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Farm Animals: Books For Kids

Searching for a list of the best kids books about farm animals?

We’ve created a list of the best kids books about farm animals that is “straight from the horses mouth,” if we do say so ourselves. Sometimes looking for the best farm books is like “separating the wheat from the chaff.” Well we assure you that you can definitely “count your chickens before they hatch,” with this list about farm life and won’t need to look any further or “wait until the cows come home” to enjoy a high adventure story on the farm.

Having fun on the farm is something every child loves. If they haven’t experienced it for themselves, reading about it in a book is the next best thing. From hearing the noisy farm animals to riding the horses, petting the goats and collecting eggs from the chickens, there is definitely fun and learning for all.

Included in our list of children’s books about farm life are board books for the youngest readers, ages 0-2, picture books for kids 3-6 years old, and chapter books for those who are 7-10 years old. If you are looking for a short story for preschool or elementary school you can find books that introduce farm animals to preschoolers and young children in books such as “Noisy Farm.” On the list are also more complex stories for the older kids in your life like, “Tornado,” and “Charlotte’s Web.” We even have a special book called, “Down on the Farm” featuring children with down syndrome.

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Top 10 Books About Farm Animals

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Farmer Boy
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town. This is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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Moo, Baa, La La La
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
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Recommend Ages: 1-2

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

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Rock-a-Bye Farm
Written by Diane Johnston Hamm & illustrated by Alexi Natchev
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This sweet, rhyming bedtime book is perfect for animal lovers. The farmer helps all of his animals get to sleep before going to bed himself. The illustrations are sweet and perfect for bedtime.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

From a baby to a horse, the farmer is rocking everybody to sleep on this farm! Originally published in 1992, Rock-a-Bye Farm is filled with sweet lullabies. Little Simon is bringing this humorous and touching bedtime story back in a board book format with beautiful new illustrations.

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Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1!
Written by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

The first three novels in the Animal Inn chapter book series, where the fur—and fun—flies at an animal spa and hotel, are now available together in a fur-tastic paperback edition! The Animal Inn is an all-inclusive pet resort and spa for animals from dogs to rabbits, cats to ducks, parrots to lizards. From doggie and kitty daycare, to grooming, and group play—you name it, and the Animal Inn has it. The Inn is run by the Tyler family along with their pets Leopold, the Macaw; Fuzzy and Furry, the gerbils; dogs Dash and Coco; felines Shadow and Whiskers; and a rollicking horde of animal visitors. In A Furry Fiasco, when the animals hear that a new boarder—a Komodo Dragon—will be coming to the Inn, they panic! Will it gobble them all up and then devour their family? In Treasure Hunt, the animals are convinced a pirate with a glittering treasure is visiting the Animal Inn. Will the animals have to walk the plank in order to survive? Arghhh! And in The Bow-Wow Bus, Cassie Tyler’s first grade class takes a field trip to Animal Inn for a meet and greet. And it’s a furry good time for all—even for the newest kid in class, a goldfish named Blub.

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Down on the Farm
Written by Dawn Alsept & illustrated by Madison Paige
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A beautiful story highlighting a sunny day visit to the farm. The reader is invited into a whimsical tale with animals and children enjoying their adventures. What makes this story unique, however, is that each of the children photographed in the book has Down Syndrome. The storyline is appropriate for all children and clearly shows the abilities of children with an extra chromosome.

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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Written by Trinka Hakes Noble & illustrated by Steven Kellogg
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Jimmy’s boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.

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A Horse for Kate
Written by Miralee Ferrell
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Kate’s family moves, she leaves behind her friends and the riding lessons she loves, but when she meets Tori and they find a mysterious thoroughbred, her new life might just mean her biggest dream comes true. Simultaneous eBook.

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Duck on a Bike
Written & illustrated by David Shannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. “Hello, Cow!” said Duck. “Moo,” said Cow. But what she thought was, “A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!”

And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!

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Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book)
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 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!

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Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

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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Books About Farm Animals and Animal Sounds

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Moo, Baa, La La La
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
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Recommend Ages: 1-2

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

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Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

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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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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  1. If You See a Cow - In this interactive novelty board book, little ones discover and react to the animals hidden behind a shaped flap on every spread. What should you do if you see a cow? Moo! Young readers will love following the instructions to make animal sounds and discovering which farm animal is hiding behind the flaps.

  2. Old MacDonald had a Dragon - 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.

  3. What the Ladybug Heard - 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.

  4. Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story - 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.

Books About Farm Animals and Pets

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Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1!
Written by Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender & illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

The first three novels in the Animal Inn chapter book series, where the fur—and fun—flies at an animal spa and hotel, are now available together in a fur-tastic paperback edition! The Animal Inn is an all-inclusive pet resort and spa for animals from dogs to rabbits, cats to ducks, parrots to lizards. From doggie and kitty daycare, to grooming, and group play—you name it, and the Animal Inn has it. The Inn is run by the Tyler family along with their pets Leopold, the Macaw; Fuzzy and Furry, the gerbils; dogs Dash and Coco; felines Shadow and Whiskers; and a rollicking horde of animal visitors. In A Furry Fiasco, when the animals hear that a new boarder—a Komodo Dragon—will be coming to the Inn, they panic! Will it gobble them all up and then devour their family? In Treasure Hunt, the animals are convinced a pirate with a glittering treasure is visiting the Animal Inn. Will the animals have to walk the plank in order to survive? Arghhh! And in The Bow-Wow Bus, Cassie Tyler’s first grade class takes a field trip to Animal Inn for a meet and greet. And it’s a furry good time for all—even for the newest kid in class, a goldfish named Blub.

