Gracias • Thanks

By Pat Mora
Illustrated by John Parra

Hardcover: out of stock

There are so many things to be thankful for.

For one young boy, it’s

    flying ladybugs,

        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!"

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Pat Mora - Author

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

Photo: Cheron Bayna

Thumb_thumb John Parra

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

About This Title


Hardcover: 9781600602580


Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Starred Review

Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews

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

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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

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