An Award-Winning Book Club for Kids
Shop Now

Farm Life And Ranch Life: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about farm life and ranch life?

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

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about farm life and ranch life, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Adventures of Laura & Jack to popular sellers like Anne of Green Gables to some of our favorite hidden gems like Farmer Boy.

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

Share this list

Top 10 Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life

#1
Add to list
Christmas Day in the Morning
Written by & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck and acclaimed artist Mark Buehner comes a heartwarming story that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.02
Used $1.22
Prices as of Apr 18
#2
Add to list
Anne of Green Gables
Written by L.M. Montgomery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Puffin in Bloom is a charming assortment of classic novels with coming-of-age themes, aimed at the young reader. Bond, a stationary artist with Rifle Paper Co. renowned for her floral patterns, puts her signature touch on the covers in this line, because just as a flower blossoms, a young child comes into her own.

Buy book
$16.00
Bookshop
$13.60
Amazon
$11.98
Used $2.44
Prices as of Apr 18
#3
Add to list
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz & illustrated by Eda Kaban
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG, DIG here and a SCOOP, SCOOP there, this board book edition of the wildly popular picture book introduces favorite machines—like the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—and will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Apr 18
#4
Add to list
Fortune's Magic Farm
Written by Suzanne Selfors
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When she is rescued from a rainy, boggy town where she works in a dismal factory, ten-year-old orphan Isabelle learns that she is the last surviving member of a family that tends the world’s only remaining magic-producing farm.

Buy book
$15.99
Bookshop
$13.59
Amazon
$15.99
Used $3.00
Prices as of Apr 18
#5
Add to list
All the Places to Love
Written by Patricia MacLachlan & illustrated by Mike Wimmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A picture book celebration of love by the Newbery Medal–winning author, Patricia MacLachlan, with luminous paintings by Mike Wimmer.

Within the sanctuary of a loving family, baby Eli is born and, as he grows, learns to cherish the people and places around him, eventually passing on what he has discovered to his new baby sister, Sylvie: “All the places to love are here . . . no matter where you may live.” This stunning picture book is the perfect gift for parents of a new baby.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$15.81
Used $1.92
Prices as of Apr 18
#6
Add to list
Fanny's Dream
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn’t show up, she decides on a local farmer instead. Reprint.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
#7
Add to list
The Old Truck
Written & illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family's young daughter.

Buy book
$17.95
Bookshop
$15.26
Amazon
$10.59
Used $5.04
Prices as of Apr 18
#8
Add to list
The First Four Years
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams’ interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover. Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers. And so Laura Ingalls Wilder’s adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America’s frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Apr 18
#9
Add to list
Business Pig
Written & illustrated by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$16.95
Used $1.95
Prices as of Apr 18
#10
Add to list
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz & illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$10.69
Used $1.55
Prices as of Apr 18
Table of Contents
Scroll to books about Farm Life And Ranch Life and...

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Culture

Add to list
Anne of Green Gables
Written by L.M. Montgomery
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Puffin in Bloom is a charming assortment of classic novels with coming-of-age themes, aimed at the young reader. Bond, a stationary artist with Rifle Paper Co. renowned for her floral patterns, puts her signature touch on the covers in this line, because just as a flower blossoms, a young child comes into her own.

Buy book
$16.00
Bookshop
$13.60
Amazon
$11.98
Used $2.44
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
The First Four Years
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams’ interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover. Laura Ingalls Wilder is beginning life with her new husband, Almanzo, in their own little house. Laura is a young pioneer wife now, and must work hard with Almanzo, farming the land around their home on the South Dakota prairie. Soon their baby daughter, Rose, is born, and the young family must face the hardships and triumphs encountered by so many American pioneers. And so Laura Ingalls Wilder’s adventure as a little pioneer girl ends, and her new life as a pioneer wife and mother begins. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America’s frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Armadillo Rodeo
Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bo, an adventurous, near-sighted armadillo, leaves his mother and brothers to follow a girl heading to a rodeo wearing new red boots which Bo mistakes for another armadillo.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$6.99
Used $1.60
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Cowboy Small - Cowboy Small takes good care of his horse, rides the range, helps in the roundup, and rides a bucking bronco, in a board-book adaptation of a long-time children’s favorite.

  2. I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon - Discover the true story of how environmentalist Farmer Tantoh is transforming the landscape in his home country of Cameroon.
    When Tantoh Nforba was a child, his fellow students mocked him for his interest in gardening. Today he's an environmental hero, bringing clean water and bountiful gardens to the central African nation of Cameroon. Authors Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul share Farmer Tantoh's inspiring story.

  3. Just Dance - “[A] memorable story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) From Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a “quiet tale about finding your own voice” (Kirkus Reviews) while learning to understand the people you love the most. Sylvie Bloom wants to find something new and exciting this summer—at least more exciting than the cows, goats, and chickens on her family’s farm that she’s become accustomed to. Luckily, Sylvie’s teacher Mrs. Ludolf has the perfect idea. Sylvie can take over her husband Sheriff Ludolf’s column in the newspaper for the summer, reporting on all the important events that happen in their small Wyoming town. Sylvie is thrilled to have a new challenge, but she’s not sure she’ll actually see anything amazing. At least nothing like the things her mother saw when she traveled the world as a famous opera singer. Sylvie can’t figure out why her mother would give up singing in front of thousands of people. Have she and her brother Nate been holding her mother back? And when her mother’s old duet partner James Grayson writes that he’s coming to perform nearby, will she be tempted to return to the stage, without them?

  4. Waynetta and the Cornstalk - Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is non too pleased. A fast-paced Texas retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring a girl hero.

Want to see books about culture?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Multigenerational

Add to list
All the Places to Love
Written by Patricia MacLachlan & illustrated by Mike Wimmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A picture book celebration of love by the Newbery Medal–winning author, Patricia MacLachlan, with luminous paintings by Mike Wimmer.

Within the sanctuary of a loving family, baby Eli is born and, as he grows, learns to cherish the people and places around him, eventually passing on what he has discovered to his new baby sister, Sylvie: “All the places to love are here . . . no matter where you may live.” This stunning picture book is the perfect gift for parents of a new baby.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$15.81
Used $1.92
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
The Old Truck
Written & illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family's young daughter.

Buy book
$17.95
Bookshop
$15.26
Amazon
$10.59
Used $5.04
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Chirp
Written by Kate Messner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

[A] deftly layered mystery about family, friendship, and the struggle to speak up. - Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Shout

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Grandfather's Dance - The fifth book in the series that began with the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

  2. 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.

  3. What You Know First - The stunning picture book collaboration between Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed illustrator Barry Moser.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Farmers

Add to list
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz & illustrated by Eda Kaban
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG, DIG here and a SCOOP, SCOOP there, this board book edition of the wildly popular picture book introduces favorite machines—like the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—and will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz & illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$10.69
Used $1.55
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
The Farmer and the Clown
Written & illustrated by Marla Frazee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves—and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.29
Used $1.49
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure - It’s time for the annual Corn Maze Festival. <p/> The farm is bursting with activity. <p/> Cluck<br> Whack! <p/> The chickens build a fence around the cornfield. <p/> Moo<br> Thwack! <p/> The cows give the barn a fresh coat of paint. <p/> Thump. Quack! <p/> Duck builds the ticket booth for the hot-air balloon ride. <p/> Everyone is excited. Well, Duck is not excited exactly. But he has a plan. As Farmer Brown designs the corn maze for the festival, Duck does some designing of his own. Guess who’s in for a big surprise? <p/> The always-creative, always-hilarious, always-champions-of-corn-mazes pair who brought you <i>Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type</i>; <i>Giggle, Giggle, Quack</i>; and <i>Duck for President</i> have planned a terrific event. Step right up, folks.

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

Want to see books about farmers?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and First Concepts

Add to list
Big Bug
Written & illustrated by Henry Cole
board book
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!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac Colors on the Farm
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This new edition to the Tractor Mac series is a board book that teaches children about the different colors of the rainbow. Tractor Mac and his vehicle and animal friends, including Sibley the horse, Pete the pig, and Goat Walter, show kids around Stony Meadow Farm in order to observe the colors of various objects found on the farm.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
You See, I See: In the City
Written by Michelle Sinclair Colman & illustrated by Paul Schmid
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

See the city through the eyes of a child and parent in this heartwarming exploration of a day spent together.

You see a bustling city, I see adventure ahead!

What will you see in the city? It depends on who you ask! As a parent and child visit the newspaper stand, the store, the park, and more, each points out what they can see . . . and their perspectives might surprise you! With spare, rhyming text and a bold limited palette, this simple board book captures the fun and tenderness of exploring new places together, and the joy of seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

Don’t miss the first book in this series, You See, I See: On the Farm!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. You See, I See: On the Farm - See the farm through the eyes of a child and parent in this heartwarming exploration of a day spent together.

  2. B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet - “L is for lariat or lasso, a loop of rope coiled just so. Swing it wide or swing it low. Hook those horns and yell whoa!” Hold on to your hat and strap on your spurs! Cowpokes and buckaroos of all ages will enjoy this A-Z gallop through the facts, feats, and folks of the cowboy way of life. Even greenhorns are invited to ride this fun-filled range!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Gardening

Add to list
We Are the Gardeners
Written by Joanna Gaines & illustrated by Julianna Swaney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From failed endeavors, obstacles (bunnies that eat everything!), and lessons learned, the Gaines family shares how they grew a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward.

Buy book
$19.99
Bookshop
$16.99
Amazon
$11.95
Used $4.00
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Fortune's Magic Farm
Written by Suzanne Selfors
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When she is rescued from a rainy, boggy town where she works in a dismal factory, ten-year-old orphan Isabelle learns that she is the last surviving member of a family that tends the world’s only remaining magic-producing farm.

Buy book
$15.99
Bookshop
$13.59
Amazon
$15.99
Used $3.00
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
A Ruckus in the Garden
Written & illustrated by Sven Nordqvist
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Buy book
$17.95
Bookshop
$15.26
Amazon
$16.59
Used $9.25
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Alien Tomato - It streaked through the sky on a perfect day in July and landed in the garden… When a mysterious red orb appears one day, the vegetables aren’t sure what to make of it. They decide that it must be an alien tomato! They name her Allie and try to make her feel as welcome as possible. But Gopher isn’t convinced. He’s sure it’s just a ball. This delightfully silly tale and its equally hilarious art are a perfect fit for gardeners and sci-fi fans alike.

  2. Apple Farmer Annie - A new format for a yummy fall favorite Filled with bright primary colors and pictures of America’s favorite fruit, Wellington’s enticing story follows Annie, a busy apple farmer. She picks, counts, sorts, bakes tasty treats, and sells her best apples. Already successful in hardcover and paperback, Apple Farmer Annie in board book format is one that young tots will find absolutely irresistible.

  3. Dig In! - Dig in to this vibrant picture book that celebrates all the surprises found down in the dirt! I dig in the dirt…and find a seed. Seed waits. I dig in the dirt…and find a spider. Spider runs. Explore all of the creepy, crawly, dirty, muddy, green, and growing things that can be found outside in the garden. From pill bugs to worms to leafy green sprouts, young readers will love discovering the muddy garden habitat within the pages of this book—and outside in their own backyards! This sweet and playful celebration of outdoor exploration is a perfect read aloud for story time.

  4. Popcorn Country - How does a field of corn become a delicious bowl of popcorn? The story behind the fluffy snack the entire country loves is revealed in this photographic nonfiction picture book. Kids love food–and they especially love to eat popcorn! Author Cris Peterson offers an illuminating step-by-step examination of the history and science behind America’s favorite snack. With photographs illustrating every stage, readers get a behind-the-scenes view of how popcorn is planted, grown, harvested, processed, tested, and finally shipped to stores and movie theaters all over the world. Back matter delves into the history of popcorn and how it became so popular in the United States.

Want to see books about gardening?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Social Themes

Add to list
Otis and the Kittens
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$11.59
Used $2.13
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Otis and the Puppy
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be “It,” finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can’t sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There’s just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek.

From the critically-acclaimed illustrator of The Little Engine that Could, Of Thee I Sing, and Otis.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$14.15
Used $0.53
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
The Farmer
Written & illustrated by Ximo Abadia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A farmer’s hard work is rewarded in this eco-friendly and elegantly illustrated picture book.

In the town, everyone is sleeping. But not Paul. Paul mows. Paul rakes. Paul sows. Paul draws water. And soon Paul has beautiful plants and flowers growing all around him. But one day, the water dries up. The sun beats down. Paul despairs. But thanks to his animal friends, and a bit of rain, help is on the way . . .

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.89
Used $1.96
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Farmer Duck - Tired of having to do all the work for a lazy farmer, Farmer Duck collapses from exhaustion, but the farmyard animals come up with an ingenious rescue scheme designed to teach the slothful farmer a much-needed lesson.

  2. Tractor Mac Teamwork - All the vehicles and animals on Stonybrook Farm are enlisted to help build a new swimming hole for their town’s residents. It is a big job, but Tractor Mac and his pals are willing to lend a hand. But a tractor named Deke thinks he can do it all by himself–and do it better than everyone else. He soon learns that a complex job is done best when each member of a team does his or her part.

  3. Maisy's Farm - 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.

  4. Where the Watermelons Grow - Fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and A Snicker of Magic will be swept away by Cindy Baldwin’s debut middle grade about a girl coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness. When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren’t there, Della worries that it’s happening again—that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was last time. With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what’s happening, it’s up to Della to heal her mama for good. And she knows just how she’ll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations. But when the Bee Lady says that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama’s brain and more to do with healing her own heart, Della must learn that love means accepting her mama just as she is.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Tractors

Add to list
That's Not My Tractor
Written & illustrated by Fiona Watt
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This text features interesting textures to feel, such as smooth paintwork or bumpy tyres. The combination of simple text, illustrations and things to feel will help very young children develop sensory and language awareness.

Buy book
$13.50
Bookshop
$11.48
Amazon
$13.50
Used $13.50
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
A Very, Very Noisy Tractor
Written by Mar Pavon & illustrated by Nivola Uya
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A woman driving a tractor through town lets the noise drown out the comments the adults who see her make about her hair, clothing, and appearance, but does not let it stop her from interacting with a child or her own family.

Buy book
$15.95
Bookshop
$13.56
Amazon
$15.95
Used $15.95
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Otis
Written & illustrated by Loren Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Meet Otis, everyone’s favorite tractor, created by the bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la Pena and The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children’s classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.

In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.88
Used $0.90
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Farm Friends - Nothing runs or reads like a John Deere Lift-a-Flap farm book! Introduce your little one to all the friendly animals on the farm with this adorable and sturdy board book filled with lively rural scenes and tractors designed to educate and entertain your little John Deere enthusiast. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure while grasping and lifting the durable flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first farm book!

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

  3. Tractor Mac New Friend - When a new red tractor named Daisy joins the team at Stony Meadow Farm, she has trouble adjusting to all of the different chores that must be done. She realizes that she has much to learn. Can she do all of the work on her own? Luckily, Tractor Mac and his friends chop, pull, haul, and drag alongside Daisy until she gets the hang of it. With the help of everyone on the farm, Daisy thinks she will fit right in!

  4. Otis's Busy Day - Featuring the New York Times bestselling character Otis! Otis is a very busy tractor. He loves working on the farm and playing with his friends. But at the end of a long day, Otis is happy to go home and rest! This is the perfect complement to the Otis picture books and a great book with which to learn to read! Join Otis and his farmyard friends for all kinds of fun in this new leveled reader. Excerpt: Otis jumps. Otis zips. Look, a friend!

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Fall

Add to list
Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear!
Written by N. M. Bodecker & illustrated by Erik Blegvad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

A woman frantically rushes to prepare for the fast-approaching winter while her husband sits idly by.

Buy book
$16.00
Bookshop
$13.60
Amazon
$16.00
Used $3.49
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac Harvest Time
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

When the nights start to get cooler and the corn is ready for picking, it’s time for autumn fun at the farm! Tractor Mac loves the fall, but he’s just too big for the orchard, where he is stuck harvesting apples that Farmer Bill will make into delicious treats. Across the road, Small Fred the tractor is busy with the Pumpkin Picking Festival, but he’s just too small to pull all of the people who want to go on a hayride. Working together, Tractor Mac and Small Fred figure out a way to share their chores and share the fun.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac: Autumn Is Here
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.99
Used $5.61
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Trip to the Pumpkin Farm - Pick a book. Grow a Reader! <p/>This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! <p/>Eva’s class cannot wait for their field trip to the pumpkin farm! On the farm, they pick apples, milk cows, and even make new friends. But then an award-winning pumpkin goes missing! Eva and her friends will have to solve the mystery. Will they find the pumpkin in time for the holiday party… and also help a friend in need? In this sweet fall story, Eva discovers that everyone has something to be thankful for!

  2. Hello, Harvest Moon - “A visual and linguistic pleasure.” –<i>Publishers Weekly</i> While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to <i>Twilight Comes Twice</i> offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.

  3. Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins -

  4. Pumpkin Day! - In this Step 1 Step into Reading early reader, a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds–just in time for Halloween! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season. <p/> Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

Want to see books about fall?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Siblings

Add to list
Gemma and Gus
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Gemma and Gus, a sister and brother team from Olivier Dunrea’s world of Gossie & Friends! Gemma is the big sister. Gus is the little brother. Gus is always following Gemma around, but one day Gus sets out on his own. Now just who is following whom?

In this sturdy board book, Olivier Dunrea explores a close, patient, sometimes competitive but always relatable sibling relationship, with the perfectly pitched storytelling and endearing illustration style that Gossie & Friends fans have come to cherish.

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $6.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Rika's Shepherd
Written & illustrated by Orysia Dawydiak
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Rika is a happy, energetic girl in control of her life and her small flock of sheep and helping her father run their farm and household since her mother died six years earlier. The one thing that would make life even more perfect would be a Border collie pup she could train to herd the sheep. But her tidy life begins to unravel with the discovery of a deadly coyote attack on her flock. With the help of a young veterinarian, and an eccentric breeder of guard dogs, Rika takes on more responsibilities. She encounters challenges which reveal that she has not coped well with the death of her mother, especially when her father and the veterinarian become romantically entangled. Rika is further demoralized when she fails to train a guard dog pup and must return him to the breeder. When the valuable and beloved older dog who guards her sheep is gravely injured because of her poor judgment, Rika slips into a depression. When Rika starts to get better, she takes stock of her blessings, and begins to deal with the changes that are imposed on her. She makes amends with her future stepmother, and the injured dog, now recovered, is returned to her care.

Buy book
$12.95
Bookshop
$11.01
Amazon
$12.95
Used $12.95
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Blackberry Juice
Written by Sara Cassidy & illustrated by Helen Flook
chapter book
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.

Buy book
$6.95
Bookshop
$5.91
Amazon
$6.95
Used $6.95
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Steering Toward Normal - Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop. What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.

  2. Mystery Ranch - Eccentric Aunt Jane needs help on her ranch. The Aldens overturn a plot against her.

  3. Mystery Ranch (the Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) - The Alden children head to their aunt’s ranch for the summer and make an amazing discovery! Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

  4. Our Only May Amelia - The beloved Newbery Honor book by the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, about a spirited heroine growing up with trying circumstances, a sense of adventure, and tremendous heart. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Want to see books about siblings?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Family Life

Add to list
Farmer Boy
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & 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.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$7.99
Used $0.94
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Going to Town
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series!

One spring day Pa has a wonderful surprise—he is taking the family on a trip into town! Laura is very excited, for she has never been to a town, and this special visit is everything she imagined and more.

Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $2.35
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Winter Days in the Big Woods
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With this illustrated adaptation from the beloved Little House series**, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics.**

Winter has come to the Big Woods! Laura and Mary help Ma with chores around the house. When the frost comes, they draw pictures in their windows.

Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Winter on the Farm - The Little House books tell the story of a little pioneer girl and her family as they traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic books, illustrated with Garth Williams’ timeless artwork, have been cherished by millions of readers ever since they were first published over sixty years ago. This My First Little House Book introduces Almanzo Wilder, the young boy from Farmer Boy who would one day marry Laura Ingalls. In Winter on the Farm, Almanzo goes through his afternoon barn chores, and then sits down to eat a hearty farm supper with his family. In this first book about Almanzo, young readers are able to share in the warmth and joy of another Little House family and celebrate new Little House adventures. Winter on the Farm is the first in an ongoing series about Laura’s beloved farmer boy.

  2. Hello, Laura! - Shows how Laura spends her days at the little house on the prairie

  3. Bedtime for Laura - Now the very youngest readers can share in the Little House adventures with these four new board books! In Hello, Laura!, visit Laura in her little house on the prairie. Join Laura as she helps Ma plant a vegetable garden in Laura’s Garden and Pa build a door for the little house in Laura Helps Pa. And even bedtime is fun as Laura goes to sleep to the sound of Pa’s fiddle in Bedtime for Laura. These sturdy new My First Little House board books are the perfect introduction to the world’s favorite pioneer adventure.

  4. Snowy Farm - There’s a snowy white windmill on a snowy white farm with a frosty old house and a snow covered barn. And so begins this enchanting story of a family in a frozen land whose quiet and simple way of family life is all they need. This fantastical picture book from debut author Calvin Shaw and internationally renowned illustrator Oamul Lu is sure to warm hearts and become a perennial family favorite.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Pigs

Add to list
Business Pig
Written & illustrated by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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

Buy book
$16.95
Bookshop
$14.41
Amazon
$16.95
Used $1.95
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Saving Emma the Pig
Written by John Chester & illustrated by Jennifer Meyer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$10.99
Used $3.04
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Very Busy Farm
Written by & illustrated by Tim Warnes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Follow Posy the Piglet in this sweet farmyard story! <p/>Join Posy the Piglet on an adventure around the farm in <i>The Very Busy Farm</i>! This compact and padded board book introduces lively and friendly farm animals in a sweet story of discovery and early concepts. With a soft, padded cover and sturdy board pages, this book is perfect for little ones as they learn about a very busy day on the farm!

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $1.25
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  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. Where Does Pig Live? - Where Does Pig Live? is a novelty board book for toddlers that takes them around the farm to look for Big Pig’s home, and to meet lots of farm characters on the way. Slide the doors open, and lift up the flaps to discover who lives where, until, finally, Big Pig comes to a place that looks familiar, and smells like home! With its repetitive text that encourages participation, its satisfying sliders and flaps, and its characterful illustrations, this chunky board book is sure to become a hit with little ones aged 18 months to three years old.

Want to see books about pigs?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Transportation

Add to list
Tractor Mac Plane Jane's Journey
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Plane Jane soars over clouds and mountains in this original Tractor Mac board book.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac Farm Days
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
board book
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.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac Family Reunion
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac loves that he is the only tractor in his farm family. Then one day, his friend Iron Dave the train brings him to a tractor dealership and shows him a whole lot full of big red tractors that look just like him. Are these tractors his real family? Tractor Mac is excited to find a place with so many familiar faces, but sad that he might have to leave the farm to be with them. Then all of the big red tractors in the lot help him to understand that his real home is with the family he’s found with the animals and machines on Stony Meadow Farm.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Tractor Mac Builds a Barn - Tractor Mac and friends celebrate autumn festivals in this paperback edition which includes two pages of stickers!

  2. Tractor Mac Countdown to Christmas - Every year, the whole town looks forward to the Christmas tree lighting, but this year, a blizzard has struck. The snow starts to fall more and more heavily, and soon, Tractor Mac and his pals are snowed in at the barn. Farmer Bill and Sibley the horse are supposed to be on their way to the center of town with the tree, but when they get stuck in the blizzard and it looks like the ceremony will have to be called off, Tractor Mac saves them and the whole holiday celebration.

  3. Tractor Mac Parade's Best - There are so many great floats at the town parade: the Young Farmers’ Club, the Sports Team, the Outdoor Club. Tractor Mac can’t wait to see which one he gets to pull. Then he finds out that his friends have been asked to pull all of the floats he wanted, and all that is left is the Mrs. J.’s Petals and Posies, Ribbons and Roses float. Tractor Mac’s friends laugh and say that he will be the cutest float in the parade. But when Tractor Mac sees a picture of Mrs. J. as a little girl on a red tractor that looks just like him, he realizes that together, they really will be the parade’s best float.

  4. Tractor Mac Tune-Up - Tractor Mac is hard at work in the field one day when his engine starts to make a funny noise. It doesn’t sound good, and it doesn’t feel very good, either. Tractor Mac is scared that he has to take a trip to Dr. Lou at the tractor hospital, but with the help of his animal friends and some other machines who have stopped in for a tune-up, he learns that going to the doctor doesn’t have to be scary at all.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Seasons

Add to list
Barnyard Baby
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Barnyard baby, Autumn day. Flannel baby Out to play! Little ones will love playing along with baby during a day full of fall fun, from hayrides to apple picking. This interactive novelty board book features large lift-the-flaps on each spread, hiding charming surprises underneath. With acclaimed author Elise Broach’s delightful rhyming text and playful illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld, this is the perfect read-aloud to share after a beautiful autumn afternoon!

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Toaff's Way
Written by Cynthia Voigt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Meet Toaff: a lovable squirrel, and new standout character, searching for a place to call home in this gem of a story by a Newbery Medal-winning author.
Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Bess the Barn Stands Strong
Written by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia & illustrated by Katie Hickey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A steadfast old barn shows she's sturdy enough to save the day.

Beam by beam and board by board, Bess the barn is built by able hands to keep the farm's animals safe and sound. Through many seasons and celebrations, that's just what she does, until she starts to sag...and creak...and slump. Then new everything comes along: a new farmer and a shiny new barn. A mean storm arrives not far behind, putting both barns to a dangerous test--can old Bess weather this threat to the farm?

Bess opens her doors wide, welcoming all to celebrate the year-round ups and downs of farm life and admire the enduring strength and importance of something made to last.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$15.99
Used $12.36
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. 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.

  2. Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter - A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, <em>Sleep Tight Farm</em> lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring’s new growth, summer’s heat, and fall’s bounty to winter’s well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it’s time to sleep.

  3. Farming - Explore the world of a farm in this popular nonfiction board book, adapted for our youngest readers.

Want to see books about seasons?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Dogs

Add to list
Charlie Plays Ball
Written by Ree Drummond & illustrated by Diane DeGroat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Job Wanted
Written by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Chris Sheban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Buy book
$8.99
Bookshop
$7.64
Amazon
$8.99
Used $8.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
This Little Pup
Written & illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$15.67
Used $11.30
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado - This just in from the Emergency Weather Service: A tornado is headed straight for the ranch! And Hank and Drover are in the worst possible place–trapped inside the house. Can they find a way out–before they get blown away?

  2. Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog - Hank is stricken with Eye-Crosserosis. To make matters worse, Beulah, the collie of his dreams, shows up on the ranch with Plato (at least Hank thinks it’s Plato). Although he can’t see very well, Hank approaches the visiting dogs with the idea of winning his lady love and dusting Plato’s spots once and for all.

  3. Charlie's Snow Day - Charlie the Ranch Dog stars in New York Times bestselling author Ree Drummond's I Can Read title, just right for reading on your own snowy day!

  4. Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog - The popular Hank the Cowdog series is based on the humorous antics of the canine Head of Ranch Security. In this first book, Hank and his little buddy, Drover, set out to solve a series of baffling murders on the ranch. Is Hank a suspect? An Outlaw? Can he clear his good name?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Girls And Women

Add to list
The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor
Written by Amy Alznauer & illustrated by Ping Zhu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“I intend to stand firm and let the peacocks multiply, for I am sure that, in the end, the last word will be theirs.” –Flannery O’Connor

When she was young, the writer Flannery O’Connor was captivated by the chickens in her yard. She’d watch their wings flap, their beaks peck, and their eyes glint. At age six, her life was forever changed when she and a chicken she had been training to walk forwards and backwards were featured in the Pathé News, and she realized that people want to see what is odd and strange in life. But while she loved birds of all varieties and kept several species around the house, it was the peacocks that came to dominate her life. Written by Amy Alznauer with devotional attention to all things odd and illustrated in radiant paint by Ping Zhu, The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor explores the beginnings of one author’s lifelong obsession.

