Best Children's Books About Chickens

33 Children's Books About Chickens

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Chicken Lily book
#1
Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"Through puns and poetry, Chicken Lily overcomes her fears and reads a poem onstage at her school poetry jam"--

Dinnertime for Chickies book
#2
Dinnertime for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Wash your wings, and take a seat. What will these tiny chickies eat? With the help of Cow, Pig, and Sheep, soon the chickies learn to cheep, "Pass the carrots. Pass the peas. Pass those yummy broccolis!" With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy, especially those picky chickies.

Chicken Story Time book
#3
Chicken Story Time
Written by Sandy Asher and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A wonderfully silly take on library story time that’s perfect for children, chickens, and everyone in between Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to story time at the library, of course! The children like the chicken, the chicken likes the children, and everyone loves story time. So it’s no surprise that more children (and more chickens!) get in on the fun until there are more kids and critters than the librarian knows what to do with. Luckily, she comes up with a creative solution and manages to find little R & R for herself. Fans of Bats in the Library and Library Lion will fall in love and story time will never be the same!

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise book
#4
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say “Whoa! I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he’s right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in “The Ugly Duckling,” “Rapunzel,” or “The Little Mermaid”—or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm that made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike.

Interrupting Chicken book
#5
Interrupting Chicken
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

Peekaboo! on the Farm! book
#6
Peekaboo! on the Farm!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Peekaboo! Who's hiding on the farm? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills – and simply joining in!

Runaway Baby Brother book
#7
Runaway Baby Brother
Written and illustrated by Katy Hudson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Now that Chick’s baby brother is officially hatched (and no longer just a two-legged egg sprinting around the farm), Chick is discovering that the hassle of babysitting was just the tip of the iceberg — the little guy just won’t leave Chick alone! Try as he might, Chick just can’t shake his brother, who adoringly waddles wherever he goes. But perhaps having his brother close by will prove to be a good thing in the end… Katy Hudson’s sequel to Runaway Egg is as heartwarming and hilarious as the original, and will surely find a place in the hearts of big and little siblings.

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken book
#8
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their second (mis)adventure, and this time they’re solving the mystery of a kidnapped…HOUSE? A hilarious, “easy to read” (Booklist) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy are the four members of The Chicken Squad, and business is booming. A weird blue bird has just flown into Chicken Squad headquarters squawking on about a house-napper (yes, house-napper), and it is once again up to the squad to uncover who is up to no good. But there is something NUTS about this story that the squad can’t quite put their feather on…and oh, brother, is it key to solving the case!

Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation book
#9
Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their fifth (mis)adventure in this “lip-bitingly funny” (School Library Journal) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. The Chicken Squad prides themselves on being ready for anything. Marshmallow life preservers? Check. Copious bags of jellybeans for a car ride? Check. Storm shelter? Storm shelter! They need a storm shelter in case there is ever a storm. So Sugar takes it upon himself to build one in the yard. But it turns out it’s not big enough for everyone. And the big dig has unearthed some mysterious surprises.

Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan book
#10
Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell and illustrated by Amy June Bates
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Sam the Man has a new school project. He’s got to “babysit” the—eep!—worst vegetable ever this second hilarious chapter book in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man is back, and he needs a NEW plan. Sam has already solved a chicken problem, but this time, he’s having rutabaga issues. Rutabaga? Yes, Rutabaga. You see, Sam thought he was quite clever, missing school while his classmates were picking out their vegetable for a two-week science project. But, instead of being able to skip the project, he gets stuck with the vegetable that no one else wanted: the rutabaga! What even is this thing? It’s dirty and kinda purple, and it does not look like something Sam would ever eat. Sam the Man is not a vegetable man to begin with, and he doesn’t think he’ll ever be a rutabaga man. But after drawing a little face on it, he starts to grow fond of the curious veg. Then it dawns on him that vegetables don’t last forever…so he changes his plan: he has to keep this rutabaga happy—and rot-free—for as long as he can. To do that, he’ll have to make the best dirt possible. All he needs is a little help from nature, and, of course, his chickens!

Dance book
#11
Dance
Written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! Shake, shake, shake, shimmy, shimmy, shake! You can dance! Young readers will delight in the charming art, jazzy text, and in pulling the five sturdy pull tabs to make the different animals bounce, shake and bop as they dance to the Hippoppta Hula, Gator Mashed Patater, and more! Listen and dance to the song at VanFleetBooks.com. Get your dancing feet ready!

The Chicks in the Barn book
#12
The Chicks in the Barn
Written by Aly Fronis and illustrated by Jannie Ho
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Get ready to make some animal noises in this fun, farmyard-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme "The Wheels on the Bus"! The chicks in the barn go cheep cheep cheep, cheep cheep cheep, cheep cheep cheep. The chicks in the barn go cheep cheep cheep, all through the farm. The farm sure is a noisy place! It's filled with cheeping chicks, oinking pigs, neighing horses, bleating sheep, mooing cows, hooting owls, and sqeaking mice! Little ones will love this springtime twist on the song "The Wheels on the Bus"!

Into the Wild book
#13
Into the Wild
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their third (mis)adventure, this time facing off with whatever’s hiding in a mystery box in the backyard. A hilarious chapter book in what has been called “a lip-bitingly funny series” (School Library Journal) by the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and Diary of a Worm. Our fluffy, fearless young detectives are back. There’s a new cage in the yard, and the Chicken Squad is determined to figure out just who this is in it. Because whatever it is, it’s definitely up to no good. Equipped with the latest surveillance gear—which apparently includes copious amounts of marshmallows—the chicks venture into the wild to get answers. Let’s just hope they can beat that giant raincloud that’s closing in…because everyone knows that chickens can’t swim!

