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

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 cows, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm to popular sellers like The Story of Ferdinand to some of our favorite hidden gems like Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type.

We hope this list of kids books about cows can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Top 10 Books About Cows

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The Cow Who Climbed a Tree
Written & illustrated by Gemma Merino
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tina isn’t like the other cows. She believes that the sky is the limit and that everything is possible. But her sisters aren’t convinced—and when Tina tells them she has climbed a tree and met a dragon, they decide that her nonsense has gone too far. Off they go into the woods to find her…and soon discover a world of surprises!

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The Story of Ferdinand
Written by Munro Leaf & illustrated by Robert Lawson
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A true classic with a timeless message!

All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?

The Story of Ferdinand has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936 for its message of nonviolence and pacifism. In WWII times, Adolf Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it privileged status as the only non-communist children’s book allowed in Poland.

The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi—whose nonviolent and pacifistic practices went on to inspire Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.—even called it his favorite book.

The story was adapted by Walt Disney into a short animated film entitled Ferdinand the Bull in 1938. Ferdinand the Bull won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

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I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home
Written by Kathryn Cristaldi & illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown in a rocket ship made of glass and stone. I will love you till the cows come home. Love knows no bounds in this lyrical, gentle lullaby, a tender tribute to the depths of family love. Filled with warm, funny art, I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home is a perfect read-aloud for curling up with your little one at the end of the day . . . or anytime you want to express just how much you love them.

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Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

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Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends return in a jacketed hardcover about the seasonal changes of autumn. Fergie the calf does not like change, so when his pleasant routine on Stony Meadow Farm begins to change as summer turns to autumn. Fergie is not happy. Luckily his pals on the farm help him acclimate to, and even embrace, the change of seasons.

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Leo's Monster
Written by Marcus Pfister
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Leo, the city mouse, visits his friend Zoe in the countryside for the first time, he meets a huge and horrible monster.

It’s gigantic, has lots of horns, an enormous tail, and when it roars, the earth shakes. At least that’s what Leo saw. Or did he? Zoe thinks his description sounds just like Berta, the sweet-tempered cow in the meadow . . .

Bestselling author Marcus Pfister skillfully weaves a hilarious story of mystery, suspense and just a hint of scariness.

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The 78-Story Treehouse
Written by Andy Griffiths & illustrated by Terry Denton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Andy and Terry live in a 78-story treehouse. (It used to be a 65-story treehouse, but they just keep building more levels!) It has a drive-thru car wash, a courtroom with a robot judge called Edward Gavelhead, a scribbletorium, a combining machine, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, a high-security potato chip storage facility, and an open-air movie theatre with a super-giant screen . . . which is a very useful thing to have now that Terry’s going to be a big-shot movie star! After Andy gets cut out of the movie, he and Terry have a big fight and decide they don’t want to be best friends anymore. But with a herd of sneaky spy cows out to steal all their story ideas, can Andy and Terry make up before it’s too late?

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14 Cows for America
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

A New York Times Best Seller

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Moo
Written by Matthew Van Fleet & illustrated by Brian Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers Heads and Dog. Oink, cluck, squeak, moo . . . cock-a-doodle-doo! Ingeniously designed flaps and pull tabs, accompanied by pettable textures, offer a flock of interactive fun in this innovative introduction to seven species of barnyard residents. Toddlers will delight in identifying and imitating each critter!

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Do Cows Meow?
Written by Salina Yoon
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Moo, meow, BAA! Kids will have a blast as they lift the flaps to learn lots of barnyard animal sounds.
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Books About Cows and Domestic Animals

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Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends return in a jacketed hardcover about the seasonal changes of autumn. Fergie the calf does not like change, so when his pleasant routine on Stony Meadow Farm begins to change as summer turns to autumn. Fergie is not happy. Luckily his pals on the farm help him acclimate to, and even embrace, the change of seasons.

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Moo
Written by Matthew Van Fleet & illustrated by Brian Stanton
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers Heads and Dog. Oink, cluck, squeak, moo . . . cock-a-doodle-doo! Ingeniously designed flaps and pull tabs, accompanied by pettable textures, offer a flock of interactive fun in this innovative introduction to seven species of barnyard residents. Toddlers will delight in identifying and imitating each critter!

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Do Cows Meow?
Written by Salina Yoon
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Moo, meow, BAA! Kids will have a blast as they lift the flaps to learn lots of barnyard animal sounds.
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  1. Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) - New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s Caldecott Honor–winning book is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!

  2. Cow Boy Is Not a Cowboy - Meet Goat Girl and Merle: an irresistible pair of characters who show young readers that the best friendships are built on more than first impressions.

  3. Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine - Monster in the barn!It is a dark and stormy night. The rooster has seen a monster. Olga the pig has gone missing. And something in the barn is glowing….The farm animals are in a panic, and it’s up to Minnie and Moo to keep their heads and get to the bottom of the strange and alarming events of this eerie night.Best buddies Minnie and Moo return in their seventh delightfully comic adventure for beginning readers.

  4. Cow Can't Sleep - Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm…until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night! Bright, hilarious digital artwork gives just the right touch to this silly bedtime story.

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Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

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Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater
Written & illustrated by Denys Cazet
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's the farmer's birthday.

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Cowhide-and-Seek
Written by Sheri Dillard & illustrated by Jess Pauwels
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A fun and humorous picture book about a cow playing hide and seek, perfect for fans of Click, Clack, Moo. Where, oh where, could Bessie be? When Bessie hears the farmer counting his cows, she thinks he’s starting a game of hide-and-seek. She hurries off to hide, determined to be the winner- but she’s the only one playing! When her “hiding spot” walks away, she follows it . . . right off the farm! Ready or not, here comes the farmer! Will Bessie find the perfect place to hide?

