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6 Books that can teach your preschooler manners

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These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler

Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years. So, it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness and respect that will help kids make and keep friends — skills that will serve them well their whole lives.

It's Hard to Be Five

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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The tug and pull of a 5-year-old's struggle with his "control buttons" is clearly echoed in the book's rhyming language, which kids will surely enjoy.

Interrupting Chicken

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt — or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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Kids will identify with B.B. Wolf's worries and will appreciate the addition of a new friend, an understanding crocodile who helps B.B. figure out how to comport himself at the library tea party.

The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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Lola's an extreme example of bad behavior presented with humor. Kids will appreciate being able to laugh at her, and are unlikely to imitate her.

Whoopi's Big Book of Manners

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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Far from presenting a stiff set of rules, this book begins and ends with a reference to nose-picking and covers all the gritty ground in between.

Emily's Everyday Manners

These books encourage courtesy and social skills in your preschooler
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Emily Post's great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post and great-granddaughter Dr. Cindy Post Senning take their family heritage seriously, but with liveliness that suits a kids' picture book.

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