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The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Written by Trinka Hakes Noble & illustrated by Steven Kellogg
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

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Mary Had a Little Lab
Written by Sue Fliess & illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Mary is an enterprising young inventor. She wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy…so she makes one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess?

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  1. My Dog's a Chicken - 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.

  2. Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita - Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.

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Books About Farm Animals and Rural Living

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Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool
Written by Teri Sloat & illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“Farmer Brown was shearing sheep, piling up a snowy heap of wool that filled his shed, knee-deep…” But when the temperature drops, his shivering sheep see all their wool in sacks—and “BAAA!” they cry. “WE WANT IT BACK!” Young listeners will enjoy chiming in on this hilarious read-aloud as Farmer Brown’s sheep track down their wool. As the farmer goes form one neighbor to the next, his sheep discover how their fleece changes when it’s cleaned, carded, spun into yarn, and dyed. Can they get it back? It’s the tender-hearted Farmer Brown himself who comes up with the surprise solution. “Now each year, come shearing time, the sheep wait eagerly in line, to feel the clip and hear the buzz, and wear bright sweaters over fuzz.”

Author Biography: Teri Sloat is no stranger to sheep and other farm animals; she and her husband have raised many themselves. Ms. Sloat is the author and illustrator of several picture books, in addition to having written two previous books about Farmer Brown. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Sebastopol, California.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has also raised sheep and lived through the process of making yarn from fleece. Her funny pictures can be found in countless popular picture books, including those about Farmer Brown. She lives on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts.

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Big Red Barn
Written by Margaret Wise Brown & illustrated by Felicia Bond
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Recommend Ages: 2-3

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.

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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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  1. Maisy's Morning on the Farm - Help Maisy do her morning chores on the farm — and then join her for a yummy breakfast! Morning is a busy time on Maisy’s farm. In Maisy’s Morning on the Farm, there are chickens and pigs to feed, and the cow to milk. After the chores are finished, there’s just one more thing to do — eat a yummy breakfast!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Petunia - When Roger Duvoisin first introduced children to his proud and silly goose, Petunia, in 1950, it was love at first sight. Those children have grown up, but Petunia is every bit as fresh and funny and muddled as the day she was born.<br>In this, the first of the series of classic books featuring the silly goose, Petunia finds a book–and, deciding that if she owns a book she must be wise, dispenses hilariously mistaken advice to the other animals in the farmyard.<br>With its gentle lesson and the kind of humor that kids love best, this new edition of a picture book classic will delight and inspire a whole new generation of readers.

Books About Farm Animals and Pigs

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Charlotte's Web
Written by E.B. White & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web was published. It’s gone on to become one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White’s own view of the world—of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything. We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo’s foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic. Charlotte’s Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur’s dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig. How all this comes about is Mr. White’s story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language. The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White’s marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly.

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Hogwash!
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jim McMullan
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

He washed the horses, ducks and cows The goats, the cats and dogs. Everything went dandy… Until the farmer reached his hogs.

“No hogwash for us today. Pigs love dirt - so go away!”

Farmer’s stubborn pigs refuse to be hogwashed, and no matter what he tries, poor Farmer cannot trick them into getting clean! But when several failed attempts leave him stuck in the mud, our determined farmer realizes his hogs may have been on to something all along… sometimes a mud bath is even better!

New York Times best-selling author Karma Wilson’s clever rhyming verse will engage parents and kids alike as Jim McMullan’s illustrations bring to life these delightfully mischievous pigs with a penchant for all things muddy!

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Friend for Bently
Written & illustrated by Paige Keiser
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Bently--one remarkable pig; and Daisy--the chick who loved him. Celebrate unlikely friends in this charming, funny picture book by author-illustrator Paige Keiser.

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  1. 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.

  2. Pocket Piggies Opposites! - The Pocket Piggies are back in their third irresistible board book for babies and toddlers, this time illustrating the concept of opposites. The star residents of Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, pocket pigs are tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand, and they love posing for the camera as much as the camera loves them. The chunky, made-for-little-hands board book format is the perfect platform for these friendly and photogenic ambassadors of cute. With bright, colorful photographs and simple text, Pocket Piggies Opposites! is a delightful way for young children to learn about opposites. There’s “Messy” (piggy splattered with paint) and “Clean” (piggy taking a bubble bath). “Cold” (piggy playing in the snow) and “Hot” (piggy building a sand castle on the beach). And more, all lovingly photographed by Richard Austin, Pennywell’s exclusive animal photographer.

  3. Pocket Piggies Numbers! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: Pocket Piggies Numbers! celebrates an ever-growing crowd of piggies, from one to ten, through a rhyming text that’s sweet and charming, to read again and again: 1 Pocket Piggy in a boat, 2 Pocket Piggies in a cup, 3 Pocket Piggies in a basket, 4 Pocket Piggies with a pup!

  4. Saving Emma the Pig - Welcome to Apricot Lane Farm, a unique world full of true stories about heartwarming animals’ relationships and the special people who care for them. When Emma the pig arrives at the Apricot Lane Farm, she is about to give birth to piglets. But she is also sick, and after her seventeen babies arrive, Emma is unable to care for them. Taking care of seventeen piglets and a sick mama pig are a challenge for Farmer John and his team. But the cure for Emma reminds them what is most important—for pigs and for humans: love and friendship.

