A pre-k teacher at school turned me on to these great books about a little boy who causes lots of trouble.

No, David! This Caldecott Honor book shows the mischievous David constantly being told “No!” by his mother. He gets into all kinds of big trouble, but in the end he knows his mother still loves him—even when he’s punished. This is a great story for pointing out all the mischief little kids can cause and still remind them adults love them no matter what they do.

In David Goes to School David’s teacher is constantly telling him “No!” He gets into big trouble at school, and his hijinks will ring true with anyone who works with elementary school kids. But Shannon’s books always end with a “yes” that is positive and shows that even though David is high-spirited, he is a good kid at heart.

David refuses to take responsibility for the mischief he causes in David Gets in Trouble. And he causes some BIG mischief. But in the end he realizes it’s important to say he’s sorry and admit the things he has done.