Best Children's Books About Manners

33 Children's Books About Manners

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Nice Book book
#1
The Nice Book
Written and illustrated by David Stein
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Stein—author of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken, Pouch! (a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves (recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award). From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of “how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.

Little Pea book
#2
Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children's books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won't eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

Tea Rex book
#3
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!

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library book
#4
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A child brings a dragon to the library and learns a valuable lesson--libraries and dragons do not mix.

Penguin Says "Please" book
#5
Penguin Says "Please"
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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.

Do Unto Otters book
#6
Do Unto Otters
Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.

Just One More book
#7
Just One More
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Sometimes Ruby needs just one more minute of sleep, one more thingy for her hair, one more push on the swing, and one more scoop on her cone, (and one more, and one more, and one more . . .) until one more is just too much. Maybe it’s time for just one? If you know a someone like Ruby, Just One More will be just right!

How to Grow a Dinosaur book
#8
How to Grow a Dinosaur
Written by Jill Esbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Good news- Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news- Babies take their sweet time. And when the baby finally hatches? He's too little to play! He mostly screeches, eats, burps, sleeps, and poops. He doesn't even know he's a dinosaur! That's where you come in. You can teach the baby just about everything--from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Why? Because one thing your baby brother wants more than anything . . . is to be just like you. With silly kid-humor and sincere, moving moments, this new-sibling book is a perfect combination of funny, reassuring, and truly useful. It captures the excitement and joy of getting to guide a little brother or sister through life, and uses big laughs, great surprises, and gentle lessons to empower kids in how to be a great sibling and role-model to littler ones. Great for family reading and reading aloud.

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave book
#9
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!

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave at School book
#10
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave at School
Written and illustrated by Philippe Jalbert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Mind your manners! Wondering what to expect on your first day of school? With 44 simple rules on how to behave, and how not to behave, at school, this giggly guidebook shows you exactly what it means to be the perfect student, and what happens when you're not... Giggles are sure to ensue, and kids and their parents will surely want the companion book of how to behave, too!

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't-Walk-the-Dog Cure book
#11
Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't-Walk-the-Dog Cure
Written by Annie Parnell, Ann M. Martin and illustrated by Ben Hatke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Even though Missy Piggle-Wiggle is preoccupied with repairing her Upside-Down House that was damaged in a storm, she always finds time to administer her magical cures that rid children in Little Spring Valley of their unwanted habits and misbehavior.

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure book
#12
Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure
Written by Annie Parnell, Ann M. Martin and illustrated by Ben Hatke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course! New York Times-bestselling author Ann Martin brings her signature warmth and comic genius to a new character. And artist Ben Hatke brings it all to life!

Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! book
#13
Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners!
Written by Beth Bracken and illustrated by Richard Watson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Pete is terribly rude, but when his family begins acting just like him, he begins to realize that manners are important.

Miles McHale, Tattletale book
#14
Miles McHale, Tattletale
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Miles McHale is a tattletale. And everybody knows it. But he's not the only one who needs help, so his teacher decides: it's time to fight the Tattle Battle! But will Miles figure out the right time to tell a grown-up about another person's behavior, or is he doomed to be a tattletale forever?

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner book
#15
Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A child discovers that when dining out, you really should not bring your fire-breathing dragon--far better to practice his dining etiquette at home.

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess book
#16
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to Recess
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Andy Elkerton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Told in rhyme, a child is cautioned about the problems his dragon is likely to cause at school recess, even if it does not mean to.

The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good book
#17
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.

Ellie May on Presidents' Day book
#18
Ellie May on Presidents' Day
Written by Hillary Homzie and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Ellie May really wants to be her second-grade class's flag leader during the Pledge of Allegiance, however her enthusiasm and hyperactivity keep getting in the way, both in school and at home--but maybe learning everything about various presidents, dressing the part, or pleading her case will finally get her teacher to pick her, rather than the well-behaved Ava.

Rude Cakes book
#19
Rude Cakes
Written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard book
#20
Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Alex G Griffiths
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Help little ones learn how to give a BIG gentle hug with this first story in the brand-new Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman. Huggy the Python loves to hug. The only problem is, he hugs WAY too hard. WAIT! Can you show Huggy how to give a gentle hug? Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this first book about Huggy the Python and all the things he loves, little ones will learn how to give a big gentle hug.

Touchy the Octopus Touches Everything book
#21
Touchy the Octopus Touches Everything
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Alex G Griffiths
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Help little ones learn to look but not touch in this third story in the adorable Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman. Touchy the Octopus LOVES to touch the things he loves. But sometimes, he touches everything. WAIT! Can you show Touchy how to look but not touch? Wee Beasties is a board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much.

The Very Very Very Long Dog book
#22
The Very Very Very Long Dog
Written and illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

"Oh, Bartelby!" Bartelby is a very long and lovable dachshund who lives in a bookstore. He has a lovely set of friends who take him for walks through the city, but he has no idea that his bumbling backside leaves a trail of destruction and accidents behind him. Embarrassed that he has no control over his back end, Bartelby vows to never leave the cozy bookstore again. Can his friends help him find a way to help himself? This beautifully illustrated picture book features silly fun along with an important message: that we love our friends not in spite of their flaws, but because of them.

Too Many Frogs! book
#23
Too Many Frogs!
Written by Sandy Asher and illustrated by Keith Graves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Rabbit lives alone. He cooks for himself, cleans up for himself, and at the end of the day, reads himself a story. It's a simple life, and he likes it. But one evening, Froggie shows up at his door. He wants to listen to Rabbit's story, too. While eating a snack-or three. While lounging on a pillow-or ten. And bringing over his family-dozens and dozens of frogs! Rabbit has finally had enough; Froggie will have to go! But when he sits down alone to read himself a story, Rabbit realizes something is missing: someone to listen; someone to share a wonderful story. Keith Graves' boisterous, humor-filled artwork lends just the right touch to this multilayered tale that celebrates the joy of reading aloud.

Marigold Finds the Magic Words book
#24
Marigold Finds the Magic Words
Written and illustrated by Mike Malbrough
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In his second starring role, Marigold, the fussy cat with a comically short fuse, sees his birthday party upended by a group of party-crashing birds, with hilarious results — and a lesson in “please” and “thank you.” For fans of the Don’t Let the Pigeon series! Marigold is throwing himself the most amazing birthday party ever! He’s baked himself an enormous birthday cake and planned everything well in advance. Everyone is ready for something extraordinary. Something…magical! But when Marigold tries to make a bouquet of flowers disappear, a pesky finch appears in its place. That’s not right at all! At every turn, Marigold’s magic trick gets derailed until the distractions are too much to bear, and Marigold launches into a full-on feline frenzy, making everything–and everyone–disappear. What magic words can save the day?

Lucia Lacorte, Poor Sport book
#25
Lucia Lacorte, Poor Sport
Written by Christianne Jones and illustrated by Marisa Morea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Lucia Lacorte's gaming club meets on Fridays, but the truth is the other members are not having fun because, win or lose, Lucia is a very poor sport; a fact that is finally made clear to her when the others stop showing up, and her grandfather mimics her behavior when he wins--and loses.

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