BookYou Asked For It: Books about Manners

Browse the list below for a selection of great books about manners. Click the book cover or title to go to the book in the online catalog. Click the author's name to search for more books by that author.

Picture Books

Cover Image Manners Can be Fun
Leaf, Munro, 1905-1976.
New York : J.B. Lippincott, 1985.

Stick figure drawings and a brief text tell why good manners are important and how to have good manners at home, at play, and on visits.

Cover Image Perfect Pigs : An Introduction to Manners
Brown, Marc Tolon.
Boston : Little, Brown, c1983.

A simple introduction to good manners to use with family, friends, at school, during meals, with pets, on the phone, during games, at parties, and in public places.

Cover Image It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel
Buehner, Caralyn.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1995.

Cover Image Manners On the Playground
Finn, Carrie.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books, c2007.

Rules for proper behavior on the playground are discussed.

Cover Image Martha Doesn't Say Sorry
Berger, Samantha.
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.

Adorably clad in her pink dress and matching headband, Martha is ready to do just about anything-except say those three little words: I am sorry. But when this sweet but stubborn otter learns that niceties like cookies, piggyback rides, and hugs are for people who apologize, our mischievous heroine learns the ultimately rewarding feeling that comes with saying she's sorry.

Cover Image The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum
Blumenthal, Deborah.
New York : Clarion Books, c1996.

Seized with a desire for a cookie while in the park, Sophie discovers that throwing a terrible tantrum will not get her what she wants.

Cover Image Bootsie Barker Bites
Bottner, Barbara.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1992.

Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up with a better game.

Cover Image Elvis the Rooster and the Magic Words
Cazet, Denys.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2004.

Elvis, a proud rooster, learns a lesson in manners after a handsome peacock visits his farm.

Cover Image No!
Corderoy, Tracey.

Once Otto learns the word "no" he will not stop saying it, but after a very bad day at school, Daddy finds a way to remind him of another special word.

Cover Image Please Say Please! : Penguin's Guide to Manners
Cuyler, Margery.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2004.

Penguin teaches his animal friends how to behave when they are invited for dinner.

Cover Image Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball
De Sève, Randall.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2013.

Squabbling over a toy ball, two sisters ultimately learn that playing together is even more fun.

Cover Image Nobunny's Perfect
Dewdney, Anna.
New York : Viking, 2008.

Bunnies, who slurp their juice, forget to say "please," and bite their friends, learn about good manners.

Cover Image Rude Mule
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
New York : Henry Holt, 2002.

A rude mule learns that he has more fun when he uses good manners.

Cover Image Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley
Fredrickson, Lane.
New York : Sterling Children's Books, c2012.

Rude little Cecily Beasley suffers the consequences of making one too many faces when a bird builds its nest on her tongue and she must wait with her tongue stuck out for the babies to hatch.

Cover Image Katie and the Puppy Next Door
Himmelman, John.
New York : Henry Holt, 2013.

Katie the dog learns that sharing can be fun when she becomes friends with the playful puppy next door.

Cover Image Thanks a Lot, Emily Post!
Huget, Jennifer LaRue.
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2009.

When a mother instructs her children to behave according to Emily Post's rules of etiquette, they respond by insisting that Mother follow the rules, as well. Includes information about Post and selected items from her 1922 book.

Cover Image Don't Say That Word!
Katz, Alan.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2007.

Michael's rhyming description of his day at school has his mother repeatedly interrupting to prevent him from saying impolite words. Michael can't wait to tell his mom all about his day at school. But how can he, when she keeps stopping him before he gets to the best part?

Cover Image Do Unto Otters : A Book About Manners
Keller, Laurie.
New York, N.Y. : H. Holt, c2007.

Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.

Cover Image The Pirate Who Said Please
Knapman, Timothy.
Irvine, CA : QEB Pub., c2012.

Cut-throat Jim is a young pirate king who learned the hard way the importance of being courteous.

Cover Image Princesses Love to Share!
Knapman, Timothy.
Irvine, CA : QEB Pub., c2012.

Polly owns many wonderful things, but learns from her friend Chloe that they are even better when shared.

Cover Image Excuse Me!
Kopelke, Lisa.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2003.

A frog who loves to burp learns the value of good manners.

Cover Image Tissue, Please!
Kopelke, Lisa.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.

