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Hands Are Not for Hitting

Hands Are Not for Hitting

Best Behavior® Series


“Hands are not for hitting. Hands are for saying hello . . .” And for playing, creating, helping, working, learning, encouraging, taking care of oneself, and so many more good things.

This Free Spirit child behavior classic presents charming illustrations along with the encouraging message. Psychologist Martine Agassi helps young children understand that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they’re capable of positive, loving actions. Especially at an age when children are interacting more with others and starting school, they need to know that hitting is unacceptable.

Made to be read aloud, Hands Are Not for Hitting also includes a special section for adults, with ideas for things to talk about and activities to do together.

Recommended for anyone in a caring relationship with a young child; perfect for childcare, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school classrooms.

“Hands Are Not for Hitting” is a registered trademark of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, and is used with permission.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-308-1
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 4–7
Guided Reading Level: H
Lexile Measure: 510L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 9" x 9"
Page Count: 40

Praise for Hands Are Not for Hitting
“Imagine raising your kids without the help of Goodnight Moon or Is Your Mama a Llama? or Hands Are Not for Hitting.”—Jennifer Garner, actress and Save the Children ambassador

“Offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.”—School Library Journal

“Highly recommended . . . ideal ‘read aloud’ book for parents and care givers.”—Midwest Book Review

“The simple but important message . . . helps children understand that they have the power to choose not to hurt people.”—Teaching Tolerance

“Highly recommended for parents, teachers, clergy, childcare providers, but most importantly, for the world’s greatest resource—children.”—Childhelp

“An excellent resource to refer to whenever your children or students need a reminder about calm and peaceful hands.”—Chasing Supermom blog

Award for Hands Are Not for Hitting:

  • Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Winner
  • iParenting Media Award Winner
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • Read, America! Selection
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Special Needs Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Selection
  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products Selection
  • Midwest Independent Publisher Award

Awards for the Best Behavior series:

  • Creative Child Seal of Excellence and Preferred Choice Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible Products and Best Children’s Product
  • National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Special Needs Award
  • Read America! Selection
  • iParenting Media Hot Award Winner
  • Common Core State Standards


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