Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mo Willems Studio JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019 Update


Lots of exciting projects in the coming year, some of which are still under wraps.  

But January and February will also see our annual Friendiversary event and more!

BOOKS!




Early MARCH will see the publication of BECAUSE, a new picture book featuring the art of very talented Amber Ren in her picture book debut.  It is a book about music, co-operation, chance, and inspiration. 


Publisher's Weekly loved it, saying in a starred review, "Debut illustrator Ren takes the sprightly energy of The Philharmonic Gets Dressed and adds depth, with distinctive expressions for each diverse face and a wonderful vision of the powerful emotions that music evokes—building on the idea that it takes multiple players to create something wonderful."

 I'm very happy and proud of this collaboration and I hope you'll enjoy it as well.

EXHIBIT!


THE PIGEON COMES TO TAMPA!

Glazer Children's Museum
110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Runs thru May 12, 2019!



This interactive, immersive experience filled with games, drawing, animation and much Mo' is designed to spark creativity in kids and their grown up pals.



The bus is has currently stopped at Tampa, Florida's Glazer Children's Museum



There are many fun experiences for you and your family to enjoy.  Hopefully, it will spark the whole family to start writing and drawing together.  I hope you'll have fun when you visit!



You can read about the process behind the exhibit HERE.  



Interested to know if The Pigeon will be coming to your town?  This site has the latest on the exhibit's schedule.

THEATER!


There is one production of my musical plays going on this summer.  If you're in the area, take a kid to the theater.  You'll be exposing a young mind to the joys of live performance, and I'll bet you have a great time, too!

Here's what's running now:



I'm excited for the first two productions of NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE since its debut in Seattle last spring.  It's a piece that rocks close to my heart.  Please do try to check the show out if you're near Portland, OR or Orange County, CA. 

It will rock your socks on!!!

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at the Oregon Children's Theater

Newmark Theatre 
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR

https://www.octc.org/naked-mole-rat/

Jan. 19 - Feb. 17, 2019

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at the South Coast Rep. Theater


South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


https://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=9942

Feb. 1 - Feb. 17, 2019



Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Indiana Repertory Theatre

140 W. Washington Street
IndianapolisIN 46204
Irt Exploring Stages
02/18/2019 to 03/31/2019


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Wheelock Family Theatre

200 Riverway
BostonMA 02215
Boston University

02/18/2019 to 02/22/2019


Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Presbyterian College

503 S Broad Street
ClintonSC 29325
Presbyterian College-department Of Music
02/01/2019 to 02/02/2019

Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" at Tenney Theatre

221 Queen Emma Square
HonoluluHI 95819-1910
12/02/2018 to 01/31/2019


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Rd
LancasterPA 17601-1306
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
02/26/2019 to 03/15/2019


FRIENDIVERSARY!




For the past 7 years, the Mo Willems Studio has teamed up with FIRST BOOK to celebrate friendship by providing free books to 2nd graders attending title 1 schools in Louisiana and Massachusetts.  The books come with classroom activities and prizes and are, hopefully, a start or addition of each student's personal library.



We also celebrate by my visiting a local Title 1 school to read and chat with some kids (here's a piece about last year's visit).



The  ERIC CARLE MUSEUM  throws a big, free FRIENDIVERSARY DAY party filled with games, projects, exhibits, photo ops with ELEPHANT & PIGGIE and free books (while they last)!  Pals Heidi Stemple and Mike Curato will be reading!  There will be films!  Plus, there's free transportation to the event. The fun is on JANUARY 26, 2019 from 10 am - 4 pm at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM in Amherst, MA 


YOU can help, too. By sponsoring a local deserving institution, you can facilitate a Friendiversary party in your town.  First Book has the details here!

THANK YOU/Interview!


Thanks to you, Unlimited Squirrels first adventure, I LOST MY TOOTH!, debuted on the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST at #3 as well as joining the Indie Bestseller list for several weeks! Thanks, you!

I LOST MY TOOTH! was also named a Barnes & Noble Best book for 2018!  

I think the Horn Book likes UNLIMITED SQUIRRELSTOO.
Thanks to Good Housekeeping for naming WELCOME a top baby book.



Thanks to the New York Public Library for naming A BUSY CREATURE'S DAY EATING!  a best book for 2018!



I recently had a chat on KCUR's Central Standard about my work, career, and the traveling exhibit (that ran in Topeka and currently is on in Tampa).  You can hear it here.

THAT'S IT!

Remember there's always more to see on the various blogs, PigeonPresents  & THANK-O-RAMA.com


You can always get signed books and all new Mo things at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop.