Mo Willems

in New Orleans, The United States
February 11, 1968



#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early readers, and 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.

The New York Times Book Review called Mo “the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's."

Mo’s work books have been translated into a myriad of languages, spawned animated shorts

Mo Willems isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but he does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from his feed.


Welcome to the update. These are troubled and troubling times. I am struggling to find the best ways facilitate a kinder, more just world. Which means supporting those fighting the essential struggle for racial justice morally, financially, and as a listener.Additionally, I offer my work, which I hope can provide solace and spark children and former children towards expressing and examining hard
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Average rating: 4.29 · 540,029 ratings · 36,284 reviews · 138 distinct worksSimilar authors
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive ...

4.29 avg rating — 85,369 ratings — published 2003 — 40 editions
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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary...

4.25 avg rating — 47,336 ratings — published 2004 — 29 editions
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay U...

4.31 avg rating — 35,797 ratings — published 2006 — 22 editions
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Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case o...

4.25 avg rating — 28,644 ratings — published 2007 — 14 editions
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The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

4.31 avg rating — 27,863 ratings — published 2004 — 18 editions
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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

4.30 avg rating — 23,969 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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We are in a Book! (Elephant...

4.47 avg rating — 17,028 ratings — published 2010 — 19 editions
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Today I Will Fly! (Elephant...

4.34 avg rating — 14,716 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Leonardo, the Terrible Monster

4.14 avg rating — 14,058 ratings — published 2005 — 13 editions
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There Is a Bird on Your Hea...

4.33 avg rating — 13,011 ratings — published 2007 — 21 editions
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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive ... Don't Let the Pigeon Stay U... The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! The Pigeon Loves Things Tha... The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
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4.31 avg rating — 202,325 ratings

Today I Will Fly! My Friend is Sad I am Invited to a Party! There Is a Bird on Your Head! I Love My New Toy! I Will Surprise My Friend! Are You Ready to Play Outside?
(28 books)
4.40 avg rating — 159,385 ratings

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary... Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case o... Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unex...
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4.27 avg rating — 86,100 ratings

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Sam, the Most Scaredy-cat K...
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4.11 avg rating — 15,063 ratings

Cat the Cat, Who is That? Let's Say Hi to Friends Who... What's Your Sound, Hound th... Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sh...
(4 books)
3.68 avg rating — 5,766 ratings

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“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

“A book, being a physical object, engenders a certain respect that zipping electrons cannot. Because you cannot turn a book off, because you have to hold it in your hands, because a book sits there, waiting for you, whether you think you want it or not, because of all these things, a book is a friend. It’s not just the content, but the physical being of a book that is there for you always and unconditionally.”
Mo Willems

“The difference between children and adults is that they're shorter - not dumber.”
Mo Willems


Best Picture Book

Blueberry Girl
  625 votes 22.4%

Llama Llama Misses Mama
  419 votes 15.0%

Crazy Hair
  363 votes 13.0%

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
  282 votes 10.1%

Duck! Rabbit!
  265 votes 9.5%

The Curious Garden
  232 votes 8.3%

Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea
  211 votes 7.6%

Watch Me Throw the Ball! (Elephant & Piggie, #8)
  144 votes 5.2%

Chicken Cheeks
  129 votes 4.6%

Rhyming Dust Bunnies
  123 votes 4.4%

2793 total votes

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