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Mo Willems


Mo Willems (author/adapter), a #1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator, is best known for his Caldecott Honor picture books, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His Elephant and Piggie early reader series have topped the New York Times Bestseller lists, been translated into numerous languages, and have been awarded two Theodor Geisel Medals and three Geisel Honors since debuting in 2007. Mo began his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street (PBS), where he garnered six Emmy Awards for writing. He also created The Off-Beats (Nickelodeon) and Sheep in the Big City (Cartoon Network) and served as head writer for Codename: Kids Next Door (Cartoon Network). After leaving television, he has continued to produce short animated films based on his books that have won many awards in festivals around the world. As a performer, Mo has appeared at numerous venues including the San Francisco Sketchfest, BBC Radio, and NPR. His first play Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, also a Kennedy Center commission, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for best new play. A retrospective exhibit of his picture book art, Seriously Silly: a Decade of Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, is on view at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art through February of 2014. More mofo' can be found at including details about his most recent book for adults, Don't Pigeonhole Me! Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook. Banana!

Current as of 09/2013
Mo Willems