I’ve decided to declare Monday as Mo Monday, as in Mo Willems Monday. If you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t read children’s books as much as I do) Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for three of my favorite kid classics – Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too.
The thought came to me as Monday is the day I take my (hopefully napping now) 2 year old tot to the library. My goal is to find a new Mo Willems book for both of us to enjoy. For the last two weeks we read I Love My New Toy featuring the adorable Elephant and Piggie, to death. It was time for that one to go back! This week’s read, pictured above, is Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator. It features 6 and a half short stories about Amanda, her talking, stuffed alligator and the many surprises in their friendship. Willems has a flair for making his books equally enjoyable for book readers of all ages. His characters’ facial expressions and witty dialogue are two of the reasons he’s my second favorite children’s author. (Dr. Seuss is número uno.)