Were you worried that “The Thank You Book” would be the last we heard from Elephant and Piggie? I’m so excited to partner with Disney Books and share that beloved children’s book author, Mo Willems, has a brand new Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series for beginning readers.
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!
The first two books in theElephant & Piggie Like Reading! series “We are Growing” and “Cookie Fiasco” hit shelves on September 20th. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this blog post for a chance to win both of these books. But first… here’s a bit more about the first two books in this series.
WE ARE GROWING
By award-winning author and illustrator Laurie Keller
In Stores September 20th
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!
About the Creator
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. Visit her at www.lauriekeller.com.
By Caldecott Award winner Dan Santat
In Stores September 20th
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!
About the Creator
Dan Santat (www.dantat.com) 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.
Tati and I received some super fun promotional stuff along with our copies of the new books.
While these books are geared toward beginning readers, we are enjoying them so much. To celebrate the new Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series, Tati and I made a fun Gerald the Elephant paper plate craft. All you need to make it are a few paper plates and some basic craft supplies.
Gerald the Elephant Paper Plate Craft
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 paper plates
2 googly eyes
black marker or crayon
Begin by cutting the circle from the center of one paper plate. This will be the head. Set aside.
Cut the second paper plate in half. Then cut the end from each half, at an angle to create the ears. The pieces you are cutting off will resemble the shape of a pizza slice. Glue each ear onto the back of Gerald’s head.
Glue on the eyes, and draw on glasses, eye brows and a mouth.
To make the trunk, cut a 2-inch wide strip from the center of the third paper plate. Fold accordion style, and glue the trunk onto the face. That’s it, you’re done! Wasn’t that fun?
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Giveaway
The prize pack will include:
· Copies of We Are Growing and Cookie Fiasco
· Branded cookies and branded pins
· Elephant & Piggie finger puppets
Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion. Giveaway ends on September 20, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be chosen at random.
To Enter: Leave a comment below telling why you want to win this prize package.
For an additional entry, send out a tweet sharing your excitement for the new Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series. Be sure to tag @aboutamom and @DisneyHyperion and include the #EPLR hashtag. Leave the link to your tweet in a comment below.
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