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Looking for a list of the best kids books about pigs?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to pigs. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about pigs.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about pigs, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Gub Gub’s Book: An Encyclopedia of Food: In Twenty Volumes to popular sellers like Charlotte’s Web to some of our favorite hidden gems like The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

We hope this list of kids books about pigs can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Pigs

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Finding François: A Story about the Healing Power of Friendship
Written & illustrated by Gus Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
For fans of Philip and Erin Stead and I Walk with Vanessa comes a tender, gently adventurous gem, with a reassuring message about the power of friends to soothe aches big and small. Alice wanted a sister, or even a brother, but what she needed was a friend. And when she found him . . . she found so much more. In this exquisite, gently funny, and reassuring tale, the lucky and lovely friendship between Alice and François spans the length of the River Seine and the loss of a loved one. Award-winning author and artist Gus Gordon captures the highs and lows of being little, and tenderly shepherds kids through the tough parts of childhood. With charm and compassion, Finding François acknowledges the grief children feel, revels in life's fantastic possibilities, and celebrates the affirming, healing power of friendship.
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Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What's a little pig to do? Now available as a board book, Little Oink shows Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace applying their traditionally wry humor to the issue of cleaning up, in a laugh-out-loud romp that is sure to make readers giggle with recognition.
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Wolf Won't Bite
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
can stand him on a stool! I can dress him in a bow... I can ride him like a horse but WOLF WON’T BITE! Come along on a wild circus adventure about three little pigs who have captured a wild wolf. They can make him do all sorts of tricks, but don’t worry—he would NEVER bite. From award-winning and beloved creator Emily Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! contains charming text that begs to be read aloud, and quirky humor fills every page of this playful take on “The Three Little Pigs.”
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Piggie Pie!
Written by Margie Palatini & illustrated by Howard Fine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies -- where else? -- on Old MacDonald's Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, "Piggie Pie" adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka & illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.” —Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.” —School Library Journal
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Ribbit!
Written by Rodrigo Folgueira & illustrated by Poly Bernatene
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?" Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends! But is it too late? This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous RIBBIT!s throughout—perfect for reading aloud
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Olivia
Written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's everyone's favorite pig...it's OLIVIA! The Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times #1 bestseller is now available in a sturdy format perfect for pig-loving toddlers everywhere!
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A Wolf's Tale
Written & illustrated by Eva Montanari
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
We all know the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the three little pigs ... or do we? Meet the great-great-great-great-grandson of the original Big Bad Wolf, also hot on the trail of some little pigs. Is he also up to no goodor is he trying to make friends at last? A hilarious twist on the original Three Little Pigs story, with stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist Eva Montanari.
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The Dreamer
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is still to sit and watch for those he loves best: the birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.
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Pete & Pickles
Written & illustrated by Berkeley Breathed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig. At least, he was . . . before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend. Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination. She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls. (Sort of.) And sledding down the Matterhorn. (Sort of.) Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself . . . until Pickles goes too far. And Pete tells her she must leave. Yet sometimes the simple life isn?t all it?s cracked up to be. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed offers two new irresistible characters and a heartfelt, hilarious look at the rarity of true friendship.
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Books About Pigs and Fractured Fairy Tales

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Wolf Won't Bite
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
can stand him on a stool! I can dress him in a bow... I can ride him like a horse but WOLF WON’T BITE! Come along on a wild circus adventure about three little pigs who have captured a wild wolf. They can make him do all sorts of tricks, but don’t worry—he would NEVER bite. From award-winning and beloved creator Emily Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! contains charming text that begs to be read aloud, and quirky humor fills every page of this playful take on “The Three Little Pigs.”
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Piggie Pie!
Written by Margie Palatini & illustrated by Howard Fine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies -- where else? -- on Old MacDonald's Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, "Piggie Pie" adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Written by Jon Scieszka & illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.” —Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.” —School Library Journal
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A Wolf's Tale book
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The Three Pigs book
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The Great Gran Plan book
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The Three Ninja Pigs book
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  1. A Wolf's Tale - We all know the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the three little pigs … or do we? Meet the great-great-great-great-grandson of the original Big Bad Wolf, also hot on the trail of some little pigs. Is he also up to no goodor is he trying to make friends at last? A hilarious twist on the original Three Little Pigs story, with stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist Eva Montanari.

  2. The Three Pigs - This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf’s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday’s frogs and Sector 7’s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

  3. The Great Gran Plan - From the author of The Giant of Jum comes a rollicking new rhyming fairytale retelling in which one of the Three Little Pigs must save Little Red Riding Hood’s granny. In this riff on “Little Red Riding Hood,” the pig from “The Three Little Pigs” gets mixed up in the Big Bad Wolf’s plot to eat Granny. Fortunately, Granny is a tough old bird who can take care of herself—and everyone else, too. A funny, rhyming read-aloud!

  4. The Three Ninja Pigs - Practice makes perfect in this kick-butt fractured fairy tale. Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren’t going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons—he’ll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu–he’ll chop that guy to pieces! But when the wolf actually appears, it turs out these two pigs aren’t quite ready after all. Good thing their sister has been training every day to master some serious karate moves that save the day. KIYA! Corey Rosen Schwartz serves up a fun combination of smart-aleck dialogue and tongue-in-cheek rhymes that’ll have kids howling, and rising star Dan Santat’s spunky illustrations are sure to pack a punch!

