Children's character Knuffle Bunny appears in a new YouTube series (exclusive)


Knuffle Bunny is coming to a screen (and possibly a city) near you!

Author Mo Willems' popular children's book character will play the lead role Knuffle Bunny across Americaa new YouTube series premiering April 7th.

According to a statement shared with PEOPLE, the educational short series, executive produced by Hidden Pigeon Company with production of Small Army, will feature 12 stories filmed by children across the country. With the help of their carers, each child shows what makes their hometown and their everyday life special.

Each episode begins with a child finding a package at their door containing a Knuffle Bunny toy. The stuffed bunny then accompanies the child through everyday life, from the way to school to the nightly routine.

The episodes then end with the child packing up Knuffle Bunny to send him on to the next location. The YouTube series will feature a variety of locations and stories, including a child in Queens, New York riding the subway to a child living on a farm in Kansas.

Knuffle Bunny across America not only lets the children featured in the series share their stories, but “gives all children permission to begin telling and sharing their own story.”

“Knuffle Bunny Across America” aims to “give all children permission to tell and share their own story.”

Hidden Pigeon Company and Brenna Landrum

Knuffle Bunny first appeared in Willems' 2004 children's book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Talein which a protagonist named after him appears the author's child. The book won the 2005 Caldecott Honor and was expanded into two sequels: 2007 Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity and 2010s Knuffle Bunny Free: An unexpected distraction.

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Knuffle Bunny was also adapted into a stage musical entitled Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musicaland an animated short film.

Knuffle Bunny Across America will begin streaming on YouTube on April 7th.