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Best Behavior® Board Book Series

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Awards and Praise:

Creative Child Seal of Excellence and Preferred Choice Award

Dr. Toy's 10 Best Socially Responsible Products and Best Children's Product

The National Parenting Center
Seal of Approval

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Special Needs Award

Read America! Selection

iParenting Media Hot Award Winner


Simple words and lively full-color illustrations in durable board books for ages baby–preschool guide children to choose positive behaviors. Each book in this preschool book series includes a special section for parents and caregivers with ideas for discussion and activities.

Each book: 24 pp., color illust., H/C, 7" x 7"

Noses Are Not for Picking
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

We’ve all seen it—the nose-picking habit starts as early as the toddler years, and no child is the exception. Young children pick their noses for a variety of reasons, from colds to allergies to curiosity or boredom. This board book for toddlers and preschoolers is the answer to the age-old question “How can I get my child not to pick, especially not in public?”


Hands Are Not for Hitting
by Martine Agassi, Ph.D., and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

It’s never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions. In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important concepts in ways even very young children can understand.


Words Are Not for Hurting
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Children are known for speaking their minds. We can’t expect them to watch every word, but we can help them understand that their words affect other people. We can gently guide them to choose words that are helpful instead of hurtful, and to say two very important words—“I’m sorry”—when hurtful words come out before they can stop them.


Diapers Are Not Forever
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Learning to use the potty takes patience and practice, and this charming, straightforward book helps pave the way. Young children learn how to use the potty and why it’s time to do so, while gaining the courage and confidence to face this important milestone in their lives. When little ones learn to “do what the big kids do” (go, wipe, flush, wash their hands), they won’t need a diaper anymore—they’ll have underwear under there! Includes tips for parents and caregivers from a children’s health specialist.


Pacifiers Are Not Forever
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

For many young children, giving up the pacifier is a major milestone. This board book offers warm, comforting words and pictures to ease the transition and make it a positive experience for kids and grown-ups alike. The focus is on minimizing stress and drama, dealing with feelings of loss and frustration, finding fun things to do without a pacifier, and finally being pacifier-free. Includes helpful tips for parents.



Feet Are Not for Kicking
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

“Look at those feet! Aren’t they sweet?” Yes—when they’re walking, standing, leaping, and landing. And when they’re kicking balls or leaves. But not when they’re kicking people!

In simple words and charming full-color illustrations, this book helps little ones learn to use their feet for fun, not in anger or frustration. It also includes tips for parents and caregivers on how to help toddlers be sweet with their feet.


Teeth Are Not for Biting
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives. Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention.


Germs Are Not for Sharing
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

Achoo! Cough! F-L-U-S-H! What to do? In childcare, in preschool, at home, and everywhere, toddlers need to learn that germs are not for sharing. Rather than focus on what germs are, this book teaches the basics of not spreading them: Cover up a sneeze or cough. Hug or blow kisses when you’re sick. And most of all, wash your hands! Child-friendly words and full-color illustrations help little ones stay clean and healthy.


Tails Are Not for Pulling
by Elizabeth Verdick, and illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

If pets could talk, what would they say? Maybe “Fur is for petting, backs are for scratching, noses are for nuzzling . . . and tails are not for pulling!” Toddlers and pets belong together—as long as toddlers don’t chase, grab, squeeze, yank, and tease. In simple words and delightful illustrations, this book teaches the basics of kindness to animals: careful handling, awareness, safety, and respect. It also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.



Save when you purchase all 9 books in the Best Behavior series!
$63.00 (12% Savings!)


Paperbacks also available! Select titles are available in paperback for ages 4–7. Learn more about the Best Behavior paperback editions.

Bilingual editions available! Select titles in the Best Behavior series are available in bilingual English-Spanish editions in both board book and paperback format. Learn more about the Best Behavior bilingual editions.


About the authors and illustrator:

Elizabeth Verdick is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, including books in the Toddler Tools® board book series, the Best Behavior® series for young children, and the Laugh & Learn™ series for preteens. Her most recent titles include Play and Rest from the Happy Healthy BabyTM Series. Elizabeth lives with her husband, daughter, son, and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.


Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as a children’s book illustrator with the award-winning Hands Are Not for Hitting. As a freelance illustrator and designer, Marieka focuses her work on books and other materials for children, teens, parents, and teachers. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and children.


Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is a clinical therapist with extensive experience as a behavioral consultant, counseling children and families in schools, residential facilities, foster care, and private practice. She has led workshops and group counseling in communication skills, parenting, drug and child abuse prevention, divorce, and self-esteem. Martine, her husband, and their daughter live in Fallbrook, California, with their dog Toby.