Books From Kinderland | David Shannon

October 15, 2016 Books From Kinderland, Reviews 5

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Welcome to Kinderland, the place I spend most my time! Since I started teaching Kindergarten I read as many books for fun as I do for work. And I decided it’s time to start sharing them! In Books From Kinderland you’ll see the picture books I’m reading with my class from a teacher’s perspective. I’ll also share reviews of books I’m reading that are about teaching. So welcome to Kinderland!

I read both of these David Shannon books within the first week of school, because they’re all about how to behave and, so far, my kids are able to use these stories to tell me everything they’re not supposed to do in school.

Books From Kinderland | David ShannonNo, David! by David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
Series: David #1
Published by Blue Sky Press on September 1, 1998
Genres: Children's Picture Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother's rules. He chewed with his mouth open (and full of food), he jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother's vase! As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was "No, David!" Here is his story.

I discovered this book last year and used it again this year. No, David! is about a little boy who doesn’t listen to his mom very well at all. He plays ball in the house – she says “No, David!” and he doesn’t listen – breaking something. He has to go to time out. She tells him to be quiet, he’s not, he has to go to his room.

The kids favorite part of this book is when David runs down the street naked. I have yet to read it and not got a class full of outrageous laughter. And when they check it out of the class library, they always flip to that page and laugh and laugh.

What I love about this book is that it teaches the kids a cycle that I can follow up on. There are rules and if you don’t follow them you get a warning. If you still don’t follow them, bad things happen – breaking things and consequences. I ask them who’s fault it is that David is in the corner or in his room and they always say it’s his fault, because he broke the rules. I also love that at the end of the book, his mom says “Yes, David. I love you.” It gives me a chance to remind them that even though I will punish them, it doesn’t mean I don’t love them. It just means there are consequences for our actions.

I also love that this book has repeated text – “No, David!” it’s great for a read-aloud because the kids can jump in and participate. It’s also great for when they read on their own, because it’s start to have familiar repeated words for them to read.

Books From Kinderland | David ShannonDavid Goes to School. by David Shannon
Illustrator: David Shannon
Series: David #2
Published by Blue Sky Press on August 1, 1999
Genres: Children's Picture Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

This light-hearted companion to the Caldecott Honor Book "No, David!" is an entertaining, laugh-out-loud romp from the beginning of class to the end of the day. David's activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!" Full color.

I love this book as a follow up – David’s still having a lot of trouble following the rules. It follows the same predictable format, which lets the kids start to predict what David is going to do. This one is PERFECT for a kinder classroom, though, because unlike No, David, he’s getting in trouble for things we’re not supposed to do in school. I always follow this one up with a T-chart, where we sort “good choices” and “bad choices” to make at school.

I also like that the teacher in David Goes to School is clearly of the Love & Logic crowd- as in, let the punishment fit the crime. Her punishments for David are logical – he has to clean up his mess, he has to stay after school to clean up, he has to miss recess for playing during class. It’s very much the way I discipline, so it’s really fitting for my classroom.

And, like David’s mom, the teacher frequently says, “No, David!” giving the kids the same predictable text to participate with and read on their own later. Although there’s no favorite page, there are lots of laughs. And David’s teacher loves him too 🙂

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

5 Responses to “Books From Kinderland | David Shannon”

    • Berls

      Aww! Has he seen these yet? If not, I’d bet his teacher will read them next year. I have yet to hear of a kindergarten teacher that doesn’t read them lol!

      You’re too sweet 🙂 I love what I do and try to do right by the kids. Some days I feel like I do great, others I feel like I missed the mark by a lot. But I do my best!

  1. Lola
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    Oh these really sound like great books! And that’s fun how the No David phrase gets repeated and kiss can join in. And I like how it still shows his mom loves David even when she punishes him. And how such a book can help teach the kids to listen to the rules and that they also recognize it’s David his fault he gets punished because he broke the rules. And the follow-up sounds even more perfect for the school situation as it actually goes about school related behavior. Greta reviews Berls! these sound like great books for kids and to teach them to follow rules.
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    • Berls

      They are! So many wonderful elements for learning opportunities, coupled with a story and pictures that the kids just love. Win, win!

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