Best Kids Books About Good behavior

33 Kids Books About Good behavior

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Tea Rex book
#1
Tea Rex
Written and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

Maurice the Unbeastly book
#2
Maurice the Unbeastly
Written by Amy Dixon and illustrated by Karl James Mountford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

No ordinary beast, Maurice is neat, polite, photogenic, and his roar is delightful to the ear, which leads his parents to enroll him at the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts, where he realizes he has a few things he can teach his fellow beasts.

Gently Bentley book
#3
Gently Bentley
Written and illustrated by Caragh Buxton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A little rhino charges around his house and school. Everyone reminds him to be more careful, but his clumsiness continues. Will he remember to be gentle when it's most important?|A little rhino charges around his house and school. Everyone reminds him to be more careful, but his clumsiness continues. Will he remember to be gentle when it's most important?|A little rhino charges around his house and school. Everyone reminds him to be more careful, but his clumsiness continues. Will he remember to be gentle when it's most important?|The book follows a male lead who feels emotions strongly, and it can inspire discussions about appropriate ways of expressing those feelings. It could be used to help children to develop impulse control and self-regulation.

Snippet the Early Riser book
#4
Snippet the Early Riser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and determined to rouse his family. But how? Snippet the Early Riser is the perfect bedtime (or wake-up time!) tale, celebrating early birds and late snoozers alike.

No! book
#5
No!
Written and illustrated by Marta Altes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The little dog in this family works very hard to be good, but he doesn't understand why his collar has the wrong name on it.

The Night Before Class Picture Day book
#6
The Night Before Class Picture Day
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In this Night Before book, kids get ready for that all-important moment of the school year: class picture day! It’s the night before class picture day, and kids all down the block are getting ready. Everyone wants to look perfect for the photo. They fix their hair, practice smiles, and choose outfits. At school the next day, they try to stay picture-perfect. Will everything look perfect for the big moment when they say, “Cheese?”

Madeline Says Merci book
#7
Madeline Says Merci
Written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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 than you, sharing, cleaning up, and so much more. With charming illustrations and humorous verse, this new book will be treasured by Madeline fans of all ages.

Froggy Goes to the Library book
#8
Froggy Goes to the Library
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Froggy loves the library! When Froggy and Mom and Pollywogilina set out for the library, Froggy brings a wheelbarrow to hold all the books he plans to borrow. There are so many to choose from: Dinosaur books! Books about Space Frog! Froggy is so excited that he forgets to use his indoor voice. Readers enjoy Froggy’s antics, and so does Miss Otterbottom, the librarian. “Come again soon, Froggy,” she says.

Grumpy Monkey book
#9
Grumpy Monkey
Written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them! Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can’t take all the advice…and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy? Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson. This picture book is an excellent case study in the dangers of putting on a happy face and demonstrates to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings (though they should be careful of hurting others in the process!).

You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish book
#10
You Can't Win Them All, Rainbow Fish
Written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A brand new paperback title in the bestselling Rainbow Fish series! Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn’t always easy—not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle!

My Dog Spot book
#11
My Dog Spot
Written by Jack E. Levin and illustrated by Norma R. Levin, Jack E. Levin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

White with black spots and a black circle around his left eye, Spot barks and chases cats and birds, chews on slippers and bones, and especially likes riding in the car with his head out the window. Jack E. Levin’s charming illustrations and sweet story is as heartwarming as it is timeless.

Edie Is Ever So Helpful book
#12
Edie Is Ever So Helpful
Written and illustrated by Sophy Henn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Edie is a funny, well-intentioned force of nature who leaves a trail of damage wherever she goes. Olivia meets Fancy Nancy. Edie is EVER so helpful. In fact, helping is one of the things she’s best at! Some might even say she’s too good. Whether it’s helping her family wake up bright and early with an extremely loud song, brightening up the walls of her house with lots and lots of colorful paint, or styling grandpa’s hair in the latest fashion . . . while he’s fast asleep, sometimes Edie needs to be reminded not to be quite so helpful. Perfect for fans of Olivia, Fancy Nancy and Eloise — a joyful celebration of good intentions gone wrong.

Pie Is for Sharing book
#13
Pie Is for Sharing
Written by Stephanie Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends. Pie is for sharing. It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time? Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave book
#14
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave
Written and illustrated by Philippe Jalbert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Mind your manners! There's more to good manners than just saying "please" and "thank you"! With 44 simple rules on how to behave, and how not to behave, this giggly guidebook shows you exactly what it means to have good manners, and what happens when you don't follow the rules of good behavior... Kids and their parents will giggle their way through this clever and colorful guide on polite behavior, and are sure to want the companion book on how to behave at school, too!

No More Tantrums book
#15
No More Tantrums
Written and illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When babies don't get their way, they have a tantrum. Do big kids have tantrums? No! Big Kids use their words! Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there! Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good book
#16
The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good
Written and illustrated by Natalie Moore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Wolf is very big and very bad. But when he meets a delicious-looking girl, she has other ideas. She wants to make Wolf her new friend. But Wolf is going to need more than a makeover to learn to get along with others. Can Wolf learn how to become a good friend—even to tasty humans? This fun and humorous storyline is beautifully reflected in Natalia Moore's charming illustrations.

Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets book
#17
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets
Written by Barbara Esham and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! David gets scolded a lot by his teacher, Mrs. Gorski, for not paying attention in class. He wants to pay attention but it is just so hard when an exciting idea pops into his head. And he usually can't tell that he's making a mistake until after he makes them. But after a particularly big mistake, David comes up with his own plan to tone down his wiggle fidgets. This award-winning story is a simple introduction to ADHD and the creative ways of finding solutions to the challenges that ADHD can create. Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgetsis the recipient of: the Academics' Choice Gold Seal Mom's Choice Award Gold Parents' Choice Award "A masterful tale of empowering children...Esham artfully describes the gifts and challenges of children with ADHD." -Dr. Susan Baum, professor emeritus, the College of New Rochelle Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children." --Dr. Carol S. Dweck

Miss Fox's Class Gets It Wrong book
#18
Miss Fox's Class Gets It Wrong
Written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Anne Kennedy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Why is Miss Fox being stopped by Officer Blue Fox? And why is she buying a hat and sunglasses? Is she on the run from the law? This picture book teaches children you can't believe everything you hear, educating them on gossip and rumors.

Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class book
#19
Free Association Where My Mind Goes During Science Class
Written by Barbara Esham and illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses is meant to demonstrate various forms of learning, creativity, and intelligence. Each book introduces a realistic example of triumph over difficulty in a positive, humorous way that readers of all ages will enjoy! Have you ever started to think about one thing and ended up thinking about something completely different? Emily does it all the time. For example, today her science class was learning about the Arctic Circle. Emily was following along, but then she suddenly became distracted by one of her adventurous ideas. Her teacher is worried that Emily isn't paying attention to the information in class. Will Emily find a way to --she just needs an outlet for her extra thoughts. This sweet and humorous story is the perfect introduction to exploring creative outlets for wandering minds. Readers of all ages will enjoy the message that distracted thinking doesn't necessarily mean you're not paying attention. Praise for the series: "This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children."--Dr. Carol S. Dweck

Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up book
#20
Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up
Written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Anne Kennedy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Miss Fox’s students are too tired and cranky to get through the day! It’s up to Miss Fox and her new wellness regimen to help them eat better, exercise, and get more sleep! Kids will learn ways to stay healthy and bring fitness into their everyday lives.

If You're Going to a March book
#21
If You're Going to a March
Written by Martha Freeman and illustrated by Violet Kim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

"If you're going to a march, you're going to want a sign"--and this cheerful, introductory handbook. Inspired by author Martha Freeman's own experiences, it addresses many of the questions kids might have: What should I wear? How will I get there? Where can I go to the bathroom? Is it okay to dance? (It is!). All the while the text focuses on our Constitutional right as Americans to assemble . . . whatever our political point of view.

Lights! Camera! Alice! book
#22
Lights! Camera! Alice!
Written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Simona Ciraolo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Meet Alice Guy-Blaché. She made movies—some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting! Blow up a pirate ship? Why not? Crawl into a tiger's cage? Of course! Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy! Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again. With daring and vision, Alice Guy-Blaché introduced the world to a thrilling frontier of imagination and adventure, and became one of filmmaking's first and greatest innovators. Mara Rockliff tells the story of a girl who grew up loving stories and became an acclaimed storyteller and an inspiration in her own right.

Noah Noasaurus book
#23
Noah Noasaurus
Written by Elaine Kiely Kearns and illustrated by Colin Jack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Noah Noasaurus woke up feeling very No. No to brushing his teeth. No to eating breakfast. And definitely No to playing with his little brother. Things only get worse when Noah goes for a walk and relentlessly cheerful Toby Rex, Brian Brontosaurus, and Ava Ceratops follow him. Together, the group starts a bona fide dino parade that even Noah can?t resist. This lighthearted, whimsical story will have readers laughing along at Noah and his friends?as well as at their own bad moods.

Stop, Fox!  book
#24
Stop, Fox!
Written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Alex Willmore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Fox talks a LOT! All the other animals are tired of hearing him talk. But Sloth doesn't want Fox to stop talking--it helps him sleep! That's perfect for Fox! Or is it?

Prince Bertram the Bad book
#25
Prince Bertram the Bad
Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Once upon a time a prince was born. The kingdom was excited and proud. But Prince Betram was not a good boy. He put spiders in the soup, pulled up the roses in the royal garden, and broke all of his toys. As each year passed, he grew meaner and naughtier . . . until one day, a witch cast a spell on Bertram to punish his bad behavior. Can Bertram learn to be kind and break the curse? This timeless fable perfectly embodies the golden rule: always treat others the way you would like to be treated. The child-friendly illustrations, complete with the detailed, cross-hatching lines, reveal Lobel's great talent as an artist and a master storyteller. Arnold's daughter and renowned theater designer, Adriane Lobel, wrote an introductory note to celebrate the return of this charming tale.

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