Topic Guides: Children's Books about Manners & Behavior

book covers from Children's Manners list

Suggested Titles

Are You Going to Be Good? / Cari Best --- PZ7 .B46579 Ar 2005
While attending his first "night party" to celebrate Great-Gran Sadie's 100th birthday, Robert's manners disappoint family members and relatives but please the guest of honor, who loves his dance steps.

The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners / Stan & Jan Berenstain --- PZ7 .B4483 Bend 1985
Mama Bear comes up with a plan to correct the Bear family's rude behavior.

Let's Talk About Needing Attention / Joy Berry; illustrated by Maggie Smith --- JUV BF723.S25 L48 2008
Casey and his bird Peetie discuss the reasons and the ways to get attention.

The Good in Me from A to Z by Dottie / Lisa Blecker and C. Aaron Kreader --- PZ7 .B5435 Go 2006
This ABC book encourages young readers to appreciate good qualities.

Perfect Pigs: An Introduction to Manners / Marc Tolan Brown --- JUV BJ1857.C5 B67 1983
A simple introduction to good manners to use with family, friends, at school, during meals, with pets, on the phone, during games, at parties, and in public places.

Olivia / Ian Falconer --- PZ7 .F1865 Ol 2000
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

Thanks a Lot, Emily Post! / Jennifer LaRue Huget --- PZ7 .H872958 Thc 2009
When a mother instructs her children to behave according to Emily Post's rules of etiquette, they respond by insisting that Mother follow the rules, as well.

Big Red Lollipop / Rukhsana Khan; illustrated by Sophie Blackall --- PZ7 .K52654 Big 2010
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina's fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.

Eli's Lie-o-Meter: A Story About Telling the Truth / Sandra Levins --- PZ7 .L5792 El 2010
Eli learns about the consequences of his fibs and the value of telling the truth.

Be Polite and Kind / Cheri J. Meiners; illustrated by Meredith Johnson --- JUV BJ1533.C9 M45 2004
Demonstrates ways of showing politeness, speaking kindly, using basic courtesies, and respecting the feelings of others. Includes role-playing activities.

Dos and Don'ts / Todd Parr --- PZ7 .P2447 Do 2004
In illustrations and brief text, presents twelve rules to live by, accompanied by silly alternatives, such as "Do help keep the house clean" and "Don’t vacuum up the cat."

Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales / Jeanie Franz Ransom --- PZ7 .R1744 Don 2006
Mrs. McNeal turns her class of nineteen tattletales into respectful classmates who know how to behave in a true emergency. Includes note to parents.

The Bear Who Shared / Catherine Rayner --- PZ7 .R2297 Be 2011
Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree, and when it does he decides to share it with his two new friends.

No David! / David Shannon --- PZ7 .S52865 No 1998
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners / Judy Sierra --- PZ8.3 .S577 Sup 2012
Illustrates basic polite behavior that one might need to use while grocery shopping at the same time as a dinosaur.

Cutting In Line Isn't Fair! / Anastasia Suen ---  PZ7 .S94343 Cut 2008
A group of children learns the importance of being fair and waiting to take one's turn.

A Big Fat Enormous Lie / Marjorie Weinman Sharmat ---  PZ7 .S5299 Bi 1986
An empty cookie jar and a small boy with a problem lead to one big fat enormous lie.

Tumford's Rude Noises / Nancy Tillman --- PZ8.3.T4545 Tur 2012
Describes how Tumford the cat tests the patience of his parents by making loud and rude noises that compel a lesson in manners before company arrives.

Be Nice / Kate Tym; illustrated by Sarah Wade --- PZ7.T957 Be 2008
Exasperated by his careless behavior, Brian Boddington's long-suffering family decides to teach him some manners.

Say Please / Kate Tym; illustrated by Sarah Wade --- PZ7.T957 Say 2008
When Ernie's bossy cousin comes to visit, his best friend Peter discovers that he has not been treating Ernie very nicely and he decides to make some changes.

Tell the Truth / Kate Tym; illustrated by Sarah Wade --- PZ7.T957 Be 2008
Tanya eats all of her little sister's birthday cake, and then tries to blame it on alien cake burglars.

Hands Off, Harry! / Rosemary Wells --- PZ7 .W46843 Han 2011
Harry has trouble keeping his hands off his classmates until Tina thinks of the perfect piece of gym equipment to teach him about personal space.

Time to Say Please! / Mo Willems --- PZ7 .T56 W65 2005
Narrated by a group of friendly mice, an amusing book provides preschoolers with an introduction to manners through helpful demonstrations of when certain words and phrases such as excuse me and please, are used in social situations.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? / Jane Yolen --- PZ8.3 .Y76 Hp 2009
Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways dinosaurs can express their love, from cleaning up after making a mess to smiling sweetly instead of roaring.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? / Jane Yolen --- PZ8.3 .Y76 Ho 2000
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Last Updated: December 2013

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