Saturday, October 29, 2016


NOVEMBER features touring shows, wonderful exhibitions, and fun stuff!
The end of October saw the release of NANETTE'S BAGUETTE, a picture book I'm particularly happy with.

School Library Journal gave the story its 3rd starred review, saying: "There is so much to discover and enjoy in this treat for eye and ear—even a hidden Pigeon."

The BCCB enjoyed Nanette's adventures as well, saying: "Willems delivers a twofer here, a deft story of a child who fell from pride to temptation and an over-the-top, sometimes tongue-twisting rhymefest."

The Wall Street Journal also liked it, saying: "Loud visuals full of explosive shapes (the “krack” of the crust shoots Nanette into the air) and an insouciant ending make this an ideal read aloud for noisy children." 

BookPage chimes in, saying: "Breaking bread with a frog is wildly funny when it comes from Mo." 

I hope that you'll get a chance to pick it up at your favorite local book shop or library. 


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.  There will be many other locations with school performances, but these dates are be open to the public.  

Note: schedules are subject to change.

Here is the tour schedule for the next few months:

I'll be attending some of the NYC shows.  More on that as it develops.

If you can't make it to any of the shows, the original cast album of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE is available here!  




A grand Children's Book Illustration tradition, this exhibit at the R. Michelson Galleries features an amazing array of original art from your favorite books.  This year they'll also have a selection of various artists personal work.  A show not to be missed.

Among the selections will be some original drawings and constructions from NANETTE'S BAGUETTE, on view.

Also, don't miss the opening night event:

Here's the gang last year.  More pix can be seen here.

Sunday November 6, 4 - 6pm 

The galleries will be packed with a great gang of my pals and your illustration heroes.  
(I'll be there, too.)

This exhibit is open to the public and runs thru December 2016


Just one event this month.  I'll be joining my pals Dan Santat and Laurie Keller in Los Angeles during the NAEYC conference on November 3rd.

We'll be talking about our adventures starting up the ELEPHANT & PIGGIE LIKE READING! series and their wonderful kick off stories, THE COOKIE FIASCO and I AM GROWING!

Here's the schedule for THURSDAY NOV. 3:


Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall 152    


EPLR/Nanette signing

Location: Publisher Spotlight booth #1201
If you're attending the conference, please come by and say 'hello'.

That's it for November, but a heads up for early December:

On Sat. Dec. 3rd at 1pm, I'll be visiting the BLUE BUNNY BOOKSTORE in Dedham, MA.   

Details as to the venue and times are still being worked out, but you can check with them for more info.


I'm very excited that the folks at YOTTOY have created a pair of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE BOOKENDS which include a 'hidden' Pigeon!

Organization is so much fun with our new Elephant and Piggie bookends that combine function and style! Made of durable precision-cut metal with high gloss coating, Elephant and Piggie sit comfortably back-to-back to prop up their bestselling book collection. Soft blu-grey Elephant separates from peppy pink Piggie to support all your books with ease. Look out for Pigeon, as he makes a surprise appearance on this set of bookends just as he does in Mo's books!  

You can get your bookends HERE! 

Oh, and the folks at Signals have released a set of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE PJ's!

As the holidays approach, might I point you to MO WILLEMS STUFF, a site that lists everything officially available of my work, from Books to clothing, art, cartoons, posters, stuffies, and Mo'.  It's not a merchant site, and tries to link to the indie vendors who produce the stuff.  

If it's not on the site, it's not official.


Thanks to you, Elephant & Piggie's final adventure, THE THANK YOU BOOK! stayed  on the New York Times Bestseller list  for much of October, totaling 23 weeks!

Thank YOU! 


Local DJ and great guy, Monte Belmonte visited the studio to look at some of the box constructions I created for Nanette's Baugette and we had a fun talk about process and toilet paper rolls.  You can hear the entire in-depth interview here.

I love to doodle during dinner.  So do my talented pals Lisa Brown and Bob Staake.  In this Booklist interview, the three of us talk about the Dao of Doodling... 


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

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 an old, new drawing every day!


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