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Looking for a list of the best kids books about domestic animals?

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

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 domestic animals, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Little Chick’s Breakfast to popular sellers like Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Very Busy Spider.

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

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Top 10 Books About Domestic Animals

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Little Blue Truck
Written by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

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Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written & illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

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Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
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Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

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Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
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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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Blue Chicken
Written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman
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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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The Very Busy Spider
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, in a book featuring thermographic pages and a raised spider web that can be felt as well as seen. On board pages.

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Business Pig
Written & illustrated by Andrea Zuill
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Right from the start, everyone at the barnyard knew Jasper was different: “What we have here is a gen-u-WINE Business Pig!” No playing in the mud for him; Jasper preferred bookkeeping and charts. Most of all, he longs for a forever home. But no matter how many resumes Jasper hands out, no one adopts him. Can this business pig find that special person who means business, too?

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Barnyard Dance!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
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Recommend Ages: 0-4

Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton’s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. The “Barnyard Dance! song, performed by John Stey, is available for download.

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Tiny Farm
Written by & illustrated by Suzy Ultman
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Embark on a Tiny Tour! These adorable shaped board books take young readers on a tour through a teeny world with every turn of the page. Die-cuts on each page lead to the next adventure, finally ending in the comforts of home. Toddlers will delight in guessing what comes next while learning essential prediction skills. Shaped like buildings and featuring neon accents throughout, these cute books have great value and will prove irresistible to children eager to create their own tiny world.

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The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung
Written by Samantha R Vamos & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the bilingual story of the farm maiden and her cadre of animals, who craft a festive piñata for a surprise celebration. “The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung” is a beautiful and lively companion to the award-winning “The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred.”

A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she’s gone, the farm maiden prepares a piñata with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must hurry to finish preparations in time. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. This book makes learning the language easy and fun. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a piñata at home.

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Books About Domestic Animals and Friendship

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Little Blue Truck
Written by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

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Business Pig
Written & illustrated by Andrea Zuill
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Right from the start, everyone at the barnyard knew Jasper was different: “What we have here is a gen-u-WINE Business Pig!” No playing in the mud for him; Jasper preferred bookkeeping and charts. Most of all, he longs for a forever home. But no matter how many resumes Jasper hands out, no one adopts him. Can this business pig find that special person who means business, too?

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Otis and the Kittens
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, it hasn’t rained in a long time and farmers all over the valley have grown anxious with water in such short supply. One hot afternoon, when Otis and his friends are resting beneath the shade of the apple tree, Otis spots something moving down in the valley—an orange tabby cat headed straight for the old barn. But then Otis sees something else that causes his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from the same barn. A fire!

As Otis races toward the fire with his friends in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside to discover the source of the cat’s worries–her little kittens are perched up on the hayloft, scared. Otis never hesitates. Yet even after he delivers a tractor full of kittens safely outside, their mama remains upset. Re-entering the burning barn, Otis discovers why: one tiny kitten, still too scared to move. With a friendly chuff, Otis coaxes her down and she scampers out the door. That’s when the floor collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor. Now Otis, the friend everyone can count on, must count on his friends.

Told with a sense of play and devotion, this is a heartwarming tale that reminds readers that sometimes even those who we count on to help us need a little help themselves. From the creator of Otis, Otis and the Puppy, and the illustrator of The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.

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  1. How Kind! - Hen gives Pig an unexpected present. “How kind!” says Pig. Pig is so touched, in fact, that he decides to do something kind too. So Pig gives Rabbit a gift. “How kind!” says Rabbit, who does something kind for Cow, who is kind to Cat, who wants to be kind in turn. Where will all of this kindness lead?

  2. The Doghouse - Mouse, Pig, Cow, and Duck are playing a carefree game of ball when (horror of horrors!) their ball gets kicked into . . . THE DOGHOUSE. Who will risk a run-in with scary Dog to get it back? Hysterical high anxiety ensues as Mouse volunteers each animal to do the dirty work—but you’ll never believe what’s really going on in the doghouse! With Jan Thomas’s fun, fresh art and priceless animal expressions, this timeless tale of fear and friendship will have young readers howling.