Books About Pigs and Social Themes

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Finding François: A Story about the Healing Power of Friendship
Written & illustrated by Gus Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
For fans of Philip and Erin Stead and I Walk with Vanessa comes a tender, gently adventurous gem, with a reassuring message about the power of friends to soothe aches big and small. Alice wanted a sister, or even a brother, but what she needed was a friend. And when she found him . . . she found so much more. In this exquisite, gently funny, and reassuring tale, the lucky and lovely friendship between Alice and François spans the length of the River Seine and the loss of a loved one. Award-winning author and artist Gus Gordon captures the highs and lows of being little, and tenderly shepherds kids through the tough parts of childhood. With charm and compassion, Finding François acknowledges the grief children feel, revels in life's fantastic possibilities, and celebrates the affirming, healing power of friendship.
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Olivia
Written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's everyone's favorite pig...it's OLIVIA! The Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times #1 bestseller is now available in a sturdy format perfect for pig-loving toddlers everywhere!
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The Pig Who Danced
Written by Emer Martin & illustrated by Nina Khashchina
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
The Pig who Danced is a joyful story about acceptance and inclusion. Three little pigs run away from the farm only to be bullied by nasty, noisy, nervous crows that say they don’t belong in the woods. The three pigs react in different ways: Grisly gets mad and fearful; Mucky is sad and tearful; but Macduff has a different approach.
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Me First book
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A Normal Pig book
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Princess Pigsty book
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Gracie Laroo at Pig Jubilee book
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  1. Me First - “This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles—and a lesson—to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton’s cries of ‘Me first.’” -Publishers Weekly Pinkerton Pig will do anything to be first—first down the slide, first in line at the trough-a-teria, first on the bus. His pushy ploys backfire on a Pig Scouts hike when he hears the magic words “Would you care for a sandwich?” Little does he know, he’s being tricked by a sandcastle-dwelling Sandwitch in need of care! How long will Pinkerton be doomed to powder her warty nose? This cheery look at the dangers of piggishness is now part of a fun, 8” x 8” hardcover series about life lessons.

  2. A Normal Pig - Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to . . . the things that made her Pip. This charming picture book celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that there is only one way to be “normal.”

  3. Princess Pigsty - Tired of being a princess, the youngest of three sisters throws her crown out the window and finds happiness working in the royal kitchen and pigsty.

  4. Gracie Laroo at Pig Jubilee - It is Gracie’s first time at the Pig Jubilee with her synchronized swimming team, the Water Sprites, and she is the youngest pig with a chance to win a gold medal—the trouble is that she keeps getting distracted and missing her solo part, a triple spin dive.

Books About Pigs and Health And Daily Living

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Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What's a little pig to do? Now available as a board book, Little Oink shows Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace applying their traditionally wry humor to the issue of cleaning up, in a laugh-out-loud romp that is sure to make readers giggle with recognition.
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You Push, I Ride
Written by Abby Levine & illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Rhymed text and illustrations describe the activities of a little pig's day, including watching his dad shave and riding in the stroller with his mother. Full color.
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The Picky Eater
Written by Betsy Parkinson & illustrated by Shane Clester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Piper the piglet is a very picky eater, who will only eat food beginning with the letter "P"--and somehow her parents must break her of this strange quirk, and get her to eat other good foods.
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I Broke My Trunk! book
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Pigs in a Blanket book
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Peaceful Piggy Yoga book
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The Messy One book
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  1. I Broke My Trunk! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own?

  2. Pigs in a Blanket - Three little piglets are all bundled up and as cozy as can be. Open the “blanket” flaps of this novelty board book and help the piglets start their day! Young readers will follow their wacky antics and ever-changing wardrobes as these energetic pigs jump, prance, and dance through a fun-filled day before finally climbing back into bed again. A delightful rhyme reinforces key daily rituals and the importance of winding down the day and going to sleep.

  3. Peaceful Piggy Yoga - Who loves yoga? Everyone from ballerinas to football players to moms and dads! It’s a great way to keep your body and your mind happy and healthy! Includes instructions for eleven classic yoga poses.

  4. The Messy One - Vivienne really enjoys being messy, but when she loses her favorite necklace she is determined to tidy up her room to find it.

Books About Pigs and Imagination And Play

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What's Wrong, Little Pookie?
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Uh-oh, Pookie is NOT happy in this kind-of-cranky board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. Oh, sweet little Pookie! Your bright eyes are wet. Come over and tell me why you are upset. When Pookie feels down, Pookie’s mom can always guess what’s wrong with her little one. Or can she? With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this turn-that-frown-upside-down story proves that every Little Pookie loves a reason to smile.
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Let's Dance, Little Pookie
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Let’s do the Pookie Shimmy (Oh, yeah!) in this toe-tapping board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. Say hey, Little Pookie! You’re a wonder to see. Come on, my little Pookie, Won’t you dance with me? Are you ready to do the piggy-piggy shake? Then put on your snazzy sneakers and join the dance party as Little Pookie boogies to a Pookie-Pookie beat. With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this fabulous story proves that every Little Pookie loves to shimmy!
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Thunder Pug
Written by Kim Norman & illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Welcome back the perfect pug-and-pig pair: Percy and Petunia. The two besties are inseparable--until Petunia wins a blue ribbon at the fair. Suddenly she's too busy to play anymore. So when lonely Percy finds a faded comic book, he takes on a new persona: THUNDER PUG! But what's a superhero without a sidekick? Will a little "Pink Lightning" (aka Petunia) come to his rescue?
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Are You Ready to Play Outside? book
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Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! book
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Ice book
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Pirates Don't Take Baths book
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  1. Are You Ready to Play Outside? - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Piggie can’t wait to go play in the sunshine. But will a rainy day ruin all the fun?