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Books About Farm Animals and Cows

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Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book)
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 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!

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Millie Waits for the Mail (Millie's Misadventures)
Written & illustrated by Alexander Steffensmeier
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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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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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  1. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Anniversary) - Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's Caldecott Honor-winning book is celebrating its twenty-year anniversary with a brand-new edition featuring bonus content!

  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. Cowie - 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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Big Fat Hen
Written by Keith Baker
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

“One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door. . . . . Nine, ten, big fat hen!” “Baker uses an imaginative array of acrylic colors for his hens–greens, purples, and pinks to contrast with the warm, yellow straw background. There are lots of things to count, such as sticks, eggs, chicks, and hens. A fine choice for toddler story hours.”–School Library Journal

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Russell the Sheep
Written by Rob Scotton
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

This is Russell. Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock. All the sheep are falling asleep – except Russell. What’s a sheep to do? Russell tries everything … until, at last, he falls asleep.

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Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whenever Ava can’t sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it’s the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava’s fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.

With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

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  1. One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller - 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.

  2. Old MacDonald's Farm - How many animals does Old MacDonald have on his farm? Count them all with this one-of-a-kind -pop- a-tronic- book. This poke-able popping-dots book lets kids keep track of how many animals are on each page. Kids will love poking the dots and hearing them pop as they count all the animals on the farm. These fun, tactile books help kids learn to count–without losing count! Raised buttons pop in on every page so kids can press them as they count.

  3. Ten Horse Farm - Roan, speckled, dappled, gray – how many different horses are playing on these pages? A new novelty delight from renowned pop-up master Robert Sabuda. Watch with awe as majestic horses leap off the page when you open this stunning full-color pop-up book. Glorious images of horses grazing, prancing, and galloping in an idyllic farm setting are inspired by everyday scenes in rural America as well as by the real Ten Horse Farm (now an art studio) owned by artist and designer Robert Sabuda in upstate New York. This 3-D gem will draw horse enthusiasts of all ages.

  4. Find It Farm - This adorable first search-and-find puzzle board book, inspired by a popular feature in Hello magazine, encourages interactivity and invites babies, toddlers, and their parents/caregivers to read and explore together. Touch and feel the embossed pages while finding and pointing to all of the fun that happens on the farm. This interactive and tactile board book enhances learning and encourages bonding through play. With eye-catching artwork and simple words, every page includes both familiar and new animals, vehicles, and places on the farm to encounter. Plus, an opportunity to learn about numbers is featured in the final pages. Babies and toddlers will love this favorite puzzle from Highlights Hello (TM) magazine!

Books About Farm Animals and Dogs

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Tornado
Written by Betsy Byars & illustrated by Doron Ben-Ami
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

From Newbery Medal-winning author Betsy Byars comes a sweet, entertaining story that will touch the heart of dog lovers at any age.

A tornado appears in the distance, and the family quickly gathers into the storm cellar. The storm rages outside, but Pete, the farmhand, knows this is the perfect time to tell his stories about a dog named Tornado.

Blown into their lives by a twister when Pete was a boy, Tornado was no ordinary dog—he played card tricks, saved a turtle’s life, and had a rivalry with the family cat.

Forgetting their fear, the family hangs on every word of Pete’s stories—both happy and sad—of this remarkable dog.

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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep
Written & illustrated by Eric Barclay
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

An accidental-friendship story packed with humor from author-illustrator Eric Barclay Sheep is an expert at protecting sheep—or so she thinks until one happy afternoon when she bumps into a very hairy someone on the farm. “Who are you?” she asks. “I’m the sheep dog!” the someone says. “I watch the sheep.” Holy begonia! Sheep knows this can’t be right. After all, she’s the pro! So Sheep goes off to get everything Sheep Dog needs to get the job done, but each time she goes, something almost happens to Sheep… And it’s Sheep Dog who saves the day! For fans of Goodnight Already! by Jory John, You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown, and Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, this hilarious and tender friendship story proves that even the best watchers must look out for one another.

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Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep: Baaad Hair Day
Written & illustrated by Eric Barclay
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you’ve ever wanted a perfect reason to say: You’ve pulled the wool over my eyes—it’s here! It’s a brand-new picture book adventure with Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep that’s perfect for kids who love animals, laughter, and screwball comedy!

Meet Sheep: Sheep loves styling her full and fluffy wool—but when it grows too full and too fluffy, it covers her eyes, and that’s when she trips over things—ouch! Luckily, it’s shearing day. But Sheep doesn’t want to give up her fabulous curls! Can Sheep Dog convince Sheep that a haircut is for the best?

Eric Barclay writes and illustrates these irresistible tales and always hits all the right notes. Kids howl, parents and teachers howl, and even the coyotes howl!

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  1. Charlie Plays Ball - Charlie the Ranch Dog trades in nap time for game time in this sporty adventure by Ree Drummond—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, and The Pioneer Woman herself. With expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a new delicious recipe from Ree Drummond, and the hilarious antics of Charlie, this picture book is a slam dunk! Life on the ranch means lots of time outside, either helping out with the cattle or tossing around a ball with the family. From football to soccer to basketball, Charlie’s ready to jump into the game and take his team to victory. But Charlie’s favorite part of sports comes after the winning goal when everyone breaks for a postgame meal. He may be more of a benchwarmer when it comes to athletics, but Charlie will always be the MVP of dinnertime!

  2. Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg - Cowpoke Clyde’s house was completely clean—he’d even shooed off the horseflies: “Then right behind his cookin’ pot, / he spied one thing he’d plumb forgot: / ol’ Dawg, his faithful, snorin’ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.” Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows—with page-turn surprises—makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin’s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!

  3. Job Wanted - A plucky farm dog will do anything to get a job–even be a cow! When a farmer tells a dog that “dogs just eat and don’t give anything back,” the dog is disappointed, but not discouraged. He’ll try being a cow, a horse, and a chicken before he’s done. As the farmer learns the value of a good dog, children will laugh as the dog finds his rightful place on the farm. Teresa Batemen’s endearing story celebrates persistence, ingenuity, and the fact that everybody can make a contribution. Award-winning artist Chris Sheban’s illustrations are filled with warmth and humor. Kids and parents will love this terrific read aloud with a subtle message about never giving up. Nominated for The Washington Children’s Choice Award, The New York State Charlotte Award, the Young Hoosier Book Award, and the Virginia Readers’ Choice Award.

  4. Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon? - Kids already love Charlie the Ranch Dog from the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Now hard-working, bacon-loving basset hound Charlie is starring in his own I Can Read series!

    In Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon?, a new dog comes to visit. Things get off to a bad start. Rowdy doesn't understand Charlie is the boss of the ranch. He sleeps in Charlie's bed, drinks Charlie's water, and worst of all, he eats Charlie's bacon. Charlie has to get Rowdy under control. And he really needs to find more bacon!

    Where's the Bacon? is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Books About Farm Animals and Family Life

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Farmer Boy
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town. This is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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Sam the Man & The Chicken Plan
Written by Frances O’Roark Dowell & illustrated by Amy June Bates
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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!

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Pixie Pushes On
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A young girl learns bittersweet life lessons on the family farm after her sister gets polio, in this poignant and funny novel set in the heartland in the 1940s.
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  1. Another Brother - Matthew Cordell, the author-illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Wolf in the Snow, crafts a delightful picture book about new siblings and growing families in Another Brother. Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey. When Davy sang, Petey cried. When Davy created a masterpiece, Petey spat up on it. And then he got another brother, Mike! And another, Stu! And another, Gil! Until he had TWELVE LITTLE BROTHERS! And that was only the beginning!

  2. Once Upon a Goat - A twisted fairy tale about a king and queen who wish for a child of their own . . . and end up with a baby goat. Perfect for readers of Children Make Terrible Pets and Wolfie the Bunny. "A funny and redemptive fairy tale."--The Wall Street Journal

  3. Alpaca My Bags - When anxiety threatens to derail a homeschooled girl's attempt to make new friends, she finds support in an unlikely source . . . a herd of adorable alpacas!

  4. Hundred-Year Barn - Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan's poignant text and award-winning artist Kenard Pak's gentle and rustic illustrations paint the picture of a beautiful red barn and the people who call it home.

Books About Farm Animals and Transportation

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Little Blue Truck
Written by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry
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This is one of the first board books we discovered for our first baby, and it's still a favorite. The rhymes are great and unique. The story is fun and features vehicles and vehicle noises and animals and animal noises, making it a fun read aloud. Plus the messages about friendship, forgiveness, and slowing down to help others along the road make it a great read with good lessons.
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This is a great little book! The rhyming text is perfectly metered and less predictable that you would expect. The story clips along, matter-of-factly as the little blue truck busily goes about his day. He is genuinely friendly and helpful, and in the end, reaps what he has sown. I read this cute story to my grandson at naptime today and was just a little sad that he didn't ask me to read it again. You will want to read it again and again.
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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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Sheep in a Jeep
Written by Nancy Shaw & illustrated by Margot Apple
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Out for a drive in the country, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple’s well-known and beloved sheep run into some mishaps with their sturdy red jeep.

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Tractor Mac Farm Days
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Tractor Mac wakes up eager to start the day. Plow, plant, scoop, mow–there’s always a new chore for him and his animal and vehicle friends to do at the farm. When the day is done, he washes up and goes to bed, excited to see what the next day will bring.

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  1. Mr. Complain Takes the Train - In this interactive story that encourages positivity and gratitude, a fussy fellow takes an extraordinary train ride, yet remains thoroughly unimpressed. Readers will hoot with laughter at this silly sendup of the sourpusses of the world. After all, doesn't everyone know a Mr. Complain or two?

  2. Little Blue Truck's Halloween - What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate, of course! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? More importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food for the New Yam Festival the next day?

  3. Who Sank the Boat? - A charmingly funny read-aloud that asks an important question: "Who sank the boat?"

  4. Tractor Mac Builds a Barn - Tractor Mac and friends celebrate autumn festivals in this paperback edition which includes two pages of stickers!

Books About Farm Animals and Ducks

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

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. “Hello, Cow!” said Duck. “Moo,” said Cow. But what she thought was, “A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!”

And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!

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Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
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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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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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  1. Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm - Tired of being washed by Mrs. Wishy-Washy, a cow, pig, and duck leave her farm and head for the city.

  2. Duck Soup (Max the Duck) - Max the duck is cooking up an amazing soup. But what’s this? A feather floating in the soup! And where’s Max? Brody the dog, Dakota the cat, and Bebe the bird race about in their hilarious search for the missing Max. But remember, sometimes things just aren’t as they appear.

  3. Mr. Duck Means Business - Mr. Duck enjoys a quiet morning routine on his private pond every day until other animals mistakenly think he has invited them to join him, in a simple tale that illustrates the importance of friendship.

