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“Mind Your Manners” Picture Books

Wouldn’t it be nice if children were born with perfect manners pre-installed? If you find yourself having to say things like “Say please” a little too often, you’ll appreciate this lineup of my favorite “non-preachy” picture books about manners that you’ll love sharing with your kids.

Grab this free printable list of picture books about manners to take with you on your next visit to the library.

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Babushka’s Doll
by Patricia Polacco

Natasha’s grandmother has work to do, but Natasha is so impatient. She doesn’t want to wait for Babushka to be done with her chores, and she makes sure Babushka knows it. But then the demanding little girl finds Babushka’s old doll and learns a very important lesson in an unlikely way.

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Bear Says Thanks
by Karma Wilson

Bear is bored. He wants to invite his forest friends to join him for a wonderful dinner, but he is distressed (and a bit embarrassed) to discover that his cupboards are bare. But that doesn’t matter to Bear’s friends. The generosity of their gifts and Bear’s gratitude shine from every page of this sweet book.

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Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

In Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, Amy Krouse Rosenthal turns cookie baking into so much more. Without being “preachy,” this treasure trove of sweetly illustrated character lessons is just perfect. So grab a cookie and a glass of milk! Learning important life lessons has never been so delicious!

Don't Play with Your Food! book cover

Don’t Play with Your Food!
by Bob Shea

Buddy loves bunnies—they look so yummy! But the sneaky bunnies convince Buddy to play with them instead of eating them. After all the fun they have playing together, Buddy has a problem. He knows you should never play with your food, but now he wonders…should you eat your friends?

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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
by Mo Willems

When Duckling asks politely and gets a cookie full of nuts, Mo Willems’s Pigeon goes nuts! He wants a nutty cookie too, but he does not know how to say please. You’ll laugh at Pigeon’s antics, but you won’t feel sorry for him. And you will learn that it’s always best to be polite.

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Excuse Me! A Little Book of Manners
by Karen Katz

Excuse Me! A Little Book of Manners is the perfect introduction to manners for the littlest little ones. This friendly lift-a-flap book prompts children to respond to questions like “You burped! What do you say?” Lift the flap to reveal the answer as your child plays along. “Excuse me!

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The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

It’s hard to imagine anyone more disagreeable than The Grouchy Ladybug. She’d rather pick a fight with her friendly neighbor than share her morning aphids. But in the end, the irritable ladybug decides that sharing might not be such a bad idea after all.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? book cover

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
by Jane Yolen

To every child’s chagrin (and every parent’s delight!), How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? reveals a surprising truth—dinosaurs eat politely! Hilarious illustrations and perfectly timed rhyme create the perfect backdrop for this unexpected guide to good manners for children.

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Llama Llama Time to Share
by Anna Dewdney

When Nelly Gnu comes to play, everything is going fine until—uh-oh—it’s a llama-mergency! Llama Llama does not like to share! Hopefully he can learn that playing with friends is even more fun when you share your toys! And maybe Llama Llama will convince your little one that sharing has its benefits.

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May I Please Have a Cookie?
by Jennifer E. Morris

If you’ve ever been caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you’re going to love Alfie. He loves cookies and he’ll do anything to get one. But when he has to find a better way to ask for a cookie, Alfie gets very creative, and a little bit sneaky! Eventually he discovers that please works best.

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Nosey Mrs. Rat
by Jeffrey Allen

Jeffrey Allen’s Nosey Mrs. Rat loves snooping in her neighbors’ business. Being curious is a good thing … but being nosey? That’s another story. When Mrs. Rat’s neighbors get fed up with her snooping, she learns the hard way that spying isn’t as fun for the one being spied on.

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Please, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony

It’s hard for kids to remember to say please, and in Please, Mr. Panda, Mr. Panda’s friends have trouble remembering too. He has a box of donuts and he really wants to share them. But when Mr. Panda asks, “Do you want a donut?”, only one friend remembers to say please!

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Tea Rex
by Molly Idle

The next time a T-rex is on the guest list for your fancy tea party, this is the perfect hostess guide. Molly Idle’s advice would make even Emily Post proud. But just imagine a T-rex sitting in your daintiest chair. The hilarious illustrations will have your little one howling with laughter.

