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Elephant and Piggie Series

Award-Winning Books for Beginning Readers

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Cover of Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems

Happy Pig Day!, An Elephant and Piggie Book

Hyperion Books for Children
Series Title: Elephant and Piggie Books

Author: Mo Willems

Audience: Ages 4-8

Series Awards and Honors: Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal for beginning reader books – 2009 Geisel Medal: Are You Ready to Play Outside? and 2008 Geisel Medal: There is a Bird on Your Head, plus Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor books - 2012: I Broke My Trunk, 2011: We Are in a Book!

Main Characters: Elephant and Piggie - Elephant, whose name is Gerald, tends to be cautious and pessimistic while his best friend, Piggie, is very different. She is optimistic and impulsive.

Stories: Elephant and Piggie are very different, but they are best friends. Mo Willems’s humorous stories focus on how Elephant and Piggie get along despite their differences. While the stories are funny, they stress important elements of friendship, such as kindness, sharing and working together to solve problems.

Format: Unlike some books featuring the same characters, the Elephant and Piggie books do not have to be read in a particular order. The distinctive and spare design of the books is easily recognizable and won't confuse the beginning reader. In many of the books, Elephant and Piggie are the only characters.

Simply drawn and set against a white background, Elephant and Piggie's expressive faces and body language are irresistible. All of the words in the story are dialogue, with Elephant's words appearing in a gray voice bubble above his head and Piggie's words in a voice bubble above her head, like you see in comic books. According to Mo Willems, "The simpler the drawing, the more expressive it can be. The idea is to focus on the words and the body language of the characters. Everything else is superfluous." (Source: The World of Elephant and Piggie)

Free Related Resources: The World of Elephant and Piggie is a 16-page teaching guide for you to download. The guide suggests using the books for character education. The teaching guide also includes a variety of pre-reading activities, other activities across the curriculum and a conversation with Mo Willems.

The Elephant and Piggie event kit, a 29-page PDF for you to download, includes storytime ideas, circle time activities, games and lots of activity sheets you can copy, plus a storytime invitation you can use.

Categories: Early Readers, Beginning Reader Books, Beginning Readers, Friendship, Character Education, Humor

Length of Books: 64 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children, An Imprint of Disney Book Group

Books in the Elephant and Piggie Series

Note: Books are listed in descending order by publication date.
  • Listen to My Trumpet! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2012, ISBN: 9781423154044) Compare prices.

  • Happy Pig Day! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2011, ISBN: 9781423143420) Compare prices.

  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Hyperion Books for Children, 2011, ISBN: 9781423143437) Compare prices.

  • I Broke My Trunk (Hyperion Books for Children, 2011, ISBN: 9781423133094) Compare prices. Read the review of I Broke My Trunk!

  • We Are in a Book! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2010, ISBN: 9781423133087) Compare prices.

  • Can I Play Too? (Hyperion Books for Children, 2010, ISBN: 9781423119913) Compare prices.

  • I Am Going! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2010, ISBN: 9781423119906) Compare prices.

  • Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2009, ISBN: 9781423114116) Compare prices.

  • Elephants Cannot Dance! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2009, ISBN: 9781423114109) Compare prices.

  • Watch Me Throw the Ball! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2009, ISBN: 9781423113485) Compare prices.

  • Are You Ready to Play Outside? (Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, ISBN: 9781423113478) Compare prices.

  • I Will Surprise My Friend! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, ISBN: 9781423109624) Compare prices.

  • I Love My New Toy! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, ISBN: 9781423109617) Compare prices.

  • There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2007, ISBN: 9781423106869) Compare prices.

  • I Am Invited to a Party! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2007, ISBN: 9781423106876) Compare prices.

  • My Friend Is Sad (Hyperion Books for Children, 2007, ISBN: 9781423102977) Compare prices.

  • Today I Will Fly! (Hyperion Books for Children, 2007, ISBN: 9781423102953) Compare prices.

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