Buying Guides 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! « Previous Next » Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann • October 7, 2016 Add Comment Tweet 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. 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 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 This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016.