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Tissue, Please
by Lisa Kopelke

If it’s runny nose season in your house, you won’t want to miss this one. Even frogs sometimes resort to wiping their noses on their sleeves, but Lisa Kopelke’s slightly icky book offers the perfect alternative. Everything is so much better when Frog learns to say, Tissue, Please!

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Picture Books about Manners Recommended by Our Readers

  • Help Me Be Good by Joy Berry (Recommended by Alice G. via Facebook)
  • Dude, That’s Rude by Pamela Espeland (Recommended for older kids by Nancy B. via Facebook)
  • Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf (Recommended by Nancy B. via Facebook)
  • Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller (Recommended by Talia F. via Facebook)
  • Bear Says Thank You by Michael Dahl (Recommended by Linsey W. via Facebook)
  • Clifford’s Manners by Norman Bridwell (Recommended by Amber S. via Facebook)
  • How to Behave and Why by Munro Leaf (Recommended by Linda D., AALP Staff)
  • Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra (Recommended by Linda D., AALP Staff)
  • Peace, Baby! by Linda Ashman (Recommended by Caroline, via blog comment)
  • Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems (Recommended by Apryl L., via blog comment)

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Rebecca

says:

Thank you for the printable list! My kids are getting better about remembering to say “please” and “thank you” without always being reminded, but we’re definitely still working on good manners! Another book about manners in my collection is The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners…I love Berenstain Bears books :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Rebecca,
Thank you for letting us know that these books have had an impact on your children’s manners! Thanks for the recommendation too.

Pam H.

says:

Thank you! May I please have a cookie, is very cute. And we are looking forward to reading others off the list. I love having stories about manners, they are a great learning tool.

James Greene

says:

We love “Llama Llama, Time to Share”. Another good book about manners is “Tea for Ruby”.

Rhonda

says:

What a great list! We love How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food and Bear Says Thanks. The rest of these look great too!

Dina

says:

Such a fun way to teach manners! Much better than nagging!

Lauren

says:

This are great, thank you for sharing! Will definitely be looking for some of these at my library.

Dorothy

says:

Thank you for this list. Your posts are always so helpful.

Andi

says:

I love all your Library Lists blog entries! Thank you!

Shannon

says:

Thanks for the great ideas.

Michelle

says:

These books certainly area fun way to remind my kids about manners.

Anne Bean

says:

I love these book round ups!

Lydia

says:

Great list of books!

Amy

says:

Cute books. Thanks for AAR we love it!!

Rachel

says:

Love it

Carla

says:

Thank you for all of the great resources you provide and all of the advice. I have found it most helpful.

Lisa

says:

Thank you!!! My daughter and I are enjoying reading these together.

Tracy

says:

Thank you for the book list! It is becoming more and more challenging to find quality books to read, your list is helpful :)

Barbara

says:

Great list to look for at the library, thanks!

Sandy

says:

Thanks! I am always looking for great picture booklists!

Tiffany Tracey

says:

This is a great list, thank you!

apryl liles

says:

We love the bear books, Llama llama, and Mo Willems Pigeon Books. The Grouchy Ladybug is on our list to read this week!
We also like Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie Books.

Candi Ritzman

says:

I love these blog posts from Marie…they are encouraging and keep me on track. Thanks to all the AAR staff!

Missy Wainman

says:

Such a fantastic list of books, many we own but several new ones to pick up!

Melanie Horrell

says:

Thank you for this very helpful list. i look forward to reserving some of these at the library so my kids can see good manners in action rather than me harping on them to behave appropriately.

Rebekah O.

says:

Thank you for sharing these!

Jazmin McGhee

says:

I love that these are books that can open up a conversation with my littles about manners without seeming like I’m picking on them. Thank you.

Laura Everett

says:

This is a great list! Thank you.

Thomp

says:

Great list!

Faith

says:

I would love to check it out. Look very good to me.

Elissa Hardy

says:

oh these are great book ideas….I need one for interrupting…Any ideas?

Jenny

says:

Interrupting Chicken :)

Elissa Hardy

says:

Thanks Jenny I will check it out.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Elissa,
One doesn’t pop to mind for me. Maybe someone will have a recommendation for you. Anyone?

