My love of Elephant & Piggie is no secret, and I have teamed up with Disney-Hyperion Books to share what Elephant & Piggie are up to now that they aren’t starring in any new books. I could not be more excited about what these super funny friends are up to. Since retiring from their main character job now they are helping other authors and illustrators who have a similar style with a new series. Best friends Elephant and Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books. Each 64-page beginning reader delivers super fun reading experience that speaks to kids”™ interests and abilities through stories that are fun and funny. The dialogue-driven format, just like the Elephant & Piggie series promotes participatory storytelling style that fans love. Plus, each book contains all-new Elephant & Piggie story bumpers!
Here are the first two books – I got to get a sneak peak and shared it on Instagram – I couldn’t wait to tell everyone how much we loved these books!
WE ARE GROWING By Laurie Keller
In Stores September 20th
This book is a hilarious up-close look at some blades of grass eager to grow; only there is a mower coming! Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . What about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own.
COOKIE FIASCO By Dan Santat
In Stores September 20th
Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . And four of them. . . What’s more, they need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs! I love the math in this book. After reading in my 1st grader asked; “Can we get some cookies to break like that?” All in the name of a good math activity of course we did.
Since Elephant & Piggie are recommending these books, I thought that this would be the perfect time to introduce simple book recommendations for our home library. I made a FREE printable template if you want to use it, or you can create your own. It is simple and works well with children who can write independently or not. If your child isn’t writing yet have them dictate the first part, and draw a picture without aid. Do not forget to rate the book too!
Download Free Printable PDF Here.
These are the goodies I got, and you have a chance to win!
The prize pack will include: Copies of We Are Growing and Cookie Fiasco, Branded cookies and branded pins and Elephant & Piggie finger puppets.
To enter all you have to do is tell me what was the last book you read with a child, your own or one you were caring for or teaching. That’s it!
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post answering what was the last book you read with a child. One winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes close on Sunday, September 19th at 8:00 pm PST. The winner will receive the prize pack listed , valued at approximately $35. After the winner is notified he or she has 72 hours to respond with their mailing address,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email, and postal addresses will not be used in any way other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Winnie the Pooh!
Jenny Han says
The last book I read to my kids was the book tonight – Magic Tree House series. We read a couple of chapters every night and started with book 1. They love it. We love the history.
Just this morning we were reading The Scrambled States of America which is also by Laurie Keller.
Krista Landenwich says
last book I read last night to my 3 year old – “The Duckling Gets A Cookie?!” Mo Willems.
AAAAHHHH!!! We love Piggie & Gerald! The last book we actually read to our kids was a Piggie & Gerald book! (Sorry, that’s a lot of exclamation points, but this is exciting) We read “I Really Like Slop” last. Complete with many gutteral and ‘I’m gonna be sick’ noises.
We read Oh David by David Shannon.
Kathy Teague says
I actually work with 3 year olds and I just read The Teeny Tiny Woman to them. It was a request from the book shelf and they loved it…caught and kept their attention for sure!
These books look great.
Kate M. says
Hooray for Gerald and Piggie staying active in retirement 🙂
The last book I read with my son was Winnie-the-Pooh’s Halloween.
The last book we read was Inside Your Outside! From the Cat in the Hat Learning Library by Tish Rabe. Love the blog btw!
We just read the Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus 🙂
I just read “Make Van Gogh’s Bed” to my nanny kid. I love Piggie and Elephant though!
The last book I read was “My First Soccer Game” and a bunch of books on basketball and backhoes. Yup, reading to my 2 year old son!
We just read Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Cyndy M. says
My son loves Dear Zoo so we just read that.
He also read, What would you Rather be? with his dad this afternoon.
Allison Mize says
Our tree named steve with my daughter and not a box with my small learning groups.
We read Ada Twist Scientist!
My oldest and I are currently reading Billie B Mystery series books by Sally Rippin we love them and my youngest and I are going to be reading Cordelia shortly!
A Pocket for Corduroy!
Desirae F says
We just finished up our weekly Magic Tree House book and also read Peace is an Offering this afternoon.
How to bake an Apple Pie and See the world, were so excited for Fall to start!
Just finished The Princess in Black! Thanks for the recommendation from your “Book Series for 5 and 6 Year Olds” post. We’ve already requested the next one from the library.
Allison McDonald says
You are so welcome – that is an absolute fave in our house!
When I grow up by Mercer Meyer.
Sarah Robinson says
We’re going on a bear hunt. The kids have it memorized.
