You know those moments when you realize just how lucky you are to be living in New York City? Get ready to have one of them because the brand new Mo Willems exhibit is now open at the New-York Historical Society. The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems showcases sketches, art, and inspirational drawings from one of our students’ favorite authors. I also hear a rumor that Elephant and Piggie will be making occasional appearances. (If you see them, will you get their autograph for me?)
Mo Willems has won three Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Medals, and five Geisel Honors. That’s an incredible collection of awards for someone whose first picture book was published in 2003. The exhibit runs through September 25, 2016. In addition to meeting Elephant and Piggie on select dates, there are sketching programs (fantastic for older fans) and screenings of the stories.
Museum visits are wonderful ways to spend time together and learn together. You can extend the learning at the Mo Willems exhibit by examining how Mo conveys emotion in illustrations. Copy the expressions of the characters! Think about what they might be feeling! When you get home, take a look at his books and talk about the emotional life of the characters. Older students with young siblings can guide their little sisters and brothers in this activity. Making real life connections to books is an important step in literacy for all ages.
Happy reading (and viewing!)
Photo and illustration credit: mowillems.com