Yes, David!: A Conversation with David Shannon

Episode 71 · August 23rd, 2018 · 19 mins 6 secs

About this Episode

David Shannon is the creator of more than 30 picture books including A Bad Case of Stripes and the beloved David books: No, David!David Gets in TroubleDavid Goes to School, and It's Christmas, David. This week, he joins us in conversation about his latest book, Grow Up, David! (available in both English and Spanish)

Coming 20 years after the first publication of the Caldecott Honor book No, David!, Grow Up, David! introduces David's big brother and follows our trouble-making hero from one antic to the next in an effort to win his brother's approval.

David talks about just how autobiographical the David books are, why No, David! was such a departure for him, and some of his favorite moments from the last 20 years.

Additional resources:


  • David Shannon is the internationaly acclaimed creator of more than 30 picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and four more David picture books. Shannon's other bestsellers include A Bad Case of StripesDuck on a Bike, and Too Many Toys! He lives in Southern California with his family.

Special thanks:

  • Music composed by Lucas Elliot Eberl
  • Sound mix and editing by Daniel Jordan and Chris Johnson
  • Produced by Emily Morrow