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Manners and Good Behavior: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about manners is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Little Pea to The Wolf Who Learned to Be Good there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about manners? Let us know!

Little Pea book
#1
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.

The Nice Book book
#2
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.

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!

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure book
#4
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!

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.

Just One More book
#6
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!

People Don't Bite People book
#7
People Don't Bite People
Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard book
#8
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.

Lucia Lacorte, Poor Sport book
#9
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.

Madeline Says Merci book
#10
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.

One Cool Friend book
#11
One Cool Friend
Written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

From New York Times bestselling author Toni Buzzeo and Caldecott Medal winning illustrator David Small, comes a cool tale about an unlikely friendship. On a spontaneous visit to the aquarium, straight-laced and proper Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. When he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad was probably thinking of a toy penguin, not a real one… Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale a kid-pleaser from start to finish.

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave book
#12
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!

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't-Walk-the-Dog Cure book
#13
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.

Touchy the Octopus Touches Everything book
#14
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 Wolf Who Learned to Be Good book
#15
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.

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