Children’s Corner: Giving Thanks

4 Nov

5115nlrxhuL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

eileenpic3Eileen Spinelli is the author of many picture books and poetry collections, including A Big Boy Now, Hug a Bug, and the bestselling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, among others. When she writes a story, she has an instant audience: her twenty-five grandchildren and husband, Jerry (also a writer). Aside from story making, Eileen teaches creative writing and poetry. The Spinellis live in Media, Pennsylvania.



UnknownLove surrounds you, beauty, too.

Notice how God blesses you!

Clap your hands, shout and sing:

Thank you, Lord, for everything.

A comfortable and relaxing rhyme tells the story of God’s great blessings in this padded cover board book. P.J. Lyons’ engaging text and Tim Warnes’ playful illustrations remind readers how much they have to be thankful for.

31PBIMZlb7L._UX250_P J Lyons received a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children at Vermont College and is the author of The Little Lion’s Bible (Zondervan 2012), The Little Lamb’s Bible (Zondervan 2012), and The Wonderful World That God Made (Kregel 2004). She currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


My Impressions:

Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

An attitude of thankfulness isn’t a one day thing. And while there are some great Thanksgiving books, a book that focuses on being thankful everyday in everything is perfect to have on the shelf. In this case there are two! Eileen Spinelli’s Thankful and P. J. Lyons’ Thank You, Lord, for Everything are perfect for teaching children to look for things to be thankful for in the small and mundane. Fun rhymes and clever illustrations make both perfect for a family read-along. I recommend that you add these books to your permanent collection!


Audience: children 4-8

To purchase Thankful, click HERE.

To purchase Thank You, Lord, for Everything, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a review copies. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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