Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Steer Your Kids Towards This CharactersDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems book cover with pale blue cartoon pigeon on peach background with text bubble

  • What: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus book
  • When: Ages 6 months and up
  • Why: Hilarious, good for multiple ages
  • Where: Amazon

Have you met the Pigeon yet? No? He wants to drive a bus really, really badly. If you haven’t seen Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, get yourself to the nearest library to check him and all the companion books out.

Mo Willems, of Elephant and Piggie fame, has penned these great stories. Any kids can relate to his issues, from permission to drive large vehicles to refusing to participate in daily rituals. All three of my kids laugh about the pigeon’s antics. The bus story works for just about any age under 10, and the simple illustrations in muted colors capture their interest.

If you have younger kids, Mo Williams has several board book options featuring the pigeon as well. The simple, short stories work well for the under three age group, though my two year old has no trouble sitting through the full versions either.

All these books have held up very well under intense hilarity and incidental accidents. The pages feel thicker than the average picture book, and the board books we own remain in great shape, especially after a quick wipe down. As far as I know, we have zero torn page repairs in any of the ones we own.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath is also very popular around here. We received it as a gift, and my then four year old could recite the entire book almost word for word because we read it so often.

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