Childrens Books About Pigs

Reading Bedtime Stories To Your Children Can Add Encouragement To Their Love Of Books


Reading time is one of the best uses of time you can choose to spend with your children. Reading books can not only stimulate their minds and increase their vocabulary, but reading to your child while they are young can foster a love for books in them that can stay with them forever.

One of the best times to spend reading to your child is just before bedtime. There is nothing like a funny bedtime story to finish off a hectic day. Humor is one thing that every family could use a little more of!

Why did I choose Pig Books?

I developed a love for Pigs in my college years (figuratively not literally) and started collecting children's books about Pigs "way back then." My collection has grown quite sizeable during the years, so narrowing my list down to ten of my favorites was quite challenging. This list however, will be a great start for the amateur pig lover; I certainly didn't want to overwhelm you right from the start.

The smallest pigs in the world!

A little trivia about Pigs....

Pigs can also be called hogs or swine. They have a snout for a nose, very small eyes and a small tail which, may or may not, be curly. Their thick body is covered with a coarse hair, which is not soft enough to be thought of as fur. They have short stubby legs, with four toes on each foot.

Pigs are actually the cleanest of the barnyard animals, as they eat anything that becomes a mess... and I mean anything. They are foraging animals and have an excellent sense of smell. Unlike the common misnomer "sweat like a pig", pigs do not have any sweat glands and therefore cool themselves by using water or mud during hot weather. Mud is also used to protect their skin from flies and as a source of sunscreen so they won't sunburn. Pigs are very intelligent and can be trained to perform numerous simple tasks as well as tricks.

Some famous pigs are Babe, Wilbur (from Charlotte's Web), and Arnold Ziffel (the son of Fred and Doris Ziffel on Green Acres).

#1- Pigsty by Mark Teague

Wendell Fultz's room isn't a mess, it is a total pigsty! Wendell's mother tries to encourage him to clean it up but when it is to no avail she simply lets him experience what it is like to live in a messy room. Soon the pigs show up and make the mess all the worse. Wendell discovers it is better to live in a clean room and only invite the pigs over once in a while.

This is a great book to teach your children the pitfalls of a messy room. It also gives parents a humorous look at the on going battle of the "clean up your room" war!

Pigsty

#2- Piggybook by Anthony Browne

Piggybook is a book that examines modern gender-roles in a humorous way.

In the beginning of this book, the mother character, Mrs. Piggott cooks, cleans, irons, and generally waits hand and foot on her spoiled husband, Mr. Piggott, and their sons. They are demanding, unappreciative, and just plain rude. But one day, Mom gets fed up, and Dad and the boys come home to an empty house and a short but to-the-point note: "You are pigs!" In the ensuing days, while Mom presumably takes a much needed vacation, the boys must fend for themselves, and as a result, they end up rooting around for scraps and living like pigs, just as Mom predicted. When Mom finally returns, she finds the home in a state of chaos, and her husband and sons are relieved and grateful to see her. Changes take place in the household--the boys learn chores to help out around the house, and even Dad takes on some of the household duties. And as a result of her new-found time, Mom learns how to fix the car!

This is a must read for every family.

#3- Piggies by Audrey and Don Wood

This book is written by both Don and Audrey Wood about the antics of ten marvelous little piggies who romp from fingers to toes in this original fantasy bedtime story. Although the story is cute the highlight of the book are the illustrations done by artist Don Wood. Don Wood's oil paintings explode with magic and will totally engage any reader with the detailed creativity he shows. You simply must experience the pictures for yourself.

#4- Perfect Pigs, An Introduction to Manners by Marc Brown and Stephen Krensky

This book gives a simple introduction to good manners to use with family, friends, at school, during meals, with pets, on the phone, during games, at parties, and in public places.

Marc Brown and Stephen Krensky use the pigs to demonstrate the use of these good manner skills. A great resource for teaching your children proper manners in all areas.

#5- Pigs Will Be Pigs by Any Axelrod

This book is an excellent book to teach math and money concepts to your children.

Mr. Pig, Mrs. Pig and their piglets must learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, and think about the way money works to satisfy their big pig appetites.

#6- Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini

Just what is Piggie Pie?

Margie Palatini writes about Gritch the witch who wants her piggie pie. She tries to make the pie and discovers she has all the ingredients but the main one, pigs. She goes to Old MacDonald's Farm in search of some pigs, only to find they have tricked her by dressing up as different farm animals. During the story Palatini uses irony, and other fairy tales and nursery rhymes to keep the reader captivated.

