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These are favorite titles that show little ones how to pay attention, listen to others, and follow directions in and out of the classroom.

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  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen

    Howard Binkow, Susan F. Cornelison

    Hardcover (We Do Listen, Aug. 1, 2008)
    "Want to listen better? It will help you stay safe, in less trouble and learn more. Listening and paying attention are different and mean more than do as we are told. Award-winning…educator endorsed. FREE download discussion ideas, video poster, song, interactive questions. Howard B. Wigglebottom is helping millions of children listen better to others, their hearts, feelings, bodies, and to intuition, the little voice in their head. 15 books, animations and lessons help ages 4-7 become better listeners and learn important life lessons. No one ever gets in trouble for too much listening."
  • Why Should I Listen?

    Claire Llewellyn, Mike Gordon

    Hardcover (Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division, April 19, 2001)
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

    Kevin Henkes

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, Jan. 24, 2006)
    Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends. Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her.
  • The Dot

    Peter H Reynolds

    Hardcover (Candlewick, Sept. 15, 2003)
    With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
  • Interrupting Chicken

    David Ezra Stein

    Hardcover (Candlewick, Aug. 10, 2010)
    It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story—and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Grettel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? Energetically illustrated with glowing colors—and offering humorous story-within-a-story views—this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of) spirited little chicks.A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!
  • No, David!

    David Shannon

    Hardcover (Blue Sky Press, Sept. 1, 1998)
    The Caldecott Honor-winning classic by bestselling picture-book creator David Shannon!When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: NO, DAVID! . . . and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. Now David is all grown up. But some things never change. . . .Over fifteen years after its initial publication, NO, DAVID! remains a perennial household favorite, delighting children, parents, and teachers alike. David is a beloved character, whose unabashed good humor, mischievous smile, and laughter-inducing antics underline the love parents have for their children--even when they misbehave.
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

    Mo Willems

    Hardcover (Hyperion Books, Jan. 1, 2003)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.
  • Strega Nona

    Tomie dePaola

    Board book (Little Simon, Jan. 17, 2017)
    From beloved author Tomie dePaola comes the classic, Caldecott Honor–winning story Strega Nona as a resized Classic Board Book!Strega Nona—“Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. Big Anthony is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, he recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?

    Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

    Hardcover (The Blue Sky Press, June 1, 2007)
    The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another dinosaur tale--a fourth full-length picture book about how dinosaurs behave at school.Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.
  • David Goes To School

    David Shannon

    Hardcover (Blue Sky Press, Aug. 1, 1999)
    A companion to the Caldecott Honor-winning classic No, David!by bestselling picture-book creator David Shannon!David's teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David's high-energy antics fill each schoolday with trouble -- and are sure to bring a smile to even the best- bahaved reader.
  • Biscuit Goes to School

    Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories

    Paperback (HarperCollins, July 1, 2003)
    Go back to school with Biscuit and share the love of reading with your beginner reader! Biscuit can't wait to go to school! Even though no dogs are allowed, he is determined to see and do everything that takes place at school. But what will happen when the teacher discovers a puppy in the classroom? This My First I Can Read book is carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and sweet illustrations—which means it's perfect for shared reading with emergent readers.I Can Read books are widely recognized as the premier line of beginner readers. Inaugurated in 1957 with Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, the series has grown to over 200 titles, which include mysteries, adventure stories, poetry, historical fiction, and humor. Featuring award-winning authors and illustrators, and a fabulous cast of classic characters, I Can Read books introduce children to the joy of reading independently.This My First I Can Read book is an excellent choice to share with little ones getting ready for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

    Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), June 24, 2014)
    Turn little pouts into big smiles! Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.
  • The Good Egg

    Jory John, Pete Oswald

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Feb. 12, 2019)
    A #1 New York Times bestseller!An Amazon Best Books of the Year 2019 selection!From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect!Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed.But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten.As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change…Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!
  • Listen, Buddy

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 9, 2013)
    "…this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing." —Publishers Weekly"Buddy’s father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy’s mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn’t matter." When someone says squash, Buddy hears wash. Tomatoes, you say? He buys potatoes. One day—because he didn’t listen—Buddy accidentally ends up at Scruffy Varmint’s scary cave. Unfortunately, he doesn’t listen to Scruffy, either…and almost ends up as bunny stew! This delightful cautionary tale is now part of a fun, 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons.Includes downloadable audio!
  • Monkey Needs to Listen

    Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton

    Paperback (Windmill Books, Aug. 15, 2016)
    While building a go-kart for racing, Monkey doesn't listen to instructions, causing him to crash during the race.
  • What Should Danny Do? School Day

    Adir Levy, Ganit Levy, Mat Sadler

    Hardcover (Elon Books, Dec. 7, 2018)
    FUN. INTERACTIVE. EMPOWERING. "The absolute best gift available for any 4-9 year old." - Maya Shanun, Pediatrician & Mother of 58 stories in 1! Danny is back in an all new adventure! In this follow up to the #1 Amazon Best Seller, What Should Danny Do?, your children will get to decide how Danny's day at school will end! Children love being able to make all the choices for this Superhero-in-Training and control the outcome of the book, while parents and teachers love the lessons the book teaches! Try to reach all 8 endings in this "Choose Your Own Story" adventure!#SchoolDay
  • Know and Follow Rules

    Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed., Cheri J. Meiners

    Paperback (Free Spirit Publishing, March 31, 2005)
    A child who can’t follow rules is a child who’s always in trouble. This book starts with simple reasons why we have rules: to help us stay safe, learn, be fair, and get along. Then it presents just four basic rules: “Listen,” “Best Work,” “Hands and Body to Myself,” and “Please and Thank You.” The focus throughout is on the positive sense of pride that comes with learning to follow rules. Includes questions and activities adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
  • Train Your Dragon To Follow Rules: Teach Your Dragon To NOT Get Away With Rules. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Understand The Importance of Following Rules.

    Steve Herman

    Paperback (DG Books Publishing, May 25, 2018)
    Teach Your Children The Importance of Rules.Your Children Will Immediately Understand The Reason Why We Have Rules Through This Cute Dragon Book.Having a pet dragon is very fun.You can teach your dragon to sit, stand, roll over, and you can even potty train him...But what if your dragon does not like to follow rules? What if he does everything he could to get away with all the rules he hates?What do you do?You teach him that rules are good even though he hates them. So he understands the importance of rule following.How do you do it? - Get this book now and find out how!Fun, cute and entertaining with beautiful illustrations, this playful dragon book will help kids to understand the importance of following rules.A must have book for children and parents to teach kids to NOT break the rules.GET THIS BOOK NOW AND ENJOY!
  • Llama Llama Easter Egg

    Anna Dewdney

    eBook (Viking Books for Young Readers, Feb. 5, 2015)
    With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands. In Llama Llama Easter Egg, The Easter Bunny brings lots of treats for Llama Llama: jelly beans, colorful eggs, and a fluffy surprise!