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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Manners? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Manners.



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by Jane Yolen
How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude? Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from mom and dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill. As in their previous books, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

by Munro Leaf
Manners Can Be Fun by Munro Leaf was first published in 1936. In his signature style of stick-figure illustrations and wholesome text, this charming guide, in which courtesy does not have to be a chore or a response to scolding, makes manners a delight to learn. With such characters as the Mefirsts and the Whineys, children can laugh while absorbing the elementary rules of thoughtfulness and etiquette. To listen, cooperate, act graciously, and share, among others, are invaluable lessons that should never be underestimated, and that help make happy, well-adjusted, and secure children who will one day grow up to be happy, well-adjusted, and secure adults.

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by Dorothea Johnson, John Harney
When Harry and Kate learn they are going to a tea party with their grandparents, they are very excited. A brief etiquette session with Dorothea Johnson gives them the skills they need to enjoy an afternoon tea with friends of all ages. They learn how to shake hands, introduce themselves, pick up a napkin, eat a scone, and drink tea from a proper cup. The children think of several "magic words" that they can use to show they are polite and have good manners -- "please," "thank you," "may I," and "you're welcome."

by Cari Best
Tonight's a special night. Robert is going to his first grownup party -- a birthday celebration for Great-Gran Sadie, who is 100 years old. Robert is so excited he feels like a firecracker about to go off. But once he arrives at the party, it's hard to remember what to do when. "Don't do that!" says Grandpa Jack. "Don't do that!" says Uncle Phil. "Don't do that!" says Cousin Sidney. But what will Great-Gran Sadie say? How Robert discovers an unexpected kindred spirit comes to life in whimsical pictures that perfectly capture what it's like to be small in a world of adults. This is one party no one will ever forget.

by Sandra Dutton
However beastly the problem, Miss Perfect, a correspondent for the "Beastly Gazette," has the answer. Through her column, she shares advice that applies to nearly every creature. Say "I'm sorry" if you accidentally crush someone. Clean your room when asked. And never chew on your sister without first asking permission. Readers will laugh at Miss Perfect's often surprising but always on-target advice, and find a kinship with the animals, whose problems are not all that different from their own.

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