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Behavior Books for Kids

Here is a list of books that can be used in the classroom to teach behavior concepts to children. I did not compile this list. However, I used many of these books in the classroom and continue to use them with my social skills groups. I would love to expand on this list so if you have any books you use and don’t see it on this list, please leave a comment.

(The original list was copied from

Anger/Temper Tantrums

Author Title Description Year
Bang, Molly When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry A young girl doesn’t know how to manage her anger. 1999
Blumenthal, Deborah The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum Seized with a desire for a cookie, Sophie discovers a tantrum won’t get her what she wants. 1997
Collins, Pat Lowery Come Out, Come Out! Hildy is so angry that she thinks she will hide from her family forever. 2005
Everitt, Betsy Mean Soup Horace feels really mean at the end of a bad day, until he helps his mother make Mean Soup. 1992
French, Vivian Tiger and the Temper Tantrum Tiger says “No!” to everything his mother wants him to do. 1999
Hogan, Paula Sometimes I Get So Mad Karen learns to tell her friend that she is mad instead of doing something destructive. 1980
Kroll, Steven That Makes Me Mad! A little girl gets mad at a lot of things in her daily life. 2002
Marzollo, Jean Football Friends When he plays football at school, Freddy has trouble avoiding fights. 1997
Spelman, Cornelia When I Feel Angry A little rabbit describes what makes her angry. 2000
Stadler, Alexander Lila Bloom Angry after a difficult day, Lila decides to quit ballet class. 2004
Vail, Rachel Sometimes I’m Bombaloo When Katie feels angry and out of control her mother helps her to be herself again. 2001


Author Title Description Year
Bottner, Barbara Bootsie Barker Bites Bootsie only wants to play games in which she bites. 1992
Clements, Andrew Jake Drake Bully Buster Jake must take matters into his own hands when a super bully moves into the neighborhood. 2001
Howe, James Pinky & Rex and the Bully Pinky defends his favorite color, pink, and his friendship with a girl, from the neighborhood bully. 1996
O’Neill, Alexis The Recess Queen Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the playground until a new girl arrives. 2002
Wells, Rosemary Bubble-gum Radar The Franks hurt, tease, trick and bully their way through the school day, pushing away their classmates. 2002

Calming Down

Author Title Description Year
Carle, Eric “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth The sloth is happy moving at his own pace which is very, very slow. 2002
Carlson, Nancy L. Take Time to Relax Tina the beaver and her family constantly rush everywhere until a storm keeps them snowbound. 1991
Chalmers, Mary Take a Nap Since he is not sleepy enough to take his nap, Harry the Cat helps his mother bake a cake. 1991
Cousins, Lucy Maisy Goes to the Library Maisy goes to the library in search of a book about fish and a quiet place to read it. 2005
MaClean, Kerry Lee Peaceful Piggy Meditation Peaceful pigs demonstrate the many benefits of meditation. 2004
Wilson, Sarah A Nap in a Lap Baby animals nap in interesting places, but a tired little girl likes a lap. 2003


Author Title Description Year
Brown, Marc Perfect Pigs A simple introduction to good manners. 1983
Cazet, Denys Elvis the Rooster and the Magic Words Elvis, a proud rooster, learns a lesson in manners after a handsome peacock visits his farm. 2004
Cuyler, Margery Please Say Please! A penguins guide to good manners. 2004
DeGezelle, Terri Manners at a Restaurant Describes good manners when dining at a restaurant. 2005
DeGezelle, Terri Manners At a Friend’s Home Describes good manners when visiting a friend’s home. 2005
DeGezelle, Terri Manners on the Telephone Describes good manners when speaking on the telephone. 2005
Hawkins, Colin Max and the Magic Word What’s the magic word?—please. No date
Hazen, Barbara Shook Hello Gnu, How Do You Do? Animal characters in various situations show proper manners. 1990
Henkes, Kevin A Weekend With Wendell Sophie does not enjoy energetic, assertive Wendell’s weekend visit until she learns to assert herself. 1986
Jackson, Gavin Clowns Do, Clowns Don’t Molly and Loonette must choose between good and bad manners in various situations. 1996
Ricci, Christine Dora’s Book of Manners Dora and Boots help Mr. Troll mind his manners. 2004
Verdick, Elizabeth Words Are Not For Hurting Encourages toddlers and preschoolers to express themselves using helpful, not hurtful, words. 2004


