On this day in which we give thanks for the people who make our lives so very special, I am also thankful for the amazing authors whose words have made a deep and lasting impression.

I am thankful for Hard Times by Charles Dickens, particularly the character Rachael, for whom I am named.

I am thankful for The Big Tidy Up by Norah Smaridge, illustrated by Les Gray, and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. These books launched me into reading and I am forever grateful for the clever rhyme and cunning pictures in these titles that captivated my imagination and tickled my tongue.

I am thankful for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, which added hilarity to long family car trips during the holidays. And taught me a beauty tip I still use—Vaseline eyelids!

I am thankful for Black is brown is tan by Arnold Adoff, which opened my eyes to poetry.

I am thankful for With Love From Karen by Marie Killilea. This book about the joys and challenges of raising a child with cerebral palsy in the 1950s is a great read and was a great comfort as I learned to navigate middle school.

I am thankful for The Pistachio Prescription by Paula Danziger and for all of her other mousy brown haired heroines. Very reassuring to read that brunettes have fun too!

I am thankful for The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which showed me that it is perfectly reasonable to look at the world in many different ways.

I am thankful for The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck, which I have read a half dozen times, and within its multi-layered complexity, find a new and remarkable meaning each time.

I am thankful for Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton, which started my own kids reading.

I am thankful for A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke, which my husband read aloud to our whole family.

Books give us so much to be grateful for—from special time with family to new experiences to joy, comfort and a lifetime of pleasure. I am truly thankful for books.


  1. What a delightful picture of your reading life!

  2. I think there needs to be a Thankful for Books or a Book Gratitude Day. If there can be a Talk Like a Pirate Day, then there can be, should be, a Talk About Your Favorite Book Day.

    The Winter of Our Discontent-that’s the Steinbeck book kids should read in school rather than The Pearl. For memorable endings, read East of Eden.

    One of the first books I’d add to my Thankful for Books Day, is The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss. It’s the true story of a couple who adopted a dozen children. It deals with racism, financial struggles, and the issues inherent in a large family. I kept wondering how I could move in with the Doss family.

    • Rachael Worthington Walker

      We totally need a Talk About Your Favorite Book Day! I’d also go for a Dress in Character Day.

      I’ve never read The Family Nobody Wanted. Thanks for the recommendation. Will have to check it out!

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