Best Children's Books About Cows

14 Children's Books About Cows

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Cuddly Cow book
#1
Cuddly Cow
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Cuddly Cow is ready for bed, but she can’t get to sleep anywhere! As she visits her farmyard friends, will she find the perfect place to get a good night’s sleep? Little fingers will just love pushing the big sound button to hear Cuddly’s mooing.

Hey Diddle Diddle!-Kubler book
#2
Hey Diddle Diddle!-Kubler
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Illustrates the nonsensical children's nursery rhyme. On board pages.

One Witch at a Time book
#3
One Witch at a Time
Written and illustrated by Stacy DeKeyser
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When his family's cow is sold for some magic beans, Rudi must find a way to return the beans to their rightful owner, a witch who lives in a neighboring village.

The Chicks in the Barn book
#4
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"!

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! book
#5
I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!
Written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Gus Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

While showing her timid gal pals the wonders of the woods, brave Nadine the cow discovers that she is not entirely fearless.

A Birthday for Cow! book
#6
A Birthday for Cow!
Written and illustrated by Jan Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Pig and Mouse are hard at work baking the best birthday cake EVER for Cow. But it would be a lot easier if Duck wasn’t hanging around, yammering on about turnips or some nonsense. (Sheesh!) With all this silliness going on, how will they manage to throw Cow a spectacular birthday party? Well, as it turns out, crazy Duck just might have had the right idea all along! Featuring wacky humor, rowdy repetitions, irreverent dialogue, and a hilarious twist at the end, this book is now available in an accessible reader-size format and is sure to have young readers laughing out loud!

What the Ladybug Heard Next book
#7
What the Ladybug Heard Next
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Although much quieter than the farm animals that moo, cluck or oink, a gentle ladybug is instrumental in foiling a plan to steal the farm's prize-winning cow. By the author of The Gruffalo.

I Wanna Be a Cowgirl book
#8
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Moo, Katie Woo! book
#9
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.

The Cow Said Meow book
#10
The Cow Said Meow
Written and illustrated by John Himmelman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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!

Buttercup's Lovely Day book
#11
Buttercup's Lovely Day
Written by Carolyn Beck and 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.

Prudence the Part-Time Cow book
#12
Prudence the Part-Time Cow
Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer and illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Prudence looks like a full-time cow―she wanders through pastures, she swats flies, and she lines up for supper. But Prudence is a part-time cow―she is also a scientist, an architect, and an inventor, studying and building and dreaming and creating. To the other cows in the herd, Prudence is a bit too part-time. She's just too different to be part of the herd. At first Prudence tries to fit in, suppressing all her scientific smarts and imaginative inventing. But in a moment of inspiration―Cow Power!―Prudence realizes how to show the others that she can be a part-time cow and a full-time member of the herd. Funny and sweet, this is a story for anyone who's ever felt a bit different.

Cindy Moo book
#13
Cindy Moo
Written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Jeff Mack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home book
#14
I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home
Written by Kathryn Cristaldi and 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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