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Looking for a list of the best kids books about chickens?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to chickens. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about chickens.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about chickens, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Scarecrow’s Hat to popular sellers like Interrupting Chicken to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Chicken Squad.

We hope this list of kids books about chickens can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Chickens

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The Chicken Squad
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime. So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals. But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.
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A Little Chicken
Written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Dan Taylor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dot is a small chick who's scared of lots of things: wolves, bears, the occasional lawn ornament. But when an egg rolls out of her mother's nest, Dot must pluck up her courage to save the day--and her new sibling! Perfect for kids who need some encouragement to face the challenging world, this story proves that sometimes a big hero is just a little chicken.
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Blue Chicken
Written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.
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Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Chicken Lily may be a lot of things—a careful colorer, a patient puzzler, and a quiet hide-and-seeker (she never made a peep!)—but brave has never been one of them. That's why, when a school-wide poetry jam is announced in class, Lily is terrified. Will she sound like a bird brain? Although Lily's friends Baabette and Pigsley try to encourage her, Lily feels like a rotten egg. Finally, Lily realizes that she must put her best claw forward and prove that even chickens aren't chicken all the time.
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Waiting for Chicken Smith
Written & illustrated by David Mackintosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you're waiting for something else to happen. Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something's different: Chicken Smith hasn't shown up yet. The boy's little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he's too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith -- and thinking about everything they're going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh's ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments happening all around them.
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Dinnertime for Chickies
Written & 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.
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The Little Green Hen
Written & illustrated by Alison Murray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A timely retelling plays off "The Little Red Hen" with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree's branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do -- until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children's tale.
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Chicks Rule
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Renee Kurilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.
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Quinny & Hopper
Written by Adriana Brad Schanen & illustrated by Greg Swearingen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11
Quinny has a lot to say. Hopper gets to the point. Quinny has one speed: very, very, extra-very fast. Hopper proceeds with caution. Quinny has big ideas. Hopper has smart solutions. Quinny and Hopper couldn't be more different. They are an unstoppable team. But when summer ends, things suddenly aren't the same. Can Quinny and Hopper stick together in the face of stylish bullies, a killer chicken, and the brand-new Third Grade Rules-especially the one that says they aren't allowed to be friends anymore?
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Hedgie's Surprise
Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Jan Brett's beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tomten who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny's eggs. But Henny wants a brood of chicks and she needs her eggs. With the help of clever Hedgie, she substitutes an acorn, a strawberry, a mushroom and finally a potato in her nest. But nothing stops that Tomten until the little hedgehog hides in Henny's nest: when the Tomten reaches in to get his morning treat, all he gets is a handful of prickles. He runs home for porridge and never comes back again! Intricate needlepoint patterns of Scandinavian designs frame the characters reacting from the borders in this beautiful picture book set in Denmark.
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Books About Chickens and Farm Animals

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The Chicken Squad
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime. So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals. But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.
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Dinnertime for Chickies
Written & 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.
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One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller
Written & illustrated by Kate Read
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
One famished fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl... three plump hens had better watch out! Rich and colorful illustrations plunge the reader into a dramatic and exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to find on each page, learning to count from one to ten has never been so thrilling! This is a gripping tale with a hugely satisfying ending that’s sure to delight generations.
Honorable Mentions
Rosie's Walk book
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Eek! Halloween! book
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Flora and the Chicks book
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Big Chickie, Little Chickie: A Book of Opposites book
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  1. Rosie's Walk - Join an adorably oblivious hen for a farmyard adventure in this cherished story by author-illustrator Pat Hutchins, now available in a Classic Board Book edition. Rosie the hen goes out for a walk…and has no idea that a sly fox is following her! Unwittingly, she leads him into one mishap after the other, each funnier than the last. With simple text and bright and patterned illustrations, young readers are sure to delight in this Classic Board Book edition of a beloved Pat Hutchins title.

