Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 5, 2022

Book Giveaway: TOO MANY PIGS IN THE POOL by Wendy Hinote Lanier

Wendy Hinote Lanier has a new picture book, TOO MANY PIGS IN THE POOL, illustrated by Iris Amaya and published by Charlesbridge Books. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner in the US.

Just leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Let me know other things you did to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Wendy and Iris.

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On Sunday, Mr. Jenkins welcomes one pig into his pool (as a guest of his neighbor Ms. Peal, who’s brought along her famous seven layer dip as well). Really, how much trouble could one little pig be? But one pig becomes two and two become four… And by Saturday there are just TOO MANY PIGS IN THE POOL! This funny math-based story will have readers laughing along with pigs Percy and Wanda while learning about multiplication and the doubling sequence.


Too Many Pigs in the Pool! is my first general market picture book. It began with a phone call from a friend and fellow teacher. My friend and her husband are rice farmers. One year some farming friends of theirs promised their children they would put in a pool if all went well that season. When a banner crop was harvested, they made good on their promise and put in a new swimming pool. Their kids were thrilled. But one day not long afterward, the pigs got out of their pen and into the pool. Chaos ensued. Everyone was frantically trying to get the pigs out of the pool, but since pigs actually LIKE to swim, they weren’t having much success. Finally, one of the exasperated kids shouted, “Mom! There are too many pigs in the pool!”

When she heard the story, my friend was sure there was a book in there somewhere. I agreed. I especially loved the way “too many pigs in the pool” tripped off my tongue.

I noodled around with story ideas for several years, although the title never changed. And as a former teacher and a primarily nonfiction writer, I was determined to add SOMETHING of educational value into the mix. The term STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) wasn’t really even a thing yet, but I knew I wanted teachers in classrooms to be able to read the book to their classes for both fun and learning.

The first version of the manuscript was completed somewhere around 2015, and it eventually sold to Sleeping Bear Press in the fall of 2018. After almost four years, Too Many Pigs in the Pool! finally hit the shelves on April 15, 2022. The wait nearly killed me, but it’s been so worth it. Iris Amaya did an amazing job creating 64 separate and distinct pigs for the book. The artwork is amazing.

As a bonus I recently discovered some new research from Dr. Christopher McNorgan of the University of Buffalo that validates the importance of books like mine that include STEM topics. Dr. McNorgan has discovered that the brain uses the same functional networks for math (and other tasks) as for reading. This means reading skill levels can affect how children (and adults) tackle problems in other subjects, too. STEM books provide opportunities to tell stories, read together, and engage in “math and science talk” in ways that promote both literacy and increased math and science skills. It turns out, my teacher instincts were spot on all along!

Meanwhile, I’m having a ball introducing Too Many Pigs in the Pool! to teachers, librarians, parents, and, of course, kids. I love seeing them giggle over the silly premise and count the pigs on each page to be sure the illustrator got it right. And for each event I put out a Barbie doll size pool filled with little pink squeaker piggies. I learned very quickly it really doesn’t matter how old you are, the temptation to run your hands through an entire pool full of pigs and give them a squeak or two is overpowering.

Thanks so much for letting me gush about Too Many Pigs in the Pool! I hope your readers love it and spend lots of quality time having some playful discussions about the STEM concepts found in it. And, while there’s nothing official yet, I really hope I get to introduce Too Many Bears on the Bus! to you in a couple of years. In the meantime, Oinko! Poinko! See you at the pool!


I began writing when I was in the third grade. Since I was a voracious reader, it didn’t take me long to start writing stories and poems of my own. I kept notebooks of them for years. Then, at about age 12, I sent off my first submission to a magazine. The typing teacher in my junior high school gave extra credit to one of her students to type it for me. The result was my first rejection slip (I still have it), although it came with an encouraging note. I continued to write in high school and college but put it aside while I taught school. Then, with encouragement from a childhood friend, I got back to writing in the early 2000s. I’ve been writing professionally for over 20 years now.

I’m a native Texan (which, of course, qualifies me as an excellent storyteller because everyone knows Texans can tell a great story), former elementary teacher, certified speaker, and author of more than 45 titles for kids—mostly nonfiction. I’ve written books for Sleeping Bear Press, Iron Stream Media, Focus Readers, State Standards Publishing, ABDO Publishing, Lerner Books, KidHaven Press, Lucent Books, and Capstone Press as well as articles in on-line and print publications such as Highlights for Children and Clubhouse Magazine. I’m also eagerly awaiting the birth of my next book, The Dog That Gave My Brother Words, from End Game Press due April 2023. It’s the story of a nonverbal autistic boy who finds his voice and says his first words after meeting his therapy dog.

Dogs are a favorite theme of mine. I currently own two much loved little rescues and have owned and loved six other dogs in the past. I’m a sucker for a dog and always have been. When I was a kid, people used to ask me if I wanted a little brother or sister. My answer was always the same. “No, but I want a puppy.” I finally got my puppy, and that makes me a happy girl!


Iris Amaya is an Illustrator focused on the children’s market. She is based in Spain.  My illustrations cover a wide space from pictures books, textbooks, illustrated board games , printed fabric, paper toys, stationery shop products and so on.

Apart from being the mum of a little kid, Mateo, who loves going to school on Mondays, Iris Amaya is a drawing magician who invites the reader to experience her juggles: What can be hidden behind a handkerchief, an original cloud or a coloured stain? Her illustrations are a magic way to foster children imagination since they are plenty of subtle details that create parallel stories to the main plot. She is based in Spain and focused especially on children market. She is interested in developing expressiveness and creating characters who make the reader finding out surprising details, mixing up fresh evocations and a bit of tenderness and irony, just similar to the way children experience life. She uses colour adding a cool touch to every illustration just for making them as unique as the little reader point of view.

Wendy, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. What a fun way to teach young readers the doubling of numbers. It’s so easy to follow and so fun to see the pigs growing with each day. It is laugh-out-loud funny – two sunbathing pigs turns into four pigs in the pool playing Marco Polo, which sounds like “Oinko…Pinko,” and keeps growing. Kids will love this book and the wonderfully funny illustrations Iris created. Wishing you all the best with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. this looks hilarious and so cute!


  2. Oh, I’m going to love reading this one!


  3. ADOREable 🙂


  4. I can so relate to wanting to put in some educational value. Looks like a really fun way to learn and the artwork is incredible!


  5. Oh, this looks so cute and sounds like a fun read-aloud!!


  6. I’d love to have pigs in the pool. Thanks!
    I’ve shared:, and tweeted:
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!!


  7. This book sounds like the perfect summer fun time reading book. I’m a math geek and can’t wait to read this. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


  8. What a hoot–I’m a huge fan of pigs and if I had a pool, I’d invite them over to swim! Also have two rescue dogs (plus house rabbits and a chin). Congrats on this hilarious book! I also follow daily via email.


  9. Wendy this looks fun, fun, fun! I can’t wait to read it. I love that you added a STEM aspect to the story, too! Congrats!

    Kathy, I get your blog daily and shared on twitter.


  10. Oh, that is too funny! Just the title cracks me up, so I bet the whole picture book will too. Congrats!


  11. Well, I’m late to the party, but I’m so appreciative of all the positive comments! Thanks, everyone! Also thrilled to learn my friend Judy Sobanski won a copy of the book! The month of June was spent traveling and heavily promoting Too Many Pigs, so I completely forgot about this. Thank you, Kathy for such a great blog post! You guys have made me happier than a pig in a pool!


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