  2. Harold & Hog Pretend For Real! - Hog is careful. Harold is not. Harold cannot help smiling. Hog can. Hog worries so that Harold does not have to. Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

  3. Ice - A gorgeously rendered wordless tale of discovery and adventure that is meticulous in architectural detail and bursts with inventiveness. Arthur Geisert’s ingenuity engages the child’s imagination as well as the adult’s through seamless storytelling and zany wit. Invested as always in his porcine universe, here Geisert tells the story of a community of pigs that is suffering from the heat. Rather than be sapped of energy and miserable, they go on an adventure in search of ice. The pigs’ inventiveness and great can-do spirit create a joyful tale of change and adventure. The illustrations bring the action to life, making this a real page-turner and a great read-aloud book!

  4. Pirates Don't Take Baths - This perfect story for bathtime is now available as a board book! For any young child (or pig), there are few things more excruciating, more traumatic, more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor–just to name a few–never, EVER take baths. Now if only he can convince his mother . . . This humorous story is the perfect choice for kids and parents who know all too well the never-ending struggle of bathtime.

Books About Pigs and Self-esteem And Self-reliance

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I Like Me!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
I have a best friend. That best friend is Me! Meet Nancy Carlson’s peppy pig—a character who is full of good feelings about herself. Her story will leave little ones feeling good about themselves, too!
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Little Pig Saves the Ship
Written & illustrated by David Hyde Costello
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Little Pig is back in Little Pig Saves the Ship! When the sea-faring pigs go a-sailing! Intrepid Little Pig — still the littlest pig in the family — is too little to go to summer camp with his older brothers and sisters. He is left behind with Grandpa and Poppy. Little Pig and Poppy make and sail a toy ship all week, but on Saturday a gusty wind takes the ship into the current, and Little Pig has to use his newfound knot-tying skills to save the day. A sweetly told intergenerational story about how even the littlest can make a big difference.
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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
Written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them! Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be? Join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!
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Gracie Laroo on the Big Screen book
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Gracie Laroo Goes to School book
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Gracie Laroo Sets Sail book
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Me and You book
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  1. Gracie Laroo on the Big Screen - Gracie the pig has a part in a movie with with Tilda Swinetune, the champion swim racer and movie star, but she is upset when she realizes she is just a stunt double—however a small change in the script makes her able to do that and also fulfill her dream with a part of her own.

  2. Gracie Laroo Goes to School - Gracie LaRoo, the youngest pig on the Water Sprites synchronized swimming team, is nervous about giving a speech at the Wilbur Academy, the school she used to attend—she loves her sport, but her old coach does not think that it really measures up to swim racing.

  3. Gracie Laroo Sets Sail - The Water Sprites are supposed to perform their medal-winning synchronized swimming routine aboard a cruise ship, but everything goes wrong when the piglets aboard start throwing things at the swimmers—so Gracie enlists the help of famous Rita Sinclair and her dancers to help impose order on the unruly passengers.

  4. Me and You - Two artistic friends, paintbrushes in hand … “I wish I were just like you,” says the rabbit to the pig. “I wish I were just like you,” says the pig to the rabbit. As the friends use paintbrushes and a few props to adjust tails, ears and noses, something soon becomes clear: they liked each other better before. “I am me and you are you … that’s why we love each other, me and you!” This gentle celebration of friendship and individuality by award-winning writer and illustrator Geneviève Côté will reassure young readers that they are loved and special as themselves. It’s a book with all-ages appeal and an ideal gift for a child — or a best friend.

Books About Pigs and Books And Reading

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The Book Hog
Written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
The Book Hog loves books-the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell-and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are. Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picturebook full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations.
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We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader.
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Rufus Goes to Sea
Written by Kim T Griswell & illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
When school lets out for the summer, Rufus Leroy Williams III, a determined pig who loves to read, decides to become a pirate.
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The Big Book Adventure book
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Do Not Open this Book! book
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Rufus Goes to School book
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  1. The Big Book Adventure - Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading! There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Fresh from the bookstore, Foxy and Pig-Pig can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

  2. Do Not Open this Book! - As Pig tries to write a book, he chastises the reader who keeps interrupting him by turning the pages.

  3. Rufus Goes to School - Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn to read but the principal at first refuses because Rufus is a pig.

