Bestselling children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing on YouTube to kids who are stuck at home due to the coronavirus

  • Around 300 million children worldwide have been affected by school closures due to the coronavirus. 
  • Officials have decided to close schools to help slow the transmission of the disease. 
  • Mo Willems, bestselling author and illustrator of such books as,"The Pigeon Has to Go to School!" is teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to children who are now learning at home. 
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For parents who are desperate to keep their kids entertained and learning while they're home from school due to the coronavirus outbreak, Mo Willems, a bestselling author and illustrator, is here to help. 

Willems, bestselling author and illustrator of such books as, "I Will Take a Nap!" and "Knufflebunny," is livestreaming a "Lunch Doodle" video every weekday at 1 p.m. EST out of his Massachusetts home. The videos will be posted on the Kennedy Center's official Youtube account and on their website.

"I know a lot of you guys are not in school," Willems said in a video on Monday. "You're at home right now, because of all the things that are going on. Well guess what? I'm at home, too. We're gonna hang out together. Matter of fact, I'm really looking forward to it."

Willems is also encouraging children to submit questions, which he'll try to respond to in his videos.

Willems is the author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and other children's books.
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During the coronavirus outbreak, when children may feel stressed and confused, art may help to make them feel better, Willems said. 

"You might be isolated," Willems wrote on the Kennedy Center's website, "but you're not alone. You are an art maker.  Let's make some together."

Willems has said that he writes to help children process their emotions

Willems, who also worked as a writer and animator for "Sesame Street," has said that part of the reason he writes is to help children process difficult feelings.

"I'm very lucky to write for children," Willems told CNN in 2013, "because I don't have to deal with popular culture. I can just deal with core fundamental issues: jealousy, love, hatred, sadness, joy, wanting to drive a bus." 

Willems said that during the coronavirus, art can make children feel less isolated.
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The goal of his work, Willems said in a 2013 interview with WBUR, is to teach empathy.

"I think that empathy is the key to all of this," he told the publication. "All of the problems that we have in the world are ultimately problems of no empathy, people just living in their own shoes and refusing to try on others."

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