Aside from feeding, clothing, and nurturing their children, parents also have the intimidating responsibility of raising well-adjusted kids who respect people and, hopefully, leave the world a little bit better than they found it. Easier said than done, right? Luckily, teaching your kids basic manners and respect can start at a very early age. There are some excellent books that will make your kid more polite and respectful just by sitting down and reading together, something you probably do everyday anyway.
Manners go much deeper than just learning to say "please" and "thank you." It's learning how to treat the kid on the playground who is "different" with kindness. It's figuring out what diversity and acceptance means. It's learning that interrupting isn't OK and that certain behaviors require certain responses. Manners are messy, hard to learn, and even harder to practice, but armed with books like these, the worthwhile task will become much more manageable.