Books on: Manners & Politeness

Books which either promote good manners and politeness or tell cautionary tales about impolite children!

Lively Elizabeth
Author: Mara Bergman
Illustrator: Cassia Thomas
How this book may help: By showing how our actions effect others.
Meet lively Elizabeth who has lots of fun and likes to be naughty. One day she shoves her friend... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, hitting, manners, politeness, rudeness, violence


The Happy Book
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: A great starting point for talking about both positive and negative feelings with very young children. This book may gently encourage co-operation and good behaviour.
This charming book contains simply written messages encouraging children to spread happiness to... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, bullying, emotions, environment, exercise, fears, sadness, sharing, tantrums

Tissue, Please!
Author: Lisa Kopelke
Illustrator: Lisa Kopelke
How this book may help: Encouraging good manners, hygiene and politeness.
Frog and his friends all have runny noses, which disrupts their ballet classes. Their teacher, Miss... read more

Tags: manners, hygiene, behaviour, politeness

Selfish Sophie
Author: Damian Kelleher
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: Encouraging sharing, politeness and friendship.
Sophie doesn't like sharing. She keeps her books, sweets, cuddly toys and other things to herself.... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, emotions, friends, politeness, rudeness, sharing, stubbornness

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners
Author: Laurie Keller
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
How this book may help: Encouraging young children to respect differences in others and act with kindness and politeness.
Mr Rabbit's new neighbours are otters, which makes him nervous. He has never met an otter before,... read more

Tags: relationships, prejudice, politeness, manners, helping, friends, diversity, co-operation

Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate
Author: Caryl Hart
Illustrator: Leigh Hodgkinson
How this book may help: Encouraging good manners and co-operation.
Kate's mum constantly tells her that she should have better table manners. But Kate stubbornly... read more

Tags: table manners, rudeness, politeness, manners, eating, compliance, behaviour

Rude Rabbit
Author: Jacqui Hawkins
Illustrator: Colin Hawkins
How this book may help: Highlights the negative impact that bad manners and rudeness can have. Promotes the idea that if someone is polite then they will be happier and have more friends.
Rude Rabbit lives up to his name. He hasn't got any friends because of his rudeness and bad... read more

Tags: swearing, politeness, manners, helping, emotions, bullying, behaviour, anger, violence

The No-No Bird
Author: Andrew Fusek Peters
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Many young children go through a phase of answering every request with a firm 'NO!'. Some may recognise themselves in the stubborn little 'no-no bird' in this cautionary tale. This may encourage them to co-operate a little more often.
The No-No Bird's favourite word is No! Requests from his mother to get dressed and clean his teeth... read more

Tags: emotions, behaviour, anger, tantrums

Little Princess - I Want My Dinner!
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Encouraging children to say 'please' and 'thank you'.
The Little Princess demands her dinner, her potty and her teddy in turn. Each time she is given... read more

Tags: behaviour, politeness, rudeness, table manners

Excuse Me: Learning About Politeness
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: This informative little picture book asks the reader "how polite are you?" and covers many situations where a child may compare their own behaviour to the behaviour of the girl in the book.
Rather like a Debrett's guide for young children(!), this book covers how to behave in many... read more

Tags: politeness, party, manners, eating, compliance, co-operation, behaviour, rudeness, stubbornness, table manners

How Should I Behave?
Author: Mick Manning
Illustrator: Brita Granstrom
How this book may help: A good way to start a discussion with young children on what constitutes acceptable behaviour. Promotes good manners, co-operation, helping and politeness.
This book is set out in question and answer format and deals with behaviour: helpfulness,... read more

Tags: table manners, swearing, rudeness, politeness, manners, helping, compliance, co-operation, bullying, behaviour, tidiness

Excuse Me!
Author: Lisa Kopelke
Illustrator: Lisa Kopelke
How this book may help: Encouraging good manners
A funny book about burping and the need for good manners! Frog loves to eat and loves to burp.... read more

Tags: manners, eating, co-operation, behaviour, politeness, rudeness

ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners
Author: Mij Kelly
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Appealing and amusing way to show children the consequences of unkindness and bad manners.
Brief Synopsis: One fateful day Suzy Sue sneezes all over her animal friends. They decide it’s... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, manners, rudeness

Everybody Matters: A First Look at Respect for Others
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: This non-fiction picture book introduces children to the concept of respect, fair treatment and anti-discrimination. It explains that you can earn respect by being polite, honest and by listening to others: qualities that will ultimately lead to making the world a better place.
An important part of the book explains how bullies often try to force people to respect them... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, diversity, manners, prejudice, relationships

