Kids here at the Tigard Public Library absolutely LOVE Mo Willems and all his works, especially Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and Pigeon. Mo is up to big plans this year, which includes the release of the 25th and final Elephant and Piggie book, The Thank You Book (insert the tears here). BUT the two BFF's will be returning in a new series called Elephant & Piggie Like Reading where they retire from all their fun and shenanigans to live a life full of reading. This new spin-off will start with a collaboration between Mo and Dan Santat, called The Cookie Fiasco, and another, We Are Growing! with author-illustrator Laurie Keller. (Sorry folks, but these two titles won't be available until Fall 2016...but in the meantime, keep checking the online catalog.)
PLUS an exciting NEW book that will be out this fall called Nanette's Baguette. This stand-alone title about a frog and his solo trip to the bakery will be released in October 2016. This book will be illustrated using cut paper, a style much different than Mo's previous works.
AND, if you and your family has plans to visit New York this year, swing by the New York Historical Society Museum & Library for "The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems". This exhibit, running March 18-September 25, 2016 will offer opportunities for kids and parents to learn how to sketch different characters from Mo's books, plus they'll have the opportunity for a fun museum visit experience.
For more details on Mo's whereabouts this year, see the March 10, 2016 article in Publisher's Weekly.