Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

1. What If Everybody Did That?-Ellen Javernick

https://www.amazon.com/What-If-Everybody-Did-That/dp/0761456864
What If Everybody Did That? is a humorous book that shows the consequences of thoughtless actions that you may find yourself reminding your early learner about every day. Some of these actions involve interrupting people while they are speaking, eating a little icing off of a wedding cake, and littering. Following the breaking of the rules, the next page shows what the consequences of the child’s actions would be if “everybody did that.” The overall themes of the book are following the rules for the good of everyone and thinking of others.

2. Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice-Julia Cook (Author) and Anita Du Falla (Illustrator)

https://www.amazon.com/Decibella-6-Inch-Voice-Communicate-Confidence/dp/193449058X
Isabella is a spirited girl who often finds herself shouting instead of speaking at a normal volume. Because of her frequent shouting throughout the book, she is nicknamed Decibella. Decibella is taken aside by her teacher one day and taught the “five different levels” of speaking. These may be taught in your child’s early learning classroom now. They roughly include: 1. No talking; 2. Whisper voice (the 6-inch voice referred to in the book); 3. Table or conversation voice; 4. Teacher or presenter voice; 5. Outside voice. This book is a great way to introduce volume modulation and situation-appropriate speaking volumes to early learners.

3. My Mouth Is a Volcano-Julia Cook (Author) and Carrie Hartman (Illustrator)

https://www.amazon.com/My-Mouth-Volcano-Julia-Cook/dp/1931636850
Speaking of voice volume, My Mouth Is a Volcano is a hilarious book that teaches early learners how interrupting affects their friends and family, and how it is important to wait to speak until it is their turn. Throughout the book, the main character, Louis, struggles not to “erupt” (interrupt) his classmates, his parents, and his teachers. By the end of the book, he learns how to keep his words inside until everyone else is finished speaking.

4. You Get What You Get-Julie Gassman (Author) and Sarah Horne (Illustrator)

https://www.amazon.com/You-Get-What-Little-Boost/dp/1479521574
You Get What You Get is a great book to reinforce the concepts of “no” and acceptance of disappointment to early learners. The main character, Melvin the squirrel, is used to getting what he wants at home, but in school it’s a different story. Throughout the book, Melvin learns that he may not always get his way, and that’s normal and okay. Reading through this book with early learners gives parents the opportunity to discuss that “throwing fits” is not appropriate behavior for disappointment, and that there are other ways to handle not getting what they want.


Do you know of any books that also reinforce good behavior? Let us know in the comments!

Topics: Learning, book, behavior

Claudia Auger

Written by Claudia Auger

A volunteer for Child Care of Southwest Florida