We get such a kick out of the Elephant & Piggie Books from author Mo Willems. Just before school let out last spring I had a really cool #Thankorama party with my son’s first grade class that was so neat. These books really engage kids in such a fun way.
Now there is a new Elephant and Piggie series out, Elephant & Piggie Love Reading! The first two books in the #EPLR series hit shelves September 20th: We are Growing and Cookie Fiasco. We have partnered with Disney-Hyperion to share them with you. They’re ADORABLE!!
Elephant and Piggie Love Reading
Best friends Elephant and Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books – brought to life in original stories created by contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators. Each 64-page beginning reader delivers a high quality reading experience that speaks to kids’ interests and abilities through stories that are fun and funny. The defining dialogue-driven format, established in the Elephant & Piggie series, unifies the collection with an active, participatory storytelling style that fans love. Plus, each book contains all-new Elephant & Piggie story bumpers!
My son is in 2nd grade now so his reading level is a more advanced than these books, but to be honest, he eats them right up regardless. The pictures are so lively and the stories are just so much fun to read. Even my 5th grader had to sneak over and listen in on what we were reading!
Take a closer look at each of these two new books that are available now!
Four Friends. Three Cookies. One Problem.
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!
This book is so much fun to read! It’s pretty educational, too. A little math lesson tucked in there!
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the recent Caldecott winner, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, and many other books. For Disney-Hyperion he illustrated Oh, No! and Oh, No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett, Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday, and Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa. He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.
We Are Growing
Growing up isn’t always the EASIEST
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!
This is a really sweet book with a great message about finding what’s special about you, even if that means it’s not always really obvious.
Laurie Keller, an award-winning author and illustrator, has created many children’s books including Birdy’s Smile Book, The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, and Do Unto Otters, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. Laurie lives near Lake Michigan.
About Mo Willems
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering five Geisel Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive!, A Big Guy Took My Ball! and Waiting Is Not Easy!).
Where You Can Find More
- You can grab these new Elephant & Piggie Love Reading books at your local bookstore or on the Disney Books website.
- Read more on Mo Willems’ website too. He has lots of great resources for kids and parents!
- Get social! Find @DisneyHyperion on Twitter, @DisneyBooks on Instagram, and Mo Willems at @The_Pigeon on Twitter. Authors @DSantat and @LKellerBooks are also on Twitter!
The generous folks at Disney-Hyperion are providing prizing for one of my lucky readers!
The prize pack will include:
- Copies of We Are Growing and Cookie Fiasco
- Branded cookies and branded pins
- Elephant & Piggie finger puppets
This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ only and will end on September 30, 2016 at 11:59pm ET.