Tidy Books for Kids

How to Teach Kids to Tidy?

We often get questions from parents about how to get their kids to tidy up their own toys and messes. It’s a question we’ve often asked ourselves! Tidying definitely doesn’t come automatically for kids. We believe that if you want your kids to be tidy, you need to TEACH them how to tidy. Children love to play and make messes, but they can also learn to tidy up those messes.

Books on the Topic of Tidying

Emily and I have read lots of books on the topic of tidying and home organization, but many of them did not include specific strategies for tidying with children. So we decided to look in the children’s section for tidy books instead. We read over 30 children’s books on the topic of tidying, from toddler board books to young reader picture books.

Tidy Books for Kids

It was fascinating to examine the various approaches to tidying and look at the examples of tidying within different homes. However, we found many books that we did not necessarily want to share with our girls. Here were some of the common themes, which we disagreed with:

  • Messy people are fun, and tidy people are boring
  • Dads make the messes and moms clean the messes up
  • Parents get mad when they see their children have been playing and making messes

 

Tidy Books for Kids

Our Criteria for Tidy Books

We want our girls to have a healthy relationship with tidying. They can make a mess, and then they can tidy it up. That is a part of life. There were many books that helped to support that theme. We decided to put together a top 10 list of our favorite tidy books for kids. Here was our criteria:

  • Present tidying in a “positive” way, with beneficial results
  • Teach a tidying skill (sorting items into categorizing, learning to purge or donate, putting things away)
  • Present messes as normal and fun (not “bad”), and present tidying as a normal part of a family rhythm
  • Balance gender roles, showing that all parents can help their kids with tidying
  • Show that when you are tidy, you know where your things belong and can spend more time having fun

 

 

If you want to teach your kids to tidy, it can be helpful to start by introducing them to the topic of tidying in an accessible, fun way first. We hope you’ll check out this list of our top 10 tidy books for kids and that they’ll help inspire conversations in your own home!

Our Top 10 Tidy Books for Kids
Mole Had Everything

1. Mole Had Everything – This is a really sweet book about a mole who doesn’t have many possessions, and goes in search of “more”. He learns about whether it’s better to have “everything” in terms of stuff, or in friendships and happiness.

 

Too Many Carrots

2. Too Many Carrots – Rabbit loves carrots, but a little too much! His beloved collection of carrots begins to crowd him out of his burrow, and he needs some help from his friends.

 

Too Many Tutus

3. Too Many Tutus – Fancy Nancy’s closet is full of tutus, and her class at school decides to have a swap-and-shop to exchange clothes! This is an “I Can Read” level 1 book, perfect for young readers.

 

I Am Tidy

4. I Am Tidy – This is a board book to introduce young toddlers to tidying. The child helps to pick up toys and laundry and feels great about learning how to help!

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

5. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room – Mama and Papa Bear are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to tidy up their own room. This is a classic book that teaches about tidying up, organization, and taking care of belongings!

 

Wally and Mae

6. Wally and Mae – This book is about 2 roommates, 1 who is messy and 1 who is tidy. They both learn lessons from each other!

 

The Big Tidy-Up

7. The Big Tidy-Up – A child seems not to notice the mess in her room until her mom decides to stop tidying up for her. At first she ignores the mess, and then she finally gets to work on the big tidy-up of her own room!

 

Really Rabbits

8. Really Rabbits – 2 pet rabbits learn how to open their cage and spend their days completing household chores so the family will have more time to spend with them. When we all work together to do chores, there is more time to play!

 

Franklin is Messy

9. Franklin is Messy – Franklin is independent in a lot of ways, but his room is so messy that he can rarely find his things! He learns that tidying up and taking care of his possessions makes it easier to find his favorite toys too!

 

You & Me, Little Bear

10. You and Me, Little Bear – Little Bear wants to play, but Big Bear has things to do, so they decide to do them together. They fetch wood and water and tidy the cave…together!

Bonus!

 Kiki & Jax: tidy books for kids

Bonus: Kiki and Jax by Marie Kondo – This NEW RELEASE introduces kids to the KonMari method of tidying. It is about 2 friends who tidy together, and shows how tidying up your home can create space for joy in all parts of your life.

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About me

Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our two young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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How to Teach Kids to Tidy?

