Vote It Up: Book Blip

March 11, 2010

Why did the pigeon cross the road?

Okay, that was misleading because I don't have a punchline.  My kids are really into dumb jokes and they riff on them in a way that is almost surreal: "Why did the love birds not like their name?  Because it was really glove birds."  But I paraphrase.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Tonight we, or I should say my daughter, was reading books to me and my son.  She is six and just started reading and as a writing instructor and former literacy teacher, this is exciting stuff for me.  Tonight, we/she read a favorite author, Mo Willems.  For those of you unacquainted with the talent of Mo Willems, let me just point you in the direction of his first classic, Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!  He now has a series of Elephant and Piggie books starring a pair of animal friends, one of whom - Gerald, the elephant - is a tad on the neurotic side.  My kids cackle at these books.  I cackle when my daughter hesitates on a word and my three year old yells out what the book says.  I need to record these read-alouds.

So, check out Mo Willems (former writer/animator for Sesame Street) and his Elephant and Piggie early reader series, especially There Is A Bird On Your Head  and I Will Surprise My Friend.


  1. i looooove mo willems. i just read knuffel bunnies! nice choice-

  2. Am I turning you into a children's writer?