I Heart Mo Willems {kids books}

12 Mar

Kids book recommendations

It started with the Pigeon.  First, we read Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus and a crush developed.  Then, we moved on to the adventures of Trixie in the Knuffle Bunny Series.  Our crush turned to infatuation. Now, we read Elephant and Piggie books, and are full blown, head over heels in love with Mo Willems.  If you don’t know author and illustrator Mo Willems, google him right now.  Or just go on Amazon and start buying.  Mo Willems is a favorite in our house.  His books are on permanent rotation for nightly story time.  The stories are hip, light, fun, slightly snarky, and overall adorable.  Elephant and Piggie books are great for young readers.  The dialog between the two characters teaches reading with intonations and expressions.  The illustrations are quite good too.  Check out Trixie and her dad and their facial expressions, which capture the parent child experience perfectly without needing words.  I can wholeheartedly recommend Mo Willems books.  I would start with the pigeon series for kids 2 and up.  The Knuffle Bunny Series is pre-K, and Elephant and Piggie are perfect for children starting to read.  The beauty of these books is you could have your young reader learning to read with the Elephant and Piggie books, and a younger sibling can enjoy listening to them as well.  He also has an app, Don’t Let The Pigeon Run This App, which is a little pricy at $6.99, but has some good features like learning how to draw the famous pigeon and creating your own stories. There is also a Mo Willems website, which has great kids games.

Start with the Pigeon.  You’ll be happy you did.

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2 Responses to “I Heart Mo Willems {kids books}”

  1. Roberta Entner March 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    loved the ideas about Mo Willems. I purchased them for my library at school and the kids all want to read them at once.

  2. hiphostess March 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I bought a few Mo Willems books at A Time For Children (UWS), where they recommended them for for a 2 yr. old. They said they would be nice additions to a children’s “home library” and the detailed facial expressions in the illustrations were great for children to learn from. I’ll have to get these for our “home library” too.

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