Read these picture books about manners over and over again with your children to help them start learning proper etiquette.
When it comes to teaching good manners to kids, it’s never as simple as saying it once.
In addition to recommending good manners books for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and classroom resources to teach kids your kids proper etiquette!
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Children’s Books About Manners
We’ve read a number of these books about manners with y own kids over and over again.
I’m thrilled to say that adults often tell me how well-behaved children I have – oh if they only knew how crazy they are at home. Ha!
I have to say, Do Unto Otters was one of my boys all-time favorite books.
If you can get it the Audio CD that goes with it – do it! We listened to that sucker a million times in the car.
Manner Books for Kids
2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule!
2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator Honor.
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts.
Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying, as it sweetly reminds us all that even the rudest cake can learn to change its ways.
2011 Caldecott Honor! It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself!
Energetically illustrated with glowing colors — and offering humorous story-within-a-story views — this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of ) spirited little chicks.
With charming illustrations and humorous verse, this newer book will be treasured by Madeline fans of all ages.
Madeline loves adventure and is not afraid of mice. She loves winter, snow, and ice. And she also knows the secret to being polite is simply to be kind to others.
With help from her friends — Miss Clavel, the girls, and even Pepito — Madeline introduces basic ideas such as please and thank you, sharing, cleaning up, and so much more.
Lacey Walker loves to talk. She talks all day, and sometimes all night. But when she loses her voice, Lacey learns the importance of listening. She learns about all of the things she misses out on every day.
This relatable picture book teaches an important life lesson for preschoolers and older.
He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember!
This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens.
But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy?
Melvin throws fit after fit when he doesn’t get what he wants.
He must learn how to deal with disappointment. After all, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it’s earned her the nickname, Decibella!
Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the five volumes of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.
If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal … right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules … and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool?
Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place?
Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.
Penguin learns to say please in different situations throughout this sturdy board book.
With simple text and vibrant photos, this is an excellent way to start teaching manners.
Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama’s not so sure it’s time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks?
It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly. But wait–Nelly has Llama’s little Fuzzy Llama! Llama has a sharing drama!
Written with style, wit, and rhythm, personal space camp addresses the complex issue of respect for another person s physical boundaries.
Told from Louis perspective, this story is a must-have resource for parents, teachers, and counselors who want to communicate the idea of personal space in a manner that connects with kids.
Groups of ebullient mice narrate this humorous text as young children try in vain to get what they want, learning along the way that it is helpful to say “Please,” “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” and “I’m sorry.” Oh, and you have to mean it, too.
As a companion book to the popular Time to Pee!, Mo Willems has created a book on manners in his own signature style.
The Way I Act explores thirteen ways of behaving. The friendly verses and bold illustrations convey many positive ideas of how to act in a variety of situations.
In the companion book, The Way I Feel, children learned that feelings come and go and simply are.
Books about Manners for Parents and Teachers
From meeting new people to being a courteous guest to texting a group of friends, kids will have fun as they learn to use manners in a way that will make their lives easier and more enjoyable.
With 50 essential manners, plus interactive quizzes, entertaining examples, and at-home practice exercises, A Kids’ Guide to Manners teaches kids where, when, and how to use manners as they relate to everyday life.
365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children and Teens Learn Etiquette
If you’ve ever cringed at the sight of your ten-year-old waltzing through the neighbor’s front door without an invitation, or struggled to teach your teenager proper “netiquette” for navigating the complicated world of social networks, you know the importance of teaching kids that manners matter.
Lovingly written and illustrated, Guide to Good Manners provides families with an opportunity to learn about manners in a fun, engaging way.
From table etiquette to proper behavior at school and with friends, Guide to Good Manners covers everything children need to know to become courteous and caring individuals.
Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules
What are the Dos and Don’ts for making and keeping friends? How can you decode body language clues? What’s the best way to keep a conversation going?
Just like learning multiplication tables, social skills don’t come naturally―every child has to learn them. Luckily, this book makes mastering social skills super fun with 50 awesome activities.
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