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Mo Willems is an author and an illustrator. "After a stint making cartoons for television, I now merrily scribble away making books for children. Some titles include DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! and KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE."
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1. MO WILLEMS STUDIO SEPT. 2016 UPDATE!

It's September, a busy month of NEW books and touring shows and wonderful exhibitions and fun stuff!    BOOKS!   I'm super-excited about the SEPTEMBER 20th release of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING SERIES launching with two books by two great pals. LAURIE KELLER's WE ARE GROWING! Which BOOKLIST loved, giving it a starred review and saying: "Though Elephant and Piggie have

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2. MO WILLEMS STUDIO SUMMER 2016 UPDATE!

It's a busy summer this year with conferences, appearances, theater, and exhibits! Here are some of the highlights: APPEARANCES! JUNE is the busiest month for me this summer. I hope you'll come see me when I visit: NEW YORK - JUNE 3, 4 I'll be doing a few events at the New-York Historical Society in conjunction with the ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS exhibit there. June 3, 6pm:   Screening

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3. MO WILLEMS STUDIO SUMMER 2016 UPDATE!

It's a busy summer this year with conferences, appearances, theater, and exhibits! Here are some of the highlights: APPEARANCES! JUNE is the busiest month for me this summer. I hope you'll come see me when I visit: NEW YORK - JUNE 3, 4 I'll be doing a few events at the New-York Historical Society in conjunction with the ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS exhibit there. June 3, 6pm:   Screening

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4. MO WILLEMS STUDIO MAY 2016 UPDATE!

MAY is going to be a very busy, fun month with loads of appearances, exhibits, theater, and more! Here are some of the highlights: BOOKS!    May 3rd will see the publication of the final Elephant and Piggie adventure, one that I wrote and drew just for you: THE THANK YOU BOOK. It's been amazing fun to spend time discovering new things with these two friends for 25 stories over the last

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5. MO WILLEMS STUDIO APRIL UPDATE 2016

APRIL is going to be a fun month with appearances, exhibits, theater, and more! Here are some of the highlights: THANK YOU! April 1st marks the 13th anniversary of the publication of my first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! It's been a wonderful ride (as you can see in this month's post) and that is thanks to YOU, my readers! Thank you!    EXHIBIT! THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO

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6. MARCH UPDATE 2016!

MARCH is going to be very fun.  There's a big new exhibit opening, theater, and much more! Here are some of the highlights: EXHIBIT! THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS at the fantastic New-York Historical Society on Central Park West & 77th st in Manhattan on March 18. It's going to be a great exhibit featuring my book work and earlier work for Sesame Street and Cartoon Network all with an

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7. FEBRUARY UPDATE!

February is going to be a fun month!  Here are some of the highlights:   THEATER!  Quite a few productions of Elephant & Piggie's musical are running around the country this month.  Go see a show if you're in the area!   If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!   TOURING The Kennedy Center remount of the vaudevillian

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8. Thank you Carnegie Committee!

The animated version of THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! starring Cher Willems & myself has been awarded the 2016 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Video Recordings for Children. Thanks and congrats to co-producer Paul Gagne at Weston Woods and animator extraordinaire, Pete List. Huzzah!

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9. JANUARY 2016 UPDATE!

Happy 2016.  Here's wishing you a year filled with health, happiness, and books! We've got a full year of events and announcements planned.  There will be new books, new exhibits, and mo'! But for now, January. APPEARANCES! SAN FRANCISCO SKETCHFEST!  I'm excited about being part of the San Francisco Sketchfest again at the end of January, 2016.  This will be my 3rd appearance at the

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10. DECEMBER 2015 UPDATE!

December is going to be a fun month filled with exhibits, musicals, and one appearance! THEATER! There are excellent 2 productions of Elephant & Piggie's musical this month.  Go see a show if you're in the area!   If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!   WASHINGTON, DC    The Kennedy Center is remounting the

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11. NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE!

A great month for theater and exhibits! Plus, I'll see you in Atlanta and Northampton! VIDEO! Here's the video trailer for Elephant & Piggie's latest adventure, I REALLY LIKE SLOP!, which was just released on October 27th.  I hope you enjoy the book!   And in case you missed my conversation with Tony DiTerlizzi about our chapter book THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA,  which was published a few

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12. OCTOBER UPDATE!