Amy Alznauer lives in Chicago with her husband, two children, a dog, a parakeet, sometimes chicks, and a part-time fish, but, as of today, no elephants or peacocks.

Ping Zhu is a freelance illustrator who has worked with clients big and small, won some awards based on the work she did for aforementioned clients, attracted new clients with shiny awards, and is hoping to maintain her livelihood in Brooklyn by repeating that cycle.

Buy book
$18.95
Bookshop
$16.11
Amazon
$16.74
Used $11.69
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one - the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

Buy book
$18.99
Bookshop
$16.14
Amazon
$13.99
Used $1.75
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Pioneer Sisters
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Ji-Hyuk Kim
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Laura Ingalls and her family are heading west! Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more!

Laura Ingalls doesn’t have many neighbors on the frontier, but she always has her sisters to keep her company. Even if they sometimes don’t get along, Mary and Carrie are Laura’s best friends in the world—and together they share all kinds of adventures!

Buy book
$4.99
Bookshop
$4.24
Amazon
$4.99
Used $4.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Blaire (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2019, Book 1), Volume 1 - Meet Blaire Wilson! She's a creative girl with bold ideas and a big heart.

  2. Tooter Pepperday - Hating to leave her familiar surroundings, Tooter resorts to sabotage when her family moves from their suburban home to Aunt Sally’s farm.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Horses

Add to list
This Way, Charlie
Written by Caron Levis & 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.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.33
Used $10.67
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Busy Noisy Farm
Written by & illustrated by Olga Demidova
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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!

Buy book
$18.99
Bookshop
$16.14
Amazon
$14.99
Used $2.21
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse
Written by Rebecca Janni & illustrated by Lynne Avril
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Nellie Sue, who fancies herself a real cowgirl, wants a horse for her birthday, but she discovers that a brand new bicycle–her first–takes almost as much taming as a filly.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.77
Used $0.94
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House -

  2. Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm - Sibley the horse lives on Stony Meadow Farm and is a hard worker the whole year round. Then Tractor Mac arrives at the farm, and suddenly, everything that Sibley used to do, Tractor Mac does, too. Sibley wonders if there is any room left for him—but when Farmer Bill and Tractor Mac get stuck in a soggy field, Sibley is the one who comes to their rescue, and Sibley and Tractor Mac learn that there’s plenty for both of them to do at the farm.

Want to see books about horses?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Pioneers

Add to list
Christmas Stories
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Ji-Hyuk Kim
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted for younger readers from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics.

Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more!

For Laura Ingalls, Christmas means good things to eat, visits from friends, and special gifts to give and receive. As Laura grows up, every Christmas is better than the one before.

Buy book
$4.99
Bookshop
$4.24
Amazon
$4.99
Used $4.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
A Little Prairie House
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series!

Laura, Pa, Ma, Mary, and baby Carrie have traveled from the Big Woods to the prairie in their covered wagon, driving through tall grass until they found just the right spot for their new home. With the help of their kind neighbor, Mr. Edwards, Pa builds a snug little house for the family in the middle of the wide-open prairie.

Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Summertime in the Big Woods
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With this illustrated adaptation from the beloved Little House series**, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classics.**

The winter is finally over, and now it is summertime. Laura and Mary are busy all day helping Ma in the garden and playing outside.

Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Animal Adventures - Laura Ingalls lives with her family on the prairie. Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more! Laura Ingalls and her family are surrounded by all kinds of wild animals. From bears and panthers to badgers and deer, Laura always manages to find herself caught up in a new animal adventure.

  2. Prairie Day - With the My First Little House picture book series, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books in these illustrated adaptations of the beloved series! Laura and her family are journeying across the flat Kansas prairie to find a new home.  There are gophers and rabbits to play with in the daytime, and a cozy camp awaits at night.  Renee Graef’s illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

  3. The Adventures of Laura & Jack - Laura Ingalls and her bulldog, Jack, have been together for as long as she can remember—and he’s no ordinary dog. Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more! Jack travels with Laura and her pioneer family all the way from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the West. He protects them from wolves, cattle that go astray, and sometimes even a friendly neighbor. And he can always help Laura find her way home.

  4. Laura & Nellie - Laura Ingalls and Nellie Oleson are classmates, but they don’t get along. Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more! Laura loves living on a farm, playing in Plum Creek, and wearing her homemade dresses. She’s a country girl, through and through. But Nellie is a town girl. Her dad is a shopkeeper and she wears store-bought dresses. Laura is proud to be a country girl, but Nellie teases her for it. Can they put aside their differences and become friends?

Want to see books about pioneers?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and 1850-1899

Add to list
Santa Comes to Little House
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Renee Graef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Christmas is coming to the little house on the prairie, but Laura and Mary Ingalls are worried. It has been raining for days now, and Santa and his reindeer cannot travel without snow. Will Santa visit their log cabin this year?

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s heartwarming story, taken unabridged from the beloved little house on the prairie, combined with Renée Graef’s vibrant, rich illustrations, makes santa comes to little house a holiday classic for families to share year after year.

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Sugar Snow
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

With this illustrated adaptation from the beloved Little House series**, the youngest readers can share in the joy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics.**

In Sugar Snow, Laura is delighted when a soft, thick snow falls in late spring in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. A late snow helps the trees make more sap for maple syrup, and maple syrup means sweet sugar cakes and sticky fingers for Laura! 