Books About Pigs and Action And Adventure

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Piglette
Written by Katelyn Aronson & illustrated by Eva Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Will a pristine piglet find perfection in Paris? Piglette can be a bit particular by her siblings' standards. She always wants everything to be perfect. While her many brothers and sisters like rolling in the mud, Piglette prefers pampering in a mud bath. While her siblings eat slop, Piglette prefers pastries. But what she's most passionate about is flowers. She loves to smell the lilies and lilacs in the pasture. So Piglette decides her precise nose is destined for the perfume shops of Paris! But Piglette soon realizes that there's nothing more precious than the pleasant scents of home, and she finds a way to bring a little Parisian perfection back where she belongs. Debut author Kateyln Aronson and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Eva Byrne have created an unforgettable, playful piglet who stays true to herself and the message that home is where the heart is.
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The Pig on the Hill
Written & illustrated by John Kelly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Enjoying a quiet life of books and lovely views from his hilltop home, a pig is dismayed to encounter an excessively friendly duck who builds an elaborate home obscuring Pig's window and who talks about his numerous athletic exploits. By the award-nominated co-creator of The Robot Zoo.
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There is a Bird on Your Head!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In There Is a Bird On My Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend?
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I Am Invited to a Party! book
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I Am Going! book
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Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes book
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Mercy Watson Fights Crime book
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  1. I Am Invited to a Party! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Am Invited to a Party! Piggie is invited to her first party. She doesn’t know what to wear, though, so she asks her best friend Elephant for help. Elephant’s advice is odd to say the least, so Piggie will try on all sorts of zany outfits before finally arriving at the party for a hilarious surprise.

  2. I Am Going! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Am Going!, Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald she is going. If Piggie goes, who will Gerald skip with, play Ping-Pong with, and wear silly hats with?

  3. Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes - The porcine wonder is off to the drive-in — and driven to follow that buttery smell — in a comic crescendo that reunites a familiar cast of characters. Some may find it wonky to take a pig to the movies. But not Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who think the title of the film is inspirational. And not their beloved Mercy, who is inspired by the fact that the drive-in proudly serves real butter on its Bottomless Bucket of popcorn. So when they pull up in their convertible, Mercy lifts her snout and becomes a pig on a mission – for what is more heavenly than being hot on the trail of a true butter smell? Masterful slapstick director Kate DiCamillo sends Mercy on a delirious chase, followed by a trail of hapless rescuers that fans will recognize from prior episodes. And Chris Van Dusen’s comic retro illustrations perfectly capture a nostalgic pastime – along with the newest antics of a charmingly single-minded pig.

  4. Mercy Watson Fights Crime - Mercy’s back for a third rollicking adventure! Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he’s just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons’ kitchen right this minute! As he drags the toaster across the counter – screeeeeech – and drops it into his bag – clannngggg – little does he know that a certain large pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that comedy of errors (not to mention the buttery sweets in his pocket) will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he’s always dreamed of! Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a new tongue-in-snout adventure about Kate DiCamillo’s delightfully single-minded pig.

Books About Pigs and Elephants

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Pete & Pickles
Written & illustrated by Berkeley Breathed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig. At least, he was . . . before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend. Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination. She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls. (Sort of.) And sledding down the Matterhorn. (Sort of.) Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself . . . until Pickles goes too far. And Pete tells her she must leave. Yet sometimes the simple life isn?t all it?s cracked up to be. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed offers two new irresistible characters and a heartfelt, hilarious look at the rarity of true friendship.
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I Really Like Slop!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Really Like Slop!, Piggie invites Gerald to try her favorite food . . . slop. But Gerald is not so sure he's going to like it. At all.
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The Thank You Book
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.
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I Will Take A Nap! book
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Today I Will Fly! book
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  1. I Will Take A Nap! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Will Take a Nap! Gerald is tired and cranky. Will Piggie be in his dreams? Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?

  2. Today I Will Fly! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Today, I Will Fly! is the funny introduction to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly. But Gerald the elephant knows that’s impossible—isn’t it?

Books About Pigs and Family

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Pigloo
Written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo's plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition—with a little unexpected help. This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.
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Toot & Puddle: Charming Opal
Written & illustrated by Holly Hobbie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
It's summertime, and Toot and Puddle's little cousin, Opal, is visiting Woodcock Pocket when she discovers that she has a loose tooth. Opal carefully places it under her pillow and hopes the tooth fairy will bring her a shiny quarter. Worried that the tooth fairy might get lost on the way, Puddle puts on a special costume so that Opal won't be disappointed. But will the real tooth fairy show up after all?
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What Brothers Do Best
Written by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
This delightful board book by renowned author-illustrator team Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger celebrates all the wonderful things brothers can do! Brothers can push you on a swing, make music with you, and take you to the library. But what do brothers do best? The answer is clear in this appealing board book, celebrating brothers and the everyday things they do.
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Piggybook book
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Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles book
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  1. Piggybook - Illus. in full color. “Mr. Piggott and his sons are a male chauvinist lot who, outside of yelling for their dinner, don’t exercise themselves much around the house. When Mrs. Piggott finally tires of the endless chores that sandwich her workday, she leaves the menfolk on their own, with a note saying, ‘You are pigs.’ With the cooking and housework untended, they soon turn genuinely porcine, a transformation Browne foreshadows with pig faces on the wallpaper, vases, fireplace, phone. As in most of Browne’s art, there is more than a touch of irony and visual humor here. Fun to read aloud.”—Bulletin, Center for Children’s Books.

  2. A Guide to Being a Big Sister - Olivia explains what being a big sister is all about in this storybook with stickers that’s perfect for older siblings! Olivia loves being a big sister to her brothers, Ian and William, and she’s sharing her favorite tips for older sibings in this funny guidebook. Everyone’s favorite pig gives humorous advice on how to help Mom with the stroller, how to help the baby sleep, how to share toys, and more. Includes a special treat for big siblings: a sheet of Olivia stickers! OLIVIA™ Ian Falconer Ink Unlimited, Inc. and © 2014 Ian Falconer and Classic Media, LLC

  3. Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles - Peppa Pig is back! Get ready to join in on two new adventures starring the beloved, award-winning U.K. sensation. There’s so much rain! When Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig tuck them into bed, Peppa and her little brother, George, dream of all the puddles there will be to jump in the next day. Little do they know that the rain is turning their house into an island surrounded by water — making for a different kind of adventure for everyone!

