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 Children's Day, Book Day~El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Día), April 30th and every day of the year. You can learn more about Día here. Mora and her husband live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit her online at www.patmora.com. You can read her full bio here.
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.