  3. Otis and the Tornado - Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer’s day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it’s a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

  4. Good Night, Little Blue Truck - The #1 New York Times Bestseller Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s time for sleep. Say goodnight with Little Blue Truck and friends! A storm is brewing and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket? It’s not long before other friends show up seeking safety from the storm. Thunder and lightning sure can be scary, but it’s easy to be brave together. When the clouds roll on and the sky is clear, it’s all aboard for a bedtime ride! Beep! Beep! Shhh . . .

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Books About Domestic Animals and Social Themes

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Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written & illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

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Chicken Lily
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden
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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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Together We Grow
Written by Susan Vaught & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From award-winning novelist Susan Vaught comes a poignant picture book that celebrates inclusivity, acceptance, and the importance of rebuilding a community in the wake of disaster.

Lightning gash! Windy lash!

A storm drives all the farm animals indoors except for a lonely fox family. The barn isn’t their home. But where will they go for safety?

This stunning picture books explores themes of acceptance and belonging: Large or small, Short and tall, There is room, There is room, There is room For us all.

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  1. Sorry (Really Sorry) - * "Clever, funny, and true--really."--

  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)!

Books About Domestic Animals and First Concepts

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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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Animal Families: Farm
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Jane Ormes
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Find out the different names for mother and father animals on the farm — and then lift the flap to find the babies and learn what they are called. This striking, satisfying introduction to animal families features screen-printed artwork and bold neon ink to capture the attention and imagination of babies and toddlers.

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100 Farm Words
Written by & illustrated by Dawn Machell
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Take a fun first trip to the farm with this early learning book! Bright pictures and labels encourage children to look, point, and learn as they master their first 100 farm words! With adorable illustrations by Dawn Machell and a padded cover format, 100 Farm Words is the perfect first trip to the farm for little learners.

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  1. Cows in the Kitchen - His fields are empty, so Tom Farmer is looking for all the farmyard animals. He’s in for a big surprise when he finds them! What will he do to sort them out? Die-cut holes in each page hold clues to what follows, with lots of scope for imitation and expression. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.

  2. I Spy on the Farm - Look through each eye-catching spy hole to spot a new farmyard animal! Down on the farm there are many colorful and noisy animals to spy. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess which one is next. Then turn the page to reveal the animal. Watch as young children quickly become engaged in the game — joining in with the animal noises, learning colors, and eventually recognizing the letters.

  3. This Little Pup - A boy throws a ball for the puppy to fetch. It bounces past two brown cows, three green frogs, four pink pigs, and keeps right on going around the farm, taking the reader with it, all the way back to where it started. A circuitous romp with cumulative text and beautifully rendered illustrations, introducing animals, counting, and colors.

  4. Crunch! Munch! Bunny - Watch as Baby Bunny meets cute baby animals in this early learning lift the flap sound book. An interactive board book that contains five large and sturdy flaps, with a surprise character and sound hiding underneath each. Read the rhymes aloud before lifting the flaps to find out who is hiding! With adorable photographic toys of favorite baby animals and beautifully illustrated scenes, there is lots for little ones to look at–perfect for reading together.

Books About Domestic Animals and Rural Living

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Open the Barn Door
Written by & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
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Recommend Ages: 2-3

From the creator of OPEN THE GARAGE DOOR comes the hit lift-the-flap board book all about your favorite farm animals!

Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 10 lift-the-flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

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Tiny Farm
Written by & illustrated by Suzy Ultman
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Embark on a Tiny Tour! These adorable shaped board books take young readers on a tour through a teeny world with every turn of the page. Die-cuts on each page lead to the next adventure, finally ending in the comforts of home. Toddlers will delight in guessing what comes next while learning essential prediction skills. Shaped like buildings and featuring neon accents throughout, these cute books have great value and will prove irresistible to children eager to create their own tiny world.

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Ten Red Apples
Written & illustrated by Pat Hutchins
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. “Save one for me,” calls the farmer. But what about the farmer’s wife? Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!

