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Manners And Etiquette: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about manners and etiquette?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to manners and etiquette. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about manners and etiquette.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about manners and etiquette can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure
Written by Ann M. Martin and Annie Parnell & illustrated by Ben Hatke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive cures for all sorts of childhood (mis)behavior: The Whatever Cure and the Just-a-Minute Cure, for instance. What is a stressed out parent to do? Why, call Missy Piggle-Wiggle, of course! New York Times-bestselling author Ann Martin brings her signature warmth and comic genius to a new character. And artist Ben Hatke brings it all to life!

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The Thank You Book
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

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Little Pea
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Ten years ago, Amy Krouse Rosenthal burst into children’s books with Little Pea, a book destined to become a classic. Her witty text about a little pea who won’t eat his sweets combined with the whimsical yet warm hearted art by Jen Corace create a go-to baby gift, a hilarious read-aloud, and the perfect intervention for picky eaters.

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Kindness Rules!
Written & illustrated by Eunice Moyle and Sabrina Moyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Manners don’t come naturally to everyone! But did you know that elephants are known for their impeccable etiquette? It’s true! This hilarious guide to good manners offers many fun teaching moments for kids and their parents–it covers all the basics for the preschool set, from saying “please” and “thank you” to sharing and being kind to others. Filled with bright, adorable illustrations in Hello!Lucky’s inimitable style, young children will love learning about manners with this delightful, sturdy board book.

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The Nice Book
Written & illustrated by David Ezra Stein
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Stein—author of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken, Pouch! (a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves (recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award).

From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of “how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.

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  • How to Apologize - From the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creators of See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog comes a funny and handy guide that explains just how (and how not!) to say “I’m sorry.” Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone knew how to apologize? Luckily, this humorous guidebook is full of practical tips about when, why, and how to say you’re sorry. From a porcupine who accidentally popped his friend’s balloon to a snail who was running so fast he stepped on a sloth’s toes, hilarious examples and sweet illustrations abound. For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that even though apologizing can be hard, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

  • Tea Rex - Some tea parties are for grown-ups. Some are for girls. But this tea party is for a very special guest. And it is important to follow some rules . . . like providing comfortable chairs, and good conversation, and yummy food. But sometimes that is not enough for special guests, especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . . Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

  • Perfectly Polite Penguins - Penguins are always polite. They say “please” and “thank you,” they wait their turn patiently, and they always help to clean up when playtime is over. But one day, Polly Penguin decides that being polite is boring. So she interrupts when others are talking, refuses to clean up, and makes a mess at the dinner table. Soon, all of the penguins copy Polly and lose their good manners, too! Can Polly help make things right again?

  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Meet Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! She lives in an upside-down house with a kitchen that is always full of freshly baked cookies. She was even married to a pirate once! Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children. When Mary turns into an Answer-Backer or Dick becomes Selfish or Allen decides to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the perfect cure. And her solutions always work, with plenty of laughs along the way. This is the book that started it all! Perfect for fans of Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee, this classic series is all about learning and problem-solving. Young readers will love this book.

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Oh No, George!
Written & illustrated by Chris Haughton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Trusted by his owner to be a well-behaved dog while alone during the day, George finds it hard to resist the many temptations about the house, including the cake on the table, the cat, and the flower pot dirt.

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Will Ladybug Hug?
Written by Hilary Leung
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

You loved Will Bear Share? and Will Sheep Sleep?, now get to know Ladybug in a hilarious new high-fiving and hugging-themed addition to creator Hilary Leung’s animal books!One ladybug.Many friends.One timeless question: Will Ladybug Hug?Meet Ladybug. Ladybug loves to hug! Now Ladybug is getting ready to go on a trip and wants to say good-bye to her friends. . . but will her friends want to receive a hug? Find out in this surprising and memorable storybook all about friendship, high-fives, consent, and of course, hugs.A fresh and funny new book in creative talent Hilary Leung’s series of animal question stories all about preschool milestone moments. Let Ladybug and her friends laugh, high-five, and hug their way to your heart!

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Maisy Goes to the Movies
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Maisy and her pals discover the magic of the big screen as they go to a movie theater for the first time. Maisy and her friends are so excited! They’re going to see a fun adventure film. With tickets and snacks at the ready, they scramble for seats and settle in for the movie to begin. Cyril’s a little afraid of the dark, but Maisy is happy to hold his hand. When Eddie enthusiastically shouts at the screen, he quickly learns a lesson in movie etiquette! After little ones share this outing with Maisy, they’ll be raring to go on their own movie-theater adventure.

