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When it comes to teaching young kids about manners, things are not always easy. Sometimes the little ones don’t understand why it’s necessary to be polite or, even if they understand the reasons, they can still have a difficult time when they need to share or to use nice words like “please” and “thank you” in their interactions with others. In my opinion, one of the best ways to teach toddlers and preschoolers about manners and their importance is to read together some nice children books about manners.
We are just going through a period when I want to focus more on teaching my son about manners, so we discovered some really helpful books that give us the opportunity to discuss manners in a playful way and allow me to emphasize their importance. I chose to have a playful approach regarding the manners because I want Bogdan to learn that being nice and polite is a wonderful thing and not something he must do because parents say so. I try to suggest him a polite approach for each situation and to be a good example for him in regards to how I interact with other people, but without forcing him to say or do things just because I want him to.
He is still learning about manners, but I’ve noticed that the books we read have a very positive impact on him. He is more willing to use manners in his interactions and he is really glad when he acts like one of the characters, especially the ones in the “Little genius” serries. 🙂
Here is a list of books about manners that are great for toddlers and preschoolers. In case you are looking for some inspiration for discussing manners with your children, I think that these books are a perfect way to start. For each book you will find here also the official description of the book, to provide you more details about its content.
Children books about manners: 13 books that are great for toddlers and preschoolers
1. Llama Llama Time to Share
Llama Llama is one of our favorite characters and this book is a great resource for talking with kids about sharing the toys with other children.
“Fun to read aloud and helpful to children and parents alike, Llama Llama Time to Share is for any child who needs a little encouragement in sharing.” (the book is available here)
2. Little lion shares
The “Hello genius” series contains a lot of wonderful books for young children, you will find some of them on this list. They are great for toddlers, but they can be used also for preschoolers because they teach good lessons about manners in a playful and nice way. Bogdan really enjoys them!
“Little Lion does not like to share, but he must learn so he can share something extra special with his mom.” (the book is available here)
3. Hippo says “Excuse me”
“Hippo uses his manners to help a little chick.” (the book is available here)
4. Manners time
“Manners start with a smile—then you add the words. There are polite words to use when you greet someone, ask for something, or (oops!) make a mistake. There’s even a nice way to say no. This book gives toddlers a head start on manners, setting the stage for social skills that will last a lifetime. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.” (the book is available here)
5. Mouse says sorry
“Mouse is very careless as he runs home for supper. He must use his manners and say sorry as he makes his way home.” (the book is available here)
6. Bear says “thank you”
“With the help of his mom, bear completes a cute craft project while using his manners.” (the book is available here)
7. Little Dinos don’t yell
This book is great for teaching young kids not to yell. It contains a short story with nice illustrations and gives the parent the opportunity to teach children to avoid yelling and use a lower voice in their interactions.
“Even though Little Dino has a loud roar, she must learn that yelling is not a proper behavior.” (the book is available here)
8. Little elephant listens
This book gives a good opportunity to discuss the importance of listening with interrupting.
“Little Elephant uses his big ears to listen to his parents.” (the book is available here)
9. Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book
“Toddlers will laugh as they learn the importance of sharing toys and food, appreciating others, taking turns, and other fundamentals of good manners in this cheery book by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, codirectors of The Emily Post Institute—the most trusted name in etiquette. Illustrated by talented artist Leo Landry, Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book explains two underlying principles of etiquette with a positive, fun attitude and in terms that every kid can understand.” (the book is available here)
10. What if everybody did that?
“If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal … right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules … and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.” (the book is available here)
11. Penguin says please
“Penguin is very demanding and must learn to use his manners and say please.” (the book is available here)
12. Clifford’s manners
This is a great good for discussing good manners because it includes all the important manners that children should learn. The book is more suitable for preschoolers.
“Emily Elizabeth taught Clifford good manners. He always says “please” and “thank you,” follows the rules, and SHARES with his friends. It’s easy to like someone like Clifford: even if he makes mistakes, he always tries to be kind and considerate.” (the book is available here)
13. May I please have a cookie?
“Alfie learns that the best way to get a delicious cookie is to say please! Alfie loves his mommy’s cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don’t seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it? Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.” (the book is available here)
This is how our list of children books about manners looks like, I hope you found here some useful books to read with your kids. If you have any other recommendations I would be glad to find them out!