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  1. Jimmy Dabble - When the Dabble farm is threatened, little Jimmy Dabble–who has taught the barnyard animals to sing–and his farmyard friends find a creative way to save the day. A first book.

  2. When the Leaf Blew In - Simple, repetitive text and expressive illustrations tell an autumn story about the way one leaf turns an entire barnyard upside down.

  3. Big Red Barn - Margaret Wise Brown’s simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps, has charmed generations of children. This board book edition features sturdy pages and is just the right size for toddlers. As in her classic Goodnight Moon, Brown engages children and helps settle them down for sleep as they follow along with the animals from morning to night in the barnyard. In the barnyard there are roosters and cows, horses and goats, and a pink piglet who is learning to squeal. Felicia Bond’s atmospheric illustrations add to the tranquil simplicity of this gentle story. Big Red Barn makes a lovely baby shower gift and is a wonderful addition to any preschooler’s library.

  4. Little Farm - This simplified board book version of Lois Lenski's classic farm story is perfect for toddlers loving their farm animal books!

Books About Domestic Animals and Farms

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Barnyard Dance!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton’s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. The “Barnyard Dance! song, performed by John Stey, is available for download.

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The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung
Written by Samantha R Vamos & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the bilingual story of the farm maiden and her cadre of animals, who craft a festive piñata for a surprise celebration. “The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung” is a beautiful and lively companion to the award-winning “The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred.”

A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she’s gone, the farm maiden prepares a piñata with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. After they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must hurry to finish preparations in time. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” the tale cleverly incorporates Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page. This book makes learning the language easy and fun. Back matter includes a glossary, definitions, and directions for making a piñata at home.

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Tug a Tail Farm Animals
Written & illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Children will learn about different farm animals in a fun and interactive way. Just pull the tab to slide the page open and you’ll find the animal that matches each tail.

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  1. The Very Busy Spider - A spider, blown by the wind to a fence post near a farm yard, begins to build her web and cannot be distracted from the task at hand–not by the horse, cow, sheep, goat, or dog. But when the rooster asks if she wants to catch a pesky fly, the busy spider is able to catch it in her web immediately!

  2. Henry's Stars - The stars take shape in this adorable companion to Henry’s Map! One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees? In this charming companion to Henry’s Map, David Elliot explores—with gentle humor—the nature of art and perception. A perfect book for kids and adults who love to find shapes among the stars or anywhere else their imaginations may lead.

  3. Curious George's Day at the Farm - Curious George and the man with the yellow hat spend a busy day at the Jackson Family Farm in this sturdy, colorful, tabbed board book. Help George find the milking pail, gather all of the eggs in the hen house, and even come up with a plan to keep the crows away from the crops! Interactive flaps on every spread reveal hidden details to delight little ones on repeat readings.

  4. Turkey Trouble - As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner.

Books About Domestic Animals and Infancy

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Spot Goes to the Farm
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Spot searches for new babies among the farm animals, each of which greets him with its own distinctive noise. Movable flaps conceal portions of the illustrations.

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Tough Chicks
Written by Cece Meng & illustrated by Melissa Suber
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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.

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Lambslide
Written by Ann Patchett & illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the international bestselling author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth, Ann Patchett, and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious children’s story about a slide made just for lambs. Nicolette Farmer is running for class president, and the rest of the Farmer family tells her she’ll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide and can’t believe there’s a slide made just for them. But when they can’t find one on the farm, there’s only one thing left to do: take a vote! They campaign. They bargain. They ask all the other animals if they, too, would like a lambslide. Will the lambs ever get their special slide? Find out in this epic collaboration between Patchett and Glasser, who create the perfect children’s book.

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  1. This Little Chick - 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.

  2. A Farm for Maisie - Meet adorable sheepdog Maisie in this follow-up to the picture book phenomenon The SheepOver! When Maisie Grace the puppy arrives at Moonrise Farm, she’s excited about her new home but overwhelmed by all the bustling activity around her. She learns about each animal’s job: the chickens lay eggs, the pony pulls a cart for Farmer John, and the sheep make lots of soft wool for blankets and warm clothes. But what will Maisie’s job be? With the help of older dog Laddie and her new friends, Maisie realizes how she can help–she’s going to be a sheepdog! This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman, featuring their photo-illustrations of the real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including fan favorites Sweet Pea from The Sheepover and Finn from Brave Little Finn, celebrates the joy of finding just where you belong.

