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Early Social Behavior Books 11-Book Set
Ages: 3-6   Grades: PreK-1         

If you have little ones who need help in the "don't cry, don't hit" department, these books are for you.  Youngsters learn to replace inappropriate behaviors with appropriate ones.


  • Replace inappropriate behaviors with appropriate ones
  • Reinforce the use of appropriate language
  • Understand how inappropriate behavior affects the feelings of others
  • Learn to identify, regulate, and express emotions
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Friendly, colorful characters show children how to model the desired behaviors and explain why it is important.  The interactive text uses a repetitive and humorous question/answer format.  Students excitedly begin to anticipate the responses and answer the questions.

Each book in the series focuses on a specific social skill area.  An introduction page for the child defines the target social skill, cites some relevant examples of the positive behavior, and gives an overview of why the skill is important.  Each book includes teaching instructions, lesson tips, and suggested follow-up activities.

You may purchase the books individually or as the Early Social Behavior Books 11-book set.

The 11-book set consists of:
Can You Talk to Your Friends?
Can You Stand Up for Yourself?
Can You Be a Helper?
Can You Keep Trying?
Can You Use Your Words?
Can You Use a Good Voice?
Can You Be a Friend?
Can You Take Turns?
Can You Share?
Can You Tell How Someone Feels?
Can You Be Polite?


Copyright © 2005

11-Book Set: each book 14 8 ½" x 11" coated pages, instructions, suggested follow-up activities

I love to find teaching tools that have been created "just right."  The author of the Early Social Behavior Books, Nita Everly, has developed a format that teaches basic social skills in a way young children will understand and remember.  Children slightly older who have special language needs will also enjoy these books. 


Each book is written in a predictable format that includes question, answer, and brief description of appropriate behavior.  The charming illustrations enhance the quality of each book, and the art is simple with plain backgrounds to help the reader focus on the specific behavior described in the text.


Teaching appropriate social skills to young children will become easier with the books in this delightful series.

Linda Hodgdon, SLP
Author of Visual Strategies for Improving Communication

  • Approaches that focus on social functioning should be introduced as ongoing intervention strategies from early years to adulthood (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Early intervention that addresses skill acquisition in areas such as interaction, attention, play, and expression supports the later development of communication, language, and speech and enhances emotional, social, and academic development (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Children with social-cognitive deficits need the social curriculum/rules broken down into specific steps and taught to them (Petru, Millette, & Granato-Wagner, 2005).

Early Social Behavior Books incorporate these principles and are also based on expert professional practice.


Petru, J., Millette, J., & Granato-Wagner, V. (2005, November). Social communication and learning standards: Making the connection. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Nita Everly


Nita Everly, M.S., CCC-SLP, has a master's degree in speech and language pathology.  She has over 20 years of experience working with youngsters with communication disorders and is currently a speech-language pathologist for the Mount Airy City Schools Preschool Program in North Carolina.  Nita was the past chairperson of the Interagency Council for Birth to Five-Year-Olds in Surry County, North Carolina.  In 1987, Nita received honors from the West Virginia Speech and Hearing Association, and in 1989, she was on the National Distinguished Service Registry for Speech/Language/Hearing.  In 2006/2007, Nita was named Educator of the Year for Tharrington Primary School and was also included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.  Nita is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Mount Airy, North Carolina.  She is the author of the Early Social Behavior Books series.


The Early Social Behavior Books series are books of educational experiences for children ages three to six years.  The children become captivated with the text and respond to questions on each page.  When reading the books to children, use lots of expression and show your enthusiasm.  Ask a question, then pause and wait for the children to respond.  After several readings, the children will excitedly anticpate the correct responses to the questions. 

The 11-book set consists of: 

  • Can You Talk to Your Friends? -  Discover what a conversation is and why it is important to initiate and carry on a conversation.
  • Can You Stand Up for Yourself? - Learn how to stand up for yourself without resorting to violence or bullying.
  • Can You Be a Helper? - Learn what responsibility means and why it is important to be a good helper.
  • Can You Keep Trying? - Learn to try new things and not give up when something is hard.  
  • Can You Use Your Words? - Learn to communicate in respectful and polite ways.
  • Can You Use a Good Voice? - Use appropriate vocal volume and tone.
  • Can You Be a Friend? - Learn self-control and to replaced hurtful, negative behaviors with positive behaviors.
  • Can You Take Turns? - Learn what to do when you want a turn and what to do while waiting for a turn.
  • Can You Share? - Learn the importance of sharing and how sharing makes others feel good.
  • Can You Tell How Someone Feels? - Learn to observe the emotions of others and understand why a person feels a particular way.
  • Can You Be Polite? - Learn the importance of good manners and how our manners make others feel.