Doris Ettlinger’s full-color illustrations are based on Garth Williams’ classic artwork.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
County Fair
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Jody Wheeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s an exciting day for Almanzo as the Wilder family visits the county fair in this second My First Little House Book adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Farmer Boy. There are contests, races, and good things to eat, and Almanzo can’t wait to see what the judges think of his special pumpkin. Jody Wheeler’s luminous illustrations bring Laura’s beloved farmer boy to life.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
  1. A Farmer Boy Birthday - Long, long ago, a little boy named Almanzo Wilder lived on a farm in the New York countryside with his father, his mother, his big brother, Royal, and his big sisters, Eliza Jane and Alice. One special day is Almanzo’s birthday. He gets to stay home from school, and even better, Father gives him a yoke for his calves, Star and Bright, and a beautiful hand-sled. Almanzo spends the morning learning how to break the calves, and then he spends the afternoon flying down the hill in his brand-new sled. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. Now for the first time, the youngest readers can share Almanzo’s adventures on the farm in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved storybooks. Jody Wheeler’s warm paintings, inspired by Garth Williams’ classic Little House illustrations, bring Almanzo and his family lovingly to life.

  2. School Days - Laura Ingalls is going to school! Join the original pioneer girl in this Little House chapter book, adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved classics. Illustrated with beautiful new black-and-white artwork, this repackaged edition includes bonus material such as games, activities, and more. The Ingalls family has settled near town, and it’s finally time for Laura and her sister Mary to start school. Laura wants to stay home and play, but Ma says she should be learning to read instead of running wild. Laura soon realizes she can learn and have fun at school, and she especially loves having new friends to play with at recess.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and History

Add to list
Tuttles Red Barn
Written by Richard Michelson & illustrated by Mary Azarian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The story of Tuttle’s Red Barn is the story of America. John Tuttle arrived in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1632 with only his father’s ax and the two pewter candleholders his mother had given him after they’d hugged good-bye. But from that humble beginning he built the farm that, today, still stands on the same land. A fascinating look at America as seen through the eyes of one family. Tuttle’s Red Barn is a must read for anyone who appreciates the story of our country.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $1.54
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Sweet Home Alaska
Written by Carole Estby Dagg
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-10

In 1934, eleven-year-old Trip’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprooting the family from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska, where Terpsichore refuses to let rough conditions and first impressions get in the way of her grand adventure.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$16.99
Used $16.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Strawberry Girl
Written by Lois Lenski
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The land was theirs, but so were its hardships Strawberries – big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven′t even begun their planting. “;Don′t count your biddies ′fore they′re hatched, gal young un!”; her father tells her. Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Hunger - It is the autumn of 1846 in Ireland. Lorraine and her brother are waiting for the time to pick the potato crop on their family farm leased from an English landowner. But this year is different—the spuds are mushy and ruined. What will Lorraine and her family do? Then Lorraine meets Miss Susannah, the daughter of the wealthy English landowner who owns Lorraine’s family’s farm, and the girls form an unlikely friendship that they must keep a secret from everyone. Two different cultures come together in a deserted Irish meadow. And Lorraine has one question: how can she help her family survive? A little known part of history, the Irish potato famine altered history forever and caused a great immigration in the later part of the 1800s. Lorraine’s story is a heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive story of one girl’s strength and resolve to save herself and her family against all odds.

  2. Anna on the Farm - Anna is thrilled when she receives an invitation to leave hot, sticky Baltimore and visit her aunt and uncle on their farm, where she’ll be able to go barefoot, swim in the pond, and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unpleasant surprise: her uncle’s nephew, Theodore, who delights in teasing her mercilessly about her city ways. Anna refuses to let Theodore get the best of her, though, and in a series of suspenseful adventures and hilarious mishaps she proves that she isn’t just a city slicker, after all. In this lively sequel to Anna All Year Round, award-winning author Mary Downing Hahn again draws on her own mother’s childhood experiences just before World War I. The result is a gathering of humorous, heartwarming episodes filled with both the delights and difficulties that have always accompanied the journey of growing up.

  3. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch - When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can’t possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan—and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.

  4. Worth - Before the accident Nathaniel’s life seemed pretty good. His help around the farm made his father proud. But now, with a busted leg, Nathaniel can’t do farmwork anymore, so his father adopts another son through the Orphan Train. Feeling replaced and useless, Nathaniel attends school for the first time. Meanwhile, sturdy and strong John is able to do the work that earns Pa’s attention. <p/> But the truth is, John Worth has his own set of troubles. He is treated more like a servant than a son. Kept awake at night by nightmares of his family’s death, he remembers having a pa who took pride in him. But now he has no one, until a community battle and a special book reveal a potential friend – and a chance for understanding.

Want to see books about history?

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Country Life

Add to list
My Fox Ate My Homework
Written & illustrated by David Blaze
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

My name is Jonah Johnson, and I’m in the 6th grade - but please call me Joe. My whole world just got turned upside down. It’s my first day at a new school and I’ve already got to deal with the bully. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a talking fox that keeps getting me into trouble at my new house in the country. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true! To top it all off, I’ve got to help save my mom’s house!

Buy book
$15.99
Bookshop
$13.59
Amazon
$15.99
Used $15.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
The Pumpkin War
Written by Cathleen Young
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Cathleen Young's characters will forever have a place in my heart. --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s

Former best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. A great pick for fans of Half a Chance and Gertie's Leap to Greatness.

