The Best Book Series Teaching Toddlers Manners and Skills

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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!

18 thoughts on “The Best Book Series Teaching Toddlers Manners and Skills”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 😀

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