  4. A Duckling Called Button - In the second tale in a heartwarming new chapter-book series, aspiring veterinarian Jasmine Green hatches a plan to save a clutch of duck eggs.

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Books About Farm Animals and Imagination And Play

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The Chicken Squad
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
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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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When Your Llama Needs a Haircut
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles!

Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone’s a mess! Does your llama need a haircut?

After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

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Sheep Go to Sleep
Written by Nancy Shaw & illustrated by Margot Apple
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore.

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  1. Lily Wool - A little lamb with a great big imagination. A new picture book from Paula Vasquez filled with delightful illustrations depicting a little lamb intent on being true to herself. Lily Wool gets bored with all of the grazing and resting that the herd does and prefers to count stars and dream of adventures. When Lily finds a strand of loose wool, she lets her imagination run wild and has a grand time until she accidentally unravels a problem. Children will love seeing how Lily Wool puts her imagination and creativity to work to fix things, and how Lily discovers a way to help others while she finds her special place in the herd. Paula Vasquez,an avowed artist from childhood, studied graphic design at the Universidad Cat�lica de Chile, and honed her illustration skills with a post-graduate diploma from Finis Terrae University. She currently lives in Santiago de Chile writing and illustrating children’s picture books.

  2. Escape Goat - From the international bestselling author of Bel Canto and The Dutch House, Ann Patchett, and the bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, Robin Preiss Glasser, comes a hilarious children’s story about a scapegoat who escapes blame just in time. The Farmer family has a big problem! Every day their goat escapes, and every day, Mr. Farmer brings him back. So when things start to go awry on the farm, it must be the goat’s fault. Who’s to blame when Mrs. Farmer’s petunias are trampled? Or when all the cupcakes for Archie’s party disappear? And when the whole bucket of paint is spilled? Of course, everyone blames the goat! But is it really his fault? Find out in this epic collaboration between Ann Patchett and Robin Preiss Glasser, who create this perfect picture book about telling the truth.

  3. Gideon - Gideon is a small gosling who likes to play so much that he will not stop to take a nap.

  4. 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!

Books About Farm Animals and Bedtime And Dreams

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No Sleep for the Sheep!
Written by Karen Beaumont & illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night’s sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

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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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Barnyard Bedtime
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The perfect nighttime readaloud for your little farmer!

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  1. Go To Sheep - There are many ways to go to “sheep” with this delightful bedtime board book that’s perfect for reading aloud! You can sheep in your pj’s or just underpants. You can sheep all alone but sometimes you can’t. There are lots of ways to go to “sheep,” and here to show you all of the ways is an adorable…sheep! This bedtime book is perfect for a giggle before little ones drift off to sleep, just as the sheep does in this charming board book.

  2. Let Me Sleep, Sheep! - Amos is counting himself to sleep. It’s a good plan, until the cranky sheep land in his bedroom – and start in with their many demands. It’s bedtime for Amos, who smiles as he closes his eyes and counts some fluffy sheep trotting away in the grass. Until suddenly . . . THUD. And then another. “Not again!” says the first sheep, now on Amos’s floor. “I was having my wool clipped,” grumbles the second. None too happy at being interrupted, the woolly pair fire a battery of questions at Amos, most importantly: “Where’s the fence?” So Amos sets out to build one to their specifications, then is asked to test it out, of course. . . . In this laugh-out-loud read-aloud, a couple of crafty sheep put a child through his paces – and show that a tuckered-out kid at bedtime is a win-win all around.

  3. 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.

  4. Little Quack's Bedtime - Good night, little ducklings, good night!

Books About Farm Animals and Goats

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Goat's Coat
Written by Tom Percival & illustrated by Christine Pym
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

This charmingly illustrated rhyming picture book about Alfonzo, a goat with a very special coat, celebrates the power of kindness and friendship. Let me tell you the tale of Alfonzo the goat, who was terribly proud of his lovely new coat. Alfonzo was happy; he pranced and he skipped. Then he heard a sad noise, croaking out of a ditch. Alfonzo couldn’t be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day? This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe. Awards for Tom Percival Herman’s Letter–A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

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Gregory, the Terrible Eater
Written by Mitchell Sharmat & illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Gregory, the Terrible Eater, wants orange juice and eggs for breakfast. His parents are terribly upset! Why can’t Gregory eat striped ties and violins, like the rest of the goats? Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey have entered into the spirit of Mitchell Sharmat’s upside-down, turned-around world with bold, wacky, expressive illustrations. The trio’s exuberant collaboration provokes healthy laughter and even includes a colorful chart which gives fresh meaning to the concept of “junk food.”

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Through with the Zoo
Written & illustrated by Jacob Grant
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

Goat has always dreamed of having his very own space. But Goat lives in a petting zoo, surrounded by hugs and rubs and grabby little hands. Determined to find his perfect alone space, Goat escapes into the big zoo. But space is not an easy thing to find, in this humorous picture book from Jacob Grant, Through with the Zoo.

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  1. A Unicorn Named Sparkle - When Lucy sees an ad in the newspaper for a unicorn, she sends in her twenty-five cents and waits four to six long weeks for her very own unicorn to arrive. She imagines the flowers that she’ll braid into his beautiful pink mane, and she even picks the perfect name for him: Sparkle. But when Sparkle arrives, his ears are too long, his horn is too short, he smells funny—and oh, he has fleas. Lucy isn’t pleased, but in the end she warms up to Sparkle and realizes that even though he wasn’t exactly the unicorn she wanted, he might be just the one she needs.

