Biting (unfortunately) seems to be a stage many toddlers go through. While we won't get into child psychology here, children's books are a great way to approach the subject in a way that's positive rather than negative and gives parents and children a shared framework they can use to discuss biting (and why you shouldn't do it!) when it situations arise. If you're looking for books for your occasionally aggressive toddler who struggles with hiting or biting, or just want to head off the issue we've compiled a list of children's books to discourage biting.
This list contains books like the very popular Teeth Are Not For Biting as well as some books that are newer to the scene such as Little Dinos Don't Bite or People Don't Bite People. Since biting is primarily a toddler issue, this list focuses on board and picture books, which are ideal for those in the biting stages. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!
Little Dino has lots of sharp teeth and starts using them to bite objects and other dinosaurs. He must learn to use them in the right way. Part of the Hello Genius series of books, this sturdy board book reinforces positive behavior, teaches good manners, and visually shows that objects and people should not be bitten.
Can you bite your mom? No! What can you bite? An apple! Karen Katz’s books are a must-have for every new mom and dad because they focus on how toddlers grow up and become more social.
While biting people may be a really niche behavioral problem, whether or not you have a biter, you’re sure to enjoy the clever rhymes and awesome illustrations (I love Molly Idle’s illustrations always, and this is no exception!)
It’s good to bite a carrot. It’s good to bite a steak. It’s bad to bite your sister! She’s not a piece of cake.
Cause… People don’t bite people! That’s what this book’s about. So if you find you’re tooth-inclined— you’d better check it out!
This book is slightly moralizing and direct in its instructions but the message “don’t bite!” is definitely very clear and present throughout and it gives specific alternatives children can try based on the different triggers they may be experiencing for biting.
“Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.” Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives.
The companion to our best-selling Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book, Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.
The inspired Polly Dunbar wraps up her series about Tilly and Friends with two beguiling new adventures. When Doodle the alligator is feeling bitey, the backside of Tumpty the elephant looks very tempting. But now Tumpty is sore — in more ways than one — and promptly stamps on Doodle’s tail. No wonder everyone’s upset! Luckily, the friends agree to apologize, and all is well — at least until Doodle starts to feel bitey again. . . .
Bootsie Barker Bites - Seeing bully Bootsie Barker get her comuppance is guaranteed to make young readers smile. It’s the worst when Bootsie Barker comes to my house. Bootsie’s the one who pulls my hair and tears my books. She hates Charlene, my pet salamander. She says that I’m a turtle and she’s a turtle-eating dinosaur. Uh-oh, I think I hear a car pulling up. That’s her now! Eeek!