About Us

Once upon a time, there was a program that brought parents and pre-K children together in libraries all across Minnesota, from northern lakes to the capital city. In these libraries Minnesota families were taken to magical worlds as they read, talked about, and connected around one story, building a legacy of common experience.

The Book

The book selected for this year’s program is Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, written and illustrated by Minnesota resident Derek Anderson and published by Orchard Books. One very happy pig enjoys one bubbly bathtub. Everything is perfect until nine more pigs join in. Laugh out loud in this hysterical epic counting bath adventure with a squeaky clean twist!


Once Upon a Reader provides a range of resources and support to libraries all over Minnesota, helping each one find programming and materials that fit their needs. In addition to programming options available to local libraries, Once Upon a Reader also offers free activities that parents and caregivers can download and complete with children at home.