  2. Beatrice's Goat - More than anything, Beatrice longs to be a schoolgirl. But in her small African village, only children who can afford uniforms and books can go to school. Beatrice knows that with six children to care for, her family is much too poor. But then Beatrice receives a wonderful gift from some people far away – a goat! Fat and sleek as a ripe mango, Mugisa (which means “luck”) gives milk that Beatrice can sell. With Mugisa’s help, it looks as if Beatrice’s dream may come true after all. Page McBrier and Lori Lohstoeter beautifully recount this true story about how one child, given the right tools, is able to lift her family out of poverty. Thanks to Heifer Project International – a charitable organization that donates livestock to poor communities around the world – other families like Beatrice’s will also have a chance to change their lives.

  3. Llama Llama and the Bully Goat - Llama Llama likes to sing. Gilroy laughs at everything. Llama sings out just the same. Gilroy says a not-nice name. Teacher has some things to say: calling names is not OK. Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn’t sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?

  4. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster - The fourth book in the A Unicorn Named Sparkle series features pumpkins, silly adventures, and of course, a sparkly friendship ― perfect for Autumn! Lucy and our favorite unicorn are back in Sparkle the Unicorn and the Pumpkin Monster. Lucy and Sparkle love Halloween, especially at Frank’s Pumpkin Farm. They get to run through corn mazes, play games, decorate pumpkins, and most importantly: eat a lot of cider donuts. But Lucy and Sparkle discover one big difference between them ― Lucy loves to be scared every once in awhile. Sparkle? Not so much. When Lucy takes the scary part of Halloween one step too far for Sparkle, she must comfort her frightened unicorn pal ― and win back his trust.

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A Horse for Kate
Written by Miralee Ferrell
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

When Kate’s family moves, she leaves behind her friends and the riding lessons she loves, but when she meets Tori and they find a mysterious thoroughbred, her new life might just mean her biggest dream comes true. Simultaneous eBook.

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This Way, Charlie
Written by Caron Levis & illustrated by Charles Santoso
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat

All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes.

The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.

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Clip Clop
Written & illustrated by Nicola Smee
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Every child adores getting twirled and tossed by Mommy and Daddy. Again! Again, they squeal. That’s the rapturous joy Nicola Smee captures, in simple rhythmic text and charming pictures. One after the other, a group of barnyard friends climb aboard Mr. Horse for a ride. Faster, they beg…faster! But will “faster” lead to disaster? No…just a satisfying ending that toddlers will love.

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  1. Busy Noisy Farm - Oink, oink! It's a busy day on the farm! Help a farmer find his lost little pig in this lively, noisy farmyard adventure! Little ones will love exploring the barn and meeting chickens, cows, ducks, roosters, a farmyard kitty, and a sheep herding dog along the way! Follow along the interactive story by pushing the corresponding audio buttons to play sounds as you meet new animal friends! Pushing the buttons will help strengthen fine motor skills and allows for an enhanced sensory experience your little one will enjoy. A must for your animal loving little!

  2. Patch And Ruby - Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding out where you belong.

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A Little Chicken
Written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Dan Taylor
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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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Chicks Rule
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Renee Kurilla
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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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A New Chick for Chickies
Written & illustrated by Janee Trasler
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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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  1. Zelda's Big Adventure - 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

  2. The Little Red Hen - Unaided by her three lazy animal companions, an industrious hen tends to all the chores on their New England farm.

  3. 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.

  4. The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg - Lola is proud of her amazing wool. After all, everyone on the farm tells her how beautiful she looks. She spends hours brushing her wool to keep it shiny and silky. Until one day when the weather gets hot, and all the sheep have to get haircuts—including Lola! She’s so upset without her wool that she runs away and hides by herself. And when her wool finally grows back, it’s tangled, messy…HORRIBLE! But hiding in Lola’s wool is a wonderful surprise, one that will help her realize that she doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect in order to be a friend…or to be extraordinary!

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Big Bug
Written & illustrated by Henry Cole
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Recommend Ages: 1-4

Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three—now available as a Classic Board Book. Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a “big” ladybug, this adorable board book artfully depicts the concept of scale as it zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then author Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a “little” nap. Young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they’ll delight in seeing how something “big” can suddenly seem “little” with every turn of a page!

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Pablo in the Snow
Written by Teri Sloat & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

What is soft, fluffy, and white? Pablo’s wool, of course. But this little lamb soon discovers that there’s something else as well: SNOW! From making trails to sledding with friends, having snowball fights and crafting snowmen, there’s tons of fun to be had in the snow. But winter days grow dark very fast, and Pablo finds himself lost on his way home. Not to worry―Mama and Papa help Pablo get back to the cozy barn so he can talk about his adventures.

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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. Moo, Cluck, Baa! The Farm Animals are Hungry - Whether you and your baby are at home or on the move, these are the ideal first sound books for cot or pram play. Research has indicated that newborn babies love high-contrast images and respond well to them. This adorable new series from Wee Gallery features bold illustrations along with simple words to help babies develop their essential visual and language skills.

  2. Touch-And-Feel Farm - Learn and discover more than 50 farm words in this bright and busy book with fun textures to explore on every spread.

  3. Tractor Trouble - Pile into the tractor and join our barnyard friends for some fun on the farm! This interactive, sturdy tabbed board book features four farm animal character shapes placed at the top of every page perfect for little hands to turn and explore. Kiddos will love learning all about the cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens as they trek around the farm in a big red tractor. A fun and entertaining first farm book!