I Can Make a Difference: A First Look at Setting a Good Example
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: Helps children to understand the importance of good manners, helping others and being considerate by setting a good example.
The book opens by explaining that everyone in the world is a teacher, and everyone learns by... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, manners, politeness, relationships, rudeness

Going Shopping (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book gives a view of many of the things important when going out shopping while also providing good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone both on the way to the shops and when buying things. It is written in language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for a trip to the shops. This is... read more

Tags: co-operation, compliance, manners, politeness

At Home (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book covers the important aspects of living with others under the same roof while also providing good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone. It is written in a language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for living together: “Thinking... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, eating, family, manners, politeness, sharing, table manners, tidiness

Playing in the Park (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book covers the important aspects of playing with others in the park. It provides good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone and that make no-one feel excluded. It is written in language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for a day in the playground,... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, sharing

I Don't Care!: Learning About Respect
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: The book explains what respect means and shows a child the different ways respect can be shown and received. It also explains how negative it is when you are not respected or do not respect other people.
The book begins with a boy thinking about what respect means and that if you respect someone you... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, confidence, manners, rudeness

Manfred the Baddie
Author: John Fardell
Illustrator: John Fardell
How this book may help: A cautionary tale to reinforce the message that people who behave badly are avoided by others.
Manfred the Baddie steals, kidnaps and bullies people, but one night ends up with a cold. No-one... read more

Tags: hitting, bullying, behaviour, violence

Little Croc and Bird
Author: Tony Maddox
Illustrator: Tony Maddox
How this book may help: Clearly demonstrates the benefits of playing kindly with others and may motivate over-boisterous children to curb their enthusiasm. The final page in which Little Croc briefly reverts to his previous mischievous ways reassures children that they do not have to behave perfectly all the time.
Chunky, bright illustrations capture Little Croc’s world of fun as he wreaks havoc jumping on... read more

Tags: co-operation, behaviour

Never Say No to a Princess!
Author: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator: Kate Leake
How this book may help: Sometimes children just can’t stop themselves from asking for everything they see and in the modern consumerist society it is increasingly difficult for parents to say no to their children’s demands. The little princess’s parents give her all the sparkly things she wants whenever she asks for them but she is never happy and she never says please.
One day when she is lost she meets a dragon who will not take her back to the palace until she says... read more

Tags: stubbornness, rudeness, politeness, manners, helping, gratitude, compliance, co-operation, behaviour, tantrums

Cheeky Charlie!
Author: Ben Redlich
Illustrator: Ben Redlich
How this book may help: A simple, funny story which ends with a clear message: no-one is perfect and you should take a close look at yourself before teasing others!
Charlie chimp prances around the jungle giving cheek to everyone he meets - Ostrich can’t fly,... read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, politeness, rudeness

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
How this book may help: May encourage a child to adopt good table manners and try new foods, particularly those children who are mad about dinosaurs!
Publisher's summary: "When dinosaurs eat their food, what do they do? This book runs through the gamut of mealtime bad..." read more

Tags: behaviour, eating, politeness, table manners

Say please, Louise!
Author: Phil Roxbee Cox
Illustrator: Jan McCafferty
How this book may help: This book may discourage a child from being impolite, and remind them to say 'please' and 'thank you'.
Publisher's summary: "An amusing and tongue-in-cheek story designed to introduce young children to the concept of right..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, manners

Manners in School
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at school.
Publisher's summary: "The 'Manners' series shows children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their..." read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, co-operation, compliance, diversity, friends, hygiene, politeness, prejudice, school, sharing

Manners On Holiday
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story Peter and Sara are going on a summer camping holiday with their parents. At the..." read more

Tags: tidiness, table manners, swimming, sharing, rudeness, politeness, manners, hygiene, holidays, helping, health, friends, diversity, disability, compliance, co-operation, being different, behaviour, washing

Manners at the Park
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story, Lily, Julia, Peter, Jim and the other children all play in the park. They learn to..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, dog, environment, helping, manners, pet, road safety, sharing

Manners At Parties
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at a party.
Publisher's summary: "In this story, it is Mark's birthday and the children have fun at his party. They learn that it's..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, hair, helping, party, politeness, rudeness, sharing, table manners, tidiness

Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book
Author: Amanda Li
Illustrator: Melanie Williamson
How this book may help: This appealingly illustrated book should encourage children to think of others and remember their manners.
Publisher's summary: "It's nice to have good manners! Join Pirate Pete and Princess Polly as they learn all about saying..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, friends, manners, politeness, rudeness, sharing, table manners

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