No, David!David Gets in TroubleDavid Goes to School
The David books are funny, witty and engaging. I first started using No, David! a couple of years ago after it was a recommended text to use in the Writing Through the Year: Unit 1 by Deedee Wills and Deanna Jump.

My students were instantly charmed by No, David! and begged for more. Initially I purchased the 5 year-old-ish ones and then the Diaper David series.

There isn’t a lot of text in these books but words are really necessary, in fact it there were no text I think children could easily tell the story in their own words. These books are a great way of engaging students – in particular boys who are not usually a big fan of books. I also found students I taught that had delayed cognitive function and students who were learning English as a second language also enjoyed the story.

These books were probably the most read that I had in my classroom library when I taught a grade 1/2 composite class.

I do have one criticism about David Goes to School which you can read on my Book Review page.

In terms of activities, I have used them at the start of year when class behaviour rules are decided upon. Last year in a grade 2/3 class we wrote “David Goes to the Library”. The students brainstormed sentences for David and then in pairs illustrated them. Once laminated the pages were bound into a book. It was a good communication and social activity that was very successful.

David Smells!   Oh David!: A Diaper David Book   Oops! A Diaper David Book

These are some fantastic activities that are out there that I have used:

Behaviour Sort by The Weekly Sprinkle
          David Goes to the Library by Little Miss Librarian

David Masks by Mitchell Willcox
First Grade Parade
BLOG activities


  1. Teddy Taylor
    January 19, 2015 / 7:50 am

    I like the mask activity – might be useful for role playing about acceptable behaviours.

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