Start reading What If Everybody Did That? on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


What If Everybody Did That? [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Javernick , Colleen M. Madden
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $12.99
Kindle Price: $3.99
You Save: $9.00 (69%)
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for free and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 75%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $3.99  
Hardcover $8.33  
Paperback --  
Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

If you drop just one soda can out the window, it’s no big deal ... right? But what if everybody did that? What if everybody broke the rules ... and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. But what if everybody obeyed the rules so that the world would become a better place? Using humorous illustrations rendered in mixed media, these questions are answered in a child-friendly way and show the consequences of thoughtless behavior.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—An unnamed boy is forced to consider the consequences of his actions in this cautionary tale about making responsible choices. The narrator commits a series of seemingly minor offenses, such as feeding popcorn to the bears in the zoo, throwing an empty soda can out the car window, sneaking a lick of frosting from a wedding cake, and interrupting the librarian during storytime. Each time, an angry adult admonishes him by asking, "What if everybody did that?" causing him to envision the possible outcomes: sick animals, garbage strewn along the highway, a ruined cake, and chaos at the library. Each spread depicts a different episode. The art on the verso shows the boy committing a thoughtless act, and the recto pictures show what could happen if everyone broke the rules. Madden's experience as a greeting-card illustrator is evident in the variety of expressions shown on the faces of the multicultural cast in the colorful mixed-media drawings. This title could be a useful purchase for libraries looking to add to their collections of character-building books.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Author Ellen Javernick lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Illustrator Colleen M. Madden lives in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

Product Details

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 2, 2013
By Noelle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this with my third graders on my iPad projecting it with a document camera.. I left the print small so they had to study the pictures and think about what the problem was on each page by looking at what happened on the left side and what would happen if everyone did it on the right side. Then I'd enlarge the print and have someone read the page. It was a great story structure and the students are working hard to create a shortened version of their own. They have had a great time with this book!
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Behavior! December 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a great way to teach children the reason why we have so many rules (especially at school and in public places). It's not always because the behavior is dangerous or rude, it's because, "What if everybody did that?"
Great way to teach a simple concept that is sometimes very difficult for impulsive children to master.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching Literacy-Based Social Skills February 17, 2013
By Heather
I recently used this book for more than one social skills lesson with elementary students. The book has an inappropriate situation described on the left page ending with the phrase, "What if everybody did that?" The right picture show why it would look like if everyone did it. It made for excellent discussions & inferences during the read aloud. Each student made a school-based, illustrated "what if everybody did that?" page for a class book. I loved it. The kids loved it.the regular education co-teacher loved it. Great resource!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Books That Heal Kids July 7, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This has been on my wish list for a looooong time. Decided it was time to buy it because I've had some PBIS ideas floating around in my head for back to school. This story is going to be part of our kick off for learning the school standards. What if Everybody Did That? is all about community and remembering we all play a part in keeping our school, neighborhoods, and homes safe and happy places. If we don't think of others our surroundings and daily routines can quickly become chaotic. There are fourteen examples showing cause and effect example of behavior.

"During story time I had something important to say. I just couldn't wait till the end of the story. The librarian put her finger to her lips and said, "What if everybody did that?" Then it shows a picture of kids erupting in chaos and chatter. The last example is a positive one. I was happy they ended on a good note and what a great way to start off your lesson and discussion. "When I came home I gave my mom a hug. What if everybody did that?"

If you need a new resource to introduce routines, procedures, and school standards this is such a great reinforcer!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome pictures! September 21, 2010
This book is a very clever way to get kids thinking about their actions!
The illustrations are really cute and incredibly detailed! The both kids enjoyed it!!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching for the Future!! November 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I find this book has married the art of writing for young readers (10 and younger) and how our actions impact our surroundings.

Best of all my boys (3 and 6) really enjoy reading this book over and over.
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better read using Kindle DX June 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thought Kindle Fire would be perfect for my Grandson's colorful books.
Unfortunately the writing is so tiny and can't be enlarged, this
book is better on Kindle DX in black and white, where the words can be made bigger.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son's new favorite book! June 11, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We have "had" to read this book every night for nearly 2 weeks now! My son loves it, it's straight forward and the pictures offer up a chance for us to discuss the repercussions of the young mans poor choices/actions. We use the phrase "what if everybody did that!" all the time time when we see things out and about.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the book and so did my students.
Published 7 hours ago by Debbie S. Stallings
3.0 out of 5 stars and fun for younger children
very cute, and fun for younger children.
Published 1 day ago by jamie j wills
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kids responded to this and it made some great points.
Published 2 days ago by Carol Baird
1.0 out of 5 stars Uhh truthful
Eliot Spitzer space telescope is not a good truthful the first time I was in the first place for a few years back to work with a good truthful to be able to work on a good truthful... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Blue Turtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great teaching book!
Published 5 days ago by Cindy Hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for kids
I really liked reading this book with my child who is a follower. I was able to point out during the story why he must think for himself.
Published 5 days ago by Alex&Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product was exactly as described.
Published 7 days ago by Debbie P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a great book to read
Published 10 days ago by Suzanne M Balke
3.0 out of 5 stars The book itself is super. a great way to teach life lessons clearly
My packaging was awful. books just tossed into a box no wrapping or packing. book was bent.
The book itself is super. a great way to teach life lessons clearly.
Published 12 days ago by ESB
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Nice story for the kids to get a little understanding about responsibility. Nicely illustrated. Works well with the words. Thanks.
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Ellen Javernick has taught 1-3 grade classes for over 20 years. Her B.A. is from DePauw University. Her M.A. in Early Childhood Education is from the University of Northern Colorado. She has completed classes with Barbara Wise and is Lindamood-Bell trained. In addition to being a teacher, Ellen has written more than 20 books for children. She currently teaches second grade in Loveland, CO.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category