A great month for theater and exhibits, plus a bunch of new books!  October is going to be great! BOOKS! October is super exciting as it will see the publication of two very different books.   First, on Oct. 13, my collaboration with pal and artist extraordinaire Tony DiTerlizzi, THE STORY OF DIVA & FLEA will be released. This is my first chapter book and I'm very excited to have some

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13. SEPTEMBER UPDATE!

It's back to school time!    September promises to be filled with fun theater, exhibitions, and mo'! EXHIBITS! ATLANTA, GA SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA! The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added original work and cool interactive stuff. Don't miss it! I'm very excited about the

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14. SUMMER UPDATE!

It's SUMMER time!  That means lots of vacation and fun, but also a whole bunch of appearances and theater and exhibits and movies and stuff to do. BOOKS! June 2 sees the publication of a brand new Elephant & Piggie adventure, I WILL TAKE A NAP! Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are

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15. MAY UPDATE!

MAY is a busy month of appearances, theater, and a big exhibition.  I look forward to seeing you if you're in the area. EXHIBIT! The big news this month is the opening of SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA opening on MAY 23 and running through January of 2016.   The exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with added

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16. APRIL UPDATE!

APRIL UPDATE! April is a fun month, the beginning of Mud Season here in central MA. I've got a few appearances and lots of theater happening this month, all of which I hope you enjoy if you get the chance to pop by. ANNIVERSARY My first book, DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! was published 12 years ago on April 1st thanks to the efforts of my agent, Marcia Wernick, editor, Alessandra

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17. MARCH UPDATE!

March is looking to be a great fun Month with lots of Theater all over the country, appearances in Amherst, MA and, for the first time, New Zealand! But first a quick look at last month: RECAP! What a fun month February was; starting out with a surprise call from the Geisel Committee informing me that Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! had garnered a Geisel Honor!  This was a

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18. THANKS 2015 GEISEL COMMITTEE!

Last night I received word that Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! has been bestowed a 2015 Geisel Honor by the American Library Association.  While this is not my first rodeo, I can honestly say I was floored.  I approach each project as a brand new experiment, building on what I've done previously, but not copying it.  It is flattering in the extreme to see those efforts recognized

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19. JULY + AUGUST UPDATE

July & August are quiet months with no appearances or events scheduled.  But there are still fun things to chat about: COMIX! July is the last month of my sabbatical in Paris, France, drawing and doodling.   You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos

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20. SEPTEMBER UPDATE!

COMIX! One of the real fun things about my last year in Paris was being able to share sketches, gags, and photos from the trip on uclick as a comic strip called PARIS DOODLES. In fact, it was so fun, I've decided to keep sharing drawings and ideas on uclick with a new strip called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK.   I'll be sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles,

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21. OCTOBER UPDATE!

UPCOMING! November 4th, 2014 will see the release of Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY! It sure isn't.  So.... APPEARANCES! Because waiting really, really is not easy, I'll be giving a sneak peek reading and signing of the new Elephant and Piggie adventure 2 days early! DON'T WAIT! Come on by: Sunday, November 2nd at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE

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22. NOVEMBER UPDATE!

November is going to be a busy month, with a new book plus appearances in Amherst, MA, Northampton, MA, & Brooklyn, NY. So let's get to it. NEW BOOK! November 4th, 2014 will see the release of Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY!   Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have

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23. DECEMBER UPDATE!

December is here and there's lots to talk about, including an appearance and exciting new stuff! BOOKS! Elephant and Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! came out last month and the response has been nice.  Thanks to you, the story debuted at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller List. (Not to be left out, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! joined Waiting is Not Easy! on the next 2 weeks). The New York Times

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24. JANUARY UPDATE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks for making 2014 such a great year at Knuffle Manor.  2015 promises to have lots of exciting events, theater performances, books, and more.  Here's a taste of what's scheduled this year as of now. Productions of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! in Nashville, TN; Syracuse, NY; Orlando, FL; and Washington, DC plus a production of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

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25. FEBRUARY UPDATE!

APPEARANCES/EVENTS! Lots to do this month.  Hope you can make it to one of these events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Amherst. Thursday, Feb. 5, Pasadena, CA 11 am- READING & SIGNING AT VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE   695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101 I'll spend the morning reading, answering questions, & signing books in my only LA area appearance for a while.  If you're in the area,

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