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The Best Children’s Books About Good And Bad Behavior

“What are the best Children books about Behavior?” We looked at 168 of the top Kids Behavior books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Children’s Behavior” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 15 Childrens Books About Behavior



15 .) Calm-Down Time written by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen

	Calm-Down Time

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Rhythms Of Play

Simple text and illustrations explain to young children how to calm down.




14 .) Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners written by Laurie Keller

	Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

Lists It Appears On:

  • Romper
  • Scholastic

Mr. Rabbit doesn’t know how to treat his new neighbors the Ottes who have moved next door. The story highlights how to be a good neighbor and friend–by simply following the golden rule!




13 .) Enemy Pie written by Derek Munson

	Enemy Pie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Doing Good Together
  • We Are Teachers

Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.




12 .) Last Stop On Market Street written by Matt de la Peña

	Last Stop On Market Street

Lists It Appears On:

  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.




11 .) Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written by Kevin Henkes

	Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Pragmatic Mom
  • We Are Teachers

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.




10 .) Millie Fierce written by Jane Manning

	Millie Fierce

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read Brightly
  • We Are Teachers

Tired of being overlooked, Millie takes on a loud and obnoxious personality, which makes people notice her–for a little while.




9 .) My Mouth Is a Volcano! written by Julia Cook

	My Mouth Is a Volcano!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • We Are Teachers

This book teaches children to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting.




8 .) No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book written by Karen Katz

	No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Rhythms Of Play

Children learn alternative actions to hitting when they are mad as they say NO to hitting and YES to fun!




7 .) Rude Cakes written by Rowboat Watkins

	Rude Cakes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Romper

A story about a rude cake who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents, and a Giant Cyclops who is polite.




6 .) Stand In My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy written by Bob Sornson

	Stand In My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Doing Good Together
  • Romper

After Emily asks her big sister what the word empathy means, Emily decides to pay closer attention to others during her day.




5 .) Teeth Are Not for Biting (Best Behavior Series) written by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen

	Teeth Are Not for Biting (Best Behavior Series)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Rhythms Of Play

Early Years series providing simple words and colourful illustrations designed to guide children to choose peaceful, positive behaviour.




4 .) Those Shoes written by Maribeth Boelts

	Those Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.




3 .) Llama Llama Mad At Mama written by Anna Dewdney

	Llama Llama Mad At Mama

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Parents
  • Read Brightly

Mama has just a little shopping to do but Llama Llama isn’t happy at all! He wants to be playing, not shopping and soon everything is flying out of the shopping cart! It’s another llama drama. Can Mama Llama fix it?




2 .) The Way I Feel written by Janan Cain

	The Way I Feel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Read Brightly
  • We Are Teachers

Illustrations and rhyming text portray children experiencing a range of emotions, including frustration, shyness, jealousy, and pride.




1 .) When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry written by Molly Bang

	When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Read Brightly
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • We Are Teachers

A young girl is upset and doesn’t know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.





