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Everyday Graces

A Child’s Book of Good Manners

Edited, with commentary, by Karen Santorum, illustrated by Sam Torode


A National Bestseller Beloved by Families Across America

Find out why the wonderfully rich Everyday Graces has become a cherished feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America.

“Everyday Graces is a must for families.” —Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio host

“A charming book . . . You couldn’t ask for anything nicer.” —National Review

“I highly recommend this book to every parent.” —Jane Seymour, actress

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The National Bestseller, Featuring a Brand-New Introduction by Karen Santorum

As a mother, Karen Santorum grew frustrated by her inability to find a book of manners that instructed through engaging stories and poems rather than by dull lists of dos and don’ts. She set out to solve the problem.

The result is this wonderfully rich and instructive anthology. A national bestseller, Everyday Graces has become a beloved feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America. It speaks to the fact that manners are seldom discussed anymore—and are practiced even less. Good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers.

Under such headings as “Honor Your Mother and Father,” “Please, Thank You, and Other Kind Words,” “Be Considerate at the Table,” “Good Sportsmanship,” and “Respecting Our Country,” Everyday Graces gathers stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. This marvelous anthology features classic selections from such well-known authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Arnold Lobel, as well as forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.

Find out why Everyday Graces has struck a chord with tens of thousands of families. Both inviting and informative, this book helps instill good manners in our children—and takes a stand against the decline in civility and the coarsening of our common life.

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Everyday Graces is fun, entertaining, and instructive. Without even knowing it, children are learning good manners as they read through the stories and poems. I highly recommend this book to every parent. It is a book every family should have and enjoy!”

—Jane Seymour, actress, author of Among Angels


Everyday Graces is a charming book. . . . You could not ask for anything nicer.”

National Review


“It’s also a book of manners for rock stars.”

Bono, singer-songwriter, U2


“This marvelous collection of stories and lessons will have a permanent place at our daughters’ bedside as they grow up. Thank you, Karen. You have made the awesome job of responsible parenting a lot easier, not to mention my Christmas shopping!”

—Martha Williamson, executive producer of Touched by an Angel


“This book is a treasure chest—every story a gem. The knowledge imparted in this book will, indeed, make the world a much better place.”

—Elizabeth Dole, former U.S. senator


“Good literature can be an inspiring guide to good behavior. Parents who share this book with their children will thank Karen Santorum for the skill and sensitivity with which she chose its contents. And so will the parents’ children when, years hence, they read it with their own children.”

—George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist


“As a mother, Karen Santorum knows the power of stories to shape and mold our children. In Everyday Graces, Karen has compiled a treasure chest of tales that helps us raise the next generation of children into adults of kind compassion. Everyday Graces is a must for families that desire their children to become people of character.”

—Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host


“Among the casualties of the ‘culture war’ have been civility, manners, and what we called in my grandparents’ generation ‘deportment.’ Karen Santorum mounts a counteroffensive in Everyday Graces, gleaned from classic and contemporary sources that teach what we once held to be common sense and common values. This book belongs in every home in need of reinforcements.”

—Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated columnist


“Sports for children should be as much about developing character as enhancing athletic skills. Karen Santorum has created a great book that teaches kids that important balance.”

—Mario Lemieux, Hall of Fame hockey player


“A charming collection of stories that will delight children while teaching them important lessons about life.”

—William Kilpatrick, author of Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong


“A powerfully compelling book on the importance of good manners . . . Everyday Graces is sure to be a family favorite and one that can and should be passed on from generation to generation.”

Heart of the Matter Online


Everyday Graces represents a valuable contribution to the new national trend to emphasize virtues above information, character over skills. Karen Santorum has provided a useful service for all parents who want to encourage more civilized behavior in their children.”

—Michael Medved, film critic and radio talk show host


“What I want to say to Mrs. Santorum for giving us this remarkable and stimulating book on the much-neglected subject of manners is: Ma’am, permit me—thank you so very, very much.”

—William Murchison, syndicated columnist and longtime editor of the Dallas Morning News


“With its focus on fundamental values and timeless tales, Everyday Graces will surely be the sort of book that children pass on to their own children.”

Heritage Insider


“Parents might announce ‘Story time!’ a little more often when presented with such a universally enjoyable anthology.”



“Santorum has managed to pick the jolly rather than the didactic.”

Winchester Star

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