So I know I said May was my final Author of the Month for the year, but I now present to you an Author of the Month Bonus Edition: Mo Willems! His books are wonderful at any time of the year. They are so fun, funny, and engaging that I especially like to tack them on either at the very end or the very beginning of the school year when kids are too keyed up to pay attention to much else. They are also perfect for summer reading, of course!
His books include the Knuffle Bunny series, the Pigeon series, and the Elephant and Piggie series as well as other fabulous stand alone books. They are all hilarious and so much fun to read out loud. Kids love to chime in as the books are being read. They are so relatable for people of all ages – you can’t help but chuckle as you read them. And I dare you to read the Knuffle Bunny books – especially the last one – without getting a bit choked up. Because of this, I don’t really use a lot of extra activities to accompany them – they are just a joy to read and stand on their own – another reason they work well for the end or beginning of the school year or for summer.
Learning about Mo Willems himself is great for kids (and grown ups) too. Be sure to look for his DVD on which he gives step by step instructions about how to draw Pigeon. Take time to Google him too. There are some great interviews with him out there – my favorite was when he drew cartoons with Al Roker – he has a great philosophy about how children learn and become excited about reading and learning through drawing and expressing themselves creatively. Such a refreshing perspective in this time of standardized tests and coloring in bubbles! My husband is even a huge Mo Willems fan and even follows him on Twitter – he is hilarious and has wonderful things to share for adults and kids alike.
So if you are looking for some funny summer reading, regardless of your age, please check out the work of Mo Willems. I know it will be a highlight of your summer!