Stories for Kids: Theme of Gratitude and Kindness ~ Thanksgiving Stories

Stories for Kids: Theme of Gratitude and Kindness ~ Thanksgiving Stories

This collection of stories for kids showcase the themes of Gratitude and Kindness which make them perfect stories for the Thanksgiving holidays. Our collection of short stories for kids contain positive moral messages. Share a Thanksgiving story and spread gratitude and kindness to others.

The Greatest Gift: The Tale of Auden and His Bear

Audun and His Bear

A boy named Audun brings a great bear as a gift to one king. But what will the other king think?

Baba Yaga The Witch

Natasha is sent deep into the forest to face the witch, Baba Yaga – early reader version.

Pumpkin in the Jar

A Bedtime Stories Classic: A maiden must figure out how to fit a full pumpkin into a tiny-necked jar.

The Talking Eggs

The talking eggs of a magical and strange old woman can bring one great fortune.

The Talking Fish Story

The Talking Fish

A Story of Generosity and Keeping a Promise from Armenia. 

A fisherman, who is fired after he saves the life of a talking fish, is desperate.

The Troll in the Ditch

Pedar is rushing to get to Lisa’s house- why take time to help a little old troll in a ditch?

Teaching the Theme of Gratitude with Stories to Grow by

Three Stories with a Theme of Gratitude:

For Classroom Use at Thanksgiving and Year-Round 

Thanksgiving is almost here! How will you be teaching the theme of Gratitude in your classroom this year?

We look for thought-provoking stories that encompass the virtues we hope our students showcase, not only around the holidays, but all throughout the year. One free resource is  Stories to Grow by, an award-winning selection of kid-tested multicultural stories. The three tales featured below provide shining examples of Thanksgiving themes such as Gratitude, Friendship, and Kindness.  Dramatic versions of the first two stories are also freely available as Reader’s Theater and can offer entertaining read-aloud opportunities.  

Androcles and the Lion:  Androcles is an escaped slave who runs away from his cruel Roman master.  Wandering in the woods, he meets a lion in distress. This Fable comes from the collection of “Aesop’s Fables.”  Aesop is credited as author of hundreds of fables, many of which are still taught as morality lessons and used as subjects for various entertainments, especially for children's plays and cartoons.  Help yourself to Stories to Grow by’s Reader’s Theater script for “Androcles and the Lion.

Baba Yaga:  Natasha is sent deep into the forest by her stepmother to face the witch Baba Yaga.  Baba Yaga has the frightening power to embody her hut, such that the hut stands on hen’s legs and hops about to chase its child-victims. In this classic Russian fairytale, Natasha befriends several enchanted creatures trapped by Baba Yaga, and they in turn help Natasha to escape. 

The Queen and the Mouse:  A Queen is captured and imprisoned, along with her infant daughter, in the tallest room of a tower.  She has but one friend – a charming dancing mouse. This French fairytale drives to a moment of reckoning when a magical old woman offers the Queen a chance to free her baby daughter – but only if the Queen hands over the mouse.

Happy Thanksgiving Storytelling~ 


Stories to Grow by presents our award-winning collection of Stories for Kids by Theme and Category.

Our Children's Stories consist of Classic Fairy Tales, Folktales (or folk tales), Riddle Stories, Legends and Myths from all over the world! Our Moral Stories for Kids each contain a positive message to leave a lasting impression.

Explore our collection of Children's Stories ~ Folktales from around the world. Folktales (or folk tales) are stories that have been shared from generation to generation by word of mouth. Folktales consist of Fairy Tales (or fairytales), Animal tales, Legends, Myths and Riddle Stories which you will find here! Our short moral stories for children are Kid-tested, Multicultural and feature positive moral messages to leave a lasting impression on the children in your lives! You will find funny, heart-warming and interesting stories all with positive morals.

Our folktale stories make wonderful Bedtime stories or the perfect Moral stories for the classroom to build character and teach Language Arts skills!  Our short stories are multi-cultural, kid-tested and all contain positive moral messages. So share one of our stories with a child today and create a lesson that will last a lifetime.

What does Kid-tested mean? Kid-tested and approved means they were edited until they were loved by our kid-testers. When kids love what they are reading, they internalize the stories. Since all of our Stories and Reader’s Theater Play Scripts have positive moral messages, that’s exactly the point! We guarantee that kids will love our Stories & Scripts and so will you!

Did you know? Over 20 of our Award-Winning Children's Stories, such as Two BrothersHaku's Power and The Three Princes, have been featured in educational textbooks all over the world, including such major publishers as Cambridge Press, Oxford University Press and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. They have also been featured in such State tests as the Florida State Assessment, Utah Sage Assessment and North Carolina State Assessment, as well as Nationwide tests such as the Common Core Exam and ETS Winsight Assessment.  Happy Storytelling!