Sunday, January 27, 2013

Q: Can you give me your biography?

Mo Willems work in children’s books, animation, television, and theater have garnered him three Caldecott Honors, two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medals, five Geisel Honors, six Emmy Awards, numerous #1 New York Times Best sellers, and fans the world over.

The author and illustrator of over 50 books, Mo is best known for his beloved characters Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, and Elephant & Piggie, who have been translated into over 25 languages world wide. 

Mo began his career in Television (as a writer and animator for PBS’s Sesame Street, head writer of Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, and creator of CN’s Sheep in the Big City and Nickelodeon’s The Off-Beats) and currently works frequently in theater (having written four musical productions based on his books that are performed regularly around the nation and around the world).

Mo was recently named the inaugural Education Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and has had solo exhibitions of his work at the High Museum of Atlanta, The New-York Historical Society, and other museums throughout America and South Korea.  Mo’s papers and early work reside at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.