Planning with Piggie & Elephant (197 out of 365) #blogaday

I was introduced to Piggie & Elephant books in the Spring Kindergarten class. We read “We are in a book,” and “Can I play too?” – they were very fun, and taught children messages. I had heard of a few of the ones mentioned in this post, but I’m glad there are so many more!! They are entertaining stories that the students love 🙂

Nerdy Book Club

Elephant & Piggie books are favorites amongst our classrooms of readers. They are picked up and read and shared and shared again each day. Not only do Elephant & Piggie books make us laugh out loud, they also cleverly teach us lessons. Children’s picture books are a key component in helping kids connect to authentic learning experiences and Elephant and Piggie capture that authenticity as they teach, inspire and help kids grow.

We’ve found many lessons that Elephant & Piggie share with readers.


  1. Imagination

1-I'm a Frog

I’m a Frog

“Pretending is when you act like something you are not.”

“You can just go out and pretend to be something you are not!?”

“Sure. Everyone pretends.”

“Even grown-up people?”

“All the time.”

Elephant & Piggie teach us to use our imagination to pretend to be anything we want. Everyone pretends – even adults! Imagining is a big part of childhood and who better…

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Little red HEN or HENRY? (111 out of 365) #blogaday

This is such a cute idea! I love the Little Red Hen, and the message it teaches about helping others. This is a great spin on it (Little Red Henry) to teach children about doing it themselves.

Nerdy Book Club

Years ago, when my son was a preschooler, I watched one of his classmates struggling to put on the many layers of snow gear that can sometimes be required for a Vermont recess. His mom hurried over to help him remove his leg from the armhole of his parka. “I can do it myself!” said the preschooler. And, eventually, he did well enough that he was able to join his pals outside.

I was reminded of him a few days later when I joined that same preschool class for circle time. Ms. Amy was reading The Little Red Hen. You remember The Little Red Hen, right? Hen has some planting to do and she asks her barnyard buddies for help.
“Who will help me sow the wheat?” she asked.
The response was less enthusiastic than she had hoped.
“Not I,” said the dog.
“Not I,” said the pig.
“Not I,”…

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