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Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer


Take Heart, My Child: A Mother's Dream

Ainsley Earhardt - 2016
    Take Heart, My Child is a lyrical lullaby, and Ainsley shares her own hopes and dreams, and lets her child know that whatever challenges life brings, “Take heart, my child, I will—or, my love will—always be there for you.” It’s a universal message, one that all readers will relate to. In the “Story Behind the Story,” Ainsley talks about growing up and how her father would write messages to her and her siblings each morning, leaving notes at the breakfast table, so that his children would know they were loved, empowered, protected, and cherished.

Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed

Emily Pearson - 2002
    When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world.

You Make Me Smile

Layn Marlow - 2013
    Hooray! With a warm hat and scarf, it's time to get out of the house and into the bright, white world.Soft illustrations follow a rosy-cheeked girl through the steps of building a snowman. His radish-red nose, shiny black eyes, and perfect smile will warm the hearts of readers.

Give Thanks to the Lord: Celebrating Psalm 92

Karma Wilson - 2007
    Told from the point of view of one young member of an extended family, Give Thanks to the Lord celebrates all the joys of the autumn holiday, from the arrival of distant relatives to a cozy house filled with noisy good cheer to apple cider and the delicious smells of roasting turkey and baking pies. And just when mouths are watering, the family sits down, holds hands, and says a prayer of thanks to God for 'food and fun and family, all the wonderful things we see.' Young readers will delight in each tender rhyme as they learn to appreciate their own many blessings in this full-color picture book for kids. KARMA WILSON Her first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, 'I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!' Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising threekids. In her spare hours Karma spends time in the wilderness, lifts weights, cooks, and kickboxes. And she loves writing. Karma lives in Fione, MT.AMY JUNE BATES has illustrated dozens of children's books. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and their son, Evan.

Holy Bible: A Child's First Bible

Kenneth N. Taylor - 2000
    "A Child's First Bible" is a collection of 125 of the most familiar Bible passages, from both the Old and New Testaments. Beginning with the story of Creation and ending with Revelation, the text is retold in simple words by well-known author and translator Kenneth N. Taylor. With its charming illustrations and clear, inspiring text, "A Child's First Bible" is a must for every child's bookshelf. FEATURES All the great characters and stories of the Bible are included in this beautiful treasury Clear, easy-to-read text is appropriate for young readers, and also fun to read aloud to the pre- school child Simple questions at the end of each Bible passage are designed to highlight important biblical truths.

I Want to be a Cowgirl

Jeanne Willis - 2001
    Meet a city girl with a big Wild West dream."I don't want to be a good girl-Good girls have no fun.I can't play quiet games indoors,I love the rain and sun.I don't want to be a girly girlWho likes to sit and chat.I just want to be a cowgirl, Daddy,What's so wrong with that?"From the window of a high-rise city apartment, a little girl imagines a very different view and dreams of a very different life, but does it have to be just a dream? The big city meets the wild Wild West in Jeanne Willis's lyrical text, accompanied by hilarious illustrations from Tony Ross.

My Daddy and Me

Tina Macnaughton - 2008
    When Little Bear is with his Daddy, he is the fastest, tallest, happiest Little Bear in the whole world. Warm colors and a gentle rhyming text illustrate the special bond between this father and child. This beautiful book is the perfect gift for Father's Day. Look for My Mommy and Me, also by Tina Macnaughton, to complete the perfect set.

A Blessing from Above

Patti Henderson - 1998
    One day, as she rests under a tree, a baby bird falls out of its crowded nest--plop!--right into her pouch!Now, every night before they fall asleep, Momma-Roo and Little One thank God for all their blessings . . . but especially for each other.The book closes with a quote from Ephesians 1:5: "In love he destined us for adoption to himself. . . ."

Because of You

B.G. Hennessy - 2005
    As children grow and learn, they can teach others and share feelings, ideas, and things. Just as each of us sometimes needs help, we can also find ways to help others. The author and illustrator of MY BOOK OF THANKS reunite to show, through everyday examples, how acts of kindness, understanding, and generosity — no matter how small — can make all the difference in the world.