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Books About Domestic Animals and Ducks

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Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. “But keep an eye on Duck. He’s trouble.” Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown’s notes exactly. Is that giggling he hears?

Giggle, giggle, quack, giggle, moo, giggle, oink…

Duck, the cows, the hens and the pigs are back in this Classic Board Book™ edition!

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Farmer Duck
Written by Martin Waddell & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Tired of having to do all the work for a lazy farmer, Farmer Duck collapses from exhaustion, but the farmyard animals come up with an ingenious rescue scheme designed to teach the slothful farmer a much-needed lesson.

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On the Farm
Written by Kate Riggs & illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Quacking ducklings. Bleating lambs. Cheeping chicks. On the Farm offers up a fun, foundational introduction to the sounds of six barnyard animals that are sure to fascinate every preschool learner. Simple, rhythmical text introduces the baby and adult forms of each creature by describing the sounds they make to communicate with one another. Detailed illustrations, meanwhile, provide a colorful backdrop of the developing farm scene. Set within a durable board book format, this is a title all young readers will talk about!

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  1. Click, Clack, Quack to School! - Farmer Brown has been invited to be a guest at the elementary school’s Farm Day! The animals excitedly practice their best classroom behavior: standing quietly in line, using their inside voices, and learning how to share. But then they find out that farm animals aren’t actually allowed in school (who knew they were considered a health code violation?!). Rules are rules, so Farmer Brown goes to school solo—or so he thinks…for while our favorite barnyard bunch don’t get high marks in rules, they do excel in disguise.

  2. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure - It’s time for the annual Corn Maze Festival. <p/> The farm is bursting with activity. <p/> Cluck<br> Whack! <p/> The chickens build a fence around the cornfield. <p/> Moo<br> Thwack! <p/> The cows give the barn a fresh coat of paint. <p/> Thump. Quack! <p/> Duck builds the ticket booth for the hot-air balloon ride. <p/> Everyone is excited. Well, Duck is not excited exactly. But he has a plan. As Farmer Brown designs the corn maze for the festival, Duck does some designing of his own. Guess who’s in for a big surprise? <p/> The always-creative, always-hilarious, always-champions-of-corn-mazes pair who brought you <i>Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type</i>; <i>Giggle, Giggle, Quack</i>; and <i>Duck for President</i> have planned a terrific event. Step right up, folks.

  3. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! - As Farmer Brown prepares the house for Christmas, Duck tries to play Santa–but he gets stuck in the chimney, along with all the other animals who try to help.

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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. 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 Fox Chase
Written & illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Findus–the adorable, clever little cat–and Pettson–the loving forgetful farmer–in this indelibly charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. In this adventure, Findus cooks up a plan to save the fox from being hunted.

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Findus Disappears!
Written & illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
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Meet Findus—the adorable, clever little cat—and Pettson—the loving forgetful farmer—in this charming series of illustrated storybooks filled with humor and heart. Old man Pettson is lonely until his neighbor brings him a box that reads: “Findus Green Peas.” But when Pettson opens the box he doesn’t see peas . . . he sees a tiny kitten. Pettson’s lonely days are over and he talks like he’s never talked before—and soon Findus himself is talking. What a cat he has! But when the house is suddenly quiet and empty, Pettson knows something is wrong—Findus is missing!

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A Ruckus in the Garden
Written & illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pettson and Findus are back in this uproarious tale about gardening! When Pettson announces that it’s time to plant seeds in the garden, Findus, his cat, plants a meatball. The hilarity continues as each night their hard work is undone by hungry chickens, then a rogue pig. When cows set up shop, Pettson and Findus must hatch a plan to protect their garden and Findus’s meatballs.

