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My Top 10 Favorite Farm Animals Books

When I taught preschool children one of the kids favorite songs was Old McDonald Had a Farm. I would make sure to have a book of farm animals on hand. Below is a list of my top 10 farm animals book. Everyone loves book about farm animals right?

Farm Animals

Here is a list of my top 10 favorite book:

1. Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type By Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long hehears:

Click, clack, moo.
Click, clack, moo.
Click, clack, moo.

But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes! Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!

2. The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: “‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse.” They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up!

3. Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door . . . . Nine, ten, big fat hen! Now young children can enjoy a popular nursery rhyme and learn to count, too. Keith Baker’s delightful illustrations filled with eggs and chicks (and bugs) are sure to tickle little ones for hours of read-aloud fun.

4. Farmer Duck by Matin Waddell

Farmer Duck isn’t your average duck. This duck cooks and cleans, tends the fields, and cares for the other animals on the farm—all because the owner of the farm is too lazy to do these things himself. But when Farmer Duck finally collapses from exhaustion, the farmyard animals come to the rescue with a simple but heroic plan.

5. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed.
But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.
And Sheep checks the microphone.
They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK!
With adorable farm animals – and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald – this rollicking tale is sure to have kids cheering–and singing–along.

6. Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr

In an old farmhouse, bathed in the light of a full moon, a young boy creeps to his bedroom window and looks outside. Was that a voice he just heard, or the hooting of an owl? There it is again:

Come a little closer…
Come a little closer…
Listen to the night…
There’s music in the air…

Beckoned by the voice, the boy sneaks downstairs, out the door, and walks toward the barn. As he gets closer he hears the sweet sound of a country fiddler and the rhythmic thumping of dancing feet. But who could possibly be having a barn dance in the middle of the night?

7. Night Night Farm by Amy Parker

Moo moo, cows!

Baa baa, sheep!

When the sun sinks low down on the farm, the animals are all tuckered out from the day’s adventures. Join these adorable farm animals in pajamas as they say night night to the farm, to their mommies and daddies, and to God.

Your little ones will sleep until the rooster crows knowing that the God who made them loves them too.

Night night, farm!

Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

8. Big Red Barn by Margaret Brown

Margaret Wise Brown’s simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps, has charmed generations of children. This board book edition features sturdy pages and is just the right size for toddlers.

As in her classic Goodnight Moon, Brown engages children and helps settle them down for sleep as they follow along with the animals from morning to night in the barnyard.

In the barnyard there are roosters and cows, horses and goats, and a pink piglet who is learning to squeal. Felicia Bond’s atmospheric illustrations add to the tranquil simplicity of this gentle story.

9. Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Millie is unlike most other cows. She chews her cud and grazes in the fields with the others, but she doesn’t enjoy that nearly as much as she loves scaring the mail carrier. It’s too bad the mail carrier doesn’t have as much fun each time Millie comes up with a new way to surprise him. Who knew delivering the mail was going to be such a difficult job?

10. On the Farm by David Elliott

Farm AnimalsFrom the bull to the barn cat to the wild bunny, the farmyard bustles with life. The rooster crows, the rams clash, the bees buzz, and over there in the garden, a snake — silent and alone — winds and watches. David Elliott’s graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade’s exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations capture a world that is at once timeless yet disappearing from view — the world of the family farm.


BONUS FARM ANIMALS ACTIVITY:

  1. Cut out pictures of animals or draw some pictures and paste them on a big piece of paper
  2. Make up a story about an animal. Where do they live? What kind of animal friends do they have? Do they wear clothes or walk on two feet? Draw pictures to go along with your story.
  3. Pretend Play: What kind of animal would you be and why?
  4. Talk about the names of baby animals: Kitten, puppy, lamb, colt etc.
  5. Look through a magazine or book for animals found in other words like coward, crabby, or catastrophe.
  6. Visit the zoo

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20 Comments

  1. Nancy Johnson Horn says:

    All of these looks so fun and educational! The illustration also looks great!

  2. Geraline Batarra says:

    This stories are so lovely, i want to read them all. Children will love this kind of story telling. They will learn kindness in it.

  3. Surekha Bus says:

    Omy! This is something that I need to have in the future for my future kids!

  4. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo says:

    I remember some of these books from my childhood! Is there any kid who does not know about the Big Fat Hen? 🙂

  5. Taryn says:

    This is a great list of books for kids to pique their love of reading and animals. I have never heard of any of them, but I do know that kids love books with animals!

  6. These look like fun educational books for kids

  7. Anchored Mommy says:

    My toddler loves Click Clack Moo! Such a cute book

  8. Sydney says:

    All these books look so fun! I remember a couple of them from my childhood.

  9. Megan says:

    Ooh so cute! What a great selection of books. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lauren says:

    Millie waits for the mail looks so cute! Thanks for the recommendations!

  11. Christa says:

    This is such a perfect post for me! My toddler’s library is in need of new books, and he loves anything with animals. Thank you!

  12. Bree says:

    I think these look like excellent books! Farm animals are a great book subject!

  13. Emmeline says:

    Oh I don’t think I read any of these as a child!! But I love animals so when I have some of my own these will definitely be on the list of books to read to them!

  14. Elizabeth O says:

    this is really very informative post. There is so much knowledge in those books.

  15. Preet says:

    Wow! I was looking for some new books for my kids.I am constantly adding to their reading list!

  16. Stephanie Jeannot says:

    Awww! All these books seem like they are super cool. Kids always enjoy little books like this.

  17. Woodeline says:

    These are wonderful books. I am sure any kids will definitely engage during story time.

  18. Folabest says:

    I always enjoy reading those books because they are fun and interesting

  19. Bindu Thomas says:

    These all sounds like good to read. I used to read such books when I was small. Want to read them now.

  20. Pedro says:

    Hey Freddie,

    A great selection of farm animal books. Not sure which of them will be my all time favorite farm animal book though!

    However, if I really wanted to narrow it down, I would say ‘On the Farm’ by David Elliott. I live the graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade’s exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Pedro

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