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Mo Willems was born on February 11, 1968. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts, he spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, which were published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons. For nine seasons, he worked as a writer and animator for PBS' Sesame Street, where he received 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During this time, he also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. While working as head writer for Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, he began writing and drawing books for children. He received three Caldecott Honor Awards for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! in 2004; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale in 2005; and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity in 2008. He also created the Elephant and Piggie series for Easy Readers, which were awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009. His drawings, wire sculptures, and ceramics have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the nation. Occasionally he serves as the Radio Cartoonist for NPR's All Things Considered. He voices and produces animated cartoons based on his books with Weston Woods studios. The animated Knuffle Bunny was awarded Best Film during the New York International Children's Film Festival in 2008 and received the Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2007. His title Happy Pig Day made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011. In 2012 his title Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs made The New York Times Best Seller List. In 2013 his titles: That is Not a Good Idea!, Let's Go for a Drive! and I'm a Frog! made the New York Times Best Seller List. In 2014 The Pigeons Need a Bath! and Waiting Is Not Easy! made the New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 7,485 copies, 489 reviews
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale 4,542 copies, 349 reviews
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! 3,727 copies, 109 reviews
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! 3,379 copies, 101 reviews
There Is a Bird on Your Head! 2,713 copies, 114 reviews
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! 2,541 copies, 77 reviews
My Friend is Sad 2,456 copies, 61 reviews
We Are in a Book! 2,071 copies, 124 reviews
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? 1,874 copies, 60 reviews
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! 1,585 copies, 50 reviews
Should I Share My Ice Cream? 1,529 copies, 37 reviews
A Big Guy Took My Ball! 1,468 copies, 56 reviews
Waiting Is Not Easy! 1,401 copies, 42 reviews
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster 1,310 copies, 107 reviews
Let's Go for a Drive! 1,282 copies, 27 reviews
I Am Invited to a Party! 1,232 copies, 35 reviews
Today I Will Fly! 1,228 copies, 51 reviews
Are You Ready to Play Outside? 1,153 copies, 69 reviews
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs 1,141 copies, 124 reviews
I'm a Frog! 1,061 copies, 26 reviews
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed 993 copies, 92 reviews
City Dog, Country Frog 979 copies, 150 reviews
My New Friend Is So Fun! 943 copies, 20 reviews
Elephants Cannot Dance! 890 copies, 36 reviews
The Thank You Book 798 copies, 14 reviews
I Really Like Slop! 791 copies, 12 reviews
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! 745 copies, 15 reviews
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! 737 copies, 26 reviews
That Is Not a Good Idea! 704 copies, 82 reviews
Watch Me Throw the Ball! 691 copies, 18 reviews
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! 629 copies, 13 reviews
I Will Take A Nap! 617 copies, 25 reviews
Time to Say "Please"! 560 copies, 47 reviews
I Am Going! 534 copies, 19 reviews
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! 516 copies, 6 reviews
Listen to My Trumpet! 513 copies, 22 reviews
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! 417 copies, 46 reviews
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? 364 copies, 15 reviews
The Story of Diva and Flea 362 copies, 30 reviews
Nanette's Baguette 275 copies, 18 reviews
Because 270 copies, 14 reviews
Time to Pee! 265 copies, 28 reviews
Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! 201 copies, 8 reviews
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! 174 copies, 12 reviews
Who is the Mystery Reader? 116 copies, 1 review
A Busy Creature's Day Eating 80 copies, 3 reviews
Rosco vs. the Baby 56 copies, 1 review
Opposites Abstract 49 copies, 3 reviews
Don't Pigeonhole Me! 46 copies, 5 reviews
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Guys Write for Guys Read (Illustrator) 710 copies, 13 reviews
We Are Growing! (Contributor) 422 copies, 17 reviews
The Cookie Fiasco (Contributor) 348 copies, 12 reviews
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (Contributor) 289 copies, 18 reviews
The Complete Peanuts: 1969-1970 Dailies & Sundays (Introduction) 287 copies, 2 reviews
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (some editions) 266 copies, 14 reviews
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (Illustrator) 183 copies, 3 reviews
The Itchy Book! (Contributor) 174 copies, 4 reviews
The Good for Nothing Button (Contributor) 160 copies, 3 reviews
Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! (Contributor) 159 copies, 5 reviews
It's Shoe Time! (Contributor) 151 copies, 5 reviews
Who Done It? (Contributor) 124 copies, 4 reviews
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz (Contributor) 38 copies, 3 reviews

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Mo Willems was born on February 11 in 1968 and raised in New Orleans.  He attended Tisch School of the Arts through New York University, graduating cum laude. He began his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, and then went on to create two cartoon series: "The Off-Beats" for Nickelodeon's "Kablam!" and "Sheep in the Big City" for Cartoon Network. Since 2003, Willems has authored numerous books for young children.
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