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Author Study Library Summer Reading Event with Kwame Alexander and Special Guest Mo Willems!

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Author study with Kwame Alexander and Mo Willems

Virtual Reading, Book Talk, Craft Lesson and Q&A

General registration will open in February 2024; for VIP pre-registration, please contact

We’re kicking off the Library Summer Reading season with a special Author Study event on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT, featuring Kwame Alexander and special guest, Mo Willems!

Our 45-minute virtual livestream session is a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from not one but TWO #1 New York Times best-selling authors!

Kwame will read from Surf’s Up and speak with Mo about his approach and process as an author, illustrator, animator, and playwright. We’ll also do a craft lesson, followed by a LIVE Q&A, taking questions from select attendees in the chat!

Mo’s bestselling picture books have received numerous awards, including three Caldecott Honors (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale; Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). His celebrated Elephant and Piggie early reader series, which has been awarded two Theodor Geisel Medals and five Geisel Honors.

Mo was also the inaugural Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence (2019-2022), and continues to collaborate in creating fun new stuff involving classical music, opera, comedy concerts, dance, painting and digital works with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Ben Folds, Yo-Yo Ma, and others.

Our June 1 event is recommended for elementary and middle school grades, but all grade levels are welcome. This event will run 45 minutes (1:00-1:45pm ET / 10:00 - 10:45am PT) and include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

In order to give participants a unique and more personalized experience, space for this virtual livestream event is limited.

Group Discounts and Pay by Check / ACH

Contact for additional information on:

  • Group discounts (organizations interested in five or more registrations)
  • Pay by check or ACH options (online options will include credit card, debit, Paypal, or Google Pay)

Author Study with Kwame Alexander is a Big Sea Entertainment Initiative