This post is for my daughter and her kindergarten class, who have all fallen hard for Mo Willems. It is also for all the people who say “Do you know Mo Willems?” when I say I work in children’s books. I have never met the man behind the pigeon, but I am very familiar with his books. Mostly, though, this post is for the parents who need something to read with their kids when all the Mo Willems books are checked out of the library (as they always seem to be). Perhaps one of these alternatives will suffice for the day.
If you like the way that Knuffle Bunny captures a universal childhood moment in a way that appeals to both kids and adults, try Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. As a bonus, the book also features a dad/daughter combo.
If you like the interactive nature of the Pigeon books, try Cat Secrets by Jeff Czekaj. It has been in regular rotation at our house recently since we have a new kitten, but it’s fun even without a feline family member. Other potential titles: The End (Almost) by Jim Benton or You’re Finally Here by Melanie Watt.
If the funny friends in the Elephant & Piggie books are your favorite, try When Elephant Met Giraffe by Paul Gude for another set of animals navigating friendship with a touch of humor. I also like the dry wit of Maxwell Eaton in The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds.
Need more suggestions? Here are a places to find more reading material for your Mo Willems fan:
- KDL Recommends Mo Willems Readalikes – More books in the spirit of Mo Willems
- The Geisel Award – Willems has won this award for beginning readers more than once. Check out some of the other winners and honors. Might I recommend The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.
- Storytime Skit: Mo Willems – Everything you need to know to plan a Mo Willems event for your library, classroom, or whatever.