  2. Eek! Halloween! - Boynton celebrates Halloween! A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween. It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”

  3. Flora and the Chicks - Inspired by the main character of the Caldecott Honor book Flora and the Flamingo, this new series of board books is perfect for the very youngest Flora fans. When a nest of eggs begins to hatch, how will Flora ever keep up with so many chicks? Featuring fold-out pages and Molly Idle’s graceful artwork, this adorable counting book will delight young children as they master new words and concepts.

  4. Big Chickie, Little Chickie: A Book of Opposites - In the newest addition to the hilarious series, the Chickies say cheese, while young readers learn their opposites. With rhyming words and great illustrations, the Chickies help babies and toddlers have fun while learning the fundamentals in this padded paper-over-board perfect for little hands. Chickies up. Chickies down. Chickies smile. Chickies frown. Clickety-CLICK! Chickies pose for a pic!

Books About Chickens and Family

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A Little Chicken
Written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Dan Taylor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dot is a small chick who's scared of lots of things: wolves, bears, the occasional lawn ornament. But when an egg rolls out of her mother's nest, Dot must pluck up her courage to save the day--and her new sibling! Perfect for kids who need some encouragement to face the challenging world, this story proves that sometimes a big hero is just a little chicken.
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A New Chick for Chickies
Written & illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
For Chickies life was good. Life was perfect until . . . CRAAACK . . . the Chickies have a new brother! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, Janee Trasler's books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Big sisters- and brothers-to-be will be excited to take a cue from the lovable Chickies and cheep for joy when a new baby arrives!
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Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell & illustrated by Amy June Bates
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Sam the Man wants to earn some money and he’s got a cluck-worthy plan in this endearing chapter book that’s the first in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man needs a job. Even his sister gets twenty bucks a pop for mowing people’s lawns! But seven-year-olds aren’t allowed to mow lawns, so Sam decides to ask his next door neighbor if she needs help doing other chores. It turns out she’ll pay him a whole dollar each time he can convince her dad, Mr. Stockfish, to join him for a walk. But it turns out that getting Mr. Stockfish to leave the living room isn’t easy. AND a dollar a pop isn’t going to cut it. So when Mrs. Kerner, another neighbor, asks if Sam would like to watch her chickens, Sam jumps on the task. You can count on him, yes indeed. Watching chickens is more fun than he expects, and comes with an added bonus: it turns out that visiting the chickens is the one thing that can coax Mr. Stockfish out of the house! But what does a seven-year-old do with all the money he’s earning? It’s too little for a bike, and too much for candy. But wait! It’s just enough for a chicken of his own—the kind that lays BLUE eggs! Soon he has a whole waiting list of kids who want to buy a blue egg. And what does Sam plan on doing with his new fortune? Buy Mr. Stockfish his own chicken, of course!
Honorable Mentions
Peek-a-Boo Little Chick book
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My Fox Ate My Homework book
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My Little Chick book
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Dark Shadows book
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  1. Peek-a-Boo Little Chick - A little chick looks for mama in this adorable, springtime peek-a-boo book that has soft, felt touch-and-feel flaps throughout! A little chick is looking for mama! This sweet peek-a-boo book with felt flaps throughout will have young readers looking under the soft, easy-to-lift flaps to help the little chick find mama!

  2. My Fox Ate My Homework - My name is Jonah Johnson, and I’m in the 6th grade - but please call me Joe. My whole world just got turned upside down. It’s my first day at a new school and I’ve already got to deal with the bully. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a talking fox that keeps getting me into trouble at my new house in the country. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true! To top it all off, I’ve got to help save my mom’s house!

  3. My Little Chick - A fresh combination of story and pictures weaves a great deal of information about eggs and chicks into this charming tale Lena liked to sit in her mother’s garden and watch the chickens. But something is missing in this happy group of hens . . . A sweet little chick! How fortunate that plump little Alma had just laid an egg. But to Lena’s surprise Alma does not seem interested in hatching it. Lena makes a snap decision and attempts to surprise everyone by hatching the chick herself. However, hatching an egg is more difficult than Lena thinks, and the journey from egg to chick is a long one. This is a sweet book about the challenges and joys of being a parent.

