It's Never Too Early For Etiquette

Sometimes parents ask for books on manners for their preschool or early grade school child. Fairfax County Public Library owns several picture books that deal with the simple rules of etiquette in memorable ways.

In Mind Your Monsters,by Catherine Bailey and illustrated by Orial Vidal, some monsters are taking over the town until the secret word is discovered (ages 4-8). If your child loves monsters, he’ll find Rude Cakesby Rowboat Watkins to be a hilarious treat worth re-reading (ages 4-8).

Boy, oh boy does Tea Rex by Molly Idle get across the consequences of bad party manners. Kids will laugh aloud as they take in the side-lined post-it note reminders (ages 4-8). For dinosaur lovers, you may want to check out some of Jane Yolen’s silly “How do Dinosaurs...” books that can be jumping off points for discussion on how to eat your food or go to sleep at night (ages 2 -5). Judy Sierra’s Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners is equally entertaining (ages 4-8).

Bernette Ford and Sam Williams do an admirable job of showing how difficult yet rewarding is it for little children to control their temper in No More Hitting for Little Hamster!(ages 2-5).

These are just a sampling of what we have in picture books both silly and sweet that convey the value of good manners.
-Maggie Wrobel, Centreville Regional Library

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