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Books About Pigs and Holidays

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Olivia Helps with Christmas
Written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
...Not a piglet was stirring. Well, maybe just one. Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure Dad sets up the tree, watch Mom make the Christmas dinner, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung, and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Whew, being helpful during the holidays is exhausting! Lovingly told and lavishly illustrated, this board book edition of Olivia Helps with Christmas is the perfect stuffing for any stocking.
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Happy Birthday, Little Pookie
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Wake up and celebrate Little Pookie’s big day in this way-too-early board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. Is that you, little Pookie? It’s not even light. You ought to be sleeping. Look outside. It’s still night. But it’s my birthday! Birthday! Birthday! Pookie can’t wait to celebrate! There’s only one problem: It’s still nighttime and everyone is asleep. With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this surprising (yawn) story proves that every Little Pookie loves birthdays…even before daybreak!
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Happy Pig Day!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Happy Pig Day! Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year! But will Gerald the Elephant be included in the festivities? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a heartfelt story about celebrating the special occasions in life. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will want to join the party!
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A Homemade Together Christmas book
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Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion book
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Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble book
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  1. A Homemade Together Christmas - A family of adorable pigs decides that this year they will make their gifts to each other for Christmas rather than buy gifts. Each family member is excited to try. Momma makes breakfast, Dad makes a blanket, and sister Rosie sings a song. But the littlest pig struggles to come up with an idea. What can he make?

  2. Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion - It’s time for Peppa’s family to get together, and Grandpa and Granny Pig are the first to arrive. Once Auntie Pig, Uncle Pig, Cousin Chloe, and Baby Alexander show up, the whole family is there. Peppa wants to teach the baby how to speak, but all he says is “goo-goo.” It’s a little loud with so many people under one roof, but what matters is celebrating one another — that’s what family is all about.

  3. Olivia the Spy - Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents? Olivia’s birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms! Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, Olivia’s imagination runs wild…because it sounds like not only will there be no birthday, but Mom might just be sending her to military school instead. What a BAD birthday that would be!

  4. Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble - Pee! Gee! Wee! Gee! What’s that sound? With her birthday coming up, Jessica hopes that, just maybe, her present will be a real-live potbellied pig. Jessica can hardly wait for her party with Judy Moody and all their friends. But Judy Moody is acting like a pig-head, and Jessica UN-invites her from the party. To make matters worse, Jessica has snooped around the house and has found zero sign of a pig present. Could her birthday be any more of a disaster? Geared to newly independent readers, this story will have Judy Moody fans in pig heaven.

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Books About Pigs and Pets

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Business Pig
Written & illustrated by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Right from the start, everyone at the barnyard knew Jasper was different: "What we have here is a gen-u-WINE Business Pig!" No playing in the mud for him; Jasper preferred bookkeeping and charts. Most of all, he longs for a forever home. But no matter how many resumes Jasper hands out, no one adopts him. Can this business pig find that special person who means business, too?
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A Piglet Named Mercy
Written by Kate DiCamillo & illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive—and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.
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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Written by Kate DiCamillo & illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Can Mercy Watson outwit Animal Control? The porcine wonder’s on the lam in her latest tongue-in-snout adventure! Mercy's appetite has got her into trouble again. When Eugenia Lincoln's pansies go missing, Animal Control Officer Francine Poulet arrives on the scene. But as she soon discovers, not just anyone can think like a pig. Especially when that pig is porcine wonder Mercy Watson!
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How Tickles Saved Pickles book
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Peppa Pig and the Great Vacation book
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  1. How Tickles Saved Pickles - Esther the Wonder Pig meets Little Book of Sloth in this charming true story about the adorable Instagram stars, Pickles the pig and his friend—the hog-turned-hero—Tickles. Pickles the Pig (@LivingwithPickles) has been featured on The Dodo, Inside Edition, and People! Pickles is a pig, rescued as a wee one and now living it up at his forever home. But one day Pickles becomes very sick. His only hope? One big sow with an even bigger heart on a faraway farm…but will she get to Pickles in time? Learn the true story about one extraordinary pig and his savior in this inspiring photographic picture book!

  2. Peppa Pig and the Great Vacation - Will this be Peppa’s greatest vacation ever? Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Peppa, and George are off to the warm, sunny seaside. It’s too bad Goldie the goldfish can’t come along, but Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig will look after Peppa’s beloved pet. There’s lots to do on vacation — send postcards, have pizza for lunch, take a nature walk, and of course go to the beach. It’s a great vacation indeed, and Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig have taken very good care of Goldie. Maybe too good!

