Farm and Barnyard

These books are great for kids who are going to learn about the farm, visit a farm or just enjoy barn yard noises!

Picture Books

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
The little red hen's lazy friends are unwilling to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but eager to eat the bread she makes from it.

Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton
Illustrated lyrics book of the unforgettable (though completely imaginary) stage spectacular, with a compact disc included.

Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
Daisy, an unhappy hen in China, floats down the river in a basket and has an adventure.

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many animals that live in the big red barn.

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
The animals on the farm go into the town library to find something to do.

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
When the cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

City Chicken by Arthur Dorros
A chicken from the city visits the country to see what she's been missing, and finds that it's not all it's cracked up to be.

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
Who lives at Maple Hill Farm? Two dogs, five horses, a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, several sheep, and four special cats.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
The misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat 
Farmer Brown has his sheep's wool made into yarn, but after they beg to have it back he knits the yarn into sweaters for them.

The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country! by Lane Smith
When the Hocky family moves to a big old house in the country, it takes them some time to adjust to a new way of life.

Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
A hen has fun exploring the house with the red curtains.

Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri
Questions and answers highlight some outstanding characteristics of farm animals, such as a chicken's feathers and a horse's mane.


Stories for Older Readers

Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven by Denys Cazet
Elvis thinks he has died when he fails to crow at the rising of the sun, but the chickens find a way to restore his cluck.

Georgie Lee by Sharon Denslow
A young boy and his grandmother share all sorts of adventures on her farm with her cat Boots and her cow Georgie Lee.

McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: 3 Tall Tales by Sid Fleischman
Three humorous adventures on McBroom's wonderful one-acre prairie farm.

An Occasional Cow by Polly Horvath
Imogene is sent from New York City to spend the summer with her cousins on an Iowa farm.

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A piglet arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

The Chicken Doesn’t Skate by Gordon Korman
Wild things happen at the South Middle School when Milo's science project, Henrietta the chicken, becomes the hockey team's mascot and their only chance for a winning season.

Strawberry Girl
 by Lois Lenski 
Set in a little-known backwoods region of Florida, Strawberry Girl is the first of the Lenski regional books and the winner of the Newbery award.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. 

Folklore and Non-Fiction

J 398 Chanticleer and the Fox by Geoffrey Chaucer
A sly fox tries to outwit a proud rooster through the use of flattery.

J 398 The Amazing Pig: an Old Hungarian Tale by Paul Galdone
The king believes almost all of the tales a farm boy tells about his wonderful pig.

J 398.2 The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugenios Trivizas
An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf -- with a surprise ending.


J 630 Farm by Ned Halley
Text and photographs depict aspects of farming through the ages including the equipment, animals, crops, and the future of farming.

J 637 Milk from Cow to Carton by Aliki
Describes how a cow produces milk, how the milk is processed in a dairy, and how various other dairy products are made from milk.

J 811 The Book of Pigericks by Arnold Lobel
Thirty-eight original limericks about all manner of pigs.

J 811.08 On the Farm by Lee Bennett Hopkins
A collection of poems about farms and farm animals.

Libros en Español

Cerdota Grandota por Clare Beaton

Hay una Vaca entre las Coles por Clare Beaton

El Gran Granero Rojo por Margaret Wise Brown

Clic, Clac, Muu: Vacas Escritoras por Doreen Cronin

Vamos a la Granja de la Abuela por Betsy Franco

Spot Va a la Granja por Eric Hill

La Vaca que Decía Oink por Bernard Most