Celebrating “The Thank You Book” by Mo Willems
Experts tell us it’s super important to read to our kids. Reading to kids helps kids learn to read, encourages bonding, and makes bedtime just a little bit smoother.
Experts don’t tell us, but we all know that we’re going to be reading the same book over and over again. So, it’s super important to read something to our kids that does not make us want to turn to drink or fall asleep (or fall asleep because we’ve had too much to drink). It’s nice if the books we read to our kids also teach them a little something.
That’s where the adorable Elephant and Piggie series comes in. If you have an about-to-read or just-starting-to-read child in your house, you’ve definitely made friends with careful Gerald and outgoing Piggie.
On May 3rd, Willems released “The Thank You Book” and has announced it as the last book in the popular early reader series.
Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), is a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. He has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).
In “The Thank You Book”:
“Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.”
Sound fun? If you and your kids fall in love with the book, the way I did, you’ll be happy to know there’s a companion website (www.thankorama.com) full of activities to help keep the kids occupied, and learn how to express gratitude (in a fun way).
Don’t worry, you can thank me later.
Bonus Hint: If you still need an end of year present for that special teacher in your child’s life, what could be more appropriate?
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Disney Books. I received compensation for this post; however, all opinions stated are my own.