Thursday, April 24, 2014

Q. Can I have your email address? Will you answer my Tweets? Can I send you a letter?

I’d love to get your mail.

Please send it to:

Mo Willems Fan Mail
c/o Ricardo Mejias 
Hyperion Books for Children (and Pigeons)
125 West End Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10023

Note the NEW address! 

Please note that due to a sabbatical (details here), I will no longer be able to personally reply to your mail.  However, every letter will receive a regularly updated letter from me. 

Please be patient.

Teachers, a cover letter with the grade of your students is appreciated.

Please note, packages or books to be signed cannot be accepted and will be returned.

Do not send books to be signed.  They will be returned. 

No pitches, business opportunities, offers, or book ideas will be considered. Fan mail is for me to communicate directly with my readers, not open Nigerian bank accounts.

If you have a question regarding rights/permissions, contact my agent Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt.

As for other sorts of correspondence, I'm afraid time constraints & privacy concerns do not allow for me to email with my fans.

I don't Tweet, but The Pigeon does.  It would be silly to expect a pigeon to reply to your twitter missives.  (Teachers: please do not invite Mo to attend events, skype, etc. via twitter with your students.  Twitter is not a place for such invitations and will only lead to unnecessary disappointment. Please see guidelines for visits.)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Q: Can you give me your biography?


Sure, here's the medium version:



Mo Willems’ works in children’s books, animation, television, theater, and bubble gum card painting have garnered him 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Geisel Medals, 6 Emmy Awards, 5 Geisel Honors, a Helen Hayes nomination, and multiple bubble gum cards. 



He is best know for his characters Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie and his work as a writer and animator for PBS's Sesame Street.  He is worst known for  his work on Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City and Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats. Mo also makes sculptures and writes plays. More information about Mo’s past, present, and future can be gleaned at www.mowillems.com


Here's the long version:


#1 New York Times Bestseller Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBSSesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During his nine seasons at Sesame Street, Mo also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon’s The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City.

While serving as head writer for Cartoon Network’s #1 rated show, Codename: Kids Next Door, Mo began writing and drawing books for children. His debut effort, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller and was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale was awarded a Caldecott Honor. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity garnered Mo his third Caldecott Honor in 2008.

In addition to picture books, Mo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of “Easy Readers”, which were awarded the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and  Geisel Honors in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. For older audiences he has published an illustrated memoir of his year-long trip around the world in 1990-91 entitled You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons and Don't Pigeonhole Me!, a collection of 20 years of his annual sketchbooks. His books have been translated into over 20 languages.

Mo’s drawings, wire sculptures, and sculpture have exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the nation, including major retrospectives at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, the High Museum in Atlanta, GA, and the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.  His graphic story about his family experiences during 9-11 for DC comics resides in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection.

Mo has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, where he briefly served as the broadcast’s ‘Radio Cartoonist’. Mo voices and produces animated cartoons based on his books with Weston Woods studios. The animated Knuffle Bunny was awarded Best Film during the New York International Children’s Film Festival in 2008 and received the Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2007. The animated Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! garnered Mo his second Carnegie Medal in 2010
 

Mo wrote the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY! Both plays commissioned by and debuted at  the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and consistently run in productions around the nation.



His monumental sculpture, The Red Elephant, can be viewed in the courtyard of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.


Mo lives in Massachusetts with his family.

Here's the short version:

Mo Willems makes funny drawings that hopefully will make you laugh.

Here's a press photo in color and B&W: