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Read Them and Please: Books About Manners

Favorite characters and just-like-me kids help your preschooler learn important lessons about good manners.


Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum by Deborah Blumenthal
Sophie is cranky, tired, and wants a cookie. Will throwing a tantrum get her a treat?

Clifford's Manners by Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth teaches the Big Red Dog (and your child!) some super tips for being polite. Learn more.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Just like people, dinosaurs aren't born with perfect manners.  See how Dino Mom and Dad teach their young dinosaurs to be polite at the dinner table.

Madeline Says Merci (The-Always-Be-Polite Book) by John Bemelmans Marciano
The famous little mademoiselle learns etiquette essentials, from greeting people politely to writing proper thank-you notes.

Manners by Aliki
Learning manners is fun with the cartoons in this guide to the basics of behavior. Your child will want to share everything he gathers from the examples in this witty book.

Monster Manners by Andrew Glass
With rhymes and colorful pictures, a trio of huggable monsters demonstrate the differences between good and bad behavior for your child.

No, David! by David Shannon
Your child will want to hear the story of David as many times as David hears the word "No!" This book of what not to do teaches unsuitable behavior (and awards a time-out for it) in a hilarious, tender story. Learn more.

Stoo Hample's Book of Bad Manners by Stoo Hample
Children will laugh as they learn by example--of what not to do--in this rogue's gallery of the meanest, crudest, and rudest manners around.

The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Complete with a "Politeness Plan," Mama Bear teaches her family appropriate manners when their behavior gets out of hand.

What Do You Say, Dear? by Maurice Sendak
With silly characters (and delightful illustrations to match), this book introduces your child to manners with appropriate answers for all sorts of behavior situations.

For Adults

Emily Post's The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children by Peggy Post
This manual, full of ideas, tips, and inspiration is an essential for any parent who wants to start the process of teaching manners to a child but doesn't know where to begin.

Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children by Judith Martin
With sharp wit and crisp instruction, Miss Manners provides perfect tips for passing on excellent manners to your children.

365 Manners Kids Should Know by Sheryl Eberly
A day-by-day planner for teaching good behavior to your child. Equipped with essential manners, how-to-teach guides, and fun activities for each day of the year, this book is a top-rate reference.

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