Books About Farm Animals

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker is a simple counting book with minimal text. What is lacks in words it delivers in illustrations. The rich colors of the hens, the golden hay and the yellow chicks were all expertly executed. We read the board book version of this and I would suggest that this is a book for that age, who will love pictures more and more with every turn of the page. The text that is included is rhyming and pleasant but the illustrations steal the show.

How Big Is A Pig? by Claire Beaton has fast become a favorite in our house around bedtime. I love the felt illustrations, the detail amazes me and helps distract me from noticing that I have read it 20 times in as many minutes. The story itself is great too, it focuses on opposites in the farm yard with a zippy rhyming text.


Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is the inspiration for this craft, and an increasingly one of my very favorite books. The story is simple readers see a day in the life of a big red barn and all the animals inside. Each animal is introduced in the seamless text that reads like a melodic poem. It’s  calm , soothing and Felicia Bond’s illustrations are perfect, I love how the sky subtly changes as the night beckons.  A wonderful book for anytime, but especially poignant before bed.

Peek A Moo

Peek-A-Moo by Maria Torres Cimarusti is a great and simple book about farm animal sounds with flaps to lift for toddlers who need a little extra action to keep them interested. The book is a quick read which is perfect for those eager to move, not so eager to stay still toddlers. Great bold illustrations as well.

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

Click, Clack , Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin is a hilarious look at working conditions on a farm and cows going on strike. I have yet to read this book without giggling and in the 2003-2004 school year I think I read it 500 times! The story has a wonderful message of fairness and negotiation . During a transit strike we read this to a Kindergarten class to help explain after we were asked why the bus drivers didn’t want to work- it was a great tool!

The Grumpy Morning

The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards is a great book. I think I got it as a freebie with a scholastic order years ago, either way I am so glad I have it. The book follows all the animals on a farm as they wake up grumpy and hungry and needing attention from the farmer. As a teacher I love this book because I could talk about whining, and demanding and ask my students if there are better ways to get what you want. As a parent I love it because the text is musical and my son loves seeing all the animals and what sounds they make since he is still a little young to appreciate the lesson about feelings at 16 months.  * Edited for 2010 my son now 3 still loves this book, he talks about how he is grumpy and hungry in the morning too and how he doesn’t like it when I don’t get out of bed fast enough.


Duck On A Bike by David Shannon tickles my funny bone. I love this book, the message is awesome too. Just because it’s never been done before doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try! Also how cute is a duck riding a bike? Kids even young ones get the message loud and clear as well!  The illustrations are amazing and your child will love the farm animals and the tractor at the end. Oh and please tell me I am not the only one waiting for “Duck on a Tractor” ? I’d buy it in a heartbeat !
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  1. Kristalyn says

    Farm Life by Elizabeth Spurr is a wonderful story about life on a farm. it is a sweet story about what is truly important to every family. it’s a great book for work on colors, too.

  2. says

    Oh, Allie! The Big Red Barn has been Grace’s favorite book almost since birth. Ours is falling apart because it’s been read about seven thousand times in two-and-a-half years.

    I especially love Click, Clack, Moo, but Grace hasn’t really ever gotten into it.

    I’m going to check out The Grumpy Day. That looks like one that we would really like.

    Thanks! 🙂
    .-= Tara @ Feels like home´s last blog ..There’s Something Wrong With My Juice =-.

  3. Janet says

    My daughter now 31 told me she was hoping to find the book I read to her..about a chicken who teaches on a farm or close, it has Matilda or Mildred the chicken in the title..she got it for Christmas 1985…I would so love to find this book..I had no idea it meant so much to her..Can anyone help me?


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