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Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
Written by Shelly Becker & illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

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What Happened to You?
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Imagine you were asked the same question again and again throughout your life . . . Imagine if it was a question that didn’t bring about the happiest of memories . . . This is the experience of one-legged Joe, a child who just wants to have fun in the playground . . . Constantly seen first for his disability, Joe is fed up of only ever being asked about his leg. All he wants to do is play Pirates. But as usual, one after the other, all the children ask him the same question they always ask, What happened to you? Understandably Joe gets increasingly angry! Until finally the penny drops and the children realize that it’s a question Joe just doesn’t want to answer . . . and that Joe is playing a rather good game . . . one that they can join in with if they can stop fixating on his missing leg . . . Because children are children, after all. Based on experiences the disabled author had as a young child, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? genuinely reflects a disabled child’s perspective for both disabled & able-bodied readers.

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  • What Do You Say, Dear? - What do you say when: You bump into a crocodile on a crowded city street? A nice gentleman introduces you to a baby elephant? The Queen feeds you so much spaghetti that you don’t fit in your chair anymore? This is the funniest book of manners you’ll ever read!

  • Don't Touch My Hair! - An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair. It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls; and even under the sea, in the jungle, and in space, she’s chased by a mermaid, monkeys, and poked by aliens…until, finally, Aria has had enough! Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a new, fresh, level as she doesn’t seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful—she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story.

  • Boo Stew - Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington has cooked up a delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale with a diverse cast of characters and an imaginative twist on the classic “Goldilocks.” Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she’s an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions–like the batwing brownies and toad eye toffees. So when one of her dishes goes missin’ from her windowsill, word spreads like a kerosene fire about how the Scares have been terrorizin’ the town at mealtime. They shriek “Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon! Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone!” and send folk runnin’ from their dinner plates.With everyone else tremblin’ and squawkin’ about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin’. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good?Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Her clever, can-do protagonist and joyful language paired with Jeffrey Ebbeler’s charming, imaginative illustrations will tempt readers into a ghostly, yet enchanting landscape that they won’t want to leave!

  • Mr. Men Box Set (Anniversary) - It has been forty years since Adam Hargreaves asked his father, “What does a tickle look like?” That question inspired Roger Hargreaves to invent Mr. Tickle and all his friends in Mr. Men Land, and those quirky characters have sold millions of copies worldwide since. This anniversary edition box set comes with the first ten Mr. Men books in hardcover: Mr. Tickle, Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Sneeze, Mr. Bump, Mr. Snow, Mr. Messy, Mr. Topsy-Turvy, and Mr. Silly.

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Kindness Counts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Teaching your child about kindness can be challenging. In this addition to the Living Lights(TM) series of Berenstain Bears books, young readers will learn how to treat others with kindness. Children will discover ways to implement traditional values and share God’s goodness. The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts–part of the popular Zonderkidz Living Lights(TM) series of books–is perfect for: Early readers, ages 4-8Reading out loud at home or in a classroomStarting conversations with children about kindness, generosity, and graceThe Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts: Features the hand-drawn artwork of the Berenstain familyContinues in the much-loved footsteps of Stan and Jan Berenstain with the Berenstain Bears series of booksIs part of one of the bestselling children’s book series ever created, with more than 250 books published and nearly 300 million copies sold to date

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When Charley Met Emma
Written by & illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
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Alice-Miranda in China
Written by Jacqueline Harvey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When a surprise letter arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies offering a cultural exchange to Beijing, Alice-Miranda and her friends are quick to sign up. They can’t wait to experience the delights of one of the world’s busiest cities! While there, the visitors will attend The Bright Star Academy and be billeted among the local students. Excitingly, Alice-Miranda and Jacinta are placed with a family who own one of the most famous acrobatic circus troupes in China. Their shows are spectacular but on closer inspection it appears that attempts are being made to sabotage the performances. Is it an insider, or is someone else trying to bring the family down? When Alice-Miranda stumbles upon a priceless missing antiquity in her host’s home the mystery deepens. Will the saboteur be caught before it’s too late?

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Just Say Please
Written & illustrated by Mercer Mayer
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

Children will learn along with Little Critter and his classmates that being considerate of others is the key to having good manners.

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What Were You Thinking?: A Story about Learning to Control Your Impulses
Written by Bryan Smith & illustrated by Lisa M. Griffen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Strengthen executive function skills and empower impetuous young people with a humorous story about an impulsive third-grader. Teach students a strategy of four simple steps for stopping, thinking, and decision-making. Third-grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, like ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym that left a classmate teary-eyed and crumpled on the floor, forces the adults in Braden’s life to teach him about impulse control. But will the lessons shared by his teachers and his mom really help Braden manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story by Bryan Smith.

