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Best children’s books about farms

Whether it’s the animal characters who live in the farmyard, the exciting machinery or how farms help to get food onto our plates, this collection covers all aspects of life on the farm in an entertaining and informative way. From fun rhymes about an animal talent contest to informative non-fiction texts about tractors and milking, there’s plenty to discover in the Down On the Farm topic. Roll your sleeves up and get stuck into this list of the best children’s stories about farms, farmyard animals and where our food comes from.

Children's books about farmyard animals

Giles Andreae
 & David Wojtowycz
Come down to the farmyard for a noisy, rhyming animal adventure in this colourful read-aloud picture book!The rooster wakes the farm up with a cock-a-doodle-doo! The sheepdog won't stop barking, and the cows begin to moo.Little ones will love looking at the colourful pictures, and joining in with all the great sound words, as they discover lots of exciting farm animals. Including moo-ing cows, oink-ing pigs, sheep, donkeys, horses and more! Each page introduces a different animal, with a short read-aloud rhyme.
Steve Smallman
 & Florence Weiser
Oh dear! Someone’s done a doo-doo on Farmer Jill’s new hairdo! Who on earth could it have been? Cock-a-doodle-POO!A side-splitting rhyming riot packed full of toots, poops, plops and parps from award-winning author Steve Smallman and illustrator Florence Weiser. This poop-packed extravaganza is the perfect read for fans of Poo in the Zoo, Hippobottymus and The Dinosaur That Pooped series.
Julia Donaldson
 & Lydia Monks
With a cast of everyone's favourite farm animals, What the Ladybird Heard is a brilliant rhyming adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . With brilliant rhyming verse from Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and bright, distinctive illustrations from award-winning illustrator, Lydia Monks, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud.
Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Clickety, clack, moo. But the problems really begin when the cows start leaving Farmer Brown notes. First it was electric blankets... where will it end? And when the animals don't get what they want they go on strike, of course! Doreen Cronin's unusual text and Betsy Lewin's quirky illustrations make this a hilarious story.
Nosy Crow Ltd
 & Axel Scheffler
Crazy creatures in this bonkers book of mixed-up farm animals from bestselling, award-winning illustrator, Axel SchefflerWhat do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course!With over 121 possible creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this Flip Flap book is perfect for preschoolers and ideal for animal fans. With a hilarious rhyming text and brilliant artwork from the illustrator of The Gruffalo and the Pip and Posy series, Axel Scheffler, simply flip the pages to create some seriously silly mixed-up farmyard animals!

Deborah Chancellor
 & Julia Groves
Milly the cow munches grass with her friends, drinks gallons of water, makes cow pats in the field, and visits the milking parlour with her farmer. Milly's milk is then put into cartons and made into butter, cheese and yoghurt. There is a simple quiz at the back and some further information about cows and milk. Bright and stylish papercut art conveys the crucial message that producing food is hard work, and we must respect the animals and humans who produce it, and we must not waste it!
Based on the classic fairy tale. Little Red Hen wants help planting and cutting the wheat, grinding the flour and making the bread, but the cat, the rat and the dog refuse to join in - until the bread needs eating!Read it yourself with Ladybird is one of Ladybird's best-selling series. For over thirty-five years it has helped young children who are learning to read develop and improve their reading skills.Each Read it yourself book is very carefully written to include many key, high-frequency words that are vital for learning to read, as well as a limited number of story words that are introduced and practised throughout. Simple sentences and frequently repeated words help to build the confidence of beginner readers and the four different levels of books support children all the way from very first reading practice through to independent, fluent reading.Little Red Hen is a Level 1 Read it yourself title, suitable for very early readers who have had some initial reading instruction and are ready to take their first steps in reading real stories. Each story is told very simply, using a small number of frequently repeated words.
Steve Webb
 & Fred Blunt
On Farmer George’s farm, the pigs go ‘oink’, the sheep go ‘baa’, and cows go… wait, where did all the cows go? These cheeky cows have taken to sneaking up on Farmer George and shouting ‘BOO!’ Luckily, George knows just how to put his impolite herd to good use... This hilarious story is guaranteed to get children giggling!
Peter Bently
 & Jim Field
Farm animals take on Britain's Got Talent, in this laugh-out-loud funny rhyming romp! From Peter Bently and Jim Field - illustrator of the bestselling Oi Frog books.Then Buttercup Jersey, the moonwalking cow, caused cries of 'Incredible!', 'Knockout!' and 'Wow!' She glided and twisted and then did the splits. It was utterly stunning. They loved her to bits!Old Farmer Clegg may be tucked up for the night, but down in the farmyard, a talent show is about to take place. Who has what it takes to be a star? The break-dancing cow? The honky-tonk geese? Meg, the egg-laying, Mozart-singing hen? Or maybe a certain sleep-walking farmer...With a bouncy rhyming story and lively, comedy-packed illustrations from the bestselling Jim Field, this is the perfect read-aloud treat!
Lu Fraser
 & Sarah Warburton

With the tagline “There’s a bright spark of braveness inside us all!”, who could fail to be won over by this book?

