I’m a city girl but I must say that the life of living on a farm and growing my own food definitely has been whispering to me. Today, I’ve got lots of farm books for kids for you to share with the children in your life. So, let’s dig in.
Farm Books for Toddlers
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Tractor Books for Toddlers
Tractors are a multipurpose tool on the farm. Learn about all of its uses for growing corn in Tractor by Sally Sutton. (picture book)
Otis by Loren Long is a gorgeously illustrated book about a friendly tractor who is pushed aside when a shiny new tractor is introduced to the farm. But, when Otis saves the day, his value is rediscovered. (board book)
Keep that love of tractors going with this alphabet activity.—> Tractor ABC Activity
More Toddler Farm Books
I could put this one under tractor books, but it also features many more vehicles that make farm work a touch easier. I bring you Construction Site, Farming Strong All Year Long by Sherri Duskey Rinker. Yes, this is a book from the book that started it all, Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site. In this tale, vehicles help make planting, harvesting, and building through all the seasons a little lighter. (picture book)
There’s a lot to do and see on the farm in Farm Block by Christopher Franceshelli. A super thick chunky board book with die-cut pages. (board book)
Making Tracks Farm(actually a whole series) by Cocoretto explores the tracks that animals make in a farm setting. The book includes die-cuts and lift-the-flaps and is such a fun way to explore the environment. (board book)
Travel to the farm with Spencer in Spencer on the Farm by Michelle Romo. Learn through text and labels in the illustrations different words associated with the farm including a pitchfork, a farmer, and overalls. (board book)
I love the vocabulary building that can take place in Peek-a-Flap Moo by Jaye Garnett and the illustrations are beautiful and full of detail for toddlers to notice. (board book)
Some of the first sounds that our little ones will mimic are those of common animals. It brings us such delight to watch kids start to associate sounds with animals and to hear their little voices. Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro is a chunky book that is perfect for little hands. It is a lift-the-flap book, so when your child gets to the tearing stage, you may choose to put the book away for a bit. (board book)
Follow the animals from morning to night in Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. (board book or picture book)
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is the story of a kind and helpful blue truck who with the help of the farm animals pushes a grumpy dump truck out of the mud. (board book)
Try this Little Blue Truck Activity too.
Books About Farms for Preschoolers
Bess the Barn Stands Strong by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia showcases that just because something is old and dilapidated, it doesn’t mean it is useless. Bess the Barn is ready to shelter the animals on the farm.
This Shine-A-Light book is fun because you hold the pages up to the light or shine a flashlight behind some of the pages to share the inner workings of the farm. Check out On the Farm: Shine-A-Light.
Cowhide-And-Seek by Sheri Dillard is the story of a cow playing hide-and-seek with the farmer. It’s full of rhythm and is pure silly fun. Just right for cow appreciation day.
Amara’s Farm by JaNay Brown-Wood hits the mark as a great read-aloud that can be used for multiple lessons. Of course, we have pumpkins. Join Amara on the farm and help her locate the pumpkins. Along the way, we learn the names of lots of different fruits and vegetables. Students will also learn about descriptive words, comparing/contrasting, colors, and lots of gardening vocabulary.
Tractor Mac Farm Days by Billy Steers has a busy day on the farm because there is lots to do. There are also Tractor Mac stories that are a bit longer. (This one is a board book and the other in the series are picture books.)
Peek Inside the Farm takes you right to where the action happens. Lift the flaps to reveal even more farm life tidbits.
Duck is doing all the work in Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell as the human farmer spends his time in bed. But, the other farm animals decide to work together to teach the farmer a lesson and help their friend, Duck.
Grandma’s Farm by Michael Garland is the story of a grandmother and young grandson who visit the old farm where the grandmother and her family once lived. The grandmother reminisces about all the farm chores and fun that was had on the farm. You can also check out Garland’s Grandad’s Tractor too.
Eggs From Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps by Monica Wellington invites readers right into the book. Many of the page spreads have a map/maze the students can use their fingers to maneuver around based on the text. Help Ned and Ruby get the eggs from the farm into the hands of people who can use them.
Keep the farm theme going with this week-long circle time plan.—> Farm Theme Circle Time Plan
Farm Books for Kindergarteners and Up
Behind every farm is a family that spends their days tending to it. Join Sophie Blackwall as she takes us inside a Farmhouse to see all the details of the home and the family who lives there.
On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas showcases all the hands that work at the farm to bring food to market and to those who create goods with the resources grown.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin highlights that almost obsolete correspondence tool- the typewriter. The cows in the barn have some demands. Will the farmer oblige?
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle is the story of how a farm is put to sleep for the winter. A neat look at all the preparations that have to be done if you live on a farm.
It’s always so fascinating to think about the people and places behind where our food comes from. Travel to the Ivory Coast in Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate From Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon. A father tells his daughter about her grandfather and his work harvesting cacao as a farmer. Eating chocolate-covered raisins while reading is optional.
Farming by Gail Gibbons gets into all things farming. Gibbons is known for her informative non-fiction books so you know you’ll walk away with lots of newly gained knowledge.
Food for the Future by Mia Wenjen looks at different sustainable farming techniques around the world from an oyster farm in Australia to terrace farming in Chile. Backmatter goes even deeper into the different types of farming.
Printable List of Farm Books
Take this printable book list of farm books with you to the library or tuck it in your lesson plan book.
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