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  • Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker - Lacey Walker loves to talk. She talks all day, and sometimes all night. But when she loses her voice, Lacey learns the importance of listening. She learns about all of the things she misses out on every day. This relatable picture book teaches an important life lesson for preschoolers and older.

  • The Bear Who Shared - Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree. But Tulip the raccoon and Violet the mouse have too . . . although maybe not so patiently. In fact, Tulip and Violet sniff, listen to, and even hug the fruit. Norris catches the fruit when it finally falls, and because he is a wise bear, he shares it and makes two new friends. A lovely simplicity of language and gorgeous artwork make this story of one of life’s first lessons perfect for the youngest listeners.

  • How to Hug a Pufferfish - A picture book about a group of underwater friends who learn to ask for permission before showing their prickly, pufferfish pal some love. So, you want to hug a pufferfish… Who could blame you? That friendly, gap-toothed grin is hard to resist! Only, when Pufferfish is hugged or touched unexpectedly by their friends, things can get a little…spiky. It’s not that Pufferfish doesn’t ever want hugs–it’s just that they need to have a say in when and how they’re hugged. Luckily, they have great friends who are willing to listen and learn the best ways to show Pufferfish some love and respect their personal space. With it’s bright, commercial art and unique exploration of a timely topic, Ellie Peterson’s How to Hug a Pufferfish provides a straightforward and humorous look at consent and body autonomy for kids.

  • It's Okay to Make Mistakes - In a tradition of Todd Parr’s fan-favorite It’s Okay to Be Different a book about embracing mistakes and the joy of happy accidents. Todd Parr’s bestselling books have reminded kids to embrace differences, to be thankful, to love one another, and to be themselves. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes embraces life’s happy accidents, the mistakes and mess-ups that can lead to self discovery. Todd Parr brings a timely theme to life with his signature bold, kid-friendly illustrations and a passion for making readers feel good about themselves, encouraging them to try new things, experiment, and dare to explore new paths. From coloring outside the lines and creating a unique piece of art to forgetting an umbrella but making a new friend, each page offers a kid-friendly take on the importance of taking chances, trying new things, and embracing life, mistakes and all.

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I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not!
Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

RJ’s mouth is getting him into a lot of trouble. A rude comment at school earned him a detention. An insensitive remark at home earned him a scolding and made his sister cry. RJ doesn’t realize his words are wrong. He thinks he’s just offering feedback. It’s time RJ starts using a social filter when he speaks. With help from his parents, he learns he doesn’t have to verbalize every thought that pops into his head. In fact, sometimes the less said the better! This book is the newest addition to the Best Me I Can Be! series offers help for children who say inappropriate things.

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Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It)
Written by Carrie Finison & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn’t like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent–from author Carrie Finison and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The World Needs More Purple People, Daniel Wiseman. Doug doesn’t like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn’t like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn’t like birthday hugs. He’d much rather give a high five–or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five. Yup, some people love hugs; other people don’t. So how can you tell if someone likes hugs or not? There’s only one way to find out: Ask! Because everybody gets to decide for themselves whether they want a hug or not.

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No Roses for Harry!
Written by Gene Zion & illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A classic picture book featuring the beloved Harry the Dirty Dog!Harry is the not-too-happy recipient of a handmade sweater, and what makes matters worse is that it’s a sweater with a pattern of roses. Harry does everything he can think of to get rid of that sweater. But when it seems like he’ll never lose the sweater, an unexpected visitor helps him solve his problem…This is an irresistible story featuring a classic picture book character, especially perfect for young dog lovers and fans of Harry the Dirty Dog. Harry the Dirty Dog has been recognized by the National Education Association as an all-time top-100 children’s book. It has also been welcomed by a new generation at home, as Betty White’s 2020 reading of the story on StorylineOnline has been viewed more than 8 million times.For more fun with Harry the Dirty Dog, don’t miss Harry by the Sea and Harry and the Lady Next Door. As Children’s Books and Their Creators said about all three books: There is a droll, seemingly effortless union of art and text in the Harry stories, a delicious mastery of everyday foolishness.

