Thursday, June 1, 2017

MO WILLEMS STUDIO SUMMER 2017 UPDATE!

A quieter summer for me this year, but there are still plays, exhibits, and mo' to see and do in Willems-world.  Here is the Summer Update!

APPEARANCES!

Not too many appearances this summer (I'll be busy trying to create fun books for you), but I will be in at BEA in June.
 
NEW YORK, NY

Thurs. June 1st, Fri, June 2nd

   
I'll be doing a few events during the BOOK EXPO AMERICA, including signing events open to all BEA attendees.  

PLEASE check with the venue as to whether they require tickets and be aware that these signings do SELL OUT or supplies RUN OUT on occasion.  

Thursday June 1, 11 am 
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Table 1, Signing area:             

Official autographing for WELCOME 
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Friday June 2 10:30
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Disney/Hyperion Booth:        
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In-booth event for IT'S SHOE TIME! by Bryan Collier.

Pal Bryan Collier has created the 4th installment of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series.  Bryan and I will be signing together.   


A more regular appearance schedule will begin in the fall with a reading and signing for the new Elephant & Piggie activity book (WE ARE IN AN ART-TIVITY BOOK!) with my collaborator and pal, Mr. Warburton at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

EXHIBITS!

There are two exhibits of my work to attend this summer (assuming you're in the area).

COLLECTING INSPIRATION
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Amherst, MA

Pal Tony DiTerlizzi and I have been working on a very special exhibition with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art entitled COLLECTING INSPIRATION: CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATORS AND THEIR HEROES.
Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Lauren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyuen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak. 

Just look at the list of these artists.  This is once in a lifetime show and Tony and I couldn't be happier to have so many of our heroes and heroes' heroes exhibited together.

The exhibit runs thru  NOVEMBER 17, 2017.  There will be many special events happening throughout the run of the show featuring many of the illustrious illustrators. While there is no opening, we will be throwing a big celebration in October featuring many of the artists in the show.  Stay tuned!


CALDECOTT CELEBRATION
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN ARTISTS

Hyundai Museum of Kids Books & Art
Seoul, South Korea

It's a thrill to be included in this exhibit feature book and personal work from a slew of Caldecott winners and honorees.  If you find yourself in Seoul, give the museum of a visit.

More details here.

The exhibit runs through June 25, 2017 


HAPPINESS & BIRD WATCHING.

The Beinecke Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT 

Yale's wonderful Beinecke Library has two companion exhibits on view, one of which, Bird Watching, has a special easter-egg image in the style of John J Audubon, THE COMMON NORTH AMERICAN DREAMING DEPOT PIGEON, a colaboration between myself and my graphic designer and pal, Scott Sosebee.

The Beinecke has also produced a wonderful limited edition poster of this image by "John J Autobus" to benefit New Haven Reads.

You can order yours while supplies last, HERE!

A overview of the exhibit is here.

The exhibit runs through August 12, 2017

For those scholars who are interested, my papers reside at the Beinecke, with a new batch of early (and I mean early) work being processed.

THEATER!

There are a few productions of my plays happening this summer.  Check them out if you can.






BUFFALO, NY !




The Theater of Youth production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs May 6 thru June 3rd !
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI!




The Grand Rapids Civic Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru June 3rd !
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More information and tickets available HERE.


SMITHTOWN, NY!




The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs from July 15 - August 20th !
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More information and tickets available HERE.
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COLUMBIA, MO!




The Boji Bantam Children's Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs July 19 - 22 !
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More information and tickets available HERE.
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ANNAPOLIS, MD!




The Infinity Theater production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL runs July 15 - August 5th !
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More information and tickets available HERE.
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And just announced, the creative team behind the Elephant & Piggie musical are working on a new piece, NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED (THE ROCK EXPERIENCE) for the Seattle Childrens Theater.

This show, which premiers at the SCT next year, has been in process for a few, fun years and is guaranteed to knock your socks on!

Show in March '18, Tkts on sale in August 1st, '17.

PRESS!

