I'm super-excited about the SEPTEMBER 20th release of the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING SERIES launching with two books by two great pals.
LAURIE KELLER's WE ARE GROWING!
Which BOOKLIST loved, giving it a starred review and saying:
"Though Elephant and Piggie have completed their own adventures, it’s wonderful to see them present this hilarious, thoughtful, and well-designed title."
DAN SANTAT's THE COOKIE FIASCO!
Each adventure is the creation of these great authors and features a introduction and recap by ELEPHANT & PIGGIE. I hope you'll find these new, dialog driven, funny, funny early readers to be a welcome addition to your library.
Check out these 2 nice reviews from School Library Journal about both books (and others they're excited about this fall).
2 appearances on 2 continents in SEPT. I hope you'll come see me when I visit:
MANTOVA, ITALY - SEPT. 10-12
Looking forward to discussing and reading from the Italian editions of my books during the Festivaletteratura, which is supposed to be amazing!
Please come say, "Ciao" if you're in the area!
I'll be doing 3 readings and presentations at the Palazzo Del Mago Cappella
Saturday Sept. 10 10.30 am - Elephant & Piggie (Reginald E Tina)
Sunday Sept. 11 10.30 am - Elephant & Piggie (Reginald E Tina)
16.30 pm - The Story of Diva and Flea (Sulle Orme Di Diva E Pulce)
These are ticketed events.
Full details HERE!
NEW YORK, NY - SUN. SEPT. 18
I'm excited to be returning to the NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY with my pals DAN SANTAT and LAURIE KELLER to launch the new ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING series with their two fabulous books THE COOKIE FIASCO and WE ARE GROWING!
We'll be reading and joking and signing!
This event will sell out, so get your tickets asap!
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS at the fantastic New-York Historical Society on Central Park West & 77th st in Manhattan is currently open for it's FINAL MONTH.
A wonderful, interactive exhibit that features my book work and earlier work for Sesame Street and Cartoon Network all with an NYC focus; you can even listen to me explain my process with an audio tour!
The exhibit runs thru September 25, 2016, after which much of the original art will rest for a bit. So, if you're in NYC, do go for a visit, it'll be a while before this stuff is out in the world again.
The NEW YORK TIMES devoted a bunch of ink on reviewing the exhibit. Their take on my work is extraordinarily flattering. When you read something like: "If there’s a living creator of children’s books who stands a chance of occupying a cultural position akin to a Dr. Seuss or a Charles M. Schulz, it’s Mr. Willems," it's hard not to blush.
The review his HERE.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM, Chadds Ford, PA
GET THE PICTURE, CONTEMPORARY CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION is a group show featuring original work from wonderful artists and pals Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Jon Klassen, Melissa Sweet, David Wiesner, and myself. Each artist will have a large collection of work, so this should be quite a fun exhibit.
The exhibit closes on October 9th, 2016
FULL DETAILS ARE HERE.
Lots of productions of my plays this month. Go see a show if you're in the area!
If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!
KENNEDY CENTER TOUR!
I'm excited that the KENNEDY CENTER TOURING production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA.
It's a great show and one that often sells out. So, get your tickets!
Remember to contact the individual venues for tickets and details. Some of these may be school performances, but most should be open to the public.
Note: this is all out of my personal control and subject to change.
Here is the whole tour schedule:
Public and School-time Performances
Sept. 16-Oct. 23 Minneapolis, MN Children’s Theatre Company
October 27 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center
October 31 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center
November 3-5 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah
November 8 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater
November 11 Boise, ID Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
November 14-15 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
November 18 Chandler, AZ Chandler Center for the Arts
November 28 New Orleans, LA Isidore Newman School
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center
December 6 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel
December 8 Punta Gorda, FL Charlotte Performing Arts Center
December 10 Cutler Bay, FL South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center
December 12 Belle Glade, FL Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State
December 14 Coral Springs, FL Coral Springs Center for the Arts
January 20-21 Philadelphia, PA The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 23-Feb 5 New York City, NY New Victory Theater
February 8 Indianapolis, IN Clowes Hall
February 10-11 Skokie, IL North Shore Center
February 16-17 Des Moines Des Moines Civic Center
February 19-20 Madison, WI The Overture Center for the Arts
February 25-26 St. Louis, MO Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
February 28 Glen Ellyn, IL McAninch Arts Center
March 3 Lafayette, LA Acadiana Center for the Arts
March 8-10 Greenville, SC The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
March 14 Westhampton Beach, NY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
March 16-17 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
March 18 Northampton, MA Academy of Music
March 19-20 Hanover, NH Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts
March 21 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
March 22 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall
March 25 Ottowa, ON Centrepointe
March 26 Oakville, ON Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
March 27 Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
March 29 Burlington, ON Burlington Performing Arts Centre
April 1 St. Catherine’s, ON FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
April 2 Guelph, ON River Run Centre
April 4 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Performing Arts Center
April 5 Elyria, OH Stocker Arts Center
April 7-8 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
April 20-23 Beverly Hills, CA Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
April 28 Albuquerque, NM Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico
April 30 Richardson, TX Eismann Center for the Performing Arts
May 2 Texarkana, TX Perot Theatre
May 7-8 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
May 12-13 Greenvale, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
May 16 Wilkes Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
May 19-21 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
September's tour stop is a few week run at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. Here's a commercial for the show:
But that's not all! There's 2 local productions of my plays to check out on either coast!
The OLYMPIA FAMILY THEATER'S production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! runs thru Sept. 30 - Oct. 23, 2016!
Full Details are here.
GLEN ECHO, MD
The Adventure Theater's production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL opens on September 23 and runs through October 23, 2016
Full details are here.
Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's final adventure, THE THANK YOU BOOK! stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list most of the summer (and for most of the time at #)1!
We even had one week with 3 Elephant and Piggie's on the list! A first and a great thrill!
This summer, I sat down with CBS Saturday Morning for a really nice story about my career and the exhibit in NYC. This piece also includes a brief interview with Trixie!
You can see the video here!
This summer during the ALA convention, the animated version of THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! was awarded a Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video. Co-Producers Paul Gagne and myself were given medals and asked to make a speech. You can find them here.
Speaking of Weston Woods, they've just released THE MO WILLEMS CARTOON COLLECTION VOLUME 4 featuring the animated versions of THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE, HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALIGATOR, and GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 DINOSAURS plus cool bonus features and documentaries.
You can get your copy HERE!
Don't forget to check out the previous Mo Willems Cartoon Collection Volumes, each has 3 cartoons, bonus extras, and features the vocal talents of myself, Cher, and Trixie Willems among others!
Next month will see the publication of my next picture book, NANETTE'S BAGUETTE, which has already garnered a starred review from KIRKUS.
I'm very excited and proud of the book. I hope you'll enjoy it!
This video sizzle gives you a sense of the process of making the book.
Take the time to read this piece about a man who made the world a better place with his pen.
The article is here.
If you'd like to see some of my cartoons and doodles, check out FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK., which features 25 months of drawings and ideas from Paris, France, Northampton, MA, and beyond. They're currently re-running, so you can see a new drawing every day!
Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...