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Harry and the Lady Next Door
Written by Gene Zion & illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers

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Bite-Size Life Lessons
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jane Dyer
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a cookie-centric guide to lifeEveryone knows cookies taste good, but these cookies also have something good to say. Open this delectable book to any page and you will find out something about life. This board book with sturdy pages is a good stocking stuffer or graduation gift.Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons is a new kind of dictionary, one that defines mysteries such as fair and unfair and what it means to cooperate. At every turn this book is clever, honest, inspirational, and whimsical. Go ahead, take a bite!Perfect for learning concept words.

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  • I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! - No is RJ’s least favorite word… and he tries his best to convince his dad, his mom, and his teacher to turn No into Maybe or We’ll see or Later or I’ll think about it. Even though he doesn’t have much success, RJ keeps arguing until his teacher suggests that he try to join her classroom’s Say YES to NO Club. If RJ can learn how to accept No for an answer and to disagree appropriately with his teacher and parents, he can add his name to the club’s Star Board. RJ finds that lots of praise and some rewards come his way when he uses these skills the right way! Put an end to arguing or negotiating with youngsters by teaching them how to accept No for an answer. Instead of wheedling or pleading, teach them how to disagree appropriately. The steps for each skill are easy to remember with the simple rhymes presented in the story. Author Julia Cook helps K through 6 readers laugh and learn along with RJ as he understands the benefits of demonstrating these social skills both at home and in school. This storybook is the second in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches students that socials skills can make home life happier and school more successful. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach children to accept No for an answer, respond appropriately to others, and how to disagree properly are included at the end of the picture book. The series also includes:

  • Thanks for the Feedback, I Think - Do you know a young person who tends to argue or give excuses when you are trying to correct behavior? Or a student who misinterprets praise and compliments? Teach them the social skills “how to accept feedback” and “how to give and receive compliments” using a kid-friendly story with a lesson that enriches social emotional learning. This entertaining story follows RJ as he goes about his day doing the things he enjoys, such as blowing bubbles, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. But when a couple of friends give him compliments, he just isn’t sure how to respond! As RJ continues through the day, he hears from his teacher and parents that while there are many things he’s doing very well, there are some things he needs to work on. His first reaction is to argue and make excuses. Throughout this story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately. Parents and teachers will love taking kids on RJ’s journey as he discovers the many forms of feedback, and he learns to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, in school and with friends. This picture book book is the sixth in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches children in grades K through 6 social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. Tips for parents and educators to effectively teach how to give and receive compliments and how to accept feedback are included at the end of the picture book. The series also includes: The WORST Day of My Life EVER!I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!SORRY, I Forgot to Ask!TEAMWORK Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to SHARE!I Just Want to Do It MY WAY!I Can’t Believe You SAID That!

  • Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners - “When Mama Bear’s efforts to improve her family’s manners are unsuccessful, she devises a Politeness Plan–a chart listing a chore as a penalty for eachact of rudeness. Basic etiquette is presented in a practical way. Berenstainillustrations add humor and understanding.”– “School Library Journal.”

  • Fancy Nancy - NOW A HIT TV SERIES ON DISNEY JUNIORThe bestselling picture book that launched the beloved Fancy Nancy series by the dazzling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser!Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. She loves to wear fancy clothes, play with fancy toys, and most of all, use fancy words! But everyone in her family is just the opposite. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm–with or without the frills. This heartwarming story emphasizes the importance of family and the power of self-expression. Perfect for fans of the Eloise and Olivia books.Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL! Fancy Nancy; Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy; Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly; Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas; Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique; Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet; Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe; Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century; Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition; Fancy Nancy: Saturday Night Sleepover; Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

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What Do You Do, Dear?
Written by Sesyle Joslin & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What do you do when:

a lady polar bear walks into your igloo in a white fur coat?

the lady you are forcing to walk the plank drops her handkerchief?

you meet someone coming the other way on a circus tightrope?

This is the funniest book on good behavior you’ll ever read!

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic
Written by Betty MacDonald & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves everyone, and everyone loves her right back. The children love her because she is lots of fun. Their parents love her because she can cure children of absolutely any bad habit. The treatments are unusual, but they work! Who better than a pig, for instance, to teach a piggy little boy table manners? And what better way to cure the rainy-day “waddle-I-do’s” than hunt for pirate treasure in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s upside-down house?