At school, dance rehearsal, and home Frog and his friends sniff when their noses run, until Frog's parents show him how much better it is to use a tissue.

Cover Image Me First
Lester, Helen.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1992.

Pinkerton the pig always manages to be first until he rushes for a sandwich and it turns out to be not the edible kind.

Cover Image Princess Penelope's Parrot
Lester, Helen.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

Cover Image All for Me and None for All
Lester, Helen.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Gruntly is a real hog, and the other animals are tired of his greediness, but when he gets mixed up on a treasure hunt and is the last to reach the prize, Gruntly begins to realize the value of kindness and sharing.

Cover Image Being a Pig Is Nice : A Child's-Eye View of Manners
Lloyd-Jones, Sally, 1960-
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2009.

Tired of being told to be polite and to not misbehave, a child considers trading places with various animals and a monster.

Cover Image The Lion's Share
McElligott, Matthew.
New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2009.

Ant is honored to receive an invitation to lion's annual dinner party, but is shocked when the other guests behave rudely and then accuse her of thinking only of herself.

Cover Image Mind Your Manners
Brooke, Samantha.
New York, N.Y. : Grosset & Dunlap, 2010.

Winnie-the-Pooh is so excited to attend Christopher Robin's picnic that he forgets his manners. Includes examples of polite alternatives to Pooh's mistakes.

Cover Image Table Manners : The Edifying Story of Two Friends Whose Discovery of Good Manners Promises Them a Glorious Future
Radunsky, Vladimir.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2001.

Chester teaches his good friend Dudunya about napkins, "full-mouthed speaking accidents," and other important aspects of proper mealtime behavior.

Cover Image Will Sheila Share?
Savadier, Elivia.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2008.

Nana helps teach her toddler granddaughter to share.

Cover Image Emily's Sharing and Caring Book
Senning, Cindy Post.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Children's Books, 2008.

Cover Image Emily's Out and About Book
Senning, Cindy Post.
New York : Collins, c2009.

On a trip around town with her mother, Emily demonstrates the importance of having good manners.

Cover Image Emily's Magic Words : Please, Thank You, and More
Senning, Cindy Post.
New York : Collins, c2007.

Emily explains how just a few little words-- please, thank you, hello, good-bye, and excuse me-- can work magic!

Cover Image Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf
Sierra, Judy.
New York : Knopf, 2007.

When B.B. Wolf, who now lives in the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he is careful to follow the advice of his crocodile friend and impresses everyone with how polite he can be.

Cover Image Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur : A First Book of Manners
Sierra, Judy.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012.

Illustrates basic polite behavior that one might need to use while grocery shopping at the same time as a dinosaur.

Cover Image Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class
Spinelli, Eileen.
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2009.

For "Peace Week," the animals in Miss Fox's class find ways to be peaceful instead of squabbling with each other.

Cover Image The Nice Book
Stein, David Ezra.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.

Monkeys, mice, snakes, cats, and many other animals demonstrate how to act towards others.

Cover Image Tumford's Rude Noises
Tillman, Nancy.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2012.

Describes how Tumford the cat tests the patience of his parents by making loud and rude noises that compel a lesson in manners before company arrives.

Cover Image The Very Inappropriate Word
Tobin, James, 1956-

Michael loves collecting words, especially those that are unusual, and knowing that one of his new words is naughty does not stop him from sharing it with his friends at school.

Cover Image Patsy Says
Tryon, Leslie.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.

Patsy Pig is determined to teach Ms. Klingensmith's first grade class some manners before their parents come to the Open House.

Cover Image Bear Says Thanks
Wilson, Karma.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2012.

Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

Cover Image Big Black Bear
Yee, Wong Herbert.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

A black bear with no manners comes to visit a little girl at home and makes a terrible mess, but another visitor helps him see the error of his ways.

Cover Image How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Yolen, Jane.
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2005.

Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill.

Cover Image How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?
Yolen, Jane.
New York : Blue Sky Press, c2006.

Rhyming text and illustrations present some of the ways dinosaurs can play with their friends, from hogging the swings to sharing toys.

Cover Image Tea for Ruby
York, Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of, 1959-
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.

As Ruby tells everyone about her invitation to tea with the Queen, family and friends remind her about how she should conduct herself.

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