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  1. Minnie and Moo Go Dancing - Once again, Moo is thinking: “I wish for a nice pair of thumbs.” This simple yet far-fetched longing leads the two bovine friends amusingly to the magic of frilly dresses, hair color, eye shadow-and dancing. At the farmer’s house they, in their party togs, are mistaken for Opal and Ruby, the farmer’s twin sisters from California. “You gals sure know how to hoof it!” says one of their human dance partners. But when hamburgers are served, Moo and Minnie are struck suddenly by their own connection to beef. “We could be next on the grill, “ says Minnie. “Run for it!.”

  2. How Do You Do? - Water Buffalo and Crane’s field is dry, empty, and hot–so hot that they can barely think of anything else. Every day is the same . . . Until one day, they hear something new. “How do you do?” When Goat dances into their lives, Water Buffalo and Crane can’t help but join in. Suddenly their field doesn’t seem dry, empty, and hot at all. Even after Goat dances away, their world is no longer so small. This beautiful story about widening your horizons and making new friends, brought to life with stunning illustrations by Gianna Marino, shows how all it takes is one special friend to change your world.

  3. The Cow Said Meow - No one likes getting caught out in the rain! One drizzly day on the farm, a cow overhears a cat meowing to be let into the house. When the kind old lady inside opens the door, the cow gets an idea–one that spirals out of control!

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The 78-Story Treehouse
Written by Andy Griffiths & illustrated by Terry Denton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Andy and Terry live in a 78-story treehouse. (It used to be a 65-story treehouse, but they just keep building more levels!) It has a drive-thru car wash, a courtroom with a robot judge called Edward Gavelhead, a scribbletorium, a combining machine, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, a high-security potato chip storage facility, and an open-air movie theatre with a super-giant screen . . . which is a very useful thing to have now that Terry’s going to be a big-shot movie star! After Andy gets cut out of the movie, he and Terry have a big fight and decide they don’t want to be best friends anymore. But with a herd of sneaky spy cows out to steal all their story ideas, can Andy and Terry make up before it’s too late?

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Home of the Brave
Written by Katherine Applegate
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Recommend Ages: 10-14

A man I helped to settle here taught me a saying from Africa. I’ll bet you would like it: A cow is God with a wet nose. Kek comes from Africa where he lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived. Now she’s missing, and Kek has been sent to a new home. In America, he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter—cold and unkind. But slowly he makes friends: a girl in foster care, an old woman with a rundown farm, and a sweet, sad cow that reminds Kek of home. As he waits for word of his mother’s fate, Kek weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Anniversary)
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Caldecott Honor-winning book is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary with a brand-new edition featuring bonus content!
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  1. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners - Saddle up, wranglers! Here comes the next installment in the adventures of Cowgirl Kate and her trusty cowhorse, Cocoa. The best friends are as feisty as ever as they play hide-and-seek, get new shoes, and learn the true meaning of friendship: They’re partners through thick and thin, and partners do <i>everything</i> together. <p/>With its lively text and spirited illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Betsy Lewin, this second book in the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series is sure to have young readers everywhere chomping at the bit for more. <br>

  2. If the S in Moose Comes Loose - *A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year*

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Millie Waits for the Mail (Millie's Misadventures)
Written & illustrated by Alexander Steffensmeier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn’t enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It’s too bad the mail carrier doesn’t have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?

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Cowie
Written & illustrated by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cowie is a donkey who feels like a cow on the inside. Will his friends help him make his dream come true? Find out in this sweetly told story about discovering your true self.

Cowie was born a donkey but he knows he’s meant to be a cow. He wants to be a cow. Cows can graze in the meadow all day long and no one asks them to carry heavy packages. So, he stands with the cows in the barn but nothing happens. Will his dream ever come true, he wonders. Can Mousie and Duckie help Cowie feel happy in his own skin?

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The Night of the Living Bed
Written & illustrated by Denys Cazet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On Halloween night, best friends Minnie and Moo take a wild ride into town on a runaway bed. They find the streets filled with trick-or-treaters dragging bags of candy. Leading a ragtag troupe of their farm buddies, Minnie and Moo join the festivities, performing hilarious tricks to earn their treats.

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  1. The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut -

    Minnie's jelly donut is gone! Moo is sure it has been stolen. Can the cunning cows stop the crime wave before the donut-napper strikes again?

  2. Cindy Moo - One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale. “Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!” Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon. The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and failing—night after night . . . until a trick of nature shows Cindy a way to triumph. As delightfully silly as the original nursery rhyme, this hilarious picture book will have readers of all stripes (and spots) cheering for its determined heroine.

  3. The Little Cow and the Turtle - A little cow befriends three hoboes who feed her honey, two little boys who feed her apples, and a turtle on a valiant journey to the lake.

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Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm
Written by Joy Cowley & illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

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Steering Toward Normal
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Petruck
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop. What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.

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Buttercup's Lovely Day
Written by Carolyn Beck & illustrated by Andrea Beck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Readers will enjoy a day in the life of a cow named Buttercup in this poetic and heartwarming picture book. Called a “read-aloud gem” by Quill & Quire, this picture book will delight children with its creative use of language and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer’s field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life’s simple pleasures.

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  1. I Wanna Be a Cowgirl - A little girl imagines what her daily life would be like if she were a cowgirl, living out west on a ranch with cows and sheep, riding a horse, and sleeping under the stars.

  2. Moo, Katie Woo! - Katie and her class visit a farm, and find out where eggs and milk come from.

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