We often get questions from parents about how to get their kids to tidy up their own toys and messes. It’s a question we’ve often asked ourselves! Tidying definitely doesn’t come automatically for kids. We believe that if you want your kids to be tidy, you need to TEACH them how to tidy. Children love to play and make messes, but they can also learn to tidy up those messes.

Books on the Topic of Tidying

Emily and I have read lots of books on the topic of tidying and home organization, but many of them did not include specific strategies for tidying with children. So we decided to look in the children’s section for tidy books instead. We read over 30 children’s books on the topic of tidying, from toddler board books to young reader picture books.

Tidy Books for Kids

It was fascinating to examine the various approaches to tidying and look at the examples of tidying within different homes. However, we found many books that we did not necessarily want to share with our girls. Here were some of the common themes, which we disagreed with:

  • Messy people are fun, and tidy people are boring
  • Dads make the messes and moms clean the messes up
  • Parents get mad when they see their children have been playing and making messes

 

Tidy Books for Kids

Our Criteria for Tidy Books

We want our girls to have a healthy relationship with tidying. They can make a mess, and then they can tidy it up. That is a part of life. There were many books that helped to support that theme. We decided to put together a top 10 list of our favorite tidy books for kids. Here was our criteria:

  • Present tidying in a “positive” way, with beneficial results
  • Teach a tidying skill (sorting items into categorizing, learning to purge or donate, putting things away)
  • Present messes as normal and fun (not “bad”), and present tidying as a normal part of a family rhythm
  • Balance gender roles, showing that all parents can help their kids with tidying
  • Show that when you are tidy, you know where your things belong and can spend more time having fun

 

 

If you want to teach your kids to tidy, it can be helpful to start by introducing them to the topic of tidying in an accessible, fun way first. We hope you’ll check out this list of our top 10 tidy books for kids and that they’ll help inspire conversations in your own home!

Our Top 10 Tidy Books for Kids
Mole Had Everything

1. Mole Had Everything – This is a really sweet book about a mole who doesn’t have many possessions, and goes in search of “more”. He learns about whether it’s better to have “everything” in terms of stuff, or in friendships and happiness.

 

Too Many Carrots

2. Too Many Carrots – Rabbit loves carrots, but a little too much! His beloved collection of carrots begins to crowd him out of his burrow, and he needs some help from his friends.

 

Too Many Tutus

3. Too Many Tutus – Fancy Nancy’s closet is full of tutus, and her class at school decides to have a swap-and-shop to exchange clothes! This is an “I Can Read” level 1 book, perfect for young readers.

 

I Am Tidy

4. I Am Tidy – This is a board book to introduce young toddlers to tidying. The child helps to pick up toys and laundry and feels great about learning how to help!

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

5. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room – Mama and Papa Bear are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to tidy up their own room. This is a classic book that teaches about tidying up, organization, and taking care of belongings!

 

Wally and Mae

6. Wally and Mae – This book is about 2 roommates, 1 who is messy and 1 who is tidy. They both learn lessons from each other!

 

The Big Tidy-Up

7. The Big Tidy-Up – A child seems not to notice the mess in her room until her mom decides to stop tidying up for her. At first she ignores the mess, and then she finally gets to work on the big tidy-up of her own room!

 

Really Rabbits

8. Really Rabbits – 2 pet rabbits learn how to open their cage and spend their days completing household chores so the family will have more time to spend with them. When we all work together to do chores, there is more time to play!

 

Franklin is Messy

9. Franklin is Messy – Franklin is independent in a lot of ways, but his room is so messy that he can rarely find his things! He learns that tidying up and taking care of his possessions makes it easier to find his favorite toys too!

 

You & Me, Little Bear

10. You and Me, Little Bear – Little Bear wants to play, but Big Bear has things to do, so they decide to do them together. They fetch wood and water and tidy the cave…together!

Bonus!

 Kiki & Jax: tidy books for kids

Bonus: Kiki and Jax by Marie Kondo – This NEW RELEASE introduces kids to the KonMari method of tidying. It is about 2 friends who tidy together, and shows how tidying up your home can create space for joy in all parts of your life.

_________________________________________________________________________________________

This post contains affiliate links. We may make a small commission for purchases made through these links with no additional fee to the customer. We only link to products we use and love! Thank you for supporting our blog! 

Thanks for Pinning! 

February 5, 2020

Tidy Books for Kids

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To Transform Your
Cleaning Routine?

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About me

Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our two young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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