Holly

says:

We just read Nosey Mrs.Rat. My daughter is too curious. She don’t know how to mind her own business, even though I have tried and tried to teach her. Since reading Nosey Mrs.Rat couple days ago I can tell she is really trying. Now to find one for my son that doesn’t understand why he shouldn’t burp (or worse) at the table :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Ooo, I have a recommendation for rude little eaters, Holly. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen. Maybe it’ll help your son be a good little dinosaur.

Lindsey

says:

I can’t wait to search our library for these!! Thank you!

Kimberly

says:

Our favorite has to be “The Grouchy Ladybug” – we spend lots of time around here talking about grouchiness, and which ladybug we’d prefer to be!

Marlene Wobser

says:

very good idea, not just for children but some adults need to learn this as well.
Thank you for providing this information.

Jennifer

says:

I’ve just been thinking that both of my kids need to be reminded to mind their manners more frequently lately. I’ll be checking out some of these books!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
I think we all need manner tune ups on occasion. Hopefully these books will help.

Christianne

says:

Our son may be a little “old” for some of these books, but I always like to go back to the basics and review things with him. We may have to try some of these. Thanks for the list!

Luke

says:

These look cute.

Julie

says:

I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids via literature. Thanks for the suggestions!

Georgia

says:

Thanks for the good book list!

cynthia lilley

says:

thanks for the printable list, no excuse now not to go to the library, happy children=happy mama! blessings

Lynn Corporan

says:

Thank you for all your great suggestions.

Cristie

says:

Thank you for the list. We have about half of these. Always looking for new books to read. Our youngest (22 months) loves to be read to. She is an excellent resource for reading practice for all her big sisters. We take turns reading books to her and The Grouchy Ladybug is a favorite.

Colleen

says:

This list of picture books looks great. Can’t wait to borrow a few of these to share with my little ones.

Donna

says:

My daughter is really enjoying reading with this program. The lessons are more fun and less stressful than other materials we have tried.

I have been wanting to try this program for my two dyslexic sons but can not seem to msqueeze it out of the budget. Winning this would be a blessing!

Caroline

says:

We love, love, love TEA REX. We also just read PEACE, BABY! by Linda Ashman, and it’s a pretty cute one for reacting with kindness instead of frustration!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thanks for the recommendations, Caroline!

Trish

says:

Thank you for this list!

Laura

says:

We love The Grouchy Lady Bug! We will have to see if the library has any of the others on this list when we go tomorrow.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Laura,
I haven’t read The Grouchy Lady Bug, so it’s great to hear you love it. Thanks.

Audra

says:

Just what I have been needing.

Julie

says:

These look fantastic! We have a lot of need for learning manners in this house.

Sheila

says:

Thank you for this list! I need to do some work with our boys :)

Sarah

says:

It is helpful to have a fun way to remind our kids about manners.

Megan Salonga

says:

I love these lists! We’ve checked out so many great books from the library using these lists and have found many new favorite authors. Excited to read Tissue, Please!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Megan,
It’s great to hear that you are finding these lists helpful. Thanks for letting us know.

I love this Site! Very useful for our boat schooling. Thanks.

Akvabela

says:

Thank you for the list! My LO and me read Please, Mr. Panda a while ago but as she grows older she understands things much better and maybe we should borrow it again. Now at 20 months the book will make more sense for her. I hope they have others from your list in our library. Thanks again!

Amanda

says:

Thanks for the list!

Jenny

says:

Great list!

Cindi

says:

Cool book list. Thanks. :)

Kelly M

says:

Thank you for these great suggestions! My fav is Babushka’s Doll!

Mary

says:

I love all the book ideas your share! Now just to get to the library and track down some good books……

Sara P

says:

Its so easy to get caught up worry about getting all the academic supjects taken care of, its easy to let manners slide by until I am find myself shocked by my kids behavior. These books look like great resources for sneaking those lessons into our school time!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Sara,
I understand what you mean. It seems I find some aspect of my kids that needs improvement (academics, being kind, manners, work ethic, whatever) and then after focusing on it for a while a different aspect needs to be focused on. I find it hard to focus on everything at once, but I figure, over time, I’ll hit it all.

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