9 Best Children’s Books About Pigs Update 05/2022

Children's Books About Pigs

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig, by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane, and Cori Doerrfeld

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig, by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane, and Cori Doerrfeld

Esther, all 650 pounds of her, hasn’t been in the public eye for very long. She has more than 1.5 million Facebook and Instagram fans. Esther was first thought to be a small pig by her owners, authors Jenkins and Walter. She quickly grew…and…grew…and grew. That’s how I feel about her, too. In the garden, she likes to look at the fish pond, and in the cabinets in the kitchen. With those puppy, or piggy, eyes, she looks up at her dads and everything is fine. There comes a point when Esther needs more space. She moves out to the country and opens Happily Ever Esther Animal Sanctuary. You can read more about Esther’s real life and the sanctuary that she lived in in extra material that is at the back of the book. Check out the original book for adults, too.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

It’s called The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, written by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

Any book written and illustrated by this duo will be a hit with kids of all ages (also check out The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales). In this version of The Three Little Pigs, A. Wolf tells the story from the big, bad wolf’s point of view. The wolf says that all he wanted was a little cup of sugar, but the three pigs don’t believe him. When he talks about things from there, he says they’ve been misunderstood. It’s so heartfelt in A. Wolf’s story that readers will sympathize with him and wonder if they were really led astray by the original story, too.

Perfect Piggies, by Sandra Boynton

As a child, Sandra Boynton was one of the best books I read to my kids. Simple stories with fun characters and board books that are just right for little hands. In Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs, there is a song with the same name. This book is based on that song. It celebrates swine in all their floppy ears and curly tails. As a matter of fact, this is a celebration of all the great things in each and every one of us, as well as the simple things we all need to live.

Little Oink, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

Little Oink, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

These books have been read so many times that they are in pieces at our house. They are called Little Hoot and Little Pea. This is what you’d expect from a pig. He likes to play with his friends, go to school, and look for truffles. When Little Oink makes a “mess, mess, mess,” he doesn’t like it. If you’re a pig, this can be a little difficult. Full of Rosenthal’s wit, even parents won’t mind reading this book over and over again because it is so funny.

Olivia, by Ian Falconer

Olivia is so human that it’s easy to forget that she’s a pig because she looks so real. Instead, it’s easy to think of her as a typical young child. It doesn’t stop when Olivia wakes up. She’s always full of song, dance, imagination, and a little bit of a wiggle, too! When it’s time for bed, Olivia pulls another preschool trick on her parents, much to the relief of their tired bodies. piles of books on the bed (not that that has ever happened at our house).

The Three Little Javelinas, by Susan Lowell and Jim Harris

They are wild pigs that live in the Southwest in this well-known version of The Three Little Pigs. These pigs don’t build their homes out of straw, sticks, or brick. Instead, they use tumbleweed, saguaro ribs, and adobe. Coyotes don’t make a lot of noise like wolves, so this story is about one. This is a fun way to tell the story instead of the usual way. It’s full of amusing illustrations and references to the area.

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat

Master rhymer and 2015 Caldecott Medal winner Schwartz is on this list. You can read more about Schwartz here. Santat tells the story of three pigs who have had enough of the bully wolf, and they want to tell it to you. Besides, who is he? This is how it works: The first brother pig wants to learn aikido, and the second wants to learn jujitsu. But the third pig, the sister, is the one who saves the day. A big hit with ninja fans all over the world, too!

Elephant and Piggie, by Mo Willems

To meet Piggie and Gerald, if your young child hasn’t already, run to your local bookstore or library right away. This series has a lot of good books. My favorite is Waiting Is Not Easy, but any of them would be good to start with. When you read one, you’ll have to read them all. Piggie, who is always having fun, and Gerald, who is always careful, are perfect for each other. There are lessons about sharing, forgiveness, friendship, and patience in the writing, but it also has a lot of fun and lively writing that makes you laugh out loud.

Mercy Watson, by Kate Dicamillo and Chris Van Dusen

For kids who start reading early chapter books, there’s the Mercy Watson series, which has a lot of books about Mercy. They love Mercy, the dog that they have been having for a long time. Mercy, on the other hand, doesn’t live in a barn at all. Mercy lives in the Watson house, sleeps in the Watson bed, and eats buttered toast as a treat every now and then. After all, even though Mercy has been given a lot of attention, she’s still a pig, and one who gets into trouble a lot. This is a great book to help kids move from picture books to chapter books because it has funny text, weird characters, and Van Dusen’s wacky illustrations.

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