Did you know that Mo Willems was born today in 1968? He is an illustrator, author, and animator. Some of his works include the beloved “Elephant and Piggie” books, “Knuffle Bunny” books, and the “Pigeon” books. When he was a child Mo Willems started drawing his own characters and writing stories about them. When he shared his work with adults, most would just politely praise his work. To find out if people really liked his work, he started to write funny stories. Even adults cannot easily ‘fake’ a laugh so young Mo Willems could really see if people liked his stories.
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2004), Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2005), and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (2008) were awarded a Caldecott Honor. Two of Mo Willems’ ‘Elephant and Piggie’ books won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and the Geisel Honor in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Mo Willems worked as a writer and animator for Sesame Street. During that time he earned 6 Emmy Awards.
Mo Willems worked as an animator and writer for the Cartoon Network. Some of the shows he worked on include “The Off-Beats”, “Sheep in the Big City”, and “Codename: Kids Next Door”.