  4. Dark Shadows - 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?

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Books About Chickens and Farms

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Blue Chicken
Written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.
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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.
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My Dog's a Chicken
Written by Susan McElroy Montanari & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she'll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog. Pookie, as Lula Mae names her, is an ordinary chicken, but Lula Mae thinks she is very doglike indeed. With a bow in Pookie's hair, Lula Mae declares her a show dog. When she runs circles around the other chickens, Pookie is a shepherd dog. And when Cousin Tater sneaks up with a snake and Pookie starts _bawk, bawk, bawk_ing, well, she's a guard dog, too. Then Lula Mae's brother, Baby Berry, wanders away, and who do you think comes to the rescue? Readers will cheer for plucky Lula Mae and giggle over her beloved Pookie, who quite unknowingly saves the day.
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Evolution for Smart Kids: A Little Scientist's Guide to the Origins of Life (2) (Future Geniuses) book
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Peekaboo! on the Farm! book
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Tough Chicks book
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Mommy! Mommy! book
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  1. Evolution for Smart Kids: A Little Scientist's Guide to the Origins of Life (2) (Future Geniuses) - Discover the mysteries of science with Future Geniuses! Darwin the chicken feels like the smallest animal in the farm, but he wants to be big and strong like a dinosaur. Come along with Valentina, a young paleontologist, in this adventure about the history of evolution and find out how she gets Darwin to feel proud of who he is! Valentina and Darwin travel back in time to find the origin of life. They go all the way back, before there were any plants or even animals in the world. Valentina teaches Darwin about unicellular organisms, bad and good mutations, and variations. Then they observe microevolutions and macroevolutions, which lead to new species. Soon, Valentine and Darwin are surrounded by invertebrates and vertebrates and then—dinosaurs! But what happened to the dinosaurs? And how did the dinosaurs eventually evolve into birds? Future Geniuses is a collection that will help families spend a lot of time reading and learning together. Through simple text and fun illustrations, author and scientist Carlos Pazos makes the subjects of evolution, and specifically dinosaurs and their creation and extinction, approachable and easy to understand for even the smallest scientists.

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

  3. Tough Chicks - 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.

  4. Mommy! Mommy! - In this delightful board book from international favorite Taro Gomi, two chicks embark on a quest to track down their mommy. But appearances can be deceiving, and the chicks stumble across several lookalikes before finally finding their mother hen. Young readers will love attempting their own search-and-find for signs of the missing chicken, and both parents and children will appreciate this book’s sweet, reassuring message.

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Books About Chickens and Social Themes

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Chicks Rule
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Renee Kurilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.
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Quinny & Hopper
Written by Adriana Brad Schanen & illustrated by Greg Swearingen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11
Quinny has a lot to say. Hopper gets to the point. Quinny has one speed: very, very, extra-very fast. Hopper proceeds with caution. Quinny has big ideas. Hopper has smart solutions. Quinny and Hopper couldn't be more different. They are an unstoppable team. But when summer ends, things suddenly aren't the same. Can Quinny and Hopper stick together in the face of stylish bullies, a killer chicken, and the brand-new Third Grade Rules-especially the one that says they aren't allowed to be friends anymore?
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Hedgie's Surprise
Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Jan Brett's beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tomten who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny's eggs. But Henny wants a brood of chicks and she needs her eggs. With the help of clever Hedgie, she substitutes an acorn, a strawberry, a mushroom and finally a potato in her nest. But nothing stops that Tomten until the little hedgehog hides in Henny's nest: when the Tomten reaches in to get his morning treat, all he gets is a handful of prickles. He runs home for porridge and never comes back again! Intricate needlepoint patterns of Scandinavian designs frame the characters reacting from the borders in this beautiful picture book set in Denmark.
Honorable Mentions
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching book
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Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) book
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Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale book
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Peep  and  Egg:  I'm  Not  Trick-or-Treating book
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  1. Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching - Egg is not hatching. No way. No how. It is too scary out there. Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek. But Egg is not cracking… Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the not out of I’m not.