In the end the Mr. Wolf offers his pig catching services only to find Gritch happily willing to have "a wolf for lunch."

#7- The Pig In A Wig by Alan MacDonald

This is a wonderful book that teaches the perils of vanity. Piggoty Pig thinks she is beautiful, pink, and perfect until the other farm animals call her fat, pink, and bald. To remedy this situation Piggoty finds a wig and parades through the barnyard with pride, until she is unmercifully ridiculed by the others. In the end Piggoty regains her self-esteem as she finds she is just right the way she is.

#8- The Book of Pigericks by Arnold Lobel

This book contains 38 limericks about pigs. It starts with a limerick about a pig with a pen, who one would assume is the author himself, and ends with the conclusion about this limerick writing pig. In between is found wonderful silly limericks, perfect for any 4-8 year old to appreciate.

There was a warm pig from Key West.

Of sandcastles, his was the best.

But as soon as he built it,

A wave came to tilt it,

Which dampened that pig from Key West.

#9- If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff

"If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath." You get the idea. Baths lead to bubbles, bubbles lead to rubber ducks, rubber ducks lead to wanting a trip to the farm. If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a delightful exploration of the scenario "if you give an inch, they'll take a mile." But who could refuse the whims of this adorable piglet?

Geordie Reads "If You Give a Pig a Pancake"

#10- The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs! by A. Wolf, as told to Jon Scieszka

This is one of my all time favorites... You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, but only one person knows the real story. That person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold... and a bad reputation. It ends in the Big House: the Pigpen. What really happened when A. Wolf was at the door? Was it an historic pig out or a Mother Goose frame-up? You decide.

Bonus: The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

Not to be confused with their cousins, the pigs, a new and different twist is given to the classic three little pig story. This time the story is told with a southwestern flare.

The two little javalinas live in homes built of tumbleweeds and saguaro ribs from a fallen cactus, and soon find themselves running from the hungry coyote, who had hoped to eat them with red chile sauce. They end up at the safety of their wise sister's house who built her home of strong adobe bricks. These rugged characters are simply more than the coyote bargained for.

I hope you and your children will enjoy these books as much as I did with mine!

I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. --George Bernard Shaw

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs

I loved reading this hub! Now I want to go out and get all of these books. Pigs are so loveable - you just want to cuddle with their cute little noses!

Have you ever read Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas? It's one of my favorite kid's books that grownups get a kick out of, too.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

annemaeve,

Thanks for your compliments to the Hub.  It was a fun one to write. I agree, pigs are cute and loveable.  I do have the book you mentioned, it is a hoot. I simply had too many great one's to choose from I guess! Thanks again.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Fun hub, Doghouse! We have the same taste! (surprised?) I have 5 of your 10 already on my bookshelf. Now i will have to check out your other suggestions. I trust your taste in books :)

We once saw a piglet race at a country fair - it was the cuttest thing! It wasn't cruel, just adorable. My daughter has appreciated pigs ever since...


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

amy jane,

Thanks for the vote of confidence, on the taste of books! lol I am glad you liked the HUB. I have always had a great appreciation for pigs myself. Thanks for your welcome comments.


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MikeJ 8 years ago from Utah

I can't believe how much time I spent at this hub. It was great. Who would have ever thought it? Pigs!! Good stuff!!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Hi Mike,

I know crazy isn't it? I absolutely love childrens books, and also have quite a fetish for pigs, so combine the two and you have this HUB! lol Thanks for taking the time to read it, I am glad you enjoyed it! lol


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Another super fun HUB!! I just laughed out loud at your Shaw quote at the end. Priceless. Thanks for the fun read...


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Steph,

Glad to hear you enjoyed the Hub. Thanks for stopping by.


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

I have had several pigs for pets. Porky and Petunia, Percilla and Apple Lucy who I envisioned with an apple in her mouth the first hour she came to live with us. The dog did not like her and she did not like us. Pigs have unbelievable personality, and they do make very fun pets. Porky and Petunia went fishing with us on a regular basis and Porky was a blast for the children to play with in the creek. Pigs are cool and your hub about pig books was a good read. Thanx!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

C.S.Alexia,

I have always wanted to own a pet pig, I just can't seem to talk the rest of my family into it! Thanks for your added comments.


