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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Books Authors Lists
16 100th Day Worries Margery Cuyler e2e Publishing
17 A Book of Feelings Amanda McCardie Childhood 101
18 A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead We Are Teachers
19 A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger Eliane Whitehouse (Author) and Warwick Pudney (Author) Rhythms Of Play
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Read Brightly
21 All Kinds of Feelings Sheri Safran Childhood 101
22 Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing Lori Lite (author) and Max Stasuyk (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
23 Argyle Fox Marie Letourneau We Are Teachers
24 Bear says “thank you” Playful Notes
25 Because Amelia Smiled David Ezra Stein We Are Teachers
26 Best, Best Friends Pragmatic Mom
27 Big Tree is Sick: A Story to Help Children Cope with the Serious Illness of a Loved One Nathalie Slosse We Are Teachers
28 Clark the Shark Bruce Hale We Are Teachers
29 Clifford’s manners Playful Notes
30 Cool Down and Work Through Anger Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed. Rhythms Of Play
31 Crabby Pants Julie Gassman We Are Teachers
32 Cry, Heart, But Never Break Glenn Ringtved We Are Teachers
33 Curious George Pragmatic Mom
34 David and the Worry Beast Anne Marie Guanci e2e Publishing
35 David Gets In Trouble David Shannon We Are Teachers
36 Don’t Think About Purple Elephants Susanne Merritt We Are Teachers
37 Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Margarita Engle We Are Teachers
38 Duck & Goose Parents
39 Emily’s Sharing and Caring Book Playful Notes
40 Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Laurie Ann Thompson We Are Teachers
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings.
Parent Books
42 Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle Chris Raschka We Are Teachers
43 Extraordinary Jane Hannah E. Harrison We Are Teachers
44 Feelings Aliki Childhood 101
45 Feet Are Not for Kicking Elizabeth Verdick (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
46 Finally Pragmatic Mom
47 Finn Throws A Fit Fatherly
48 First Day Jitters Julie Danneberg Scholastic
49 Five Nice Mice Parents
Genius! Nurturing the Spirit of the Wild, Odd and Oppositional Child.
Parent Books
51 Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andreae We Are Teachers
52 Glad Monster Sad Monster Anne Miranda and Ed Emberley Childhood 101
53 Grumpy Bird Parents
54 Hands Are Not for Hitting Martine Agassi Ph.D. (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
55 Hey Warrior! Karen Young e2e Publishing
56 Hippo says “Excuse me” Playful Notes
57 How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear? Jayneen Sanders e2e Publishing
58 How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? Fatherly
59 How I Became a Pirate Pragmatic Mom
60 How To Speak Politely And Why Munro Leaf Romper
61 How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger Elizabeth Verdick Rhythms Of Play
62 I Am so Angry, I Could Scream: Helping Children Deal with Anger Laura Fox (Author) and Chris Sabatino (Author) Rhythms Of Play
63 I Hate Everything! A Book about Feeling Angry Sue Graves (Author) and Desideria Guicciardini (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
64 I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen We Are Teachers
65 I Was So Mad Mercer Mayer Rhythms Of Play
66 I’m a Girl! Yasmeen Ismail We Are Teachers
67 I’m Furious Elizabeth Crary (Author) and Jean Whitney (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
68 I’m Mad Elizabeth Crary (Author) and Jean Whitney (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
69 I’m Not Bad, I’m just Mad: A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger Anna Greenwald (Author), Zack Pelta-Heller (Author), and Lawrence Shapiro Ph.D. (Author) Rhythms Of Play
70 In My Heart: A Book of Feelings Jo Witek Childhood 101
71 It’s Okay to Make Mistakes Todd Parr e2e Publishing
72 Jabari Jumps Gaia Cornwall We Are Teachers
73 Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker Christianne C. Jones We Are Teachers
Learning to Listen, Learning to Care: a Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-Control and Empathy.
Parent Books
75 Life Cynthia Rylant We Are Teachers
76 Little Dinos Don’t Push Michael Dahl and Adam Record Barnes And Noble
77 Little Dinos don’t yell Playful Notes
78 Little elephant listens Playful Notes
79 Little lion shares Playful Notes
80 Little Monkey Calms Down Fatherly
81 Llama Llama Time to Share Playful Notes
82 Lying Up a Storm Julia Cook We Are Teachers
83 Mad Isn’t Bad: A Child’s Book about Anger Mundy Michaelene (Author) and R. W. Alley (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
84 Maddi’s Fridge Lois Brandt Romper
85 Manners time Playful Notes
86 May I please have a cookie? Playful Notes
Mending the Broken Bond: the 90-Day Answer to Developing a Loving Relationship with Your Child.