  4. Where Is the Green Sheep? - There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but <i>where</i> is the green sheep? <p/>The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story from acclaimed author Mem Fox and popular Australian cartoonist Judy Horacek. Complete with sleepy rhymes and bright illustrations, this book is sure to delight children of all ages, from the very young to those just beginning to read. <p/><br>

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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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I Went Walking
Written by Sue Williams & illustrated by Julie Vivas
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

A young child goes for a walk and discovers a colorful parade of animals along the way. Satisfaction ensured. Top quality children s item. Makes for an excellent gift idea.

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I Spy on the Farm
Written & illustrated by Edward Gibbs
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

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  1. Color Zoo Board Book - Nine animals, nine shapes, and sixteen shades of color’everyone can have fun discovering them all by turning Color Zoo’s full-color pages and watching a lion turn into a goat, an ox into a monkey, a tiger into a mouse. . . . 1990 Caldecott Honor Book Notable Children’s Books of 1989 (ALA) 1990 Fanfare Honor List (H)

  2. 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.

  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. Pocket Piggies Colors! - Could there be a cuter way to learn colors and numbers? Announcing a new line of board books featuring the irresistible Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm. Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the Pennywell pigs are an adorable lot. They’re also naturals in front of the camera—especially the camera belonging to Richard Austin who, as their exclusive photographer, knows just how to capture their big personalities. The Pocket Piggies board books marry the inherent appeal of Teacup Pigs to the sweetness of the board book format. The photographs are full-color, full-page, and up-close. The subjects are classics: On each spread of Pocket Piggies Colors!, one of the beloved piggy models is paired with an object or animal of a different color—like a little piggy holding a red guitar or checking out a yellow chick.

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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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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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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. 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.

  2. Lambslide - 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Little Blue Truck's Springtime - Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad take a scenic drive on a spring day and see such new sights as a sheep and her lambs, a duck and her ducklings, and a cow and her calf in a story complemented by interactive lift-flaps.

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Picken
Written & illustrated by Mary Murphy
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Mix and match the front and back of farm animals to create funny new species! If you could cross a calf with a chicken, would that be a cacken? How on earth do you make a chiglet? Would a kippy satisfy folks who love kittens and puppies? With this inventive book, children are invited to flip the pages to make outlandish creatures with silly hybrid names. Featuring boldly colored, simply shaped animals ready to be mixed up again and again, these sturdy board-book pages open to the left and the right for easy manipulation by little hands.

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Baby Farm Animals
Written & illustrated by Garth Williams
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

This deluxe Little Golden Book–sized board book will be a favorite for springtime gift-giving! More than 60 years ago, Garth Williams, illustrator of Charlotte’s Web and the Little House books, wrote and illustrated what became an instant classic, featuring the cutest, fuzziest farm animals. Generations of children have loved Baby Farm Animals ever since.

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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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  1. 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!

  2. On the Farm - 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Hop Little Bunnies - From the illustrator of We’re Going on an Egg Hunt comes another book featuring lift-the-flaps, perfect for Easter and springtime! See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s noon Shall we go and wake them with a merry tune? Wake up, animals! Join four adorable bunnies as they rouse their sleepy animal friends. Because there are times to be quiet—and times to be loud! Beneath lift-the-flaps on almost every page, readers will hop with bunnies, cheep with chicks, baa with lambs, and meow with kittens. This interactive book, with a perfect read-aloud text inspired by a classic nursery rhyme, features sixteen lift-the-flaps and a fun story about quiet time and loud time. And with adorable art featuring lots of springtime animals, this is the perfect Easter gift!

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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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The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Written & illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

A classic read-aloud favorite addressing bullying retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney.

Jerry Pinkney puts his indelible stamp on another beloved folktale in the same vein as the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse and the highly acclaimed The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants.

When the three billy goats Gruff are hungry, they see bountiful grass to eat across an old bridge. But the bridge is home to a terrible troll, who is peckish himself, and looking for a tasty morsel to gobble up. In his interpretation of the timeless tale, Jerry Pinkney shows there’s little good to come from greed–but in the end, redemption for even the most trollish bully is possible. A dramatic gatefold heightens the climax of this brilliant rendition.

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Gritty Little Lamb
Written by Dan Allbaugh & illustrated by Anil Yap
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Gritty Little Lamb is a touching tale about joyful Lambie who loves playing games but has a hard time losing. His parents educate him about the value of practice, perseverance and attitude to achieve his goal which, for right now, is beating Dad.

With playful illustrations and spirited rhymes, this story teaches the value of determination and inspires every child to believe in the possibilities of their own abilities.

It all happens bit by bit. But you never get there if you quit. So when you say, ‘I can’t do it.’ Don’t forget to add a ‘yet’.

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  1. 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!

  2. Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great - Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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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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Maisy's Farm
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Maisy takes preschoolers to her pop-up farm for hours of fun! What’s more fun than a day on the farm? A day on the farm with Maisy! Maisy’s Farm is an amazing three-dimensional pop-up farm full of things to do and animals to love. The sturdy stand-up Maisy figure has arms that move and a tractor to ride in. Children will love to help Maisy milk the cow, collect the eggs, tend to the vegetable patch, and more! With twenty-six full-color press-out pieces and loads of flaps to lift and tabs to pull, there’s no end to the fun on Maisy’s farm.

