The 35th Annual McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Mo Willems was held Thursday, April 5th, 2010, 7:00 pm at North Central High School.

Mo Willems

Mo Willems
(Photo credit: Marty Umans)

About Mo Willems

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.

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

About Mo Willems

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.

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.

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Books by Mo Willems


Interview with Mo Willems

Author and illustrator Mo Willems discusses his work with Jon Barnes of The Indianapolis Public Library's Communications Department. Willems delivered the library's McFadden Memorial Lecture on April 5, 2012 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.