Parent Books
88 Miss Nelson is Missing Harry Allard Scholastic
89 Missing Mommy: A Book About Bereavement Rebecca Cobb We Are Teachers
90 Mouse says sorry Playful Notes
91 Mouse Was Mad Fatherly
92 My Many Coloured Days Dr Seuss Childhood 101
93 My Very Own Space Pippa Goodhart We Are Teachers
94 Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still Karlin Gray We Are Teachers
No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior.
Parent Books
96 No, David! Pragmatic Mom
97 Officer Buckle and Gloria Peggy Rathmann Scholastic
98 Oops, Sorry!: A First Book Of Manners Richard Morgan Romper
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child.
Parent Books
100 Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Emily Pearson We Are Teachers
101 Pablo And His Chair Fatherly
Parenting with Positive Behavior Support: a Practical Guide to Resolving Your Child’s Difficult Behavior.
Parent Books
103 Pass It On Sophy Henn We Are Teachers
104 Penguin says please Playful Notes
105 Pippi Longstocking Pragmatic Mom
106 Rulers of the Playground Joseph Kuefler We Are Teachers
107 Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie Laura Rankin We Are Teachers
108 Sam’s Pet Temper Fatherly
School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
Parent Books
110 Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Anti-Bullying Curriculum for Kids Jennifer Simmonds Rhythms Of Play
111 Soda Pop Head Fatherly
112 Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! Julia Cook Romper
113 Stick and Stone Beth Ferry We Are Teachers
114 Sunday Chutney Aaron Blabey We Are Teachers
115 Tails Are Not for Pulling (Best Behavior Series) Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen Barnes And Noble
Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits.
Parent Books
The Adventures of Stretch More: Pick-Your-Path Stories for Solving Problems Together.
Parent Books
118 The Book of Mistakes Corinna Luyken We Are Teachers
119 The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge Tim Huff Romper
120 The Color Monster Anna Llenas Childhood 101
121 The Crayon Box that Talked Shane Derolf We Are Teachers
122 The Dark Lemony Snicket We Are Teachers
The Defiant Child: a Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Parent Books
124 The Dot Peter H. Reynolds We Are Teachers
125 The Feelings Book Todd Parr Childhood 101
126 The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Mark Pett We Are Teachers
127 The Great Big Book of Feelings Mary Hoffman Childhood 101
128 The Grouchy Ladybug Read Brightly
129 The Heart and the Bottle Oliver Jeffers We Are Teachers
130 The Huge Bag of Worries Virginia Ironside e2e Publishing
131 The Invisible Boy Trudy Ludwig We Are Teachers
132 The Invisible String Patrice Karst We Are Teachers
The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills.
Parent Books
134 The Memory String Eve Bunting We Are Teachers
135 The Quiet Book Deborah Underwood Childhood 101
136 The Recess Queen Alexis O’Neil Doing Good Together
137 The Sneetches and Other Stories Dr. Seuss Romper
138 The Tale of Pip & Squeak Parents
139 The Teacher from the Black Lagoon Mike Thaler Scholastic
140 The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon Read Brightly
141 The Very Frustrated Monster Andi Green Rhythms Of Play
142 The Way I Act Steve Metzger and Janan Cain Barnes And Noble
143 Theo’s Mood MaryAnn Cocca-Leffler Childhood 101
There Are No Animals In This Book
Childhood 101
145 There Might Be Lobsters Carolyn Crimi We Are Teachers
146 Thing-Thing Carly Fagan Romper
147 This Is The Rope: A Story From The Great Migration Jacqueline Woodson Romper
148 Tight Times Barbara Shook Hazen Romper
149 Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day Jamie Lee Curtis Childhood 101
150 Too Shy for Show-and-Tell Beth Bracken We Are Teachers
151 Two Bad Ants Pragmatic Mom
152 Voices Are Not For Yelling Elizabeth Verdick (Author) and Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
153 We’re All Wonders R. J. Palacio We Are Teachers
154 What if everybody did that? Playful Notes
155 What to Do When You Worry Too Much Dawn Huebner e2e Publishing
156 What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger Dawn Huebner (Author) and Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
157 What Were You Thinking? Learning To Control Your Impulses Bryan Smith Barnes And Noble
What Your Explosive Child is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions.
Parent Books
159 When I Feel Angry Albert Whitman Rhythms Of Play
160 When I’m Feeling books Trace Moroney The Five Mile Press Childhood 101
161 When Miles Got Mad Sam Kurtzman-Counter (Author) and Abbie Schiller (Author) Rhythms Of Play
162 When Mouse Was Mad Linda Urban (Author) and Henry Cole (Illustrator) Rhythms Of Play
163 When My Worries Get too Big Kari Dunn Buron e2e Publishing
164 When Worry Takes Hold Liz Haske e2e Publishing
165 Will Powers: Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way Coy Bowles Romper
166 Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Julia Cook e2e Publishing
167 Words Are Not for Hurting Elizabeth Verdick Rhythms Of Play
168 YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! Peter Brown We Are Teachers

14 Best Children’s Behavior Book Sources/Lists

Source Article
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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