Watch Them Grow: Piglets by Colleen Sexton. Sometimes it's fun to start off a storytime with a little REALITY. With no disrespect to Piggy and Olivia and Toot and Puddle, real pigs are kind of cool too. Busy Piggies by Schindler is what I chose for a younger crowd but it wasn't a raging hit.
- Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems. Everyone has to be introduced to Piggy from that great duo, Elephant and Piggy!
- The Cow That Went Oink by Bernard Most. Make sure you preview the cover: See all these cows standing in a herd together. And this cow standing off to the bottom ALL ALONE? This favorite readaloud gives opportunity to laugh like a rooster (cock a doodle had) and a sheep (maaaa-ha-ha), etc.
- This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington. Charming new take on that ten toe chant we know so well. The 1st piggies do the same old eating roast beef, etc. But the 2nd set of little pieggies lead wildly exciting lives, dancing, flying planes, and more. This makes the 1st set so jealous they break out of their ruts and have costume parties, chew gum, and just learn to enjoy life more. The gentle humor with the surreal element yield up a big favorite.
- Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer. Of all the Olivia books, this is the most fun to read aloud as Olivia acts out being a lion tamer, trapeze artist, and clown. They were really wiggly for this one; next time skip the back story and just do the circus stuff.
- The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz. Very hip update.
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake. I stop a couple of times in amazement throughout this book. "Things are getting so complicated!" I say. "This is the most complicated book I ever read!" Children in other storythours have lost interest in the this-happens-then-that-happens structure of these books, but a pause and a head scratching brings them back in. Also excellent is stopping partway through and asking them to help retell what's happened so far.
- The Pigs' Picnic by Keiko Kasza. This one's a bit like Frank Asch's Bread and Honey; the pig borrows lion's mane, zebra's stripes, etc. to impress his girlfriend. And scares her.
- I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman. This is how I'd LIKE to do this book: with a big pig cut out, which I would then swipe with color after color. This goes to the familiar tune: I know an old lady who... but with colors instead of critters.
Old MacDonald with the old switcheroos.
The Wheels on the Bus with cows and pigs.
(as a clapping song, more of a rap than a song -- mod it up a little)
5 pigs so squeaky clean,
Cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen,
Till one fell into the mud,
He landed with a great big THUD!
now there are 4 pigs
so squeaky clean [oink]