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  1. Friends for Calico! - Calico is searching high and searching low, but where did her beloved teddy bear go? Join Calico and her friends, Scruff and Puff, as their quest to find her teddy bear teaches everyone an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. Children and parents are sure to enjoy this sweet, first-experience story from Karma Wilson!

  2. Whittington - This Newbery-Honor winning tale introduces Whittington, a roughneck Tom who arrives one day at a barn full of rescued animals and asks for a place there. He spins for the animals--as well as for Ben and Abby, the kids whose grandfather does the rescuing--a yarn about his ancestor, the nameless cat who brought Dick Whittington to the heights of wealth and power in 16th-century England. This is an unforgettable tale about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling, and how learning to read saves one little boy.

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Cow Can't Sleep
Written by Ken Baker & illustrated by Steve Gray
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

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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Five Fuzzy Chicks
Written by Diana Murray & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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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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Click, Clack, Peep!
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read!

There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him.

Peep! Peep! Peep!

How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…

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  1. Farmyard Beat - The sounds of the farm animals create a lively beat that keeps Farmer Sue, the chicks, sheep, and other farm animals awake. On board pages.

  2. All Kinds of Kisses - There are all kinds of kisses. Cheep kisses… moo kisses… baa kisses… coo kisses… But the best kiss of all is Mommy’s kiss goodnight. Mamas all across the farm cozy up with their little ones with cuddles and sweet affection. This lulling read-aloud, with animal sounds labeled on every page, will encourage young readers to join in as they are reminded how much they are cherished.

  3. Barnyard Bedtime - The perfect nighttime readaloud for your little farmer!

  4. Night Night Farm - Shaped, die-cut, picture-changing pages add a subtly interactive element to this peaceful, rhyming bedtime book--say Night, night and turn the page to watch the animals transform from being awake to asleep. It's nighttime down on the farm. The animals are in the barn and it's time to say a soft and cozy, Night, night. Say goodnight to the horse, the dog, and all their farm friends, as you turn the shaped pages and watch as the animals go to sleep, one by one. The gentle rhymes and sleepy tone make Night Night Farm perfect for settling your little one into bed and ending with your own, quiet, Night, night. With irresistibly sweet illustrations and a magical sky of glow-in-the-dark stars, Night Night Farm is the perfect way to end the day.

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Duck on a Tractor
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pleased with his success in riding a bike, Duck decides to drive the farm tractor, and invites all the other farm animals along for the ride–all the way to town.

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Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
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Touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

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Abre La Puerta del Granero...
Written by Random House & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Disfruta de un d�a en la granja y descubre c�mo son los animales y los sonidos que hacen para comunicarse. Levanta las 12 tapitas de este libro de cat�n y podr�s reconocer muchos de tus animales favoritos, como caballos, pollos, vacas y cerdos. Aprende c�mo es la vida en una granja. Spend a day on the farm and explore all the animal sights and sounds! Featuring 12 lift the flaps and a variety of barnyard favorites, including horses, chickens, cows, and pigs, this board book is a fun-filled introduction to life on the farm.

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  1. Peek-a-Baby: Farm - Baby animals are hiding on the farm! Lift the flaps to help each animal parent find their babies, from noisy chicks to messy baby pigs. Peekaboo fans will delight in revealing every adorable baby animal—and learning what special sound they make! With cleverly layered pages and distinctive limited-palette artwork, this is a board book series to treasure.

  2. Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! - Sturdy flaps and simple texts combine with friendly artwork to make this a fantastic first book for children who are just starting to talk. As all parents know, little children just love to be asked to make animal sounds. So a flap book in which they can spot the animal’s tail, lift the flap to reveal the complete creature, and then make its noise is guaranteed to be a winner!

  3. Good Night! - Illustrations and simple text show parent-and-child animal pairs saying goodnight to each other, as a chick’s “peep peep” is answered by a chicken’s “cluck cluck” and a puppy’s “ruff ruff” is returned by a dog’s “woof woof.”

