” 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 

By Dr. Seuss 

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

"When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad . . .you should do what I do!" So begins the terrific advice of the wise old man in the Desert of Drize. This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss's trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.

Gratitude Soup 

By Olivia Rosewood 

Gratitude Soup

Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. Perfect for teaching children about gratitude with fun and play, this rhyming picture book combines collage and watercolors as the fairy tells her own story of cooking with gratitude.