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    Duquesne University Welcomes Award-Winning Children’s Author, Artist

    To help increase literacy achievement for young children, the Duquesne University School of Education, with the financial support of a PNC Foundation Grow Up Great grant, will bring award-winning children’s author and artist Mo Willems to campus on Friday, Sept. 16.

    Creating Success Through Literacy: A Day with Mo Willems, a free event that targets early childhood professionals, will be held in the Power Center Ballroom beginning at 8:30 a.m. Approximately 75 children from local childcare centers will also attend.

    The event will include an interactive children’s story hour, book signing and lunch. It will conclude at with a question-and-answer session for educators and a literacy presentation by Danielle Buck, coordinator of the Maureen P. Sullivan Curriculum Center.

    All attendees will receive a book written by Willems, who began his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street, followed by stints at Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. Willems’ books, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie series have earned the Caldecott Medal and Theodor Seuss Geisel honors, as well as other awards.

    Willems also is noted for his drawings, wire sculptures and ceramics that have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation. He voices and produces award-winning animated cartoons based on his books. Willems wrote the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, commissioned by the Kennedy Center for its 2010 season.

    To register and for more details, visit the Creating Success Through Literacy website at

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.