Bear Country book
#14
Bear Country
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their sixth (mis)adventure, and this time there’s a headless bear on the loose and the Chicken Squad’s beloved Barbara has gone missing! A “lip-bitingly funny” (School Library Journal) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and Cyclone. It’s fall in the backyard, and though the weather is cooling down, the crime solving business is still hot. When the Chicken Squad’s neighbor Anna McClanahanahan comes looking for her missing hamster one morning, it’s an easy case to solve (Ziggy always takes a stroll from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.). The Chicken Squad is now ready to settle in for a relaxing day of knitting—that is, until Ziggy points out that Barbara, the Chicken Squad’s caretaker—the one who FEEDS THEM!!—is missing! And not only that, but there have been sightings of a headless bear in the neighborhood! Will the Chicken Squad be able to save their beloved Barbara and get some breakfast? Or will this case be too much to bear?

Dark Shadows book
#15
Dark Shadows
Written and illustrated by Doreen Cronin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Chicken Squad is back for their fourth (mis)adventure, and this time they’re facing their darkest mystery yet: shadows! A “lip-bitingly funny” (School Library Journal) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and Cyclone. There’s a big, SHADOWY mystery lurking about on what was supposed to be a nice chicken-family vacation to a farm. Sugar is certain that she is being watched, and when Poppy’s beloved shoe (the shoe that keeps her safe and snug) goes missing, Sugar is sure that this shadow is the culprit. But how does the Chicken Squad tackle a shadow? And do it without ruining the family reunion…which includes meeting eighty-five cousins whose names all begin with the letter B, a lesson on figuring out perimeters (no, Sugar, the perimeter of a car is not one mile), and deciding how many bags of jelly beans one should pack for a road trip?

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath book
#16
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath
Written and illustrated by Laura Gehl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

"Egg doesn't want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to"--

Moo, Katie Woo! book
#17
Moo, Katie Woo!
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie and her class visit a farm, and find out where eggs and milk come from.

Thundercluck! book
#18
Thundercluck!
Written by Paul Tillery IV and illustrated by Meg Wittwer, Paul Tillery IV
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Cancel your dinner plans and dig in to Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery IV and Meg Wittwer. This is the first book in a hilarious new series stuffed with Norse mythology, black-and-white illustrations by the dozen, and a superhero chicken ready to ruffle some feathers. When danger calls . . . BAGAW! calls back! When an evil chef faces off against the god Thor, a hen's egg is caught in the crossfire and hatches into powerful chick called Thundercluck, beloved by the gods but a target for evildoers everywhere. For his own safety, the young chicken must fly the coop and hide out on Earth. But when the Under Chef returns and threatens to make the hens of Valhalla into rotisserie, Thundercluck scrambles to reclaim the power of thunder and hatch a plan to defeat him. Thundercluck! Half mortal. Half god. All-natural chicken.

Tough Chicks book
#19
Tough Chicks
Written by Cece Meng and illustrated by Melissa Suber
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the moment Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch from their eggs, the whole farm knows they are truly tough chicks. They wrestle worms, rope roosters, and are often found under the hood of the tractor. All the other animals and even the farmer himself tell Mama Hen to make her chicks good. "They are good!" Mama Hen replies. But her chicks are different. They're tough and smart and strong in a good way.

Pip & Pup book
#20
Pip & Pup
Written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An adorable baby chick and puppy become barnyard friends in this wordless picture book from Newbery Honor author Eugene Yelchin. Across the barnyard, Pip the chick spots a new friend to play with—Pup! But Pup isn't sure he likes how Pip plays—too rough. These two friends will weather the storm though. A bright, fun celebration of spring and friendship! - GODWIN BOOKS -

Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck book
#21
Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck
Written by Brain Yanish and illustrated by Jess Pauwels
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lily is no ordinary chicken. She dreams of a life off the farm, where she can put her grand plans into action. Her wish is granted when pirates recruit her and her fellow chickens and whisks them away to the open seas. Soon, Lily has taken charge and becomes captain of an allchicken crew as the feared chicken pirate Redfoot. But when Lily faces a mutiny, will she change her ways, or be forced to squawk the plank?

The Great Chicken Escape book
#22
The Great Chicken Escape
Written and illustrated by Nikki McClure
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A wordless picture book in which chickens flee their coop at an Alaskan monastery and four, eluding the nuns, enjoy a day in the forest before returning home to roost. Features cut-paper artwork and a die-cut cover.

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching book
#23
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching
Written by Laura Gehl, Joyce Wan and illustrated by Joyce Wan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Peep cannot wait for Egg to hatch so they can have fun together, but Egg is not quite ready.

Chicken Dance book
#24
Chicken Dance
Written by Tammi Sauer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Determined to win tickets to an Elvis Poultry concert, hens Marge and Lola enter the Barnyard Talent Show, then, while the ducks who usually win the contest jeer, they test out their abilities.

Medio Pollito book
#25
Medio Pollito
Written by Amanda StJohn and illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-9

The story of Medio Pollito, a chicken born with only half of his body, is one of inspiration and purpose. He travels to find adventure, and with the help of the wind, finds his true calling as a weather vane.

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