Now that the holidays are over you can stop being embarrassed by your child’s tables antics and start doing something about them….before wedding season starts! Guest librarian Heather Hageli from VAPLD is here to share some fun read to help encourage good manners.
A little dose of Emily Post for the Pre-K set…yes, please!
Books About Manners
The Pirate Who Said Please by Timothy Kapman
Pirate Jim is the most polite pirate in all of children’s literature. But he learned the hard way on why it pays to be polite and your children can learn from his tale, too. Be sure to check out the back of the book for “next steps” on how to discuss concepts of manners and politeness with young children.
This Little Piggy’s Book of Manners by Kathryn Madeline Allen, illustrated by Nancy Wolf
Not only does this book cover please and thank-yous, but also chewing with your mouth closed and not cutting in line. Children may notice the text is set to the nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy” and be able to guess what may happen next.
Time to Say “Please”! By Mo Willems
Before Elephant and Piggie came along, author Mo Willems introduced these polite mice to teach us words like please and thank you. And that you have to say them even if it doesn’t gain you anything. Just because.
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller
Rabbit has new neighbors–otters! But isn’t sure if they will like him. His friend, Owl, advises Rabbit to “Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you.” Rabbit takes this adage to great (highly entertaining) lengths.
Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
These cakes are downright rude. And this book by Watkins is 100% a cautionary tale on what happens if you don’t mind your manners.
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