 
Kirkus Reviews liked the just published WELCOME, saying, "Willems’ characteristic humor comes through." You can read the review HERE.


The Australian likes the Walker Books edition of NANETTE'S BAGUETTE.
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The Horn Book thinks THE THANK YOU BOOK should be on your summer reading list.

This was recently in the Sunday New York Times:

THANKS!

Thanks to YOU, the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BIGGIE debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list (it's very rare for a 'bind-up' to do so).  


 A BIGGIE THANKS for that & happy reading!

THAT'S IT!



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MO WILLEMS STUDIO MAY 2017 UPDATE

I'll be traveling and making appearances this month.  There's also some great theater, exhibits, and exciting new books coming out. It's all in the May Update!

BOOKS!

May 2nd will see the publication of 2 books that I'm excited about.


The very talented Charise Mericle Harper has written & illustrated THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON, the 3rd installment of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series which feature Elephant & Piggie introducing their favorite new books.  It's a funny story that I hope you'll enjoy when you pick it up at your local bookstore or library.

Additionally, the first bind-up, or compilation, of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE adventures, AN ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BIGGIE will publish.  It features 5 of Elephant and Piggie's adventures spanning a decade with a new intros and a look back at how both friends have changed over the years.


On May 30, you'll see the publication of WELCOME: A MO WILLEMS GUIDE FOR NEW ARRIVALS, an illustrated guide-poem that's a bit of a departure for me.  I'm very happy with the outcome and glad to see that PUBLISHERS WEEKLY gave the effort a STARRED review

I'll be reading from all these books from West Coast to East Coast in May as you'll discover in the next section: 


APPEARANCES!




Portland, OR


Sunday, May 28th


12:00 PM



Elephant & Piggie Like Reading: THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON 


This will be a fun event with pal (& local hero) Charise Mericle Harper as we read and sign books for you.
 

Powell’s City of Books

1005 W. Burnside St.
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St. Paul, MN


Monday, May 29th


6.30 PM


WELCOME & ELEPHANT & PIGGE BIGGIE reading & signing!


Red Balloon Bookshop's offsite event at

Stepping Stone Theatre

55 N. Victoria Street

St. Paul, MN  55104
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This event has SOLD OUT.  But, there is a WAITING LIST and there may be STAND-BY.








St. Louis, MO


Tuesday, May 30th



6:00 PM


WELCOME & ELEPHANT & PIGGE BIGGIE reading & signing!
 
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Books to be sold by The Novel Neighbor Bookstore
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Full details & ticket policy HERE!

This event SOLD OUT in record time.  Apologies to all who could not get TKTS.  There may be STAND-BY, please contact the library about their policy.

NEW YORK CITY


Thurs. June 1st, Fri, June 2nd

   
I'll be doing a few events during the BOOK EXPO AMERICA, including signing events open to all BEA attendees.  

PLEASE check with the venue as to whether they require tickets and be aware that these signings do SELL OUT or supplies RUN OUT on occasion.  

Thursday June 1, 11 am 
Table 1, Signing area:             

Official autographing for WELCOME 

Friday June 2 10:30
Disney/Hyperion Booth:        
  
In-booth event for IT'S SHOE TIME! by Bryan Collier.

Pal Bryan Collier has created the 4th installment of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series.  Bryan and I will be signing together.   

 

BUT, I won't be the only one touring!  The real (costumed) ELEPHANT & PIGGIE will be making the rounds of some of your favorite bookstores in May!  Here's their schedule:




Sat, Apr 29 - (Raleigh, NC) - Quail Ridge - 10 am start

Wed, May 3 - (Milwaukee, WI) - Boswell Book Company
Sat, May 6 - (Petaluma, CA) - Copperfield’s  - 2 pm
Sat, May 6 - (Coral Gables, FL) -  Books & Books 
Sat, May 6 ( Mountain View, CA) - Books Inc  - 3 pm 
Sat, May 6 - (Wichita, KS)  - Watermark 
Fri, May 12 - (Winnetka, IL) -  Book Stall  6:30 pm event
Sat, May 13 - (Naperville, IL) - Anderson’s  - events at 10, 12, and 2


Please note, this is the info I'm given.  Everything in life, including this, is subject to change.  Pls. check with the venues for full details about these special appearances.