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Books About Pigs and Wolves

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The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help You Feel Better
Written by Susan Verde & illustrated by Jay Fleck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**A calming spin on a classic fairy tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde** Once upon a time there lived a wolf who lost his huff and his puff. It was a BIG, BAD problem! One morning, the wolf came upon a peaceful little yogi doing sun salutations. The wolf wanted to huff and puff and *blooow* her hut down into a big pile of straw. But instead the yogi suggested, “Let’s meditate on that!” Soon the wolf met a second yogi, and then a third. He may have lost his huff and puff—but with the help of three new yogi friends, can the wolf *find* his breath?
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Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs
Written by Paul Harrison & illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
The Big Bad Wolf keeps trying to eat the three little pigs. The farmer's wife keeps chasing the three blind mice. If they work together, maybe they can solve each other's problems.
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4 Little Pigs
Written by Carmen Crowe & illustrated by Jessica Gibson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
You already know about the Three Little Pigs—now see what happens when Baby Pig tags along! With fun dialogue and a simple story line, this chunky little board book supports early literacy skills.
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What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs? book
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Huff & Puff book
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Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet book
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The Three Little Pigs book
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  1. What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs? - What’s the matter with the three little pigs? They’re being tormented by a hungry wolf! And no matter what kind of matter they use to build their homes, it doesn’t matter. The STEM-savvy, rhyme-loving wolf in this fractured fairy tale always seems to spoil the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions support the story’s physics content.

  2. Huff & Puff - This interactive retelling of the Three Little Pigs story allows the reader to play the part of the big bad wolf. Three interior die-cut holes invite readers to huff, puff, and blow the pigs’ houses down! This fractured fairy tale ends sweetly when, rather than blowing down the third pig’s brick home, the wolf/reader blows out the candles on a cake baked by the pigs! A satisfying and engaging read for every young Three Little Pigs fan.

  3. Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet - A delightful book of curious, little-known “facts” about animals—one for each letter of the alphabet! Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O’Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line “fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It’s a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads.

  4. The Three Little Pigs - The Three Little Pigs is a traditional fairy tale perfect for reading with children aged 3 to 5. This story has been loved around the world for over a century and remains a family favorite for parents looking for fairy stories. When the three little pigs decide to leave home, they build houses made of straw, branches, and bricks, but which house will stay standing when the big bad wolf tries to blow them down? The charming illustrations in this fairy tale picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large-format is ideal for sharing and reading together at bedtime.

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Books About Pigs and Feelings And Emotions

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Peaceful Piggy Meditation
Written & illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
What can you do when you're mad, sad, or anxious? Find a quiet spot, sit, and breathe. When you meditate every day, your mind stays happy, and even bad days are a little easier.
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Goodnight You
Written & illustrated by Geneviève Côté
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
In this heartwarming title from the Piggy and Bunny picture book series, the two friends explore what scares them as they prepare for their first campout together. When Bunny admits to being frightened of monsters, Piggy responds that "even if there WAS a monster, I wouldn't scream like you!" When Bunny asks, "What if the monster GROWLS at you"? Piggy answers, "PWAAT! I can be loud, too!" Then, one by one, all of Bunny's questions about what to do if a monster came near are countered confidently by Piggy. Soon Bunny begins to feel differently about monsters, and says, "I can even turn off the light and wish that monster goodnight!" To which Piggy then admits, "NOOO!! I'm a wee bit scared of the dark." With Bunny on the left-facing page of every spread and Piggy on the right, the two create a rhythmic back-and-forth that is soothing yet fun. What Piggy and Bunny learn together is that everyone gets frightened sometimes, and having a good friend nearby is the perfect antidote. Children will appreciate that neither of them makes fun of the other's fears, and instead they find ways to comfort and reassure each other. With soft, gentle artwork and deceptively simple text, award-winning author-illustrator Geneviève Côtè has crafted a beautiful picture book that will be a regular favorite at storytime. This would also be a perfect title to begin classroom discussions about emotions, particularly fear, and how to identify, manage and express them.
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Love You Too
Written by Alastair Heim & illustrated by Alisa Coburn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
**A sweet, interactive picture book about a father and daughter's fun day, now available as a board book!** When I say "I love," you say "you!" I love you. I love you. When I say "love you," you say "too!" Love you too. Love you too. It's another bright morning, and there's a whole day of fun activities ahead! Over the course of a day, a father and his little piglet wake up, get dressed, eat pancakes with syrup, ride bicycles, go on the swings, eat lunch, play hide-and-seek, take a bath, and then get ready for bed, eager for the next day to come. This rhythmic call-and-response picture book is an entertaining and interactive reading experience perfect for children who like hands-on books. Kids will love reciting the text when prompted with "When I say pancakes, you say more. . . . When I say syrup, you say pour. . . . When I say swing me, you say high. . . . When I say to the, you say sky," and more!
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Herbert's First Halloween book
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My Friend is Sad (An Elephant and Piggie Book) book
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My New Friend Is So Fun! book
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I Love You, Little Pookie book
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  1. Herbert's First Halloween - Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloween—but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.

  2. My Friend is Sad (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - When Gerald the Elephant is sad, Piggie is determined to cheer him up, but he soon finds after many tries that it only takes the simplest thing to change Gerald’s mood. 75,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

  3. My New Friend Is So Fun! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?

  4. I Love You, Little Pookie - From the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton, here is I Love You, Little Pookie, a sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from Mom to her wonderful child. I Love You, Little Pookie is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration—for Valentine’s Day and every day—enlivened with those funny and captivating Boynton drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it: Through the days, through the nights, come rain or come shine, I love you, little Pookie. You’ll always be mine.

