Gather Together and Be Grateful
by Marcy Goldman
As the days grow shorter and we get ready to turn back the clocks, it’s the perfect time for grabbing a cozy blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Soon the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be upon us, and it is easy to forget to appreciate what we have.
This month take a step back from all the noise and gather with the family
to talk about all the things we have to be grateful for every day. Here are a few books that can spark some discussion about the ways we can be thankful — even for the small things that can bring us joy when looked at in the right light.
Look and Be Grateful by Tomie DePaola
In this very simple picture book, Tomie DePaola encourages readers to “open your eyes” and observe the beauty in everyday things. A young boy awakens in the morning to look out the window and see the sun shining and ladybugs flying. The author conveys the message that each day is a gift to be thankful for and that when we are truly present we can see the glory of each new day.
Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell
In this sweet picture book, some friends have a slumber party with dancing, hide and seek and, at the end of the night, a bedtime story. Before they settle in to fall asleep, they take some time to say what they are thankful for — from the sun and the moon to night birds singing. Parents can use this timely story to show their children how to find things to be grateful for every day.
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
Even Elephant and Piggie know how to be thankful! In the last installment about this loveable duo, Piggie realizes she is “one lucky pig.” Follow Piggie throughout the book as she says thanks to many of the friends she has met along the way — being sure not to leave anyone out.
Now by Antoinette Portis
Follow along as a young girl takes the reader on a visual journey of some of her favorite things. Antoinette Portis uses simple phrases and illustrations to touch on the idea of mindfulness. This is a beautiful book that shows how being present in every moment can make you appreciate everything from mud and rain to just being in the “now.”
The Circle of Thanks: Native American Poems and Songs of Thanksgiving told by Joseph Bruchac
This is a collection of poems gathered from different Native American tribes that give thanks and appreciation to the natural world around us.
Thanks a Million poems by Nikki Grimes
This book is a collection of poems presented in different styles all with a message of thanks and gratitude.
Upcoming Events at the Hamden Public Library
Movement and Music with Lynn Lewis (ages 1-5) on Friday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Make a Multicolored Stretch Bracelet with Pony Beads! (ages 8-10) on
Tuesday, November 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. Materials and instruction will be provided.
Potterpalooza! (ages 10 and up) on Tuesday, November 14 from 5- 7 p.m. Come and join us in the Great Hall as we celebrate our love for the wizarding world! Draco and the Malfoys will be here to help us rock out, while you enjoy some magical crafts. Put on your robes and join us as we celebrate all things Harry Potter!
Science Outside the Box (ages 8-12) on Thursday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m. Join Jane Copes and make some fun and challenging individual and partner board games to take home.
LEGO® Club (ages 4 and up) on Friday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Come get creative and build with our LEGO bricks.
Children’s Craft: Make a Turkey (ages 4 and up) on Monday, November 20 at
Hamden Public Library hosts story time sessions for specific age groups. All story time sessions run for five weeks throughout the school year and registration is required in person or by phone. Please call 203-230-3770 or visit the children’s page of the website for more information regarding our story time sessions. We also offer drop in story time groups at our two branch locations.
The Hamden Public Library is located at 2901 Dixwell Ave. For more information and to register for our programs call, 203-230-3770, or visit www.hamdenlibrary.org.
Marcy Goldman is the Head of Children’s Services at the Hamden Public Library.