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Books about Good Manners for Kids and Parents

Looking for a little help when it comes to delivering some social skills and etiquette education to your children? Check out this list of great guides!

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How Rude! The Teenagers Guide Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out

  • Author: Alex J. Packer
  • About: "Humorous, non-threatening, entertaining and educational" is how the School Library Journal sums it up – a top pick for teens.
  • Ages: 13-plus

How to Behave and Why

  • Author: Munro Leaf
  • About: This staple, with its simple stick-figure characters, first appeared on the scene in 1946. Today, it's still delivering its gentle messages on honesty, wisdom, strength and more.
  • Ages: 4-plus

Madeline Says Merci

  • Author: John Bemelmans Marciano
  • About: This iconic little lady shares her secret of being polite – just being kind to others. She, Miss Clavel, the girls and other popular characters show many basics of manners.
  • Ages: 3-plus

Manners

  • Author: Aliki
  • About: Booklist calls it a "lively primer," and its engaging, eye-popping illustrations are sure to deliver some key lessons to your little ones.
  • Ages: 3-plus

Mary Louise Loses Her Manners

  • Author: Jack E. Davis
  • About: What the heck happened? She paid them so little heed, it seems, that they've "up and run away!" Follow Mary Louise on her recon mission.
  • Ages: 4-plus

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

  • Author: Judy Sierra
  • Illustrator: J. Otto Seibold
  • About: The B.B., of course, stands for "Big Bad" – and we all know that fellow could use a few pointers. In this whimsical winner, Wolf has to learn manners fast when he moves into the Villain Villa Senior Center.
  • Ages: 4-plus

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners

  • Author: Judy Sierra
  • Illustrator: Tim Bowers
  • About: What happens when a little girl meets a dino in the grocery store? She gives the friendly gal a few etiquette tips in another fun, read-out-loud rhyme book by Sierra (see above, too).
  • Ages: 3-plus

The Golden Rule

  • Author: Ilene Cooper
  • Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska
  • About: A young boy learns about this much-mentioned rule with his grandfather, who shows him it's a simple concept – but tricky to follow.
  • Ages: 4-8

The Thingumajig Book of Manners

  • Author: Irene Keller
  • Illustrator: Dick Keller
  • About: The rude, large-snouted creatures in this zany tale will crack-up kids as they spit, scratch and pick their teeth – while delivering some valuable inspiration.
  • Ages: 4-8

What Do You Say, Dear?

  • Author: Sesyle Joslin
  • Illustrations: Maurice Sendak
  • About: From the artist who gave us Where the Wild Things Are comes "delightfully absurd situations and elegant and exceeding funny illustrations."
  • Ages: 2-plus

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