The Best Picture Books about Manners

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These books take a variety of approaches to this important subject, from chatty to sincere to silly, but none of them are preachy or excessive.


How to Behave and Why

by Munro Leaf

This classic by Munro Leaf (author of The Story of Ferdinand) takes on not only the "what to do" of manners, but also the bigger "why." Yet it's never heavy-handed, due to Leaf's light tone and cheerful stick figures. This one should not be missed.


What Do You Say, Dear?

by Sesyle Joslin, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This book gives funny examples of the right and wrong thing to say in all kinds of improbable situations. And, it has the added bonus of illustrations by Maurice Sendak.


What Do You Do, Dear?

by Sesyle Joslin, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Like its companion volume, "What Do You Say, Dear?", this book presents a right and a wrong thing to do in all kinds of sticky (and unlikely!) situations.



illustrated by Aliki

This thoughtful and engaging book by Aliki presents, in cartoon form, lots of information about manners — what they're all about and why they're important.


It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel

by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner

Laura says:

This book is still one of my favorites. The art is wonderful and expressive, the scenarios are clever and funny, and hunting for the answer in each picture is really fun. This book is the only enjoyable way to learn one's manners that I've ever encountered.


The Bad Good Manners Book

by Babette Cole

No longer in print, this classic is worth picking up used or taking a trip to your local library.