Mo Willems

My husband and I were in New York for a big family event last week. So before the rest of his family arrived we went to the New York Historical Society Museum and Library for the Mo Willems exhibit. It was amazing!

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The exhibit started with Willems’s early work with Sesame Street and Cartoon Network. It then moved to the first Pigeon books and early Elephant and Piggie. We watched a movie on the process involved in creating a Mo Willems picturebook.

I loved hearing about he uses text almost as another character–the change in font, size and color changing how the words are read. That aspect is my favorite of all his book. We also learned that Pigeon is drawn simply so children can easily emulate the drawings. I love it!

The exhibit did a great job of appealing to children and adults. If you’re in the area I highly recommend visiting. The exhibit runs through September 24.