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14 books and movies that inspire kids to be thankful

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Want to raise kids who are grateful for their blessings? Of course you do. This list of movies and books will inspire kids from toddlers to teens to be thankful well past Thanksgiving. From classic films such as "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and It's a "Wonderful Life" to new books such as "Last Stop on Market Street," you'll find lots of reasons to be grateful for this list of winning kids' picks.

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Bear Says Thanks

By Karma Wilson

Warm animal story celebrates gratitude and friendship.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

McElderry Books, 2012

Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de la Pena

Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015

The Monsters' Monster

By Patrick McDonnell

Frankenstein-like monster teaches his creators gratitude.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Little, Brown and Company, 2012

Crenshaw

By Katherine Applegate

Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Feiwel and Friends, 2015

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education and Changed the World

By Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

Inspiring memoir of teen Nobel laureate shot by Taliban.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Little, Brown and Company, 2014

March: Book One

By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin

Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.

Recommended for ages 12 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Top Shelf, 2013

Homeroom Diries

By James Patterson, Lisa Papademetriou

Cyberbullied teens promote happiness in sweet misfit tale.

Recommended for ages 14 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Hachette Book Group, 2014

WATCH

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Directed by Bill Melendez, Phil Roman

Paramount Pictures, 1973

Veggie Tales: Madame Blueberry

Great songs and a timely message about the dangers of greed.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Directed by Chris Olsen, Phil Vischer

Big Idea Productions, 1998

Freaky Friday

Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Directed by Mark Waters

Buena Vista, 2003

It's a Wonderful Life

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Directed by Frank Capra

RKO, 1946

Kindness Is Contagious

Warm, feel-good documentary about being nice is uplifting.

Recommended for ages 9 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Directed by David Gaz

Docurama, 2015

Groundhog Day

'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.

Recommended for ages 11 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Directed by Harold Ramis

Columbia Tristar, 1993

Forrest Gump

Moving and wonderful, but parent preview a good idea.

Recommended for ages 13 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Paramount Pictures, 1994

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