A young boy is challenged to make a grumpy pig laugh. His various antics-reading riddles, bowing a fiddle, and playing in the mud-cause first a chick, then a calf, then a duck, and then a host of other farm animals to laugh, but the swine never cracks a smile. JE Fic Ash
This family of pigs form a musical band, but soon realize they need help with the larger instruments. So, the Pigs advertise for a sousaphone player. Readers will become suspicious far sooner than do the musicians when a hairy, long-nosed creature who hides behind her instrument case offers to play for free. JE Fic Ray
A lost piglet is looking for her mother. She encounters other barnyard animals who try to make her feel better by suggesting, in turn, that they cuddle, make daisy chains, play chase, roll in the mud, dance in the daffodils, and snooze in the sun. But piglet wants her own mother and cries out with a loud "Oiiiiiink!" Her mother answers her cry and together they have a cuddle, make daisy chains, etc. JE Fic Wil
Piglet feels a little insecure. She has upset her papa. Does that mean he no longer loves her? Horse, Sheep, Donkey, Duck, and Dog all tell her that they love her—but they know someone who loves her a million times more! Who can it be? JE Wil
In this inventive retelling, the Sow family sells waffles to make a living. Trouble comes when Tempesto, the big bad wolf, is not hungry for waffles, but wants ham, bacon, and sausage! Kellogg brings a happy end to the story and leaves us hungry for waffles ourselves. JE Fic Kel
Puddle is having a difficult time shopping for the right birthday gift for his best friend. He wants to give his pal something special and out of the ordinary. Then he comes across a present that he thinks will be perfect...or will it? JE Fic Hob
This news of being named an [ALA] Alex Award winner is especially sweet because I, personally, know what it means to be included into a world of free access to books, which has been my real family since the first day of the first grade, when I stepped into the bookmobile.