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Mo Willems spent much of his youth telling stories and drawing. After high school, he performed standup comedy in London. He later moved to New York, where he studied film and then switched to animation. For nine years, he worked on "Sesame Street," where he won six Emmy Awards and developed characters such as Suzy Kabloozie. Willems later created "Sheep in the Big City" for the Cartoon Network and "The Off-Beats" for Nickelodeon. His first book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!," won a Caldecott Honor in 2004. The following year, "Knuffle Bunny" won another Caldecott Honor. Among Willems' most recent books are "Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant & Piggie Book)" and "Big Frog Can't Fit In," both published in 2009. He lives in Massachusetts.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Mo Willems