Bedtime Stories with David Shannon

No, David by David Shannon is a hilarious story about a little boy who has trouble making good decisions. Whenever he does something he’s not supposed to his mother always says no, David. As you can imagine his mother has to say ‘no’ quite a lot.

David’s bad ideas lead to naughty antics every parent, teacher, and child can relate to. Everyone’s family or classroom has an impulsive child who needs constant reinforcement to do the right thing. Children adore this book. It was a big hit every single time I read it to my students in September. Once I put a copy in the classroom library, they would constantly revisit the story throughout the school year, and giggle through conversations about David and his bad ideas.

No, David! is the perfect story to discuss appropriate behavior with your child. It is also a good segue into talking about consequences for one’s actions and accepting responsibility for them. While you read with your child, discuss David’s actions and whether he’s doing the right thing. Together, brainstorm ideas on how David should behave and how he can make things right for his naughty behavior.