The 150+ Additional Best Good Behavior Children’s Books



#BooksAuthorsLists
16100th Day WorriesMargery Cuylere2e Publishing
17A Book of FeelingsAmanda McCardieChildhood 101
18A Sick Day for Amos McGeePhilip C. SteadWe Are Teachers
19A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle AngerEliane Whitehouse (Author) and Warwick Pudney (Author)Rhythms Of Play
20
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
 Read Brightly
21All Kinds of FeelingsSheri SafranChildhood 101
22Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathingLori Lite (author) and Max Stasuyk (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
23Argyle FoxMarie LetourneauWe Are Teachers
24Bear says “thank you” Playful Notes
25Because Amelia SmiledDavid Ezra SteinWe Are Teachers
26Best, Best Friends Pragmatic Mom
27Big Tree is Sick: A Story to Help Children Cope with the Serious Illness of a Loved OneNathalie SlosseWe Are Teachers
28Clark the SharkBruce HaleWe Are Teachers
29Clifford’s manners Playful Notes
30Cool Down and Work Through AngerCheri J. Meiners M.Ed.Rhythms Of Play
31Crabby PantsJulie GassmanWe Are Teachers
32Cry, Heart, But Never BreakGlenn RingtvedWe Are Teachers
33Curious George Pragmatic Mom
34David and the Worry BeastAnne Marie Guancie2e Publishing
35David Gets In TroubleDavid ShannonWe Are Teachers
36Don’t Think About Purple ElephantsSusanne MerrittWe Are Teachers
37Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed MusicMargarita EngleWe Are Teachers
38Duck & Goose Parents
39Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book Playful Notes
40Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahLaurie Ann ThompsonWe Are Teachers
41
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings.
 Parent Books
42Everyone Can Learn to Ride a BicycleChris RaschkaWe Are Teachers
43Extraordinary JaneHannah E. HarrisonWe Are Teachers
44FeelingsAlikiChildhood 101
45Feet Are Not for KickingElizabeth Verdick (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
46Finally Pragmatic Mom
47Finn Throws A Fit Fatherly
48First Day JittersJulie DannebergScholastic
49Five Nice Mice Parents
50
Genius! Nurturing the Spirit of the Wild, Odd and Oppositional Child.
 Parent Books
51Giraffes Can’t DanceGiles AndreaeWe Are Teachers
52Glad Monster Sad MonsterAnne Miranda and Ed EmberleyChildhood 101
53Grumpy Bird Parents
54Hands Are Not for HittingMartine Agassi Ph.D. (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
55Hey Warrior!Karen Younge2e Publishing
56Hippo says “Excuse me” Playful Notes
57How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear?Jayneen Sanderse2e Publishing
58How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? Fatherly
59How I Became a Pirate Pragmatic Mom
60How To Speak Politely And WhyMunro LeafRomper
61How to Take the Grrrr Out of AngerElizabeth VerdickRhythms Of Play
62I Am so Angry, I Could Scream: Helping Children Deal with AngerLaura Fox (Author) and Chris Sabatino (Author)Rhythms Of Play
63I Hate Everything! A Book about Feeling AngrySue Graves (Author) and Desideria Guicciardini (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
64I Want My Hat BackJon KlassenWe Are Teachers
65I Was So MadMercer MayerRhythms Of Play
66I’m a Girl!Yasmeen IsmailWe Are Teachers
67I’m FuriousElizabeth Crary (Author) and Jean Whitney (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
68I’m MadElizabeth Crary (Author) and Jean Whitney (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
69I’m Not Bad, I’m just Mad: A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their AngerAnna Greenwald (Author), Zack Pelta-Heller (Author), and Lawrence Shapiro Ph.D. (Author)Rhythms Of Play
70In My Heart: A Book of FeelingsJo WitekChildhood 101
71It’s Okay to Make MistakesTodd Parre2e Publishing
72Jabari JumpsGaia CornwallWe Are Teachers
73Lacey Walker, Nonstop TalkerChristianne C. JonesWe Are Teachers
74
Learning to Listen, Learning to Care: a Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy.
 Parent Books
75LifeCynthia RylantWe Are Teachers
76Little Dinos Don’t PushMichael Dahl and Adam RecordBarnes And Noble
77Little Dinos don’t yell Playful Notes
78Little elephant listens Playful Notes
79Little lion shares Playful Notes
80Little Monkey Calms Down Fatherly
81Llama Llama Time to Share Playful Notes
82Lying Up a StormJulia CookWe Are Teachers
83Mad Isn’t Bad: A Child’s Book about AngerMundy Michaelene (Author) and R. W. Alley (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
84Maddi’s FridgeLois BrandtRomper
85Manners time Playful Notes
86May I please have a cookie? Playful Notes
87
Mending the Broken Bond: the 90-Day Answer to Developing a Loving Relationship with Your Child.
 Parent Books
88Miss Nelson is MissingHarry AllardScholastic
89Missing Mommy: A Book About BereavementRebecca CobbWe Are Teachers
90Mouse says sorry Playful Notes
91Mouse Was Mad Fatherly
92My Many Coloured DaysDr SeussChildhood 101
93My Very Own SpacePippa GoodhartWe Are Teachers
94Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit StillKarlin GrayWe Are Teachers
95
No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior.
 Parent Books
96No, David! Pragmatic Mom
97Officer Buckle and GloriaPeggy RathmannScholastic
98Oops, Sorry!: A First Book Of MannersRichard MorganRomper
99
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child.
 Parent Books
100Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary DeedEmily PearsonWe Are Teachers