  2. Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) - Snappsy (begrudgingly!) returns in this clever and hilarious follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book). Snappsy the alligator wants nothing more than a quiet evening to himself, but a pesky chicken who insists he’s Snappsy’s best friend won’t leave him alone. Friendship bracelets? Matching shirts? The sleepover of the century? Snappsy did not ask for any of the activities the chicken—his best friend forever?—is planning. This pitch-perfect sequel to Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) explores all the ways we get friendship wrong (and why it feels so magical when we get it right!).

  3. Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale - Who are you calling little? Chicken Little is NOT afraid of anything. Well, okay, maybe a mysterious BONK to the head can produce panic. But only momentarily. It’s not as though she meant to send the barnyard into a tailspin, thinking that the sky was falling. How ridiculous! But can she calm her feathered friends with facts and reason? A timeless favorite becomes a clever cautionary tale in this FUNNY, fresh, and timely picture book debut by cartoonist, Sam Wedelich!

  4. Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating - Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.

Books About Chickens and Action And Adventure

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Waiting for Chicken Smith
Written & illustrated by David Mackintosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you're waiting for something else to happen. Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something's different: Chicken Smith hasn't shown up yet. The boy's little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he's too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith -- and thinking about everything they're going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh's ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments happening all around them.
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Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
What has more play potential than a rainy day? Peep and Ducky return in a splashy story that begs to be read aloud. When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Inside, there is a tent to build and a pillow fight to be had. And outside, with the help of galoshes and umbrella, it’s fun to captain a boat—until a whoosh of wind and a clap of thunder sends them running back in! Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale will enchant both listener and reader.
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Zelda's Big Adventure
Written by Marie Alafaci & illustrated by Shane McG
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Zelda has big plans—she wants to be the first chicken in space. She leaves nothing to chance as she builds her spaceship, plans her experiments, and packs for the journey. All she needs now is a little help from her friends, and if they won’t step up, Zelda will just have to manage on her own! Eye-popping art and a story of perseverance and ingenuity prove that for a plucky hen, the sky is never the limit. This modern twist on the traditional The Little Red Hen story features an endearing and resourceful chicken determined to fulfill her dream
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The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories book
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Into the Wild book
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Along Came a Dog book
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Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks book
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  1. The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories - In the second book of this lauded series, Fox and Chick are off on three new adventures involving a boat ride, a mysterious box, and an early morning trip to see the sunrise. Despite the antics ensuing from their opposite personalities, the contradictory duo always manages to find a happy center. This early chapter book in comic-book form is perfect for emerging readers, while the sweet and funny characters and captivating art hold appeal for picturebook audiences as well.

  2. Into the Wild - 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!

  3. Along Came a Dog - The friendship of a little red hen and a homeless dog who appoints himself her protector ‘is treated by the author with delicacy and strength in lovely and lucid prose.’ —C.”A moving story, full of suspense.” —H.

  4. Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks - New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox? This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

