We are in a Book: Mo Willems

We are in a Book

Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Year: 2010
Brief Summary: Elephant and Pig find out they are in a book and that someone is looking at them (the reader!).
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Cybil Award, 2010′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2011-2012′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Grades K-1’ ‘ Michigan’ ” ‘
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, 2011′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, 2011 ; Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Choices, 2011 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Kirkus Best Children’s Books, 2010
Kirkus Book Review Stars, September 1, 2010
Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts, 2011 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
Notable Children’s Books, 2011 ; ALSC American Library Association
School Library Journal Best Books, 2010
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, December 2010 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, January 2011 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, November 2010 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Good for younger kids/reader theater
  • If you were in a book, what words would you make the reader say?
  • What kind of book would you want to be in? Choose your own adventure, travel, animal books, pirates, Star Wars/Ninjago, Where’s Waldo — Where’s [child’s name], etc.?  Write about it and illustrate a page out of your book.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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