By Kathleen DeMars
The decision to adopt a pet into your family is a big one that should not be entered into without careful consideration. This is especially true when the pet you’re interested in is considered to be an exotic animal in the United States.
We already know that hedgehogs can be pricey, and that they require special care and attention to thrive in an adopted home. Despite this, you’d be hard pressed to show a young child one of these adorable little hedgies and not have them beg you incessantly to take one is as one of your own!
An excellent way to encourage your little one’s enthusiasm until (or without) bringing a live hedgehog into your home is through children’s literature – in this case, hedgehog books!
There are several story books for young children with hedgehog characters for them to enjoy. Reading together fosters learning on all levels and this is a low cost, essentially risk free, way to combine our favorite hogs with your critter loving little one.
Below are a selection of children’s books that feature hedgehogs as characters. You’ll notice that M. Christina Butler and Jan Brett have more than one, and these aren’t even all they’ve written! We assume this means they, too, have a special affinity for the little guys.
We hope you’ll be enjoying a hedgie story time for days and weeks to come!
Do you have a favorite hedgehog tale that we haven’t listed? Tell us about it!
One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler
He’s too cold to return to sleep and is very happy when Father Christmas gives him a warm red woolen hat.
The hat keeps getting stuck on the little hedgehog’s quills, which leads the him to get creative, turning his hat into the best gift ever!
One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler
The little guy puts on all of his winter clothes (a hat, scarf, and mittens) and heads out to his friend, the badger’s house, to get warm.
Along the way he meets other forest friends, who are also very cold in the storm, and Little Hedgehog shares his winter gear giving away his accessories one by one.
One Christmas Night by M. Christina Butler
Most editions come with sparkly illustrations for added enjoyment for little readers!
The Hat by Jan Brett
He curiously sticks his head into the opening only to find that he cannot back up and get out because it is stuck on his quills.
Nearby animals come and tease him one by one, but Hedgie tells them each that the sock will keep him warm during the long, cold winter months.
When Lisa, the sock’s owner, finds Hedgie, she tells him that animals don’t wear clothes and takes her sock back only to return to her clothes line to find all of the animals who had mocked Hedgie, each wearing a piece of her clothing.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
One by one animals increasing in size (including a hedgehog, of course), crawl into the mitten to keep warm.
This fantastic tale even has a bear crawl inside before a mouse tickles his whiskers causing him to sneeze and sending all of the animals out into the snow and the mitten sailing high up into the air to be found by it’s owner.
Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett
Hedgie helps Henny the chicken protect the eggs in her nest from a Tomten, who has become sick of porridge and has taken to stealing Henny’s eggs.
After several failed attempts to trick the Tomten by filling the nest with items such as mushrooms and potatoes, Hedgie hides in the nest himself.
When the Tomten gets a handful of prickly quills from Hedgie’s back, he learns his lesson and stays away from Henny’s precious eggs.
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
Lucie is a little girl who continues to lose her pocket handkerchiefs. She asks all of the animals in the farmyard if they’ve seen them but has no success.
She searches everywhere and comes across the home of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the hedgehog.
Lucie spends the day with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, who is the best seamstress to all of Potter’s forest creatures. Throughout the day they mend Peter Rabbit’s jacket and fix up a variety of well loved character’s apparel.
Hurry Home, Hedgehog! by Belle Yang
The weather it turning bad and a hedgehog is on his way home. He hears lots of different sounds along the way.
As an added touch, this book is written in both Mandarin Chinese characters and English writing with translations on each page.
The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
He gets help from a donkey, who cannot reach the apples from where he lives. Isaac learns that sometimes it is better to have a friend than to always be on one’s own
We hope you enjoy these wonderful hedgehog books, great for animal lovers of all ages!