Books About Pigs and Easy Readers

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Should I Share My Ice Cream?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.
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Waiting Is Not Easy!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...
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Let's Go for a Drive!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Let's Go for a Drive! Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road! But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.
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I'm a Frog! book
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Pigs Make Me Sneeze! book
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I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) book
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  1. I'm a Frog! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I’m a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie’s new identity?

  2. I Will Surprise My Friend! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie want to play a game and surprise each other-but the biggest surprise is the one they least expect.

  3. Pigs Make Me Sneeze! - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever?

  4. I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie can’t wait to show Gerald her brand new toy. But will an accidentally broken toy accidentally break a friendship?

Books About Pigs and Friendship

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Ribbit!
Written by Rodrigo Folgueira & illustrated by Poly Bernatene
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says: RIBBIT! The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed—"What did that little pig just say?", "Does he think he's a frog?", "Is he making fun of us?" Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals; everyone is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall—maybe he just wanted to make new friends! But is it too late? This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous RIBBIT!s throughout—perfect for reading aloud
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Ten Things I Love About You
Written & illustrated by Daniel Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie will enjoy Rabbit and Pig’s clever back-and-forth which shows the funny ways friends bounce ideas and feelings off each other. Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself? But Pig is busy, and keeps sending Rabbit away. But no matter what Pig does, Rabbit is inspired to add another thing to his list. When Pig says, “Rabbit, I’m starting to lose my patience!” Rabbit has #6—“I love Pig because he’s not afraid to show his feelings!” Fortunately, Pig’s dwindling patience is rewarded when Rabbit completes his list—and the two realize exactly why they are such good pals.
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A Pig, a Fox, and a Box
Written & illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7
Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter.
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Gracie Laroo at Training Camp book
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  1. Gracie Laroo at Training Camp - Training camp has opened, and Gracie LaRoo is excited to be back with her synchronized swimming team, the Water Sprites—but the other members of the team seem strangely uninterested in training, and it will be up to Gracie to set an example with a perfect triple spin.

  2. Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring - In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime. Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

  3. Ten Thank-You Letters - Pig is writing a thank-you note to his grandma when his friend Rabbit comes over to play. Eager to get in on the action, Rabbit writes one of his own . . . and another . . . and another . . . until his flurry of thank-you notes has Pig in a tizzy. Pig just wants to finish writing his note in peace! Fortunately, Rabbit’s last thank-you note reminds Pig how lucky he is to have Rabbit as a friend. This funny friendship story shows how different personalities can manage to fit together perfectly. Rabbit’s letters to everyone from the president to the crossing guard will have readers chuckling as the delightful duo from Ten Things I Love About You discovers the joy of showing gratitude to the special people in their lives.

Books About Pigs and Playing

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Can I Play Too?
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch?
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A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?
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Watch Me Throw the Ball!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Watch Me Throw the Ball!, Gerald is determined to teach Piggie that ball-throwing is serious business... but Piggie is just as determined to have serious fun.
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Starring Me and You book
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These Little Piggies Go to the Beach book
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  1. Starring Me and You - The two friends from Me and You and Without You have decided to put on a play. While Piggy and Bunny encourage each other’s inner stars, they discover that the same feeling can be expressed in very different ways. This gently funny story sets the stage for preschoolers learning how to play together after years of being stars of their own show.

  2. These Little Piggies Go to the Beach - From New York Times bestselling illustrator Christine Davenier and bestselling author Amy E. Sklansky comes this utterly charming, silly, and irresistible read-aloud that sends the little piggies from everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme off to the beach. Following the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original (This little piggy went to market..), young children get to follow along as the five piggies pack the car, arrive at the beach, build a sand castle, swim and explore, and play with a beach ball. It’s the perfect read-aloud for young children and their adults, providing lots to look at, loads of fun action, and a perfect ending to a perfect day at the beach.

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Books About Pigs and First Concepts

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Day by Day
Written & illustrated by Susan Gal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Susan Gal offers a heartwarming tale of old-fashioned goodness. The industrious pigs of Day by Day build a home, plant a garden, help their neighbors, and then gather in a harvest grown with hard work and kindness. The language is sweet and simple: Day by day, the seasons turn. Shoulder to shoulder, pigs gather the harvest. Hand in hand, pigs give thanks, then cheek to cheek, they dance. The artwork is bright and full of the merry antics of a happy family and a tight-knit community. And these pigs are flat out adorable! This delightful story celebrates family and community, caring and sharing.
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Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School
Written & illustrated by Candlewick Press
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Peppa Pig is back! Get ready to join in on two new adventures starring the beloved, award-winning U.K. sensation. Peppa is having a busy day at school — learning numbers and letters, painting, making music, and playing outside. Peppa can’t wait for Special Talent time, but her excitement turns to worry when all three of her special talents are chosen by others! Luckily, Peppa can revert to her true specialty: jumping in muddy puddles!
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Pigs in a Pickle
Written by Hans Wilhelm & illustrated by Erica Salcedo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
The three little pigs from Pigs in a Blanket are back for more fun in this silly interactive board book with a positive message! These three little pigs are ready for anything—especially having fun. But, whoops! Sometimes the pigs' day doesn't go as planned. That's OK! No matter what the oopsie, the pigs keep going, always staying positive and landing on their teensy feet! • A positive message about perseverance told in clever rhyming, easy-to-follow text • Fun and interactive book for family story time • Hans Wilhelm has written and illustrated over 200 books for children and adults including the popular Guess Which Hand and Pigs in a Blanket. For children who love barnyard animals, Peppa Pig, Perfect Piggies!, and Tickle the Pig, Pigs in a Pickle will warm hearts and inspire confidence. A fun and simple book about overcoming challenges for preschoolers and toddlers. • Books for kids ages 0–3 • Interactive and fun • Read-aloud bedtime book
Honorable Mentions
Pocket Piggies Colors! book
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This Little Piggy book
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  1. Pocket Piggies Colors! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: On each spread of Pocket Piggies Colors!, one of the beloved piggy models is paired with an object or animal of a different color—like a little piggy holding a red guitar or checking out a yellow chick.

