Books are a great way for children to learn about different behaviors. By including unrealistic actions and silly characters to convey a message, the authors create pages of enjoyable entertainment while still allowing their books to prompt a discussion about troublemaking, minding your manners and behaving appropriately. Check out some of our favorite mischief-themed books below!
Not to be taken too seriously, this book is a hoot (or a ribbit!) for kids and adults. Hurd’s messy yet charming illustrations of frogs mesh with disorderly actions that range from burping to skateboarding down a bannister, cheering up any child.
Watch Bianca read the book below in this episode of Can I Read to You?
You can see the mischief in David’s smile! “No!” is a term kids are used to hearing, and this book, written by five-year-old David Shannon, pairs that command with one behavior, which is only illustrated — leaving it to each child to infer the associated inappropriate behavior.
Here are 26 children, one for each letter of the alphabet, whom you’d rather read about than meet! Full of rugged, 1950s-looking illustrations by Nancy Sippel Carpenter and bursting with aliteration and rhyming couplets, this book is an easy favorite.
This beloved classic needs no introduction! The Seussian masterpiece has been cherished by parents, teachers and children alike for many reasons.
Kids have a lot of ideas, and usually act on them. This book is a great way to talk about appropriate behavior. It features a fun-loving child who does what she likes without realizing each action triggers a reactionary consequence.
Bring the wild rumpus to life with this endearing tale of Max and his hairy, sometimes scary friends. Sendak mixes fantasy with feelings in this delicately illustrated classic.
More than 100 years old, and yet timeless! Enter Mr. McGregor’s garden with Peter Rabbit in Potter’s enchanting tale.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but everyone’s favorite monkey is doing just fine! Curiosity can lead to different behaviors and reactions, but in the minds of the Reys, it is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged. Read about George and his many misadventures in this great collection of stories.
What happens when Little Miss Trouble, of the lovable Mr. Men and Little Miss series, gets a taste of her own medicine? Read to find out!
“Good-hearted” and “mishap-prone” are two words used to describe Roscoe. What could go wrong when you’re just trying to help?