Kendal Barriere says
I’ve been listening to my son read Ricky Riccotta books. And I’m also listening to my husband read out loud to the kids The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
This is a Moose by Richard T Morris. My boys love silly participatory books!
Arthur’s happy Birthday, my 4 year olds pick for her bedtime story last night! We have read the entire elephant and Piggie series and LoVE them so much.
My son isn’t huge into reading books by himself, all though he can, but Piggie & Gerald are the books I know I can always get him to read – he loves them, and so does the rest of the family :o) Last night I read The Sleepy Little Alphabet and a Peg & Cat book to my daughter. All of my kids enjoy our pre-bedtime reading from mom and dad!
Caps for Sale. My son is super in love with that book right now and wants to be a hat seller when he grows up.
I am still so sad that Gerald and Piggie are retiring. I hope the new books will help ease the pain 🙂
Last night I read the kids Larry gets lost in Philadelphia (John Skewes – we love this series, although not as much as Gerald & Piggie!!) and then my 1st grader read us Tomie dePaola’s Charlie Needs a Cloak.
We love Elephant and Piggie so much in our house! I have convinced my librarian to order a bunch of them. The last book I read with my daughter was, The Wonderful Book, by Leonid Gore.
Funny enough last night we read Elephant & Piggie Can I Play Too? and I Broke My Trunk.
The last book I read was “Are You my Mother?
The last book I read to our boys today was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 🙂
We read Sheep in a Jeep and Jamberry.
Miss Julie says
I’m a librarian and just hosted a toddler/preschool dance party where I read (sang) the book, If You’re a Robot and You Know It by David Carter. It’s so much fun.
Allison McDonald says
Oh I need to grab it!
Janice H says
The third Princess in Black! Thanks so much for that recommendation! My kindergartener is loving it. She read it out loud to me at bedtime last night. She reads it herself so I love that while the level is perfect for her, so is the content! That’s hard to find in her reading level since that is generally geared to older kids. And thanks for this review. We love E&P and I was really curious about these new books but hesitant to preorder with no reviews or pictures for ideas of their style that I could find with searches.
Allison McDonald says
Both of these books are really funny, the one about the grass “We are Growing” is about how people, and blades of grass label themselves and seek out what makes them special and how that can all change. The Cookie Fiasco is really funny, and all about math. The cookies get broken over and over until they can be split evenly among the group. My just turned 6 year old loved them both!
Jennifer O'Connor says
Go Away Big Green Monster
Winnie the Pooh
Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen!
Tiffany Carroll says
I just finished reading my 1.5 year old’s favorite book, Freight Train, before bedtime.
Great give-away-for back to school! Thanks so much. Both books look amazing. Today I read Pete The Cat-I Love My White Shoes, to my class! Good luck to allâ™¥! Happy reading and happy new school year everyone…We LOVE new books!
Kristi Murawski says
Last night we read Barnabas Helps a Friend and Piggy & Elephant, Can I Play Too? and A Big Guy Took My Ball. We are big readers at bedtime and Piggy & Elephant are some of our favorites.
Jaclyn Reynolds says
The last book we read was one of the Pookie books by Sandra Boynton!
The last book I read to my Granddaughter was “Danny, the Duck with no Quack” by Malachy Doyle and Janet Samuel
Stephanie Nelson says
The last book I read to our class was Jake’s first day of school. We love elephant and piggie books!
I read Please Say Please! by Kyle T. Webster to my 4 year old. It is her new favorite book!
The last book my son and I read together was “Am I small? Io sono piccola?”, by Philipp Winterberg, illustrated by Nadja Wichmann.
It’s a great book and I get to teach my son some Italian as well.
We are read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Robin C says
The last book I read with my boys was called Make New Friends. My oldest recently started Pre-school and I wanted to encourage him by showing him how easy it can be to make friends!
I last read, The Dot by Peter Reynolds for International dot day last week!!
The last book I read to my child was “Mossy” by Jan Brett. He’s a big fan of Piggie and Elephant too.
By the way, want to bring a chuckle to your day? There’s this thing where you add “With a Chainsaw” to the title of whatever book you just read…try it on this list. It’s hilarious.
Amy Mc says
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Lissa Crane says
The last book I read with my daughter was The Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. It is such a beautiful story! It’s one of those books you can read over and over and never get tired of! Love it!
The last book we finished last night was The Wizard of Oz. She is enthralled with that book right now.