Told in rhyme, this is an utterly delightful story. The quality of the rhyme is just wonderful; when rhyme works like this, nothing forced, just clever use of language, you can tell this is a book that is destined to be a classic.

The story is about finding courage, told through hilarious farmyard escapades with a fun cast of characters. The chicken who knits (her friend Marge wears a fantastic jumper!) is scared of everything. She is such a wonderful character, the reader can’t help but fall for her. The chicken with the tractor ranks as my favourite; no-one would mess with her. It brings to mind the Aardman films with Shaun the Sheep and the Chicken Run, mainly because of the force of personality that shines out from the illustrations.

There is something to enjoy in this book for all ages and I am very much hoping we will see more of Mavis in the future.

Children's books about farmers, farming and tractors

Susan Hayes
 & Aviel Basil
Join Bo on as he gets to work on his very own farm, including raising alpacas, milking cows and bringing in the peanut harvest. Zoom: Farm Adventure is the next entry is What on Earth Books' Zoom series of 36-page board books written by Susan Hayes, with peek-a-boo holes throughout and a surprise popup.
Jeanne Willis
 & Tony Ross
Sing along to the tune of Old Macdonald had a Farm, and learn to put down your phone in this hilarious cautionary tale for a new generation of phone-users. Old Macdonald loves his phone: it helps him organise his farm. But when the animals each get one of their own, they are soon on their phones all day - "Here a tweet, there a chat, WhatsApping the farm cat" - and before they know it, no work is getting done! What can Old Macdonald do? From the award-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, the fourth in the series of picturebooks exploring online issues.
Moira Butterfield
 & Jesus Verona
Discover a world of wonder on a farmyard walk, with this beautiful picture book from the National Trust.Today we're on the farm. Let's go! Past the gate where daisies grow . . . Look what I found! A tuft of sheep's wool, soft as a woolly jumper.Set off on a farmyard adventure to find natural treasure, from a fluffy chick feather to a broken eggshell, then learn more about the found object with irresistibly illustrated and informative nature notes.Packed full of fascinating facts alongside a gentle rhyming narrative and encouraging children to get outside and explore their surroundings, this is a nature treasure hunt series for the whole family to treasure!
Katie Daynes
 & Simone Abel
There’s lots of fun to be had on the farm with this interactive flap book, full of surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained. Reveals what a cow's day is like, how a farm changes with the seasons and the different animals and machines that can be found on the farm. A wonderful glimpse of life on a farm for young children.

Adam Henson
 & Rachael Saunders
Non-fiction Picturebook
Join the UK's most-loved farmer, Adam Henson, on a fascinating journey around the farm. In this interactive non-fiction book, with over 40 flaps, you can discover where food comes from, peek inside a combine harvester, and uncover incredible facts about popular farm animals.Did you know that one sheep shearer can shear 200 sheep in a day? Or that robots can milk cows? Do you know what a beetle bank is? Or how peas are harvested?Adam - and his trusty sheepdog, Peg - are the perfect guides for your day on the farm. With colourful scenes, clever flaps that will intrigue a wide age group, and lively illustration, this is a book for all budding farmers and animal-lovers. Both entertaining and educational, this is quality, fascinating non-fiction for families.
Sarah Ridley
Bread is an everyday food, but do you know where it come from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of a loaf of bread, through wheat farming to the manufacturing process. The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple.Where food comes from is a series for young children aged 5+, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.
Oxford Children's Books
 & David Semple
Today you're the tractor driver! Your job is to climb aboard the tractor to help out on the farm. Let's go! Enter a world of imaginative play with this fun and immersive insight into farm vehicles. Children will love using their imagination to take the driver's seat and pretend to use the tractor's controls! This book puts the reader in charge, to build self-confidence and encourage following instructions, problem solving, and teamwork. The narrative is embedded with early learning skills such as recognition of colours, shapes, and numbers. This makes it perfect to share with children as a fun way to practise these key skills, while spotting their favourite vehicles and making the sound effects. The story ends with a sense of achievement as all the jobs at the farm are completed.

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