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Mo Willems

Mo Willems

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3 Caldecott Honors 2004: Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus!2005: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale2008 fo Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity 2 Theodor Suess Geisel Medals 2008:There is a Bird on your Head! 2009: Are You Read to Play Outside?5 Theodor Suess Geisel Honors2011:We are in a Book!2014: A Big Guy Took my Ball!2015:Waiting is Not Easy! ReferenceAmerican Library Association (ALA), 2015. Caldecott medal and honor books. Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved from:


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Photographed by Alvan Trusty on November 10, 2012. Cropped by Maggie Gall

The Man Behind the Bindings Mo Willems was born February 11, 1968 to immigrant parents. He was raised in New Orleans, LA, but he currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Trixie. After graduating from school, Willems started out his impressive career with Sesame Street which won him 6 Emmys! He also wrote shows for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. His artwork, including sculptures, can be found in major museums like The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Seongnam Arts Center.ReferenceEBSCO, 2014. Mo Willems.Current Biography. Retrived from:

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (2004)In this book, Pigeon finds a hot dog and he/she does not want to share! Duckling is intrigued and wants to know what a hot dog tastes like. Pigeon does not want to give up what he/she just found, but then Duckling has a great idea! The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! (2005)In this book, we are introduced to things that move! A bus, a train, an airplane, and... a hotdog? Help young readers compare and contrast with this book. The ending will be sure to put a smile on faces both young and old! The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! (2005)This book starts with the bus driver asking Pigeon to smile. Pigeon does not feel like smiling and experiences a range of emotions. Explore emotion recognition with your young reader as this book is sure to put a smile on his or her face. The Duckling Gets a Cookie? (2012)In this book, Duckling asks for a cookie and receives one, but Pigeon finds out and is jealous. Pigeon reflects on all of the things he/she has wanted and never received. Use this book with a young reader to explore the issues of jealousy, possession, and manners. As usual, the ending will leave you laughing!References:Willems, M. (2004). Pigeon finds a hot dog!. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion. Willems, M. (2005). The pigeon loves things that go!. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion. Willems, M. (2005). The pigeon has feelings, too!. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion. Willems, M. (2012). Duckling gets a cookie!?. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion.

More Book DescriptionsKnuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (2010)In this story, Trixie takes a trip to Holland, but Knuffle Bunny didn't make it with her to her final destination. Read the book to find out how Trixie deals with getting older, saying goodbye, helping others, and whether or not she finds her beloved Knuffle Bunny. My Friend is Sad (2007)Piggie sees that Gerald is sad and tries to cheer him up by dressing up, but it doesn't work. Finally Piggie confronts Gerald about trying to cheer him up and Gerald exclaims that he is happy to see Piggie. This cute story about friendship and feelings will leave you with warm fuzzies by the end. There is Bird on Your Head! (2007) A bird lands on Gerald's head and he is not happy about it. The problem escalates rather quickly and Piggie offers some advice. This silly story will leave you grinning. ReferencesWillems, M. Knuffle bunny free: An unexpected diversion. New York, NY: Balzer & Bray. Willems, M. (2005). My friend is sad. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion. Willems, M. (2005).There is a bird on your head. New York, NY: Disney-Hyperion.

You can find books, biographical information, interactive game links, merchandise and more through Mo Willem’s website at

Book suggestions, complete with reading level guides, can be found at

Did your child or student love reading Sesame Street books, but now is looking for something different or something more mature? Do you look forward to reading books with your children that make you laugh? Look no further, Mo Willems, a celebrated author and illustrator, has the skill set and wit to keep you and your children or students reading! If your child or student is already a huge fan and now is reading chapter books, fear not! Your biggest fan will not be disappointed because Mo Willems is releasing a chapter book next month! Keep your eyes out for The Story of Diva and Flea. And please, whatever you do, make sure Pigeon doesn’t drive the bus!

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