Books That Teach Manners

Preschoolers are learning important social skills, and these books can help. By Caroline Knorr
Books That Teach Manners

Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years, so it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness, and respect that will help kids make and keep friends -- skills that will serve them well their whole lives.

It's Hard to Be Five, age 4+. 
The tug and pull of a 5-year-old's struggle with his "control buttons" is clearly echoed in the book's rhyming language, which kids will surely enjoy.

Interrupting Chicken, age 4+. 
Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt -- or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, age 4+. 
Kids will identify with B.B. Wolf's worries and will appreciate the addition of a new friend, an understanding crocodile who helps B.B. figure out how to comport himself at the library tea party.

The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story, age 4+. 
Lola's an extreme example of bad behavior presented with humor. Kids will appreciate being able to laugh at her, and are unlikely to imitate her.

Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, age 4+. 
Far from presenting a stiff set of rules, this book begins and ends with a reference to nose-picking, and covers all the gritty ground in between.

Emily's Everyday Manners, age 4+. 
Emily Post's great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post and great-granddaughter Dr. Cindy Post Senning take their family heritage seriously, but with liveliness that suits a kids' picture book.

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About Caroline Knorr

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As Common Sense Media's parenting editor, Caroline helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids' media lives. From games to cell phones to movies and more, if you're wondering "what’s the right age for…?"... Read more

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