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$6.99
Used $6.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Written by Patricia MacLachlan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan’s chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay? This children’s literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love. This anniversary edition includes author Patricia MacLachlan’s Newbery speech, a discussion guide, and a reading list. Read the rest of the Sarah books by Patricia MacLachlan: Skylark, Caleb’s Story, More Perfect than the Moon, and Grandfather’s Dance.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$6.99
Used $1.47
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. At the Stroke of Goodnight - Reminiscent of Susan Marie Swanson’s The House in the Night, world-renowned paper-cut artist Clay Rice weaves a poetic scene of what happens around a small farmhouse as night falls. A dreaming dog. A purring cat. A bird on a limb. A mouse on a mat. The evening glows in the twilight. And all falls quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A baby coos; a mommy sighs. Little ones tucked in, with dreams in their eyes. A gentle hand turns out the light. And all is quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A perfect bedtime story that gently and beautifully depicts a busy world settling in for a warm night’s sleep.

  2. Go to Sleep, Little Farm - In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, Mary Lyn Ray presents a hushed picture book about the rhythm of the natural world on a small farm as all creatures prepare for sleep. Artist Christopher Silas Neal’s classic illustrations quiet even the most restless little night owls with familiar childlike imagery and the comforts of routine. All is well, it reminds them. Now is the time for dreams.

  3. Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question - “City girl Effie Starr Zook is not excited about spending the summer on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Nowheresville, Pennsylvania, until she stumbles across a mystery that leads her smack into an old family feud”–

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Cooking And Food

Add to list
Before We Eat
Written by Pat Brisson & illustrated by Mary Azarian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Milk doesn’t just appear in the refrigerator, nor do apples grow in the bowl on the kitchen counter. Before we eat, many people work very hard–planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, filling crates, and stocking shelves.

Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Tractor Mac Farmers' Market
Written & illustrated by Billy Steers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Tractor Mac and his friends find out that fresh, locally grown food is good food; the Tractor Mac series is perfect for fans of Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Now in paperback with two colorful sticker sheets!

Buy book
$5.99
Bookshop
$5.09
Amazon
$5.99
Used $5.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
1, 2, 3 the Farm and Me
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

What does a farm look like? What ingredients make up the food you eat? How does the food you eat get to your table? In this innovative book, readers will have fun counting along as they go from the farm, to the store, to their kitchen, to their table to share a dinner. Additional food-based facts will allow caring adults and toddlers to learn even more about the farm-to-table process. No other board book features counting and the cooking process in this way–and no other board book features the expertise of the cooks at America’s Test Kitchen!

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$8.45
Used $1.35
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Time for Cranberries - From the cranberry bog to the Thanksgiving table, join Sam and his family as they harvest a classic American fruit. When the vines hang heavy with berries that the autumn winds have turned deep red, it’s time for cranberries, and Sam is finally old enough to help with the harvest! This charming, lyrical picture book follows Sam and his family as they raise the water in the bog, pick the cranberries, and gather the fruit for processing. It’s a story of modern family farming in action, showing readers where their food comes from but mostly delighting them along the way.

  2. Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse - Maple syrup season is here! Kelsey and her father begin harvesting sap from sugar maple trees. Family and friends join them to help in the process of turning the sap into maple syrup.

  3. Right This Very Minute: A Table-To-Farm Book about Food and Farming - What’s that you say? You’re hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer. You have the stories of so many right here on your table! Award winners Lisl H. Detlefsen and Renee Kurilla’s delicious celebration of food and farming is sure to inspire readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from - right this very minute!

  4. Summer Supper - From sowing seeds in spring to savoring succotash, follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm summer evening. Told entirely in words beginning with the letter “s,” this book will give children an appreciation for the process by which their food travels to the dinner table. Mike Austin cleverly incorporates Rubin Pfeffer’s words into his art and creates a visual feast in which kids will love to indulge! Layers of humor and storytelling make this worth many revisits.

Books About Farm Life And Ranch Life and Cowboys And Cowgirls

Add to list
The Haymeadow
Written by Gary Paulsen & illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fourteen-year-old John comes of age and gains self-reliance during the summer he spends up in the Wyoming mountains tending his father’s herd of sheep.

Buy book
$6.99
Bookshop
$5.94
Amazon
$5.99
Used $-0.75
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi & illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.70
Used $3.09
Prices as of Apr 18
Add to list
Lexie the Word Wrangler
Written by Rebecca Van Slyke & illustrated by Jessie Hartland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This clever celebration of words and their meanings features a strong cowgirl who wrangles words alongside cattle.

Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi—word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together, and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. First the d goes missing from her bandana, leaving her with a banana to tie around her neck, and soon afterward every S-T-A-R in the sky turns into R-A-T-S. There’s no doubt about it—there’s a word rustler causing this ruckus, and Lexie plans to track him down . . . even if it means riding her horse through the sticky icing of a desert that’s suddenly become a giant dessert.

This fantastic spin on “cowboy” stories populates Lexie’s ranch with lively letters and words, alongside the typical cattle and horses, and stars a smart, confident, charismatic heroine. Rebecca Van Slyke’s creative, silly wordplay pairs perfectly with Jessie Hartland’s lively illustrations, and there’s even a glossary of helpful terms for up-and-coming word wranglers.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$17.99
Used $17.99
Prices as of Apr 18
Honorable Mentions
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  1. Farm (Wheels at Work) - Collecting, lifting, transporting, and delivering! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work. Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

  2. Farm - Collecting, lifting, transporting, and delivering! Lift the flap to see each vehicle busy at work. Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

  3. Real Cowboys - In Kate Hoefler’s realistic and poetic picture book debut about the wide open West, the myth of rowdy, rough-riding cowboys and cowgirls is remade. A timely and multifaceted portrayal reveals a lifestyle that is as diverse as it contrary to what we’ve come to expect.

Did you enjoy our farm life and ranch life book recommendations? Did you know you can help us improve this list? Check out our Community Handbook and learn how to add tags to books.

Additional book lists you might enjoy:

Suggested Links