Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Mo Willems

I am so excited to share with you one of my most favorite children's authors... MO WILLEMS (otherwise known as the guy who writes the Pigeon books)!!
Today's story time we had lots of fun reading Mo Willem's books. Mrs. Simmons, a fabulous lady I share an office with, started us off with her son's favorite Mo Willems book, Cat the Cat, Who is That?, which she read with fabulously fun voices. The great thing about the Cat the Cat books are that pre-school age children can "read" them by themselves because of the simplicity and predictability of the story. (Watch Mrs. Simmons' son Thomas read one here.) Then we sang along with Miss Nina to "If you're happy and you know it", which helped us get up and moving! Next we watched an interview with Cat the Cat and Mo Willems. We could not leave out the Pigeon, so then we read The Pigeon wants a Puppy!, which was one of my son's favorite books when he was younger. (If you don't know Pigeon, be sure to check out Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus!) Next we watched an animated version of There's a bird on your head which introduced us to Mo's Elephant and Pig characters.We finished story time with Edwina: the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct. I shared a fun website with lots of Mo Willems characters, stories, and activities called "Pigeon Presents" which is celebrating Pigeon's 10th birthday this year! And if that wasn't enough Mo Willems fun for you, be sure to join us at MWE on Tuesday, April 23rd at 5:00PM when Blue Willow Book Shop brings Mo Willems to our cafeteria to share his newest book That is Not a Good Idea!

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