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Award-Winning Children's Author Mo Willems to Present 2012 McFadden Memorial Lecture!

March 12, 2012

Families and individuals of all ages are invited as award-winning children's author and illustrator Mo Willems presents The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation's 2012 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the North Central High School Auditorium, 1801 E. 86th Street.

Mo Willems

Photo by Marty Umans

Willems, the creator of the popular pigeon character in the series that earned him a Caldecott Honor in 2004 for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, has been cited by The New York Times Book Review as "the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the '00's." In addition to his pigeon series of six picture books for young readers, Willems received critical acclaim for his Knuffle Bunny series for which he received the Caldecott Honor for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (2005) and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (2008).

Willems also has created the Elephant and Piggie series of children's picture books about a friendly elephant and pig which won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and a Geisel Honor in 2011. He also published You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons, an annotated cartoon journal sketched during a year-long voyage around the world in 1990-91.

Willems' books have been translated into many languages and spawned animated shorts and theatrical musical productions. His illustrations, wire sculpture and carved ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation.

Willems began his career as a writer and animator for television, garnering 6 Emmy awards for his writing on Sesame Street, creating Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats, Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City and head-writing Codename: Kids Next Door.

The Library's McFadden Lecture series has welcomed such literary notables in recent years as Bob Woodward, Nicholas Sparks, Eric Carle and John Irving.

Support for the McFadden Lecture is provided by Friends of the Library and the estates of Jack A. and Edith L. Hunter.

Call 275-4700 for more information about this free Library program.