Stanton Scholars love books that are silly, books where appealing pictures help them understand the text, and books they can read on their own. Mo Willems' books satisfy ALL of these requirements.
Young readers LOVE Mo Willems books because they are silly, they make them laugh, and, most importantly, they are written on just their level -- young readers can easily read and understand Willems' text, particularly in the "Easy Readers" series.
Mo Willems won 6 Emmy Awards for his writing for Sesame Street. His debut picturebook, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller and was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale was awarded a Caldecott Honor. The sequel, Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity garnered Mo his third Caldecott Honor in 2008. In addition to picture books, Mo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of “Easy Readers”, which were awarded the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009 and a Geisel Honor in 2011.