Author Title Description Year
Ada, Alma F. The Gold Coin Determined to steal an old woman’s gold coin, a young thief finds himself involved in a series of unexpected activities. 1991
Blair, Eric The Boy Who Cried Wolf A young boy’s fake cries for help cause him problems when he really needs assistance. 2004
Brown, Marc Arthur and the True Francine Francine and Muffy are good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test. 1981
Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones is not a Crook Disaster strikes when Junie’s new mittens disappear from the playground. 1997
Scieszka, Jon The True Story of the Three Little Pigs The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. 1989
Sharmat, Marjorie W. A Big, Fat, Enormous Lie A child’s simple lie grows to enormous proportions. 1978
Waber, Bernard Ira Sleeps Over A boy worries about how he’ll get along without his teddy bear when he sleeps at a friend’s house. 1972
Weigelt, Udo It Wasn’t Me  Mouse learns about the dangers of jumping to conclusions when he prematurely accuses Raven of stealing Ferret’s raspberries. 2001


Author Title Description Year
Aardema, Verna Koi and the Kola Nuts A boy must make his way in the world with only a sackful of Kola nuts and the help of those he has treated with kindness. 1999
Donaldson, Julia The Spiffiest Giant in Town George the Giant finally buys new clothes, and then gives them away to some needy animals. 2003
Laird, Elizabeth Beautiful Bananas Beatrice has a jungle adventure on her way to give her grandfather a bunch of bananas. 2004
Lamstein, Sarah I Like Your Buttons A girl compliments her teacher and starts a chain reaction of goodwill and thoughtfulness throughout the day. 1999
McCourt, Lisa Chicken Soup for Little Souls: the Goodness Gorillas Jessica and her classmates form a club whose mission is to perform acts of kindness 1997
Meiners, Cheri Be Polite and Kind Demonstrates ways of showing politeness, speaking kindly, and respecting the feelings of others. 2004
Murphy, Mary How Kind! When Hen gives pig an egg, she sets off a chain of events that brings kindness to all the animals. 2004
Scheunemann, Pam Acting With Kindness Describes some everyday actions that demonstrate kindness. 2004
Seuss, Dr. Horton Hears a Who! Horton the elephant goes to great trouble to protect some very small creatures who make their home on a speck of dust. 1954


Author Title Description Year
Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears Get the Grouchies 1997
Carle, Eric The Grouchy Ladybug A grouchy ladybug who is looking for a fight challenges everyone she meets. 1977
Freedman, Claire Where’s Your Smile, Crocodile? The other animals can’t cheer up Kyle the Crocodile, but when he helps a lion cub find his way home, he finds a smile as well. 2001
Kurtz, Jane Rain Romp When she awakens to a gray day, a little girl is in a grouchy mood. 2002
Lichtenheld, Tom What Are You So Grumpy About? Various reasons for being grumpy are explored. 2003
Mayer, Mercer Little Critters Bedtime Book Finding little sister acting selfish, fussy, and grumpy and refusing to go to sleep, Little Critter tells her four stories. 1987
Millen, D.M. The Low-Down Laundry Line Blues While one sister sits around moping, the other tries to find a way to cheer her up. 1999
Wight, Tamra The Three Grumpies A little girl wakes up with the grumpies, and they follow her around all day. 2003


Author Title Description Year
Baker, Barbara Anna shares When Justin comes to play with Anna, her mother tries to teach her how to share. 2004
Beil, Karen A Cake All For Me Using the themes and rhythms of traditional nursery rhymes this book gives directions for baking and sharing a cake. 1998
Brenner, Barbara Group Soup A selfish rabbit learns that sharing is the one ingredient needed to make the perfect Group Soup. 1992
Cherrington, Janelle Drawing the Line Eliza meets two frogs competing for the same puddle and discovers that sharing can be as important as defending your space. 2000
David, Lawrence The Land of the Hungry Armadillos Greedy Gus not only refuses to share with his little sister, he also trades her to a monster. 2000
Guntly, Jenette I Can Share With Others Illustrates important lessons about generosity, from sharing art supplies to showing appreciation. 2005
Hazen, Barbara Shook That Toad Is Mine! Two friends usually like to share, but when they find a toad they both claim it. 1998
Henkes, Kevin Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick “One peppermint stick. Two sisters. See sibling rivalry turn to sweet solidarity.” 2001
Kelleher, Damian Selfish Sophie Sophie learns that sharing can be fun. 2003
Lionni, Leo It’s Mine! Three selfish frogs quarrel over who owns their pond until a storm teaches them the value of sharing. 1986
Lipniacka, Ewa Who Shares? Two rabbits, a brother and a sister, have trouble sharing. 2003