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Old MacDonald had a Dragon
Written by Ken Baker & illustrated by Christopher Santoro
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had…a dragon? The animals aren’t happy that there’s a dragon on the farm. But Old MacDonald likes his dragon…until it starts swallowing up the animals! Can Old MacDonald save his farm before it’s too late? Find out in this silly adaptation of the popular song. Christopher Santoro’s brilliant artwork combines with Ken Baker’s fun text for a story sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

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Who Says Quack?: A Pudgy Board Book
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Who says quack? Not a hen, or a pig, or a cow–or a host of other noisy animals. They cluck, oink, moo, and more–and children can guess the sound each one makes as they turn the pages of this fun and sturdy photographic book.

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Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story
Written by & illustrated by Bruno Robert
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! Children will laugh out loud when the cow wants to run free like a horse, the sheep wants a snout like a pig, and the dog wants to be inside like the cat.

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  1. What the Ladybug Heard Next - Out of jail and up to no good, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are robbers on a mission. They’ve been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, and now they have their eyes set on the real prize—the fat red hen herself. They think their plan is foolproof, but they haven’t counted on one very tiny, very quiet thing. The ladybug has outsmarted these bandits once—and she’s ready to do it again!

  2. Barnyard Banter - It’s another noisy morning on the farm. From pasture to hayloft, cows moo, kittens mew, hens cluck, and pigs muck. But Goose is hiding. Who will find her?

  3. My Farm Friends - Here’s a perfect introduction to our farm friends. Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk—but did you know they need to drink a bathtub-full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble—but sometimes they purr like cats. Wendell Minor’s bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends.

  4. Mommies Say Shhh! - Goats say “Maa-Maa-Maa.” Birds say “Cheep-Cheep-Cheep.” Horses say “Neigh-Neigh-Neigh.” Rabbits say nothing at all! But when all of these animals get together and raise a honking, braying, neighing ruckus, what do mommies say? “Shhhhhh!” <br> With the simplest of texts and a variety of fun animal noises, Patricia Polacco has created another read-aloud winner for the preschool crowd.

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Who's Hiding on the Farm?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Katharine McEwen
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are lots of animals on the farm. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore behind bushes, hay bales, and barn doors to discover lots of interesting facts about farmyard animals. With spreads that take readers through all four seasons, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors.

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Moo: Peek-a-Flap
Written by Jaye Garnett and Cottage Door Press & illustrated by Joy Steuerwald
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Recommend Ages: 0-5

Meet all the animals as you peek and explore around a farm! Each scene features a pair of lift-a-flaps with peekaboo surprises. Inside the flaps, you’ll find fun facts about the animals in the artwork.

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Where Does Pig Live?
Written by Roger Priddy
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Recommend Ages: 1-3

Where Does Pig Live? is a novelty board book for toddlers that takes them around the farm to look for Big Pig’s home, and to meet lots of farm characters on the way. Slide the doors open, and lift up the flaps to discover who lives where, until, finally, Big Pig comes to a place that looks familiar, and smells like home! With its repetitive text that encourages participation, its satisfying sliders and flaps, and its characterful illustrations, this chunky board book is sure to become a hit with little ones aged 18 months to three years old.

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  1. Old Macdonald Had a Farm - A warm reimagining of the beloved folk song with a surprising new twist!      Take children on a musical journey through Old MacDonald’s farm to learn the sounds of farm animals - and find out what surprises might be in store for Old MacDonald himself! Jane Cabrera accompanies this sing-along classic with high-spirited illustrations and a refreshing text that will have young readers and parents eagerly turning the pages.      Jane Cabrera’s picture books have received worldwide attention and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Her colorful twists on traditional nursery rhymes are a delight to both teachers and parents hoping to engage toddlers in the act of reading.

  2. My Peekaboo Farm -

  3. Picture Fit Board Books: A Barnyard of Friends - In A Barnyard of Friends it’s fun to find out where each farm animal lives, from pig sty to chicken coop, by exploring the raised and recessed shapes on every page! In this lively and engaging novelty board book, little learners will enjoy meeting cute farm animals, such as cows, sheep, and ducks, and finding out where they live. On the turn of every page, they’ll be excited to discover raised shapes to touch, feel, and explore, that neatly tuck into shaped spaces on the opposite page. Offering a tactile and visual experience that your child will want to repeat time and time again, A Barnyard of Friends is just right for little hands! Also available: A Traffic Jam of Trucks, A Parade of Animals, A Stampede of Dinosaurs, and A Toy Box of Shapes.

