I Can be Kind: My First Book of Manners by Amie Carlson


Learning proper manners is a very important aspect of growing up. Of course when children are really young there will be a few slip ups here and there. It just takes a little practice on their part and diligence on ours to remind them. As parents we owe it to our kids to instill proper values that will allow them to grow into caring and respectful young adults. That's why I really like the new book we've been reading, I Can be Kind: My First Book of Manners.

Scripture teaches us to love our neighbors by treating them with kindness and respect. One aspect of kindness includes manners. Parents are looking for fun, creative ways to teach their children polite behavior in a society where rudeness is often the status quo. We believe I Can Be Kind is a great resource for parents, grandparents, and Sunday school teachers as they seek to develop these behaviors in their children.

Amie Carlson is a freelance writer who has contributed to 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers and Relevant magazine and written for Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association.

The title really does explain it all. This book offers an introduction to manners for very young children. It has a soft cover with sweet, colorful illustrations of children as they go about their day learning how to be thoughtful and kind, while practicing what they've learned on others. The text is extremely simple with one sentence written on each page in order to keep even the youngest child's attention. Every page reminds little ones of a new way that they can practice good manners such as saying "please" and "thank you," as well as helping someone in need. 

I Can Be Kind even offers a little something extra than a simple story about manners. It is also a flap book. As children learn ways in which they can be polite, they can also open the flap on the corresponding page to reveal a connecting scripture verse from the Bible. For example, when they read about waiting their turn, they'll then turn the flap to reveal the following verse:

Whoever wants to be first must take last place
Mark 9:35

This book is a precious reminder to children that it's easy to demonstrate proper manners. They'll also learn it will not only benefit others around them, but they will also make God proud. In the back there's even a page that lists other ways in which kids can show good manners. If you're looking for a way to introduce manners and positive values in your younger child, then this is a great little book to get for them.