Don’t Forget the Exclamation Point! – “Don’t Books" for Kids

April 10, 2017 | Katherine McG

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Not too long ago, we highlighted some "advice" books for kids; while I was doing research for that post, I found that the most frequent advice that we give to kids tends to begin with the word "don't" and end with an exclamation point.

Here are a few examples of "Don't Books" that you can find at Toronto Public Library:

  Book Cover: Don't Forget the Bacon   Book Cover: Don't Give This Book a Bowl of Milk  Book Cover: Don't Turn the Page
Don't Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins (Ages 4-8)

That’s just good advice for practically everyone!

Don't Give this Book a Bowl of Milk! by Benjamin Bird (Ages 4-7)

Be careful if you come across this book in the library “cat”alogue!

Don't Turn the Page! by Rachelle Burke (Ages 4-7)

Bedtime just might get a little longer if you do!

 

  Book Cover: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus  Book Cover: Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late  Book Cover: Don't Slam the Door 

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (Ages 3-6)

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! by Mo Willems (Ages 3-6)

    ...and whatever you do, DON'T LISTEN TO THE PIGEON!

Don't Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas (Ages 4-7)  

…because one thing will lead to another!

 

  Book Cover: Don't Sneeze at the Wedding  Book Cover: Don't Splash the Sasquatch  Book Cover: Don't Wake the Tiger 

Don't Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer (Ages 5-8)

Try wiggling you earlobe, pinching your nose, or whispering "pineapple" instead.

Don't Splash the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker (Ages 3-6)

Or he just might get “squizzlefied”!

Don't Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup (Ages 3-5)

Do try to help her to stay asleep! (There's no exclamation point at the end of this book title…probably because we shouldn’t shout while the tiger is sleeping!)

 

Book Cover: Whatever You Do Don't Go Near that Canoe  Book Cover: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't  Book Cover: If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't 

Whatever You Do, Don't Go Near that Canoe! by Julie Lawson (Ages 5-8)

Adventure awaits but beware your fate!

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley (Ages 5-8)

If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley (Ages 5-8)

Do yourself a favour and just don’t…

...but please DO read and enjoy these books!




 

 

 

 

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