Bocadike 8 years ago

Such long time friends!! Great job on the book reviews!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Bocadike,

You are the one to blame for my great love of children's books, so indeed I thank you with all my heart! xxoo


Scott Chester 8 years ago

I didn't know you were so into pigs! I always saw some around your house, but didn't really notice them as my mom was seriously addicted to pigs. Everything had to somehow be related to a pig. I have a BYU-Idaho pig that she used to have in her car!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Scott,

"Pigs" are among my many collections. I have simply tried to "scale down". lol Can't you tell? Thanks for your comment.


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wannabwestern 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I loved this hub! I have a 115 lb 5'2" aunt who can eat anything she wants. She gained the nickname Aunt Piggie and started a pig collection too!

The Three Little Javelinas is a book close to my heart, partly because I live in the Sonoran desert and actually saw one just a few days ago, and partly because it's a really really cute variation on the traditional tale. Love it, love it, love it!

Way to go!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Western,

Thanks for visiting and commenting. As you can see, I share your love for children's books! My mother was a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years, so we have quite a collection of them. lol Thanks again.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wow Diana, I never knew there were so many piggy books out there. Hmmm to make a wish list: somebody will send us all the children's books from the U.S. all the way to Cebu. LOL Now that will be the day. The children will have a feast and so will the teachers. "And he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down...."

By the way, I love the PIG too. For I am born in that year. Hehe


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Michelle,

Yes, there are that many books about pigs and more! lol I had to make a selection of the ones I love the most to put on the HUB. I love childrens books. Keep wishing, it may come true. lol


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

What a great hub!

You should check out the Olivia books

http://www.oliviathepiglet.com/


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Uninvited Writer,

I absolutely love the Olivia books! I have the entire collection. I just had to limit the amount of my favorite piggy books that I reviewed or the Hub would have never ended! lol Thanks for the compliment!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

This is such a lovely piggy Hub! Just adorable. I must remember to look for these books when I go to the library with my grandchildren:-)

tDMg

LdsNana-AskMormon


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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub!!! If You Give A Pig A Pancake is one of my daughters favorites!!!

Now I have a great list for Christmas shopping! Thanks


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

@LdsNana- I hope you have fun reading these piggy books to your grandchildren. They are awesome books about pigs!

@Lilymag- These pig books would make great Christmas presents for children. I think they are hilarious!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is such a cute hub! Piggy's are adorable, even if they smell.

I always read to my kids when they were little, I think it's a terrific bedtime activity, and it's nice to be able to snuggle with little ones when they're quiet and paying rapt attention to the story. Helps also to get them interested in reading.

Great hub!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Shirley,

Having been raised by a mother who was a kindergarten teacher, we had tons of children's books in the house. Reading was simply a part of growing up. When I was a mother with young children I too spent hours of reading time in children's books. I guess that just explains my love for children's books. These piggy ones are just a few of my very favorites!


Margie Palatini 7 years ago

Thanks for choosing PIGGIE PIE! as one of the faves.

I love pigs too. In fact, presently working on a new book where three star.


renee 7 years ago

hey...have any of you heard of the book about the pigs that go on vacation..and they go to the beach...and i think they get into a car accident...and everyone drives weird cars, like a hot dog car and stuff like that...?? I can't remember the name of it!!!


Hitchcock Blonde 6 years ago

@Renee

The book is called: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

http://www.amazon.com/Trucks-Things-Giant-Little-G...


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Tania Cowling 5 years ago from Florida

What a super hub - almost every children's book on pigs and more. I really enjoyed reading this article.


mary coleman 5 years ago

Can you help?I'm trying to find a children's book,i think from the 80's about a family of upper class brith pigs who go to the beach.Want to find it for my grandkids.The pigs had a name like Haversham(maybe)but went on holiday to the beach.


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hanwillingham 4 years ago

Very entertaining hub. Love this hub.


akalaka11 4 years ago

Looking for a book I loved as a kid...one little pig in a family of stereotypical pigs likes to keep things neat and tidy and paints on the walls of his sty. It ends with the family finally realizing he's creating art and they try to clean up their act too. Any help?? Thanks!


Rick 3 years ago

Can you help me find a book title that I read years ago? It was about two brother piglets. One of them is a home body, and the other is wayward. The wayward brother moves away. Though he is gone, he is constantly mailing his brother letters that tell all about his travels. Each page reads like their correspondence from one another. It reminds me of my brother and I. He stayed on the family farm, while I've lived everywhere from Boston to Yuma, to Los Angeles, and traveled the whole world over.

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