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Farm Animals: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's 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.

Farmer Boy book
Farmer Boy
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
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.

Moo, Baa, La La La book
Moo, Baa, La La La
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
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.

Rock-a-Bye Farm book
Rock-a-Bye Farm
Written by Diane Johnston Hamm and illustrated by Alexi Natchev
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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.

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.

Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1! book
Animal Inn 3-Books-in-1!
Written by Jennifer Swender and Paul DuBois Jacobs and illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
chapter book
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.

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

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

  1. Down on the Farm - 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.

  2. A Horse for Kate - 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.

  3. Duck on a Bike - 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!

  4. Click, Clack, Moo/Ready-to-Read: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) - New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s Caldecott Honor–winning book is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!

Moo: Peek-a-Flap Children's Board Book book
Moo: Peek-a-Flap Children's Board Book
Written by Cottage Door Press and Jaye Garnett and illustrated by Joy Steuerwald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

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

Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) book
Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book)
board book
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.

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool book
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool
Written by Teri Sloat and 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.

Big Red Barn book
Big Red Barn
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Felicia Bond
board book
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.

Charlotte's Web book
Charlotte's Web
Written by E.B. White and 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.

  1. Millie Waits for the Mail (Millie's Misadventures) - 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?

  2. 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.

  3. No Sleep for the Sheep! - 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!

  4. Tornado - 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.

Big Fat Hen book
Big Fat Hen
Written by Keith Baker
picture book
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

Duck Soup (Max the Duck) book
Duck Soup (Max the Duck)
Written and illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Hogwash! book
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jim McMullan
picture book
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!

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Caldecott Honor Book) book
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride (Caldecott Honor Book)
Written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Farm Animals book
Farm Animals
Written and illustrated by Phoebe Dunn
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. Little Blue Truck - The Goodfather - 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.

  4. Open the Barn Door - 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.

Chicks and Salsa book
Chicks and Salsa
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Paulette Bogan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

Barnyard Dance! book
Barnyard Dance!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I have fond memories of being read this as a child, reading it myself to younger siblings and now reading it with my own child. Boynton’s illustrations are delightful as always, and this one has perfect cadence and just the right amount of silliness.

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

Maisy's Morning on the Farm book
Maisy's Morning on the Farm
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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!

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

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

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

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

This Way, Charlie book
This Way, Charlie
Written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso
picture book
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.

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

  3. Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet - A delightful book of curious, little-known “facts” about animals—one for each letter of the alphabet! Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O’Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line “fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It’s a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads.

  4. Bea Rocks the Flock - Bored with hanging out with the flock where everyone is expected to act the same, Bea heads to the big city to live her life to the fullest, yet after taking on diverse tasks and experiencing all kinds of crazy things, Bea realizes that being different is only fun when you have friends around to share in the excitement.

Did you enjoy our children's book recommendations? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!