• 2010 ALA Notable Children's Book
  • 2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
  • 2010 Texas Library Association 2X2 Reading List
  • 2010 CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Center)
  • 2009 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration
  • 2010 Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
  • 2010/2011 Gelett Burgess Award - Children's Book of the Year

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Listen to Pat Mora introduce ¡Gracias! Thanks! at

Pat explains why she decided to write a book about gratitude for children. Video provided by WETV's ¡Colorín Colorado!.

2014: 5th Anniversary

Lee & Low Books, illustrated by John Parra
Bilingual audio edition produced by Lorito Books
Download a hi-res jpeg of the book jacket.

There are so many things to be thankful for.
For one young boy, it’s
   flying ladybugs,
     splashing ocean waves,
     a best friend,
Pages from Gracias    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!"

Highlighted Reviews
Green star icon"From 'the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long, white beard' … a little Latino boy says '¡gracias!' with sweetly ingenuous enthusiasm. Mora has a keen sense of the concrete, child-friendly detail, and it's put to splendid use here. Readers will find themselves nodding in agreement as the unnamed narrator gives thanks to the ladybug that lands on his finger, the bees that don't sting him and his little brother, who throws mashed peas at their sister … For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias!"—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Green star icon"From the sun waking him up in the morning to a cricket chirping him to sleep at night, a young boy gives thanks for the many things and people who enrich his life. These blessings are remarkable for their childlike imagination and fresh imagery: 'Por mis piyamas viejos, tan suaves que me siento como si me estuviera poniendo aire, gracias. / For my old pajamas, so soft they feel like I'm putting on air, thanks.' … Books of thanks can run toward clichés, but the originality and liveliness of language and art in this one will inspire children to consider their own blessings."—Booklist, starred review

"A boy recounts the many things he is thankful for, like his time at the beach and the bees that don't sting him when he is outside playing. The poetic writing flows in both Spanish and English and carries a sense of happiness brought by the simple things in life. … his delightful bilingual book has universal appeal and would be a wonderful choice for library storytimes or classroom read-alouds as the "giving thanks" theme lends itself to holidays and social topics."—School Library Journal

"Often poetic (the ladybug is "a little red flying surprise"), often funny (the boy is thankful for his mother, who found his lost homework), Mora's text is presented in Spanish first, then English, a respectful nod to Spanish-speaking readers. Parra's folk-art-style acrylic illustrations look as though they're painted on wood; the lines and imperfections give the pictures a worn, homey appearance that matches the sweetness of the text and the old-fashioned feel of the setting."—Horn Book

"From bees that don't sting and secret dollars from Abuelita to Papa's thick chocolate "mud" and airy soft pajamas, the boy's expressions of gratitude will ring true with children from all cultural backgrounds. However, it is the subdued folk-art illustrations, imbued with elements of magical realism that will have parents, teachers, and educators waxing nostalgic for their own simple childhood joys. A delightful alternative to traditional "thanksgiving" books, this simplistic offering is wonderful for both public and school library collections."—REFORMA News

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