The Best Book Series Teaching Toddlers Manners and Skills

Teaching toddlers manners can be an uphill battle. At a time in their lives when emotions and pushing boundaries are their world, the Hello Genius books help you reinforce skills through simple storytelling and fun imagery for your child. Topics range from learning to share to brushing your teeth (with so much more in-between).

Please note I have not been asked or commissioned to highlight the Hello Genius book series. All opinions are my own. All images are compliments of Capstone Publishing.

What Is Hello Genius?

The Hello Genius series is a group of board books that teach manners and skills to young kids. These books can also age up with your kids from baby (looking at pictures) to toddler (interacting with the story and pointing out animals or words) to big kid (early readers).

The Lessons

Each book is geared toward a specific lesson but can be used in multiple ways. The Mouse Says “Sorry” book can help you with your child to learn:

  • Manners
  • First words
  • Speaking skills
  • Animal recognition

The words are large and my son actually loves to “read” them to ME, sometimes taking all our discussions with the books into account with his retelling of what’s happening on each page. My son is currently 3-years-old and learned the words for the different types of punctuation from Hello Genius.

Here are a couple example pages from Little Dinos Don’t Hit:

The Style

A fellow mom recommended this series to me a couple of years ago when I was having a particularly challenging time with my oldest son. One of my favorite things about these books is how simple the words are so that you can add your own part of the story while reading! I use these books to teach a lesson in a way that incorporates meaningful examples from real life. For example, my child was pushing other kids out of the way to get to the toys he wants. So while reading the Hippo Says “Excuse Me” OR Little Dinos Don’t PushI can read the pages with their simple language and ask my son what he thinks he should do to get the toy he wants without pushing other kids. Involving him in the story has really helped him understand new concepts.

One of my son’s favorite books is Little Tiger Picks Up:

My 3-year-old loves the illustrations (my 6-month-old is captivated, too), and I have to say I think they are adorable! Oriol Vidal was a perfect illustrator to pair with Michael Dahl’s writing (though a few are illustrated in the same style by Adam Record).

The Books

Below is a selection of my son’s favorite books from the series (with a list of all the rest below the images).

Please note that the books do come in two sizes! I ordered a couple previously that were smaller than my others, but all of the links I’ve provided are for the 8×8 inch books.

Here are all the books in the series (I own most of them):

I hope you and your child(ren) love these books as much as we do! Share your favorite Hello Genius book in the comments!

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  • Reply Supermompicks November 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    My 2 year old would love little Dino’s don’t hit! He is super obsessed with dinosaurs right now and would respond well to that book. These are adorable books! I wish they made one called Little Dino’s Always go to the Potty!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama November 27, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      It’s a great book!! My son isn’t into dinosaurs very much but he still loves it 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany November 27, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Precious set! I need to put these away for grandbabies. Thanks!

  • Reply Sarah Scott November 22, 2018 at 8:27 am

    This is so cool! Our brains are wired to learn through story and with the amount of times I read the same book over and over I am sure the lessons would sink in.

  • Reply Tina at Mommynificent November 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  • Reply Firefly Magic August 10, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for sharing! Those books look amazing! My boys are a little young now but when they’re older I’m excited to look them up as issues arise!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama August 10, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      My 6-month-old LOVES these books! I think a lot of younger kids will get a kick out of the colorful illustrations.

  • Reply Toni August 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Wow. I’ve never heard of these books. Our boys love story time so if we can add something of value to it. What a great idea.

  • Reply Rachel Corinne July 31, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    These look adorable! My son just turned two, so he’s the perfect age for these!

  • Reply priscilla July 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    These are the absolute cutest! I have to check these out.

  • Reply Noemi July 30, 2018 at 3:21 pm


  • Reply Veronika July 29, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    What a great list! I’ll have to check these out!

  • Reply Lisa July 28, 2018 at 1:43 am

    This looks really cute, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Rhea mendezona July 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Such a good series for my little book worm especially since she’s very impressionable at her age right now. Will check em out! Thanks!

  • Reply Natalie July 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    This is awesome, I think kids truly lack manners today. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these books!

    • Reply KrisBeeMama July 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      They really are awesome, useful and fun!

  • Reply Tamara July 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    What a great selection! My son is almost 3, and I realized that the best way to teach him anything is through books and examples of book heroes. What I love the most is that he is now after my husband and I, and points out our mistakes in case we accidentally do something wrong 😀

    • Reply KrisBeeMama July 26, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      That’s hilarious! At least your son has definitely absorbed what you are teaching him.

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