Books About Chickens and Domestic Animals

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Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Chicken Lily may be a lot of things—a careful colorer, a patient puzzler, and a quiet hide-and-seeker (she never made a peep!)—but brave has never been one of them. That's why, when a school-wide poetry jam is announced in class, Lily is terrified. Will she sound like a bird brain? Although Lily's friends Baabette and Pigsley try to encourage her, Lily feels like a rotten egg. Finally, Lily realizes that she must put her best claw forward and prove that even chickens aren't chicken all the time.
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Five Fuzzy Chicks
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Five adorable chicks are determined to have some fun before bed in this rhyming story with counting elements. Goodnight Moon meets Big Red Barn in this gently humorous counting read-aloud, perfect for spring! It's time for bed, then five fuzzy chicks race out of the coop. But as they visit each animal on the farm, the chicks can't help but fall asleep one by one—the dog is so snuggly and the hay is so comfy! Before long, the sleeping chicks are scattered all over the farm! What will Mama Hen do? With irresistible artwork, Five Fuzzy Chicks is a sweet spin on the bedtime story incorporating rhyme and counting.
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This Little Chick
Written & illustrated by John Lawrence
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
Who says a little chick can’t make big, loud animal noises? Most little chicks barely make a peep, but not this little chick! While his brothers and sisters nestle close to their mother hen, this little chick struts off on his own to make some new friends in the farmyard. And he has a wonderful time of it - sliding off the back of a shiny pink pig, hopping along with frogs, skipping with a flock of frisky sheep, and imitating all the sounds these animals make. Full of playful detail, John Lawrence’s bold, energetic engravings will keep toddlers smiling, long after the oinking, mooing, baaing, and quacking are over.
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Bawk & Roll book
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Cheerful Chick book
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Chicken on Vacation book
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A Number of Animals book
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  1. Bawk & Roll - C’mon over—there’s a whole lot of clucking going on in this hilarious follow-up to the popular Chicken Dance. Marge and Lola have hit the big time! The dancing duo is ready to rock ‘n’ roll their way across the country, touring with the great Elvis Poultry. But when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, stage fright sets in. Will our two beloved chickens be too chicken to perform? Or will they find their courage and totally bawk, shake, and flap?

  2. Cheerful Chick - Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn’t quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn’t realize it)!

  3. Chicken on Vacation - Zoey the chicken needs a vacation! Zoey knows you don’t need to go to the shore to have the perfect beach day…but you do need a great imagination and a treasure map! Will Zoey lead her barnyard pals to buried treasure? Chicken on Vacation is a Level One I Can Read, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. From the author-illustrator duo that brought you the hilarious Chicken in Space, Chicken in School, and Chicken in Mittens, a Level One I Can Read that School Library Journal calls “a fun book that is perfect for budding readers.”

  4. A Number of Animals - Introduces the numbers one through ten as a little lost chick searches all over the farm for his mother.

Books About Chickens and Friendship

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The Little Green Hen
Written & illustrated by Alison Murray
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
A timely retelling plays off "The Little Red Hen" with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree's branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do -- until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children's tale.
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The Party and Other Stories
Written & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. The luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, while the spare text and airiness of the images make this early chapter book accessible to a picture book audience as well.
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Bear and Chicken
Written & illustrated by Jannie Ho
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
When Bear finds a chicken frozen in the winter snow, he brings it home to try to defrost it. As Chicken thaws-um, awakens-he fears that Bear is actually prepping to eat him. Oh no! All signs are pointing to a fateful end for Chicken-being wrapped like a burrito, chopped basil and veggies sitting on the counter, the huge pot on the stove that's just the right size for a chicken to fit inside. It's almost time for lunch, so Chicken makes a run for it! But in the end, Chicken learns that perhaps he too quickly jumped to conclusions. This funny and clever friendship tale teaches kids that things are not always as they seem, while learning a thing or two about making soup with a friend!
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Chicken Story Time book
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Peep and Ducky It’s Snowing! book
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Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation book
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Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! book
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  1. Chicken Story Time - 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!

  2. Peep and Ducky It’s Snowing! - What could be a more perfect toddler adventure? When the snow starts to fall, Peep and Ducky climb into their sleds for a race, landing happily after hitting a bump. Irresistible illustrations and a singsong text that beg to be read aloud.

  3. Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation - 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.

  4. Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! - From Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell comes an offbeat, pitch-perfect storybook for beginning readers that will have them in fits of giggles. “Maybe your foot smells good. Maybe your foot smells great. But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE.” Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch. In a graphic reader loaded with verbal and visual humor, Cece Bell offers a comical primer on good manners gone awry. Simple, silly, and perfectly suited for its audience, this tale of Chick and Brain’s constant misunderstandings and miscommunications proves once again that Cece Bell is a master at meeting kids where they are.

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