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The 101 Picture Book Challenge: No, David

Posted 6 months ago by Heidi Y.

Posted in 101 Picture Book Challenge and Children and Parenting | Tagged with early literacy, humorous books for kids, picture books, reading lists, reading recommendations and stories for kids

The WORST Book on the 101 Picture Book Challenge List!

No, David by David Shannon

"No, David!" by David Shannon

Well, it is. The title is “No, David!” written and illustrated by David Shannon. A toddler is depicted doing things for which he gets into trouble, but it ends with a hug. Wait one minute here! He gets rewarded for doing bad things? Are you kidding me? Yes, because “No, David!” is an outrageous look at little ones, as they discover their distinctive personalities. It really is one terrific book; but it’s still the “worst!”


Reading Beyond The 101 Picture Book List

Owl Bat, Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

"Owl Bat, Bat Owl" by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

An owl and a bat family endeavor to share living spaces on the same tree branch, where initial wariness is overcome by the curiosity of the families' babies on a wild and stormy night that compels them to set aside their apprehensions. Differences don’t matter in the end. A treat for learning about colors, night and day, birds and bats, and overcoming obstacles together.


Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

"Can I Be Your Dog?" by Troy Cummings

A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results. A romp from one end of town to the other with this lovable dog. It’s a hound book after all. And if you own a hound, you will understand it all!


Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

"Stack the Cats" by Susie Ghahremani

A counting book illustrating how a group of cats can be organized into different size groupings. It is hilarious, and storytime children love what happens to the cats.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge and How Do You Take It?

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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