Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Hardcover) by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2003. ISBN: 9780786819881. pp: 38. Ages: 3-7, gr: preschool-2
Paperback (2004) Scholastic. ISBN: 9781844285136


When the bus driver has to leave for a bit, he makes one request, "Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus." The Pigeon tries every tactic familiar to preschoolers and parents. The request is honored, the driver returns, and the Pigeon is dejected. But wait — is that a semi coming down the street?


  1. Download and color the Pigeon Coloring Sheet (pdf). Prepare a display for your room.

  2. Discuss: Why shouldn’t the Pigeon drive the bus?

  3. Count how many arguments Pigeon uses for his getting to drive the bus.

  4. Follow the directions from Mo Willems to make your own picture of the Pigeon (pdf).

  5. Two books Mo Willems has written are this one named Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. What else might the Pigeon want to do that he shouldn’t? Make up a story of your own.

  6. Imagine that Mo Willems is thinking of writing a book named Don’t let the Pigeon Eat All the Candy. What would Pigeon say to try to get his way?

  7. Sing The Wheels On the Bus.

  8. Find out what each of these big-time words means. How does each fit Pigeon?
    • cajoling
    • argument
    • tantrum
    • overbearing
    • persistent
  9. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! is a sequel to Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!. Find out what a sequel is. Can you make up a sequel to tell?

  10. Read another book about the Pigeon:
    • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
    • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
    • The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too (board book)
    • The Pigeon Loves Things That Go (board book)
    • No Dejes Que La Paloma Conduzca El Autobus! (Lectorum Publications, 2006)

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Link to Hyperion teacher guide for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (pdf).


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Accelerated Reader: Quiz #72788EN; Book Level 0.9; Points= 0.5
Book Adventure (Sylvan): Quiz Level 2
Reading Counts: Reading Level 1.0; Points= 1.0
Lexile Level 120L
Guided Reading Level J
word count= 125