The Learning to Get Along series
By Cheri J. Meiners

The Learning to Get Along series
Children's book review by P.J. Rooks

Ages 2+

Cheri J. Meiners, a former first grade teacher with a Master's degree in elementary and gifted education, has done a whole series of books that teach basic social values to children -- and the series is fantastic for little ones.

With an intro and hearty recommendation from Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Meiners and Johnson expertly evoke a child's viewpoint in a way that keeps little listeners spellbound.

Her little characters are models of good behavior. Because it's the children characters promoting proper conduct - while acknowledging the feelings that might mitigate against it - the books have more impact than adults simply telling children what's proper and what's not.

From Understand and Care:

If I'm not sure how someone is feeling, I might ask, "How do you feel?"

From Cool Down and Work Through Anger:

I can show respect as I tell how I feel and what I want.

With bright, clear pictures and simple, straightforward text, the books in the Learning to Get Along series (click through to Amazon) teach basic personal and social practices that will help kids integrate with others, make friends and feel good about themselves. The series includes:

  1. Be Polite and Kind
  2. Join In and Play
  3. Accept and Value Each Person
  4. Share and Take Turns
  5. Respect and Take Care of Things
  6. Talk and Work It Out
  7. Listen and Learn
  8. Know and Follow Rules
  9. Understand and Care
  10. When I Feel Afraid
  11. Try and Stick With It
  12. Be Careful and Stay Safe
  13. Be Honest and Tell the Truth
  14. Reach Out and Give
  15. Cool Down and Work Through Anger

Webmaster's note: If this kind of book appeals to you, you may want to check out my downloadable behavior books right on this site!

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