Monday, November 1, 2010

Wild about Willems

Been awhile since the last post and though I've been meaning to post a few different thoughts, I honestly haven't had the energy.

I've been busy doing a lot of reading and a lot of teaching so blogging has taken a backseat lately. In early October I did have the opportunity to see Mo Willems speak in Decatur as part of his Knuffle Bunny Free book tour. (Thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book and Little Shop of Stories for getting him here!) My students LOVE LOVE LOVE the Elephant & Piggie books and are big fans of everything else Willems has done as well. While my students were not able to attend the reading/signing, I was able to deliver a thick envelope full of letters, drawings and a class picture (see below) to Mr. Willems.

Below is a video I took of Willems reading We Are in a Book! (Video is quite dark and a little shaky but Willem's enthusiasm is crystal clear. [note We Are in a Book! was my nominee for the Easy Reader category for this year's Cybils, the category for which I am a judge.]

My students are wild about Willems:


Eric Carpenter said...

Last week my class received a response to our letters from Mo Willems. He included not only the typical form letter, but also a hand written note and a super cool Knuffle Bunny Free signed poster which will look awesome on the wall next to our Elephant & Piggie "Read with Friends" poster. The kids couldn't believe that a "real live author" would take the time to read their letters and look at their drawings.

Thanks Mo!!!!!!!!!!!

Z-Kids said...

Awesome video! Thanks for sharing :)
- AZ