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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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Some of literature's favorite and most loved characters and seasoned etiquette experts tackle manners in a variety of books written for toddlers, teens and parents. Here's a roundup of popular books that address manners and etiquette for kids. (Looking for some quick tips right now? Be sure to check out our Manners 101 cheat sheet to cultivating good manners in kids.)

Clifford's Manners

  • Author: Norman Bridwell
  • About: The Big Red Dog demonstrates his mastery of writing thank-you notes, saying "excuse me" and sharing toys – skills he learned from Emily Elizabeth, naturally.
  • Ages: 4-plus

Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh and Learn)

  • Author: Pamela Espeland
  • About: This full-color cartoon tome is a great pick for the guys. Delivered with plenty of humor (and far from preachy), it tackles etiquette in the bathroom, on the phone, at school and more.
  • Ages: 8-plus

Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids

  • Author: Cindy Post Senning
  • About: Focuses on the Emily Post Institute's three core concepts of etiquette – respect, consideration and honesty – tailored for the tween crowd.
  • Ages: 8-plus

Emily's Everyday Manners

  • Authors: Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post
  • About: In this charming tale, a young gal and her best friend Ethan discover the "five magic words" – and much more.
  • Ages: 4-7

Everyday Graces: Child's Book of Good Manners

  • Author: Karen Santorum
  • About: Considered "wonderfully rich and instructive," this anthology is crafted to instill manners in little folks (though Bono of U2 has said it'd be helpful for rock stars, too!).
  • Ages: 3-plus

Excuse Me!: A Little Book of Manners

  • Author and Illustrator: Karen Katz
  • About: Darling as can be, this simple and repetitive book is a great first for toddlers, covering everything from burping to breaking a sibling's toy.
  • Ages: 2-plus

Goops and How to be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Infants

  • Author: Gelett Burgess
  • About: This classic, 100-some years old, still holds up as tweens are introduced to a family that leads "disgusting lives" – providing laughs and lessons.
  • Ages: 9-plus

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

  • Author: Jane Yolen
  • About: Part of a popular dino series, this fun book covers burps, belches and all kinds of table etiquette.
  • Ages: 3-plus

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