Books about pigs

Charlotte's Web

Pigs are often described as one of the most intelligent animals, so maybe that's why they've inspired countless children's books.

From their curly tails to their oink oink sounds and their love of rolling in mud, they're perfect for picture books. But slightly older readers have also warmed to the brave exploits of swine in classics like Charlotte's Web and The Sheep-Pig.

So in celebration of this magnificent animal - and National Pig Day, of course - we've collected together just some of our favourite stories about hogs.

  • The Sheep-Pig

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mike Terry
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups.

  • Don't Lose Pigley, Wibbly Pig!

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Wibbly Pig and Pigley have just left a party and Wibbly's desperate to discover what's inside the mysterious parcel in his party bag.

  • Lady Lollipop

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Jill Barton
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    A spoilt princess demands to have Lollipop the pig as her eighth birthday present. Lollipop and his trainer, Johnny Skinner, then have to teach the princess how to behave.

  • Hide-and-Seek Pig

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    Help Pig find Hen by lifting the flaps on each page in this fun game of hide and seek.

  • Bumble-Ardy

    Author: Maurice Sendak
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Sendak explores the joyfulness and anarchic spirit of young children

  • You're a Rude Pig, Bertie!

    Author: Claudia Boldt
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Bertie is a rude pig. He insults all the other animals, whilst all the time thinking what a magnificent and beautiful piglet he is. Then he meets cute rabbit Ruby.

  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern - with the help of a friendly talking spider called Charlotte - saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.

  • The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

    Author: Emer Stamp
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Pig is quite happy on the farm - until Duck reveals the terrible truth that Farmer doesn't love him at all and is simply fattening him up to become his dinner.

  • Freddy and the Pig

    Author: Charlie Higson Illustrator: Mark Chambers
    Publisher: Red Squirrel Books
    Interest age: 5-8

    Freddy hates school and thinks that it is boring, but he comes up with clever plan. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • A Piglet Called Truffle

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    When Jasmine discovers a helpless piglet, she takes it upon herself to make sure it has a chance. But will Truffle be allowed to stay with Jasmine for good? This short, sweet story of a little girl looking after the runt of the litter is a perfect early reader.