David Shannon is one of my favorite children’s author and illustrator. I love is simple, child-focused pictures and story contact that is fun, yet usually has a great message for kids. For this reason his books are also wonderful to use in play therapy and as resources for parents. Here’s a list of David Shannon books and the messages within them can be utilized in play therapy and by parents:
- The Rain Came Down … Sometimes when it rains, it pours. Negative attitudes and reactions can cause a chain-reaction. Eventually the storm will end the sun will shine again.
- No, David! … Sometimes kids feel like they are always doing something wrong and getting yelled at. Does that mean that their parents don’t love them?
- David Gets in Trouble … Learning about taking responsibility for one’s actions and apologizing.
- David Goes to School … Great for discussing basic rules at school.
- How I Became a Pirate (by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon) … Wonderful story of amazing imagination, but also briefly touches on the great things about being a kid and being part of a family.
- Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon) … A fun way to talk about adjusting to a new baby in the house.
- A Bad Case of Stripes … This one is great for discussing somatic complaints, school refusal, and the importance of being yourself. (click here for an activity I created to go along with this book!)
Do you have any suggestions of David Shannon books to use as a therapeutic or parenting resource? I’d love to hear them! Please leave me a comment!