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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Author Mo Willems

Since Winter Reading's theme is based off of characters created by author Mo Willems, I figured I would find out a little bit more about him.  One interesting fact I discovered was that Mo was born in
Des Plaines, Illinois, which is only about 24 miles from here. However, he moved to New Orleans and spent his childhood there.  Now he lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Art and writing were his passion from a young age.  Beginning around the ages of 3 or 4, Mr. Willems began drawing and writing his own cartoons.  He knew if he could make an adult laugh, he was a good storyteller.

He started his career working as a writer and animator for Sesame Street.  During his time there from 1993-2002, Mo earned 6 Emmy Awards (which is pretty impressive).  You'd also find on his resume jobs writing and animating for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.  This guy has worked for some well-known employers that entertain us!

Mo decided he wanted to author children's books, so he quit his job and became a stay-at-home writer and dad.   It's a good thing he did or Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie or Knuffle Bunny may never have ever been created.  Did you know the character Trixie in Knuffle Bunny is named after his daughter? Three of his books have been awarded the Caldecott Honor - Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too:  A Case of Mistaken Identity.  Elephant and Piggie books have won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009.  All are favorite selections of Roselle Public Library patrons.

So next time you are at the Roselle Public Library, make sure you sign up for Winter Reading if you haven't already and check out a few Mo Willem's books.  You'll be glad you did!

Books by or about Mo Willems

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