  4. Farm The Farm - A lift-the-flap book that lets little ones farm the farm! This interactive novelty board book encourages readers to care for animals at the farm by lifting the sturdy flaps on each spread. Feed the hens, brush the pony’s mane, and open the gate so the cow can graze in the pasture in this inventive and engaging book that teaches little ones how to be responsible.

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Chicken Dance
Written by Tammi Sauer
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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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Chickens to the Rescue
Written & illustrated by John Himmelman
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet the most heroic chickens in town!

On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well. . . .
On Tuesday, Mrs. Greenstalk was too tired to make dinner. . . .

Who will help the poor Greenstalk family? Chickens to the rescue! The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members and farm animals every day of the week. Every day until Sunday, that is, when Emily Greenstalk has a little trouble . . .

John Himmelman's expressive illustrations are filled with the kind of hilarious details that will delight young readers.

The fun here comes from all the frenzy in the pictures, and it will take kids more than one look to see all the silliness. - Booklist

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Hurry!
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Jeff Mack
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Rooster is spreading the word: <i>Hurry! Hurry!</i> All the animals rush to the barn–and arrive just in time to greet the tiniest member of the farm family, hatching out of his egg. <p/>Eve Bunting’s simple energetic text and Jeff Mack’s colorful art come together in a joyful book that’s perfect for preschoolers.

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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. Little Chick's Breakfast - Little Chick becomes hungrier and hungrier and more and more impatient as she watches all the other barnyard animals getting their breakfast before she gets hers.

  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.

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Farm Animals
Written & illustrated by Phoebe Dunn
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Take an exciting adventure to the farm in Phoebe Dunn’s beloved photographic board book!

Toddlers will love spending a day on the farm and learning the names of all the friendly animals in this beloved barnyard board book. With a fun array of rabbits, sheep, pigs, and more, this is one farm that little ones will want to visit over and over again.

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Turkey Trick or Treat
Written by Wendi Silvano & illustrated by Lee Harper
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone loves Halloween candy--even Turkey. But how can he and his barnyard friends get any when the farmers give it out only to children? With a costume, of course! As his pals look on, Turkey comes up with one clever costume after the next. Each trick gets better and better...but will Turkey and his friends end up with any treats? This hilarious companion to Turkey Trouble and Turkey Claus is filled to the brim with holiday fun.

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Click, Clack, Boo!
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Will the barnyard animals trick—or treat—Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo.

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.

But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.

There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

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  1. Baby Baa Baa! - Invites young readers to look for toys underneath various objects, including a watering can, bucket, and wicker basket. On board pages.

  2. The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred - This is the story of how the farm maiden, farmer, and five farm animals all work together to make a surprise recipe (rice pudding or arroz con leche) that they serve at a fiesta. With the familiarity of “The House That Jack Built,” this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning the language easy and fun. Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community. Back matter includes a glossary of Spanish words and a recipe for arroz con leche—perfect for everyone to make together and enjoy at story time.

  3. Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band -

    When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can't do it as a solo act. He's up against the talents of Mules Davis's cool duo and Ella Finchgerald's singing group.
    Colorful artwork from artist Tim Bowers ensures this story doesn't miss a beat. A glossary of musical terms and intruments rounds out this perfect introduction to jazz for young readers.

  4. Farm Animals (Baby Basics) - Which animal is it? Xavier Deneux’s bold illustrations of familiar farm animals make for a clever visual guessing game for the youngest readers with the use of sliding tabs, which can reveal colors in the animal . . . or even reveal what the animals are! Baby Basics™ books encourage tactile exploration, support hand-eye coordination, and help develop strong cognitive skills. That mission complements the findings of experts that interactive books featuring high-contrast visuals stimulate baby’s brain development, as well as keep them engaged and entertained.

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