The Ticky-Tacky Doll

Cynthia Rylant - 2002
    They do everything together--eat, sleep, play, even dream. Then school starts, and for the first time the little girl has to leave her beloved companion behind at home. Without the ticky-tacky doll by her side, she grows more sad-eyed and lonely each day. Luckily, Grandmama knows just what to do. . . .

We Believe in You

Beth Ferry - 2020
    Do you believe that dreams come true?We believe it.Absolutely!Just like we believe in you.New York Times-bestselling author Beth Ferry and Caldecott honoree Molly Idle join forces in this stunning new picture book about the power and joy of believing in yourself and in one another.

Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms

Christine Kole MacLean - 2002
    When he's fighting fires, serving and protecting, and rescuing people at sea, he's too busy to show Mom any affection. Still, she keeps reminding him that even these tough guys hug their moms. Eventually, even happily, the boy gives in. This lively picture book celebrates imaginative play and family togetherness as it pays a subtle tribute to today's heroes.

Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting

Jo Witek - 2011
    . . and waiting . . . and waiting for a new sibling to arrive. The protagonist is so eager to step into her role as a big sister that she’s starting early! She sticks close to her mama so she can sing songs to her sibling-to-be (loudly, of course) and explain all the great things waiting in the outside world (cupcakes! strawberries! swimming!).

Different Like Me

Xochitl Dixon - 2020
    In Different Like Me, follow a diverse group of children as they work together to help a giant fish balloon toward a surprising conclusion that will delight children. Celebrate our differences and uncover what we have in common on this whimsical journey that reminds readers that no matter how different, all of us are a part of God’s wonderful creation.

There is a Rainbow

Theresa Trinder - 2021
    A hopeful, timely picture book that helps us all see the rainbows that connect us!On the other side of a window, there is a neighbor.On the other side of a sadness, there is a hug.And on the other side of a storm, there is a rainbow.Sometimes we are separated by distance, sometimes by the way we feel. Even though the world is full of barriers that can make us feel unconnected, we are all just on one end of a rainbow. Connected by all that color and light, there is always something, or someone, waiting for us on the other side.Poetically told with an uplifting message for some of life's most difficult moments, this book encourages readers to look past their immediate surroundings and find comfort, community, and inner courage—all are closer than we might think.Inspired by the multitude of rainbows found in the windows of homes around the world following the coronavirus lockdown, this uplifting picture book shares a message of hope and resilience that is truly timeless.• TIMELY: Sweet, sincere, and uplifting, this book offers comfort to readers young and old. Its graceful approach to navigating both today's difficulties and the inevitable obstacles of the future makes this a staple picture book little ones and their parents will cherish for years and return to time and again.• HOPEFUL: This book provides a much-needed dose of realistic optimism, encouraging readers to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Painting a believable picture of what is and what might be, it also shows readers all the wonderful things within our reach, even in difficult times. Its underlying message has the potential to change perspectives.• COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The book's emphasis on finding a network of support—whether it's among family members a phone call away, the neighbors right across the street, or a wider community accessible through technology—is particularly potent. Imbued with the unshakeable sense that we are never alone, this is one picture book with a message everyone can get behind, and which will, itself, spread hope from home to home, community to community.• READ ALOUD: As this reassuring picture book artfully reveals what's on the other side of both concrete objects and abstract ideas, it smartly uses the page turn to do so—it will have young readers eagerly turning the page to complete each sentence, to see what's on the other side. It provides the perfect read-aloud experience for story time in the classroom, in the library, and at home.• THE INSPIRATION: This picture book was inspired by the author's own experiences during the COVID-19 crisis.Perfect for:• Children going through a wide variety of difficult experiences, possibly for the first time• Parents and grandparents looking for a hopeful, comforting picture book• Caretakers and gift givers looking for profound, beautifully written, optimistic picture books• Teachers, librarians, and booksellers looking for the perfect uplifting read-aloud option• Fans of picture books that teach new perspectives