Yay– finally getting around to blogging about my Mo Willems Party I held at the beginning of May. This came after Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus won our March Madness book tournament! Suffice to say, we are big Mo Willems fans at my library.
Here is how I set up my area– The books I would be reading on my table and then a bunch of other Mo Willems books on the table behind me. I really wanted to highlight some of his less popular books with the display.
The scraps of paper are from a drawing I did– ever kid got entered to win a plush pigeon toy.
The other books I read were We are In a Book, Knuffle Bunny, and my favorite Elephant and Piggie book, Let’s Go For a Drive! I broke up the books with Shake your Sillies Out and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum… It was necessary to stand up and dance silly along with reading our favorite silly books!
Next was the time for activities!
We did the elephant and piggie puppets found on Three Little Birds. A children’s room staff member created our elephant and piggie (and they turned out amazing!). I also bought blue and pink paper bags, similar to Marge at Tiny Tips for Library Fun.
Last year we had a big library carnival and along with that I had made a Pigeon mini golf course– which came in handy for this party! It was a big hit. We made it with plywood and pool noodles for the bumpers.
Thankfully there are some amazing teacher guides available on the Pigeon website- check them out! I downloaded all of them and used some activity pages for each and had these set out on a table along with scissors, glue, and markers.
And now for my favorite (and proudest) part of the party:
This idea came from Abby the Librarian on the ALSC blog. To make them I used large pieces of cardboard (one was posterboard and two were from window boxes) and traced the characters using our projector. I already had the correct paint colors from the mini golf so that part was really easy. As for the stands– I wish I had a perfect way to tell you how to make them yourself, but alas, I don’t. I went to Home Depot with the picture from Abby the Librarian and asked them for recommendations on how to make ours. They don’t do miter cuts at home depot so luckily my boss was able to do that for me. I then drilled all the pieces together. And hot glued as reinforcement since I am a Children’s Librarian after all :)
Overall, this party was a HUGE success. We had great attendance and everyone seemed to have a great time (parents and kids alike)
So as not to reinvent the wheel- instead of making a list of all the awesome bloggers who have already discussed their Mo Willems parties I will just redirect you to Jbrary– who has already made a list!