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Get Ready for School: Good behaviour

To reserve any of the following books to help children learn good behaviour before starting school to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or

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Please Mr Panda, by Steve Antony

"Panda has a tray of doughnuts. Animal after animal tells him the one they want, but it's only when Lemur says 'please' politely that Panda will give any out!

"A witty and stylish lesson that manners will get you EVERYTHING. Even a trayload of doughnuts."

Perfectly Polite Penguins, by Georgiana Deutsch & Ekaterina Trukhan

"Penguins are always perfectly polite. But then Polly the not-so-polite penguin decides that being polite is boring! Uh oh!"

When a Dragon comes to Stay, by Caryl Hart & Richard Beardshaw

"When a dragon comes to stay, will she behave herself? Why, of course she will. Obviously she knows she must share her toys, eat daintily and skip happily upstairs at bathtime. Well, not quite. Like all toddlers, this little dragon finds good manners a tiny bit tricky. It's lucky she has some friends to help her."

Meet the Penguins, by Michael Brownlow

"Meet the penguins! They really want to make some new friends. But does anyone want to play?

"When two penguins arrive from a faraway place and want to make friends, the other animals do not want to play with them. If only they would give the penguins a chance, they might discover how wonderful they really are!"

Miss Molly's School of Manners, by James Maclaine, Rosie Reeve & Anna Milbourne

"This friendly, humorous book explores good and bad manners and consideration for others. Join Algernon the raccoon at Miss Molly's School of Manners and take lessons in the Careful Listening Laboratory and the Art of Sharing Studio, learn table manners in the Dining Hall of Decorum, visit Sorry Sickbay, and shine at Good Sports Day."

How Rude!, by Clare Helen Welsh & Olivier Tallec

"A simple, yet hilarious, story about kindness, manners and friendship that gets more and more chaotic with every turn of the page!"

Mind Your Manners, by Nicola Edwards & Feronia Parker Thomas

"It's okay to enjoy roaring loudly. We all deserve some time to play. But all lions should practice those soft growls, For the quieter times of the day."

"Welcome to the jungle! It's full of misbehaving animals, from messy monkeys to grumpy grizzly bears. But with the help of our quirky, memorable rhymes and adorable animal illustrations, your child will enjoy learning why it pays for pandas to say 'please', and how good manners make the world go round."

How Selfish!, by Clare Helen Welsh & Olivier Tallec

"A simple, yet hilarious, story about manners and friendship which gets more and more ridiculous with every turn of the page!"

My Name is Bear!, by Nicola Killen

"Bear can't wait to introduce himself to his new neighbours because he thinks he has the best name in the world! But when he learns his neighbours' names he can't stop laughing and his comments become more and more rude! Will Bear ever learn some manners?"

Moo Cow, Moo Cow, Please Eat Nicely!, by Jo Lodge

"How good are YOUR table manners? Do you eat with your mouth open like cow, or gulp your food like duck? Do you dribble like anteater or do you burp like pig? Wiggle the sliding tabs and giggle as the rude animals come to life!"

Rhino Learns to be Polite: a book about good manners, by Sue Graves & Trevor Dunton

"Rhino does not have very nice manners, especially at the dinner table. But soon no one wants to sit near him at lunch time and he even misses out on tea at his friend's house. It is time for Rhino to bring out his very best manners.

"This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to being polite, and help them understand the importance of using nice manners. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children fully understand how their behaviour can impact on others."

Do Not Take Your Dragon to the Playground, by Julie Gassman & Andy Elkerton

"Dragons are more than just fire and wings. They have outside interests like slides and swings. But can a dragon follow the rules and use proper playground manners at break time? With the help of her best friend she can!"

I Want My Dinner!, by Tony Ross

"The Little Princess wants her dinner! And her teddy, and her potty. Several tantrums later, she learns that good manners go a long way. But not everyone else is so polite - Beastie must also master 'please' and 'thank you' if the Little Princess is to give him his dinner back."

How Should I Behave?, by Mick Manning & Brita Granström

"Taking a friendly and practical look at manners and the appropriate way to react and conduct yourself in a particular situation, this title examines a range of scenarios. Find out why please and thank-you work, how hygiene helps and why it is kind to share."

See also: * Reassuring books to help prepare children for their first day of school or nursery * Get Ready for School book bags