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Duquesne University Welcomes Award-Winning Children’s Author, Artist

To help increase literacy achievement for young children, the Duquesne University School of Education, with the financial support of a PNC Foundation Grow Up Great grant, will bring award-winning children’s author and artist Mo Willems to campus on Friday, Sept. 16.

Creating Success Through Literacy: A Day with Mo Willems, a free event that targets early childhood professionals, will be held in the Power Center Ballroom beginning at 8:30 a.m. Approximately 75 children from local childcare centers will also attend.

The event will include an interactive children’s story hour, book signing and lunch. It will conclude at with a question-and-answer session for educators and a literacy presentation by Danielle Buck, coordinator of the Maureen P. Sullivan Curriculum Center.

All attendees will receive a book written by Willems, who began his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, followed by stints at Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Willems’ books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie series have earned the Caldecott Medal and Theodor Seuss Geisel honors, as well as other awards.

Willems also is noted for his drawings, wire sculptures and ceramics that have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation. He voices and produces award-winning animated cartoons based on his books. Willems wrote the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, commissioned by the Kennedy Center for its 2010 season.

To register and for more details, visit the Creating Success Through Literacy website at www.duq.edu/creating-success/index.cfm.

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