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It's Almost Friendiversary! Get Your Books Today!

...We see that you have a sad face, because the holidays are over. Luckily, you are as wrong as you could possibly be, because the biggest, best, most excellent, excitingest, fanciest, greatest holiday of them all is on its way. Friendiversary! Yes! It’s true! Friendiversary 2012 will happen on Feb. 7! Or, maybe Feb. 8. Really, any day that week is fine, because Friendiversary is all about doing things in the best way possible. A Friendiversary, of course, is the anniversary of a friendship. Think of one of your oldest and dearest friends. When did you first meet? How did you meet? That story is the story of your Friendiversary. We celebrated the first annual Friendiversary last year with our friend Mo Willems , author and illustrator of the Elephant & Piggie books. Mo wanted to do something special for some of the kids in New Orleans (where... Read More
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Happy Friendiversary! Mo Willems and First Book Join Forces to Bring New Books to New Orleans Kids

...Today is Friendiversary, when we celebrate the anniversary of our friendships. Think of one of your oldest and dearest friends. When did you first meet? How did you meet? That story is the story of your Friendiversary. First Book is celebrating Friendiversary this week by providing 7,000 new Elephant & Piggie books to second-graders at Title I schools in Louisiana and Massachusetts. The Elephant & Piggie series is written and illustrated by our friend Mo Willems , whose support makes it possible for First Book able to provide these books. Every book includes a special Friendiversary note from Mo, and his publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide, is also providing activity kits, stickers and posters free of charge to each classroom. In fact, we’re so delighted with the Friendiversary kit that we also made it available to all the schools and programs in First Book’s national network. There are Friendiversary... Read More
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Happy Friendiversary!!

...The spirit of friendship and the power of reading were in full force at Peck Full Service Community School, a Title I School in Holyoke, MA, yesterday. The school eagerly awaited the arrival of beloved children’s author and illustrator, Mo Willems: Elephant and Piggie posters decorated the hallways and windows of the school while the receptionist tried her hand at sketching the characters, and every available Mo Willems book was checked out of the school library. Click here to see Mo celebrating Friendiversary! As second-grade students entered the library to celebrate Friendiversary with Mo Willems himself, costumed Elephant and Piggie characters greeted the students at door. After a grand entrance, Mo read two of his books – There Is A Bird on Your Head! and I Am Invited To a Party! He then conducted a Q&A with the second graders who asked him all sorts of questions. “Why... Read More
Author Voices

Are you an Elephant or a Piggie? A Conversation with Mo Willems On Friendiversary

...Friendiversary is all about appreciating your friends, old and new, and remembering the good times you’ve had together. For First Book, one of our oldest and best author friends is Mo Willems, award-winning creator of the Elephant and Piggie children’s book series. Like any old friend, when we get together the conversation can go from here to there and back again in an instant. Read on to learn more about Mo’s books, First Book’s mission, our history together, and maybe get an insider’s tip on a hypothetical karaoke sing-off. *** First Book: We have had the distinct pleasure of partnering with you for many years. In particular, we have loved the opportunity to promote Friendiversary and supply tens of thousands of copies of Elephant and Piggie books to students served by First Book members. Can you talk a little about what Friendiversary, the anniversary of the time when Gerald... Read More
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Happy Friendiversary!

...Today is the first annual First Book Friendiversary! We are very excited. A Friendiversary, of course, is the anniversary of a friendship. Think of one of your oldest and dearest friends. When did you first meet? How did you meet? That story is the story of your Friendiversary. To celebrate Friendiversary, First Book teamed up with Mo Willems , the author of some truly terrific books for kids and a good friend of ours. Mo wanted to do something special for some of the kids in New Orleans (where he grew up) and Springfield, Mass. (near where he lives now). So today, thousands of 2nd-graders in those two cities are getting their very own copy of one of Mo’s ‘Elephant & Piggie ‘ books – and celebrating with Friendiversary parties in their classrooms. We are big fans of both Mo’s award-winning work and his generosity, and we were... Read More
Impact Stories

Help Second Graders Celebrate Friendiversary with New Books!

...For the third year in a row, our friend Mo Willems, beloved children’s author & illustrator, will be providing brand-new Elephant & Piggie books and activity kits to kids in need! The books and activity kits will go to second grade students in New Orleans, Springfield and Holyoke, Mass. (These places have special meaning for Mo; he grew up in New Orleans and now resides in Massachusetts.) Mo’s Elephant & Piggie characters inspired First Book to create Friendiversary , an annual celebration of friendship and reading. After all, who better exemplifies the meaning of friendship than Elephant & Piggie? You can help second-graders across the country celebrate Friendiversary on Feb. 26! Click here to donate . For every $33 donated, 10 second grade students will receive their own Mo Willems books and activity kits for the celebration. Happy Friendiversary!... Read More