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Blackberry Juice
Written by Sara Cassidy & illustrated by Helen Flook
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Recommend Ages: 6-10

After moving into their new home, a keeling-over farmhouse in the country, nine-year-old Cyrus and his brother, Rudy, have trouble adjusting to all the changes. The fresh-from-the-farm egg yolks are blindingly yellow. The eccentric girl next door has a very unusual sense of style. And Rumpley, a donkey they inherited with the farmhouse, doesn’t even know how to bray. Nothing about the country feels warm or familiar. But when Cyrus is stranded one evening by the tide, he finds his lifeline in an unlikely companion.

Blackberry Juice is the sequel to Not For Sale.

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  1. A Long Road on a Short Day - A tender story of a father-son adventure with themes of community and kindness, in short chapters with vivid full-color illustrations, by bestseller and Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt and acclaimed artist Eugene Yelchin. In a story of perseverance and determination told with warmth and sparkling with humor, a short winter day finds Samuel and Papa walking a long road on Samuel’s first trading trip. Meeting strangers, practicing good manners, and proud to be in Papa’s company, Samuel watches and learns as Papa trades up from almost nothing to the milk cow Mama is yearning for. Simple text combines with vivid illustrations for a satisfying tale that will resonate with readers who enjoy an adventure with dad.

  2. 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 Farm Animals and Donkeys

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Written & illustrated by William Steig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On a rainy day, Sylvester finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion frightens him on his way home, Sylvester makes a wish that brings unexpected results. How Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family and restored to his true self makes a story that is beautifully tender and filled with true magic. Illustrated with William Steig’s glowing pictures, this is a modern classic beloved by children everywhere. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a winner of the Caldecott Medal.

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Mary's Little Donkey
Written by Gunhild Sehlin & illustrated by Helene Muller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Muller’s richly detailed illustrations emphasize Mary’s humility and serenity.”-Publisher’s Weekly A long time ago in the Holy Land lived a scruffy little donkey who hated hard work. And then he met gentle, kind Mary, and his world changed forever. When Mary and Joseph have to travel the long journey to Bethlehem, who can they rely on to get them there safely? This is a unique version of the traditional nativity story, told from the child-friendly perspective of the little donkey, who grows in confidence and pride as Mary and Joseph place their trust in him. The story ends with the wonder of the birth of Jesus, and the little donkey’s promise to keep looking after his new family. Adapted for younger children from Gunhild Sehlin’s classic chapter book, this Christmas story is sumptuously illustrated by Hélène Muller, with marvellous details of the Holy Land.

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Donkey's Dream
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

A beautifully illustrated story of the Nativity. He was just an ordinary donkey, but on his back he carried a miracle. He carried the Virgin Mary to Bethlehem on the night she gave birth. Along the way he dreamed he was carrying a city, a ship, a fountain, and a rose. He dreamed he was carrying a lady full of heaven–and he was. Barbara Helen Berger’s glowing artwork and lyrical text perfectly convey the beauty and majesty of the story of the Nativity.”

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  1. Grinny Granny Donkey - From the internationally bestselling creators of The Wonky Donkey comes a third member of the family!

  2. An Angel Came to Nazareth - As the first Christmas draws near, four travelers must make their way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. An angel asks four animals to choose which traveler they would like to carry. The horse chooses the brave soldier; the camel, the wise king; the ox, the good Samaritan. But the donkey, who chooses the poor woman with child, discovers that his humble-looking passenger is the one carrying the greatest of them all. With its simple rhymes, lavish illustrations and eye-catching foil throughout, this book conveys the very special spirit of the Christmas season.

  3. The Dinky Donkey - The Wonky Donkey has a daughter in this hilarious sequel to the runaway hit!
    Wonky Donkey had a child,
    it was a little girl.
    Hee Haw!
    The laugh-out-loud follow-up to the viral sensation The Wonky Donkey is finally here! Featuring playful verses by Craig Smith and charming illustrations by Katz Cowley, The Dinky Donkey follows the same formula that made its predecessor a worldwide hit. Readers will love the antics of this stinky punky plinky-plonky winky-tinky pinky funky blinky dinky donkey!

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Epilogue

8 books that are just too good to leave off of our farm animals list.
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  1. Moo: Peek-a-Flap - 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.

  2. Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Caldecott Honor Book) - The first “manned” hot-air balloon is about to take off! But what are those noises coming from the basket? Based on the (POSSIBLY) true report of a day in 1783, this si the story of (PERHAPS) the bravest collection of flyers the world has ever seen, as (SORT OF) told to Marjorie Priceman.

  3. Farm Animals - 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.

  4. The Grumpy Morning - It’s morning on the farm and time to for breakfast. When will the farmer wake up and feed the hungry animals? Nice rhyming book.

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  1. Lulu the Little Big Chick - Lulu is fed up of all the farmyard animals always telling her that she’s too small to do things, so she decides to run away. When the horse, sheep and cow seem to get in her away, Lulu becomes even more determined to leave. But what will happen when she finally goes far, far away without Mummy?

  2. Chicks and Salsa - What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer’s garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean only one thing . . . FIESTA! But when the big day arrives, all their spicy southwestern supplies are gone! Could Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher have caught on to the flavor craze?

  3. Russell and the Lost Treasure - Russell the sheep is determined to find the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. Equipped with his Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, Russell searches high and low, up and down, and in and out. Nothing! Finally, Russell finds an old chest! Could it be? Discover how Russell finds the most valuable treasure of all.

  4. Dinnertime for Chickies - 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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