Gracias • Thanks
By Pat Mora
Illustrated by John Parra
There are so many things to be thankful for.
For one young boy, it’s
splashing ocean waves,
a best friend,
Dad’s thick chocolate syrup,
and much more.
Straight from the heart of a child flows this lighthearted bilingual celebration of family, friendship, and fun. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, "¡Gracias! Thanks!"
Watch Pat Mora's interview with Reading Rockets
Read author Pat Mora’s letter to teachers about inspiring students with poetry in the Lee & Low Poetry Resource Guide for Teachers.
Check out Gracias • Thanks in the Building Classroom Community in Kindergarten unit and collection.
About the Creators
is the author of numerous award-winning children’s books. She is also the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at www.patmora.com.
Photo: Cheron Bayna
is a graphic artist, an illustrator, and a fine artist. His paintings have been exhibited in many gallery shows around the United States, and much of his work is inspired by his knowledge and appreciation of his Hispanic heritage. Parra has illustrated two recent picture books: P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet and My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela. He and his wife live in South Richmond Hill, New York. Parra’s Web site is johnparraart.com.
About This Title
Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education
Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)
Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
Gelett Burgess Center
Golden Kite Award, Picture Book Illustration
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Suggested Reading List
New York State Reading Association
Interest Level:Grades K - 4
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Nature/Science, Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Poetry, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Imagination, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Environment/Nature, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Bilingual, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Integrity/Honesty , Optimism/Enthusiasm
Part of These Collections
Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Thanksgiving and Gratitude Collection, Lee & Low Poetry Collection, Sibling Collection Grades K-5, Poetry Grades PreK-2, Latin American Spanish / Bilingual Collection Grades PreK-2, Pura Belpré Award Collection, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Bilingual Bestsellers, Pat Mora Collection , Bilingual English/Spanish Collection , Building Classroom Community for Kindergarten, NYU Nancy Cloud Collection