Best Kids Books About Rules

12 Kids Books About Rules

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
You Must Bring a Hat! book
#1
You Must Bring a Hat!
Written by Simon Philip and illustrated by Kate Hindley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“You are cordially invited to the BIGGEST, BESTEST, HATTIEST party of all time!” Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat. AND you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way—ever get in? Gloriously illustrated, the art contains loads of details that serve as clues to the satisfying surprise ending. Kids will read this thoroughly hilarious cumulative picture book again and again!

Field-Trip Fiasco book
#2
Field-Trip Fiasco
Written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Sarah Jane Hartwell and her class are back. After the stress of her last attempt at taking her class on a field trip (seen in First Year Letters), Mrs. Hartwell has a plan for an upcoming trip to the zoo—a plan that includes a lot of rules. Her students prove that they can line up straight, walk quietly, and take plenty of notes, but everyone soon realizes that this field trip isn’t as much fun as they’d hoped. Mrs. Hartwell rethinks her plan and saves the day.

The Great Pasta Escape book
#3
The Great Pasta Escape
Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Javier Joaquin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Join a ragtag group of pasta as they complete the greatest escape of their lives in this hilarious new book by Miranda Paul! Since the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules. They stuck to their own kind. They stayed still in their packaging. And they never spoke to humans. That is, until they discover what it really means to be pasta: they will eventually be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Ramen is outraged, and Mac is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to work together to use their noodles and concoct a great escape?

Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box book
#4
Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box
Written by David Goodner and illustrated by Louis Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Ginny Goblin has one simple rule to follow: She is not allowed to open this box. Not until dinnertime. But Ginny Goblin doesn't like to follow the rules, so nothing will stop her from trying to open this box. Not a tall tower, not a misty mountain, not a frightful forest, and certainly not a murky moat filled with scaly, scary serpents . . . But wait! What is in the box? You'll have to open this book to find out! (Don't worry, you're allowed.)

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave book
#5
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
#6
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!

Anybody's Game book
#7
Anybody's Game
Written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Cecilia Puglesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname “Tubby.” She made the team—and inspired future generations. An inspiring and suspenseful story about what it means to want to do something so badly you’re willing to break the rules—and how, sometimes, breaking the rules can lead to change.

A Is for Elizabeth book
#8
A Is for Elizabeth
Written by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Paige Keiser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Elizabeth is in second grade. Class 2B! It's great! Friends, recess, homework! Even a big project: Make a poster of your name. Yayyy! Hang on. The name Elizabeth has a bajillion letters in it! The name Anna has only four letters. Plus, Anna's first letter is A, which is also the first letter of Alphabetical Order. But Anna can't always be first! That's not fair! In A is for Elizabeth, Elizabeth makes more than a poster. She also makes some important choices—about fairness, rules, speaking up, and glue. But the most important thing she makes is...a friend! With copious line art by Paige Keiser, this first book in a new series—spun off from Vail's beloved Justin Case series—is sure to delight fans of Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones, and Clementine.

My First Day at School book
#9
My First Day at School
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Kat Uno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

What's the first day of kindergarten like? Covering all the basics, from lockers and bathroom etiquette to playground rules and afternoon snack time, My First Day of School walks young readers through a typical first, first day of school, complete with kid-friendly, 1st-person narration and playful yet realistic illustrations.

Schools Have Rules book
#10
Schools Have Rules
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Rea Zhai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

What rules do I need to follow at school? In Schools Have Rules, young readers learn that being part of a strong, diverse school community means raising your hand, taking turns, being kind, listening ... Paired with playful yet realistic illustrations, a 1st-person student narrator shows kids best practices, focusing on character education aspects.

Staying Safe at School book
#11
Staying Safe at School
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Kat Uno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

How do I stay safe at school? Fire drills, tornado drills, lockdowns ... School bus safety, playground rules, lunchroom do's and don'ts ... Staying Safe at School defines the many ways school communities keep their members safe, using bright, full-color illustrations and kid-friendly text delivered by a 1st-person student narrator with whom young readers can easily identify.

Yes, I Can Listen! book
#12
Yes, I Can Listen!
Written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Susan Szecsi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Listening is an essential life skill that helps children achieve success at school, follow safety rules and show others that they care about them. In a world filled with distractions, being a "good listener" has become more difficult than ever. The playful rhymes of Yes, I Can Listen! encourage children to appreciate the rewards of attentive listening. With sweet characters, varied type faces, and vivid colors, this picture book introduces a variety of listening scenarios. Each two-page spread let children imagine how they might listen in a number of common situations. Yes, I Can Listen! concludes with a page of suggestions for parents who wish to explore more activities that encourage and develop their children's listening skills.

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