101Pablo And His Chair Fatherly
102
Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: a Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child’s Difficult Behavior.
 Parent Books
103Pass It OnSophy HennWe Are Teachers
104Penguin says please Playful Notes
105Pippi Longstocking Pragmatic Mom
106Rulers of the PlaygroundJoseph KueflerWe Are Teachers
107Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny LieLaura RankinWe Are Teachers
108Sam’s Pet Temper Fatherly
109
School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
 Parent Books
110Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Anti-Bullying Curriculum for KidsJennifer SimmondsRhythms Of Play
111Soda Pop Head Fatherly
112Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!Julia CookRomper
113Stick and StoneBeth FerryWe Are Teachers
114Sunday ChutneyAaron BlabeyWe Are Teachers
115Tails Are Not for Pulling (Best Behavior Series)Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka HeinlenBarnes And Noble
116
Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits.
 Parent Books
117
The Adventures of Stretch More: Pick-Your-Path Stories for Solving Problems Together.
 Parent Books
118The Book of MistakesCorinna LuykenWe Are Teachers
119The Cardboard Shack Beneath the BridgeTim HuffRomper
120The Color MonsterAnna LlenasChildhood 101
121The Crayon Box that TalkedShane DerolfWe Are Teachers
122The DarkLemony SnicketWe Are Teachers
123
The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
 Parent Books
124The DotPeter H. ReynoldsWe Are Teachers
125The Feelings BookTodd ParrChildhood 101
126The Girl Who Never Made MistakesMark PettWe Are Teachers
127The Great Big Book of FeelingsMary HoffmanChildhood 101
128The Grouchy Ladybug Read Brightly
129The Heart and the BottleOliver JeffersWe Are Teachers
130The Huge Bag of WorriesVirginia Ironsidee2e Publishing
131The Invisible BoyTrudy LudwigWe Are Teachers
132The Invisible StringPatrice KarstWe Are Teachers
133
The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills.
 Parent Books
134The Memory StringEve BuntingWe Are Teachers
135The Quiet BookDeborah UnderwoodChildhood 101
136The Recess QueenAlexis O’NeilDoing Good Together
137The Sneetches and Other StoriesDr. SeussRomper
138The Tale of Pip & Squeak Parents
139The Teacher from the Black LagoonMike ThalerScholastic
140The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon Read Brightly
141The Very Frustrated MonsterAndi GreenRhythms Of Play
142The Way I ActSteve Metzger and Janan CainBarnes And Noble
143Theo’s MoodMaryAnn Cocca-LefflerChildhood 101
144
There Are No Animals In This Book
 Childhood 101
145There Might Be LobstersCarolyn CrimiWe Are Teachers
146Thing-ThingCarly FaganRomper
147This Is The Rope: A Story From The Great MigrationJacqueline WoodsonRomper
148Tight TimesBarbara Shook HazenRomper
149Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My DayJamie Lee CurtisChildhood 101
150Too Shy for Show-and-TellBeth BrackenWe Are Teachers
151Two Bad Ants Pragmatic Mom
152Voices Are Not For YellingElizabeth Verdick (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
153We’re All WondersR. J. PalacioWe Are Teachers
154What if everybody did that? Playful Notes
155What to Do When You Worry Too MuchDawn Huebnere2e Publishing
156What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With AngerDawn Huebner (Author) and Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
157What Were You Thinking? Learning To Control Your ImpulsesBryan SmithBarnes And Noble
158
What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions.
 Parent Books
159When I Feel AngryAlbert WhitmanRhythms Of Play
160When I’m Feeling booksTrace Moroney The Five Mile PressChildhood 101
161When Miles Got MadSam Kurtzman-Counter (Author) and Abbie Schiller (Author)Rhythms Of Play
162When Mouse Was MadLinda Urban (Author) and Henry Cole (Illustrator)Rhythms Of Play
163When My Worries Get too BigKari Dunn Burone2e Publishing
164When Worry Takes HoldLiz Haskee2e Publishing
165Will Powers: Where There’s A Will, There’s A WayCoy BowlesRomper
166Wilma Jean the Worry MachineJulia Cooke2e Publishing
167Words Are Not for HurtingElizabeth VerdickRhythms Of Play
168YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND!Peter BrownWe Are Teachers


14 Best Children’s Behavior Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes And Noble 7 Picture Books to Help Kids With Hitting, Biting, or Shoving
Childhood 101 16 Awesome Kids Books Exploring Feelings and Emotions
Doing Good Together A Growing List of Picture Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being
e2e Publishing 10 Best Children’s Books to Help Kids with Anxiety
Fatherly 10 Children’s Books That Teach Kids How to Handle Tantrums
Parent Books Children with Behaviour Challenges Booklist
Parents 5 Books to Promote Good Behavior
Playful Notes 13 children books about manners that are great for toddlers
Pragmatic Mom Top 10 Children’s Books: Trying Out New (Bad) Behavior
Read Brightly All the Feels: 7 Books to Help Kids with Their Emotions
Rhythms Of Play Children’s Books About Anger Management for Toddlers to Teens
Romper 15 Children’s Books That Teach Your Child Not To Be Entitled
Scholastic 5 Back-to-School Books That Teach Classroom Behavior
We Are Teachers 50 Must-Have Picture Books About Emotion

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