EXHIBITS!

There are two exhibits of my work to attend this month . 


COLLECTING INSPIRATION
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Amherst, MA

Pal Tony DiTerlizzi and I have been working on a very special exhibition with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art entitled COLLECTING INSPIRATION: CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATORS AND THEIR HEROES.
Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Lauren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyuen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak. 

Just look at the list of these artists.  This is once in a lifetime show and Tony and I couldn't be happier to have so many of our heroes and heroes' heroes exhibited together.

The exhibit runs from MAY 23  -  NOVEMBER 17, 2017 While there is no opening, we will be throwing a big celebration in October featuring many of the artists in the show. There will also be many special events happening throughout the run of the show featuring many of the illustrious illustrators.  Stay tuned!


CALDECOTT CELEBRATION
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN ARTISTS

Hyundai Museum of Kids Books & Art
Seoul, South Korea

It's a thrill to be included in this exhibit feature book and personal work from a slew of Caldecott winners and honorees.  If you find yourself in Seoul, give the museum of a visit.

More details here.

The exhibit runs through June 25, 2017 


Speaking of exhibits, I'm very excited to announce that I'm collaborating with the CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH and the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART on an upcoming interactive, immersive exhibit entitled THE PIGEON GOES TO PITTSBURGH! 

The show will open at the Childrens Museum in February of 2018, then tour around the nation.

You can read all the details here!

THEATER!


The KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road .


It's a fun show with a great cast and often sells out.  So, get your tickets!




The tour ends in May with 2 stops:



 MAY 7, 1pm - PORTLAND, ME  - PORTLAND OVATIONS

Full details & tickets here.

 

 MAY 18 - 21 - PITTSBURGH, PA  - BYHAM THEATER

The production will run as part of the PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL.  I've attended this festival in years past.  It's a great fest.

Full details & tickets here.







Other theater companies are performing my plays as well!  Check them out if they're in your area.  You'll be supporting local artists, introducing your kids to the joys of theater, and hopefully have a laugh or two. 

BUFFALO, NY !




The Theater of Youth production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs May 6 thru June 3rd !
.


GRAND RAPIDS, MI!




The Grand Rapids Civic Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru June 3rd !
.

More information and tickets available HERE.

KANSAS CITY, MO!





The COTERIE Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru May 21 !
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More information and tickets available HERE.


ROANOKE, VA!




The Roanoke Children's Theater production of ELPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs May 5 - 7 ! 
.

More information and tickets available HERE.

 
And just announced, the creative team behind the Elephant & Piggie musical are working on a new piece, NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED (THE ROCK EXPERIENCE) for the Seattle Childrens Theater.

This show, which premiers at the SCT next year, has been in process for a few, fun years and is guaranteed to knock your socks on!

Show in March '18, Tkts on sale in August '17.

PRESS!


The Boston Globe Magazine recently wrote a very nice piece about the confluence of Children's Book authors and illustrators in the Pioneer Valley.  There are so many fun, talented folk living and working here that the story only mentioned a fraction of them.  We're lucky to have a fun group of neighbors.

 VOTE!


The 10th annual CHILDREN'S CHOICE AWARDS is looking for KIDS, teachers, & librarians to VOTE for their favorite books! 

I'm happy to say that you can even vote for THE THANK YOU BOOK in the K-2 category.


Voting ends MAY 7th

So, go on:  VOTE HERE.

THANKS!

The folks at the Bank Street College put out an annual list of their best books for the previous year and I'm very pleased that both NANETTE'S BAGUETTE (under 5) and THE THANK YOU BOOK (5 to 9, humor) are on their list.  

It's a good, exhaustive list (you can see it here).

THAT'S IT!



But, if you want to poke around the blog, some topics that might interest you are on the sidebar. 


And, I'm sure @The_Pigeon will keep tweeting...