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I Just Want to Do It My Way!
Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

RJ’s way of doing things isn’t working out for him, especially in math class. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete. RJ blames Norma “the booger picker” and Rodney “the alphabet burper” for distracting him during class. With support from his mom and dad, RJ learns how to ask for help and stay on task. By learning how to do things the right way the first time, RJ discovers he no longer has to do his work over and over and over again. Share this story with children who have difficulty staying focused long enough to complete assignments or who insist they have a better way to do things! Kids in grades K through 6 will learn strategies to tackle a task, ignore distractions, and ask a teacher or other adult for help to get the job done to completion. This storybook is the fifth in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches children that social skills can make home life happier and school more successful. Tips for parents and educators on how to teach kids self-control, patience, how to ask for help, and staying focused included at the end of the picture book. The series also includes: The WORST Day of My Life EVER!I Just Don’t Like the Sound of NO!TEAMWORK Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to SHARE!SORRY, I Forgot to Ask!THANKS for the FEEDBACK… (I THINK?)I Can’t Believe You SAID That!

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Almost There and Almost Not
Written by Linda Urban
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From acclaimed author Linda Urban comes the funny, bittersweet story of a girl and her ghosts–and the welcoming home they find where they least expect it. California Poppy has been dropped off, yet again, with an unsuspecting relative. This time it’s her eccentric Great-Aunt Monica, a woman she’s never even met. Aunt Monica has no idea what to do with an eleven-year-old, so she puts California to work researching their ancestor, the once-famous etiquette expert Eleanor Fontaine. California soon discovers that Great-Great-Great Aunt Eleanor is…not exactly alive and well, but a ghost–and a super sensitive one at that. The grand dame bursts into clouds of dust whenever she loses her composure, which happens quite often. Still, an unexpected four-legged friend and some old-fashioned letter writing make this decidedly strange situation one that California can handle. Just as California’s starting to feel like she’s found a place for herself, life turns upside-down yet again. Thankfully, this time she has some friends almost by her side…

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The Couch Potato
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Pete Oswald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn’t have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen?

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  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day - The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School, this time to shape up the football team and help them to win at least one game. “Children of any age will relish the raucous carrying-on at what has to be the most gloriously awful school in the entire state of Texas.” – Horn Book

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? - A playful peek into the homes of dinosaur babies and their parents at bedtime!How do dinosaurs say good night? Brimming with humor and familiar good-night antics, here is a playful peek into the homes of dinosaur children and their parents at bedtime. Perfect for sharing and reading aloud, this is one nighttime book your own little dinosaur will want to read again and again.

  • Richard Scarry's Pig Will and Pig Won't - Pig Will minds his manners, but naughty Pig Won’t won’t! In three stories, Pig Won’t learns to play nicely, help with chores, and always say please andthank you. Richard Scarry’s beloved characters make these cautionary talesmore fun than didactic.

  • Clifford's Manners - It only takes a little to BE BIG! Emily Elizabeth taught Clifford good manners. He always says “please” and “thank you,” follows the rules, and SHARES with his friends. It’s easy to like someone like Clifford: even if he makes mistakes, he always tries to be kind and considerate. The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD’S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place. Clifford’s Big Ideas are: Be a Good Friend Share Be Kind Help Others Be Truthful Have Respect Be Responsible Play Fair Work Together * Believe in Yourself

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Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

With help from Mama and Papa (who get a little advice from Grizzly Gran), Sister Bear learns to stop her nervous nail biting before it turns into a badhabit.

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Even Superheroes Make Mistakes
Written by Shelly Becker & illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9

Even superheroes slip up and err. When that happens, do they complain or give up in despair? NO! Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up and keep on saving the world in the most super way! This follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.

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No Jumping on the Bed
Written & illustrated by Tedd Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

“If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a million times, no jumping on the bed!” But Walter just can’t resist, so he ignores his father’s bedtime warning. Higher and higher he bounces gleefully, until his hair brushes the ceiling. But when he lands back on the bed–thump, creak, crack–it crashes right through the floor! Suddenly Walter finds himself visiting all the downstairs neighbors in his apartment building in a most unusual way! “Hip, hip, hooray for this delightful urban fantasy, a comic morality tale that explores the consequences of ignoring that age-old ‘momilie, ‘ ‘If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a million times, no jumping on the bed!’”–School Library Journal

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Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
Written by R. L. LaFevers & illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parents’ museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museum—in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back.
Once again Theodosia will have to take on secret societies, evil curses, and dark magic too sinister to imagine, especially if it falls into the wrong hands. Blocked at every turn, Theodosia will have to rely on her own skill and cunning—along with a little help from the most unexpected places.

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Written by Betty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald Canham & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is back with a brand-new bundle of wonderfully magical cures for any bad habit–from watching too much TV, to picky eating, to fear of trying new things. And while Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is working her magic, the children are working some of their own, planning a boisterous birthday bash for everyone’s favorite problem solver!

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