Grumpy or Grateful

Kids Learning About Gratitude


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Book summary:

When Clara goes to her Grandparent’s farm, she and her cousin Kiara make the choice to notice the things that make them feel happy and grateful. In this book, we focus on the development of gratitude, learning to notice what is good in our lives and being thankful for what we have. 

In the research, gratitude is consistently associated with greater personal happiness. Gratitude helps people experience more positive emotions, which improves health and relationships. And gratitude also improves our ability to deal with adversity.

Learning to make gratitude a part of each day is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children and to ourselves. We hope this book gives you and your family one more tool to bring the gift of gratitude to your family.

Grumpy or Grateful is the first in our series of books which explore some of the virtues, values, and experiences that help us grow as humans. Each book is a journey of discovery, watching the characters discover, understand, and choose the virtues and values that will help them live with greater purpose and joy. We hope these stories, and the activities available to support each story, will assist parents and guardians as you strive to build your families and raise strong humans.

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Grumpy or Grateful

Kids Learning About Gratitude

There is no greater good than instilling positive virtues in a young person.

This is a delightful story that brings me right back to my own childhood. It's easy to slip into being grumpy but so rewarding to make a choice to be grateful.

Parents and children will adore the characters and relate to the simple and charming setting of the story.

Grumpy or Grateful is sure to inspire gratitude in the hearts of the young and old.

Lisa Knoebel

Mom and Teacher

Grumpy or Grateful by Bob Sornson and Tonja Howard is a charming and beautifully illustrated book that imparts valuable life lessons to children.

Through Clara's story, it promotes kindness, gratitude, and a positive outlook on life.

It teaches children the importance of choosing their attitudes, making it a must-read for parents looking to instill important life skills in an engaging way.

Highly recommended!

Kelly Bernardi

Owner of Affinity Collaborations, LLC

Tonja & Bob skillfully approach the topic of gratitude in this beautiful work of social-emotional learning.

Filled with generational wisdom, this book gives loving direction that empowers the reader to practice the timeless values held within. The characters are down-to-earth, relatable, and engage in real-life scenarios that encourage kids to recall their own experiences and practically apply the concepts shown.

I highly recommend this series to all families who endeavor to give their children the gift of becoming whole, well-rounded people of virtue.

Allison Foley

Entrepreneur + Mom to Isaac & Luke

Meet the Authors

Bob Sornson

Bob Sornson worked as a high school special education teacher and then as a county and district school administrator for more than 30 years.

He is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation, which offers training and support materials for parents and schools, primarily focusing on establishing healthy behavior patterns and early learning success during the PK to Grade 3 early learning success during the PK to Grade 3 early childhood years.

Bob lives with his wife Nancy in Michigan and has four adult children (and some beautiful grandkids). He has performed training and keynotes in 48 states and several countries, and is the author of more than 20 books for educators, parents, and children.

Meet the Authors

Tonja Howard

Tonja Howard joined forces with the pioneers of the positive parenting movement early in her parenting journey.

She is a Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and Parenting Coach. She has also served on the Board of The Positive Discipline Association, which led her to spending countless hours in parenting groups, engaging with parents from diverse backgrounds. She became a mentor in "connected parenting" and continues to work in the parenting arena.

Tonja lives with her husband, Jason, they have two teenage daughters, three dogs and two horses. They split their time between Arizona and Idaho and love to travel.