  2. This Little Piggy - Presents an illustrated version of this traditional nursery rhyme. On board pages.

Books About Pigs and Performing Arts

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Little Pig Joins the Band
Written & illustrated by David Hyde Costello
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Little Pig has trouble keeping up with his older—and bigger—brothers and sisters. When they get out Grandpa's old marching-band instruments, Little Pig is too little to play any of them. But when the disorganized band has a pig-pile mishap, Little Pig has a BIG idea: They could use a leader.
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Listen to My Trumpet!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response.
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Play with Me!
Written & illustrated by Michelle Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Playtime means very different things to these two spirited friends Pip is full of ideas for what to play: Dress up! Magicians! Dolls! Only, Nico doesn’t want to play any of them, and Pip gets mad. REALLY mad. But don’t worry—Nico finds the perfect way for them to play together. Michelle Lee’s irresistible characters show that finding a way to play together will always hit the right note.
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Saving Marty book
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Dumpy La Rue book
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Swine Lake book
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Elephants Cannot Dance! book
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  1. Saving Marty - From the award-winning author of “Ten Mile River” and “When Friendship Followed Me Home” comes a warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig that thinks it’s a dog.

  2. Dumpy La Rue - Everyone told Dumpy La Rue that pigs don’t dance. But Dumpy knew better. He closed his eyes and twirled to the tune inside his head. The whole barnyard gathered around, and soon hooves were stomping, wings were flapping, and feet were stamping out a beat. Elizabeth Winthrop’s romping, rhyming story and Betsy Lewin’s exuberant illustrations will have readers tapping their toes, jumping for joy, and dancing a jig with this passionate pig.

  3. Swine Lake - When a lean and mangy wolf stumbles into the Boarshoi Ballet, he finds tasty pigs a-plenty, twirling and whirling in a performance of Swine Lake. Faced with all those luscious porkers, whats a hungry wolf to do? Well, something totally surprising, as it turns out. Pure fun from Marshall and Sendak—an incomparable duo!

  4. Elephants Cannot Dance! - Gerald the elephant is certain that he cannot dance but his friend Piggie convinces him to try.

Books About Pigs and Farm Animals

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Charlotte's Web
Written by E.B. White & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the world—of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything. We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo's foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic. Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig. How all this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language. The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White's marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly.
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Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
Written by Joy Cowley & illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.
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Hogwash!
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jim McMullan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
He washed the horses, ducks and cows The goats, the cats and dogs. Everything went dandy... Until the farmer reached his hogs. "No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!" Farmer's stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along... sometimes a mud bath is even better! New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson's clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan's illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!
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Pocket Piggies Numbers! book
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Pocket Piggies Opposites! book
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Henry's Stars book
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Saving Emma the Pig book
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  1. Pocket Piggies Numbers! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: Pocket Piggies Numbers! celebrates an ever-growing crowd of piggies, from one to ten, through a rhyming text that’s sweet and charming, to read again and again: 1 Pocket Piggy in a boat, 2 Pocket Piggies in a cup, 3 Pocket Piggies in a basket, 4 Pocket Piggies with a pup!

  2. Pocket Piggies Opposites! - The Pocket Piggies are back in their third irresistible board book for babies and toddlers, this time illustrating the concept of opposites. The star residents of Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, pocket pigs are tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand, and they love posing for the camera as much as the camera loves them. The chunky, made-for-little-hands board book format is the perfect platform for these friendly and photogenic ambassadors of cute. With bright, colorful photographs and simple text, Pocket Piggies Opposites! is a delightful way for young children to learn about opposites. There’s “Messy” (piggy splattered with paint) and “Clean” (piggy taking a bubble bath). “Cold” (piggy playing in the snow) and “Hot” (piggy building a sand castle on the beach). And more, all lovingly photographed by Richard Austin, Pennywell’s exclusive animal photographer.

  3. Henry's Stars - The stars take shape in this adorable companion to Henry’s Map! One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees? In this charming companion to Henry’s Map, David Elliot explores—with gentle humor—the nature of art and perception. A perfect book for kids and adults who love to find shapes among the stars or anywhere else their imaginations may lead.

  4. Saving Emma the Pig - Welcome to Apricot Lane Farm, a unique world full of true stories about heartwarming animals’ relationships and the special people who care for them. When Emma the pig arrives at the Apricot Lane Farm, she is about to give birth to piglets. But she is also sick, and after her seventeen babies arrive, Emma is unable to care for them. Taking care of seventeen piglets and a sick mama pig are a challenge for Farmer John and his team. But the cure for Emma reminds them what is most important—for pigs and for humans: love and friendship.

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