Mo Willems has just done something that no one has ever done before! We love his work and you should too.

Did you know that Mo Willems used to be an animator and writer for Sesame Street? Or that he was once a stand up comic? If you have ever read an Elephant and Piggie or any of the Pigeon books, Mo Willems’ diverse background makes perfect sense! The brilliant Mo Willems knows just how much to say and when to say it. His playful books are deceptively simple in appearance but extremely sophisticated in their use of perfectly paced, suspenseful stories with characters that pull at your heart strings and make you laugh out loud over and over again. He’s back with a new book, THE PIGEON HAS TO GO TO SCHOOL!, as well his latest creative endeavor as the first ever Education Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center. To learn more, check out this story from NPR, Morning Edition.

"There is no such thing as a wrong doodle." - Mo Willems

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The Value Of Wild, Risky Play: Fire, Mud, Hammers And Nails

At LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! we believe that when children are allowed to take genuine risks they learn how to responsibly navigate the real world. Further, when we say no to helicopter parenting and over protecting our children we send them a vital message of trust that leads to agency and empowerment. We are not the only ones! Check out this article and podcast from NPR about The Land, an adventure playground in North Wales to learn more.

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"Some Books are Wings" - Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s gorgeous book, A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader, encapsulates everything we are hoping to impart at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay!. Solnit writes of the potential for books to open doors, to offer protection, to present riddles and even to save lives. In short, Solnit writes about the many ways in which books can help all of us better understand our humanity. This is at the heart of every class we share at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay!. Read more about Solnit’s beautiful book in this article from Brain Pickings and maybe even consider picking up a copy as all proceeds go to preserving the New York Public Library System.

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At LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! Learning is N̶o̶ Laughing Matter!

We are so serious about education at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! that our young learners are seriously laughing all of the time. We believe that respectful humor when shared in the right environment humbles us, brings us together, teaches us to overcome our mistakes, engages our imagination and encourages life-long learning. In short, if you want to keep young children excited about learning make them laugh! To learn more about the cognitive and experiential benefits of using humor in the classroom read: http://www.nea.org//tools/52165.htm

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