Interview with Mo Willems

Monday, May 14, 2007.

Mo WillemsThis episode of Just One More Book! is part of our showcase coverage of the International Reading Association‘s 52nd annual conference.

Mark speaks with author/illustrator Mo Willems about his writing process and ability to write interactive books, Knuffle Bunny Too, and doctoring real life for his books.

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Be sure to check out the complete list of Fiction Picture Book Finalists for The 2007 Cybils Awards here.


Comment by Kathy

May 15, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

great interview – I loved Mo’s line about “I don’t want my books to be read, I want them to be played” Music to a librarians ear!

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Comment by Chris

May 29, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

Best interview yet! 😀

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Comment by Emma

April 13, 2012 @ 5:16 am

I discovered the Knuffle Bunny Books, then your Piggie and Elephant books then Don’t let the Pidgeon drive the bus books in the library for my own children and they are addicted. I’m about to finish my Masters of Teaching and looking forward to using your books in my Kindergarten classes.
The books are amazing

Comment by Cheryl

May 25, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

I just purchased Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus
and I have to save this is by far my favorite childrens
book. My sister was having a bad day so I said you want
to hear a GREAT AND FUNNY childrens book that I promise will make you laugh so I read it to her and
yes she laughed. She is a bus driver and got such a
kick out of this book. And that night she read it to
her daugher. I too am a children’s author and when I
need to laugh I pull out this book and read it again,
again, and again, I just love it! So, I keep two books
in my purse mine called A Special Project and Mo Willems Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus! THANKS for
writing this book and making my day!

Cheryl Graham (Children’s Author)

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