About Mo Willems
Mo Willems has a knack for both writing and drawing images. He started drawing cartoons when he was a child and never quit. When it was time to start college, Willems decided on pursuing a degree in animation at New York University. He became successful with a few smalltime films while in still a student. Upon graduating, Mo Willems took a job with Children’s Television Workshop in the research department. This later led to him working as a writer for the hit show, Sesame Street. Doing so gained him six Emmy awards. Willems continued working there from 1994 to 2002. During this time, he was also credited with creating Sheep in the Big City and Codename: Kids Next Door.
In the library world, Mo Willems is better known for his children’s books. In 2003, Willems released his first picture book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Due to the popularity and writing, the book was given a Caldecott Honor. Now, the book is backbone of several other Pigeon books. Not only are his Pigeon books successful, but Willems has been awarded honors and medals for other books. Included in this list is a series of “Easy Readers.” There is also an illustrated memoir available for older readers to enjoy reading about his trip exploring different parts of the world.
Currently, Willems lives in Massachusetts with his family. He is no longer involved with television, but he is still drawing and writing.
Contact Mo at:
Mo Willems Fan Mail
c/o Ricardo Mejias
Hyperion Books for Children (and Pigeons)
1133 Avenue of the Americas, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10036