Mind Your Manners: Storytime for the Oblivious

There are lots of books on manners for kids, and most of my preschool attendees have clearly been taught their Ps and Qs, and dutifully say thank you after  storytime. But today I discovered how completely oblivious kids can be to discussions of manners. I had a rude little puppet who kept interrupting, picking her nose, and saying mean things. The kids and I talked about how we should behave, and how to say the “magic” words. That is until I was interrupted by a little girl who wanted to tell me about her stuffed panda, and then the boy who wanted to tell me about how he fell once. Let me say this again–in the middle of discussing how it is rude to interrupt, I was interrupted twice by kids who felt no self-awareness of the situation. Anyways, here is a manners round up for your politeness pleasure:

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, funny, but a little old for prek, with some small parts that are hard to showcase in a storytime setting.

Monster Manners Monster Manners, sometimes monsters remember their manners and sometimes not.

Please Say Please! Penguin's Guide to Manners Please Say Please: A Penguin’s Guide to Manners, When Penguin has a party, his guests don’t know how to behave, can you help them?

Time to Say "Please"! Time to Say “Please!” What do you say when you want something? And when you get it?

Being a Pig Is Nice: A Child's-Eye View of Manners Being a Pig is Nice: A Child’s Eye View of Manners Animals can get away with all kinds of gross things!

How to Lose All Your Friends (Picture Puffins) How to Lose All Your Friends, 6 steps to lead a friend free, cookie filled life!

I’d love any other suggestions for manners and etiquette books suitable for preschool storytime!


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