Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mo Willems - Interview on CBS Sunday Morning

   Author and illustrator Mo Willems was recently featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Program. The interview took place in Paris, where Mo currently lives. You can read the interview in its entirety, as well as view the feature via this link to CBS Sunday Morning.

     Mo made a thought provoking statement about the collaboration that he aims to foster between his readers and himself. Willems stated, "My goal is to write 49% of the book, and to let my audience create the 51%. They (the readers) are my collaborator more than they are the audience." Mo certainly honors the intelligence of children, and he respectfully knows that readers breathe the life into his picture books. 

    The next addition to the Elephant and Piggie series will be coming out on June 3rd, 2014. It's entitled My New Friend is So Fun! Mo's Elephant and Piggie books are very popular with children. Willems has won 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Carnegie Medals, 4 Theodore Geisel Honors, and 2 Theodore Geisel Medals. His most recent award was a 2014 Geisel Honor for A Big Guy Took My Ball. Prior to his current success as an author and illustrator, Willems worked on Seseme Street, winning 6 Emmys during his time with the show.  

    Mo's most recently published book came out in April 2014. The newest title in the popular Pigeon series is The Pigeon Needs a Bath.You can view a mock interview by "Rock Dove" with Mo through this link as well. One of the characteristics that makes Mo Willems a favorite is because he manages to communicate clever humor in a simplistic manner, and both adults and children enjoy the hilarious story lines in any of his books.


Be sure to check out Mo's sites and apps to extend an Author Study or for pure enjoyment!

Mo to Go App


  1. I just discovered your website. What a great wealth of information for reading and writing teachers. I LOVE it! I will be recommending it to my fans today. Keep up the great work.
    Dr. Roz

    1. Hello Dr. Roz,
      Thank-you for your note! I greatly appreciate it! I discovered your book Chart Sense this spring, and I think it is wonderful! You can follow me on Twitter @wmsbg301. I also maintain the Facebook page for the Williamsburg Area Reading Council at and the WARC Twitter account Have a wonderful summer!