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Books About Manners

Updated on March 18, 2014

Books On Manners For Kids, Teens And Adults Alike

There are many great books about manners available in the shops and online, and some are catered towards small kids because teaching children manners is important from an early age.

There are then others geared towards teens, while there are many great books written especially for adults. Of course this doesn't mean that adults have no manners. On the contrary. However there are so many areas, aspects of life, so many new things to learn, that sometimes a good book on the subject can be a great help.

How do you set a table, how do we behave during mealtimes, what is the proper tipping etiquette, how do we speak on the phone in the right way, how to be a real gentleman, what is the best and most admirable way to meet and greet people...

Here you will find many great books on manners for people of all ages. ome that teach, some that entertain, and some that simply remind you of what is proper and what is best avoided.

Shown here is one of my favorites: A Little Book of Manners: Courtesy & Kindness for Young Ladies

Check out all books about manners at Amazon.

For Toddlers

Books About Manners For Teaching Toddlers

Toddlers are so tiny, they usually tend to speak before they think. While many times it's quite funny what they blurt out, now is the time to teach them the manners that they will follow throughout the rest of their lives. And what better way to teach toddlers manners than from beautiful picture books that they will enjoy over and over again.

Manners Time (Toddler Tools)

Manners Time (Toddler Tools)
Manners Time (Toddler Tools)

This is a great little book that will teach toddlers manners, which will help them achieve that feeling of having done it the right way, which will set the stage for social skills that will last a lifetime.

Recommended for all moms of toddlers.


Excuse Me!: A Little Book of Manners

Excuse Me: A Little Book of Manners (Lift-the-Flap Book)
Excuse Me: A Little Book of Manners (Lift-the-Flap Book)

With this book toddlers will learn the very first polite words, such as 'please' and 'thank you'. A great fun book that small kids will enjoy and learn from.


Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book

Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book (Pictureback(R))
Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book (Pictureback(R))

Lovely picture book that teaches toddlers the basics of good manners, that will be with them throughout the rest of their lives.


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For Preschoolers

Books About Manners - Teaching Preschool Children Proper Behavior

While toddlers are the smallest ones to learn about manners, the preschool kids are big enough to grasp more complex behaviours and to learn the basic difference between doing good and not so good. Teaching politeness in preschool years is very important to help kids develop their character the right way. The ages between 3-5 are the best years for kids to be most receptive to rules of manners and politeness.

There are many great books that teach good manners to preschool kids, and here are some of the most popular ones.

The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum

The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum
The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum

I love this book because the mom here is calm, logical and doesn't give in to the tantrums of her preschool kid. So many moms can't help but giv in, which sets the stage for a very spoiled child. Not this one. I honestly think every mom should have this book and read it to (and with) their preschool child.


How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

Perfect book for a preschool kid to learn about table manners, one that both kids and parents alike will enjoy reading and laughing while doing so.


Clifford's Manners

Clifford's Manners (Clifford 8x8)
Clifford's Manners (Clifford 8x8)

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.


Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup.

Bennett Cerf

On Manners

"Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners"

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr

For School Age Kids

Books About Manners For Teaching School Kids And Pre-Teens

Small kids in school are more rebellious in nature, but they are also more developed, so they can grasp matters of manner and etiquette easier. The books about manners are getting less with pictures and more with written words.

Here are some of the best books for school kids and pre-teens on manners.

Dude, That's Rude!

Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh & Learn®)
Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh & Learn®)

Kids today need manners more than ever, and Dude, That’s Rude! makes it fun and easy to get some. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more.


How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger

How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (Laugh & Learn)
How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger (Laugh & Learn)

Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to them and offers strategies they can start using immediately.


For Teens

Books On Manners For Teaching Teens

Teens are the their most rebellious age. This is why it's important to go about it in a clever way. Teens will never respond to words about proper etiquette and formal decree, simply because their acts are guided by their hormones, by their feelings. The fact is that convincing teenagers that good manners matter can very well take some convincing.

So here are some great books about manners for your teens.

Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond

Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond
Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond

Let’s face it, how we behave is a choice, and as you move into adult life, the choices get more complicated. You are out in the world, meeting all kinds of people and going different places on your own. Questions of etiquette seem to pop up everywhere you go:

What’s the latest on cell phone use and netiquette?

How can you make a good impression at college and job interviews?

What fork do you use?

How do you attach a boutonniere without sticking your prom date?

And what is a boutonniere, anyway?


“We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.”

G. K. Chesterton

For Adults

Books About Manners For Adults

Learning about good and proper manners is a life long study. Adults are not excused just because they are grown up. In fact, there are many people who have the wrong behavior in various occasions. No wonder there are so many books written for adults that teach proper etiquette and best manners for every circumstance.

Not only that but adults can learn how to teach manners to their kids in an easy and fun way. They can learn how to act towards their kids in various cases, which might leave one puzzled and confused without knowing instantly what to do.

Here are some popular choices that really teach something to adults as well: books about manners for adults.

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman
From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman

Every woman wants to put her best foot forward - and avoid those dreaded faux pas that turn off employers and co-workers, dates and friends. Written with zest and humour, this female-centered guide makes good behaviour simple and fun.


From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man
From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man

To make a favorable impression in his social and professional circles, a man has to have panache, style, and excellent etiquette. He should know how to dress for a night on the town, how to transform himself into a gracious host and a welcome guest, and how to write an impressive e-mail.


Do you know what is the proper tipping etiquette when it comes to hairdressers and hair stylists?

Are you sure?

If not, check out this great article that talks about tipping hairdressers.

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful topic! To quote a line from the movie 'Blast From the Past': "Manners are a way of showing other people we care about them.".

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      7 years ago

      Teaching manners to childre is very important. I believe what they learn while they are young can make an impact on them for the rest of their lives. If they are taught to be friendly and kind they should reap large rewards in the future.

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      7 years ago

      Hmm... growing up with good manners need to start from young. You have it well covered here! :)


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