12 Best Books About Farms Update 05/2022

Books About Farms

During the fall, families can participate in enjoyable activities such as apple picking at the orchard and pumpkin carving for Halloween. Those apples and pumpkins, though, are a mystery.

As an important element of American history and culture, agriculture is celebrated in these wonderful books for your youngster to learn about. Whether you live in the city or on a farm, these 10 books will help you expose your children to the industrious people and adorable animals who are the foundation of every successful harvest and tasty supper.

We Love the Farm by Rachael Saunders (PreK)

We Love the Farm by Rachael Saunders (PreK)

Barnyard animals are introduced in an endearing way in this board book for toddlers and pre-schoolers. You’ll see cows, pigs, chickens, and more as you turn through the pages. An added plus is that you get two books for the price of one. There are a few mommy farm animals concealed inside a smaller book, and as you read, your child will find them in the main book. It’s a fun way for children to learn about animals in a fun and engaging way. If you want your child to know the names of farm animals by the age of three, read on.

I Am a Tractor by Ace Landers (PreK)

This tractor-shaped book is a great way for kids to learn about the machinery that keeps farms running. Observe a tractor at work on a farm, helping farmers sow crops, plow fields, and move heavy machinery. This interesting look at the mechanical and technical side of farming will appeal to those who enjoy big machines and knowing how things function.

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle (PreK-K)

This beautifully drawn book takes readers on a year-long journey through life on a farm. In the spring they plant seeds, in the summer they endure the heat, and in the autumn they reap their harvests in this novel about a farming family. It’s a song that teaches children about the hard work, expertise, and dedication that farmers put into delivering us the food we consume every day.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Gris Grimly (PreK-K)

Even though it’s based on a well-known children’s song, this storybook is anything from conventional. Gothic graphics by Gris Grimly and a surprising conclusion with an unexpected guest on the farm give this old tale a modern twist. There’s little doubt that this book was a labor of passion for Grimly, whose joyous depiction of farm life shines through the pages.

Touch and Lift Farm by Scholastic (PreK-K)

Touch and Lift Farm by Scholastic

Touch and feel pages and animal sounds you may play while reading allow toddlers and preschoolers to come as near to the farm as possible in this fantastic board book. Animals such as ducks, cows, pigs and lambs can be seen along the path. Each page brings a fresh adventure that can also be used as a kind of sensory play.

LEGO City: Work This Farm by Michael Anthony Steele (PreK-1)

Fans of the LEGO City universe will adore this new addition, which focuses on farming. Minifigures feed farm animals, harvest crops, and drive tractors in this book, which is perfect for little ones who love farm life. A hands-on look at what happens on the farm and how it ties into LEGO City (and the rest of the world) is provided for children.

Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack by Doreen Cronin (PreK-1)

It’s a great way to teach your kids about farm animals while having some fun! When Farmer Brown goes on a vacation, he asks his brother Bob to look after the animals while he is away. Detailed instructions, including explicit advice to keep an eye out for the naughty duck, are left behind by him. This book is a great way for youngsters to learn about farm animals in a fun and creative way, and it’s unlike any other barnyard book out there.

Farm by Elisha Cooper (PreK-2)

An ode to the simple pleasures of farm life, illustrated with beautiful photographs and narrated in lyrical verse, this book depicts a family as they work through the seasons, including the children who help feed the animals as part of their daily chores.

Owl Diaries: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott (K-2)

Owl Diaries Trip to the Pumpkin Farm by Rebecca Elliott

For kids, farm life isn’t just depicted in children’s literature. Eva’s class visits a pumpkin farm, where they milk cows, collect apples, and learn about farming in this early reader from the Branches book line (intended to assist kids move from picture books to chapter books). Later, she joins forces with her pals to tackle a unique pumpkin-related puzzle. This cozy book is a favorite among newly self-sufficient readers.

Farm to Table: Grains and Cereals by Ann O. Squire (Grades 3-5)

Educating children about where their food comes from is critical, and this book includes stunning images and precise information to help them understand the process from beginning to end. Because it covers more advanced topics including genetically modified crops and ways farmers may safeguard the environment, this book is best suited to somewhat older children (about the age of 8).

Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly By James E. McWilliams

Today, we are bombarded with conflicting signals on how to eat an ethical diet, causing us to suffer from food anxiety. What do you think? How environmentally friendly is organic food? How may genetically modified foods benefit your health?

As Fast Food Nation did for fast food, Just Food challenges traditional viewpoints and cuts through layers of myth and misinformation to expose the truth about fresh food in the same way. An imported tomato, for example, uses less energy than a tomato grown in a local greenhouse. Freshwater fish farming may soon become the most sustainable source of protein.

Just Food is an eye-opening look at how we eat and the role it plays in the fight to feed the world and rescue the earth.

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland By Miriam Horn

Environmentalists are often reluctant to use the term because of its negative connotations. This is especially true of the men and women who are undertaking the most important environmental work right now, such as rebuilding America’s grasslands, wildlife, soil, rivers, wetlands, and seas. It is their great affection for the area that motivates them: the iconic landscape where explorers and cowboys, pioneers and riverboat captains, established the American identity. They have a moral obligation to protect this natural asset and maintain the well-being of their own families and communities.

An epic journey down the Mississippi River is the setting for this look at stewardship from five different perspectives: a Montana rancher, Kansas farmer, riverman on the Mississippi River, a Louisiana shrimper, and an Alabama fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico. As Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman delves into the lives and work of its subjects, as well as the vital landscapes they conserve, it questions long-held assumptions about American culture and environmental ideals.

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