Young children don’t instinctively know how to be! They’re looking to us as parents, teachers and mentors to show them how to act and behave towards others. These childrens books about respect are a great way to emphasize what you’re already teaching!
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Childrens Books about Respect
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners: Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters. But he doesn’t know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you’d like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl. In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule!
What If Everybody Did That?: 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.
Better Than a Princess: With a trip to the store for a new dress, a visit to a café for lunch, and a stop at the beauty salon for a new hairdo there were ample opportunities for her to practice her good manners. That princess, who had been so helpful in the past, showed up again to guide her into being her best by being polite, courteous and in control of herself. Now what could be better than being a princess? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
The Way I Act: Friendly, brave, considerate, curious, on the go. My actions show who I am now, and how I want to grow! Explore the world of behavior through this delightful book of actions. The Way I Act takes a child on a journey through positive choices, with all the fun they can bring.
Know and Follow Rules: A child who can’t follow rules is a child who’s always in trouble. This book starts with simple reasons why we have rules: to help us stay safe, learn, be fair, and get along. Then it presents just four basic rules: “Listen,” “Best Work,” “Hands and Body to Myself,” and “Please and Thank You.” The focus throughout is on the positive sense of pride that comes with learning to follow rules. Includes questions and activities adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
The Berenstain Bears Respect Each Other: Gramps and Gran go on a picnic with Mama and Papa Bear and the cubs. As the family searches high and low for the perfect picnic spot, they end up learning a few things about good manners and respecting others. The Berenstain Bears Respect Each Other entertains readers while relaying the importance of the golden rule.
Treat Me Right!: Kids Talk About Respect: Uses an advice-column format to define respect for others, respect for property, and respect for oneself, and demonstrates how respect is used in daily situations.
Everyone Matters: A First Look at Respect for Others: Children learn that having respect means treating everyone fairly. But there are some types of respect that each person must earn for themselves–by keeping promises, by being honest in what they say and do, and being polite and respectful to others. Most important of all, boys and girls learn that people who are different deserve just as much respect as close friends.
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RESPECT STUDY UNIT
In addition to recommending books about respect, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and classroom respect unit study resources! These unit study resources may contain affiliate links.