Do not look any further if you want the best books on farm animals. For even more great books, check out our list of the best preschool books!
Kids of all ages are drawn to farm animals and farm life. The way we teach young children the different sounds that animals make may be the reason why. But every year, we love the farm theme for preschool.
People who work on a farm show young kids how important it is to take care of others, work hard, work together, and be responsible for what they do. These important lessons are also learned by reading farm animal books and preschool farm books.
For your help, we’ve put together this list of the best books about farm animals. These books make great read-alouds, circle time books, or favorite bedtime stories. You can use them for all three.
In both our preschool and toddler stores, we even have some farm lesson plans for you to use.
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Books on Farm Animals
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
An introduction to farm animals through music! Children will be singing and dancing to this fun rhyme. This cute book has a fun do-si-do where the animals sing and dance together. If you can’t stand the rhythm or the rhyme, your child will remember every dancing animal! This is a must-have farm animal book for young kids!
Little Blue Truck
This is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers because it’s about a farm and it’s fun. It is a rhyming story with a lot of attention to sounds, which is a toddler’s favorite thing. Because this farm book is also about helping and being kind, it’s an extra bonus.
Everyone pushed the Little Blue Truck.
If you read this book about farm animals to your family or class, it will quickly become a favorite.
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
A great way to learn more about farm life! Simple, rhyming text takes us on a journey through a typical day at the farm. This is how it works: Margaret Wise Brown adds sound words to the illustrations to make the animals come to life. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. This book is a great way to learn about day and night and prepare for bedtime. It’s a great book to read aloud to both toddlers and preschoolers because it has a very calm tone.
Click Clack Moo Cows that Type
Cows are very clever. They find a typewriter and soon they go on strike with the farmer. Because they have milk and eggs, they want electric blankets in exchange for the blankets. The whole farm story is creative, fun, and full of laughs for everyone! Check out more of the Click, Clack books!
Pete the Cat and Old McDonald had a Farm by James Dean
In this case, Pete the Cat is back at it again. This time, he is dancing to “Old McDonald had a Farm,” which is a well-known song. On each page, there is a picture of a farm animal and a verse from the song. Pete is going to show your child 14 farm animals and the sounds they make. A great addition to any library and a favorite of farm animal preschoolers! Your preschooler will enjoy singing along with the book as you read it to him or her.
My Chickens Lay Eggs by Sherry Crelin
The fact that you don’t have to be a farmer in order to raise farm animals is great! Little Jenny and her family start a new and exciting project: raising chickens in their suburban yard. Jenny is four years old, and she’s excited to care for her chickens and help her family build a chicken coop, because she loves chickens. They used to buy eggs at the store, but now they don’t. Helps preschoolers understand where food comes from and tells them a lot of interesting things about chickens.
Saving Emma the Pig by John Chester
This book about animals on a farm is based on a true story. It will make you want to read more stories about animals and the people who care for them. It’s about time for Emma the pig to give birth to 17 piglets. She is very sick. But Emma is sick and can’t look after her babies, so Farmer John and his team come to help. Taking care of 18 pigs is not easy, but with compassion and love, this story has a beautiful ending!
Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Kennedy
Ragweed is the dog that lives with the family on the farm. Ragweed tells us all about how to be a big help on the farm through her point of view. This book for kids about a farm is a hoot. Ragweed tells you what not to do, and you learn that his whole goal in the story is to get biscuits from the farmer. An adorable story that will make your preschooler and toddler want to read it over and over again is this tongue and cheek story.
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
If you like to tap your toes while you read, this book is for you. Follow the beat and you’ll see all the animals on the farm wake up when they hear the song. Book: The rhythm and rhyme make it hard not to sing and the catchy tune will make little ones dance. A great book for teaching kids about farm animals and animal sounds in a fun song. This farm animal book is both educational and fun, which is always a good thing.
Cows Can Moo! Can You?: All About Farms by Bonnie Worth
He spends a day on the farm, so read along with him. During this visit, we learn about dairy cows and plowing fields. We also learn about taking crops to market. This rhyming text will teach your child new words and phrases from the farm. They’ll be speaking farm language in no time! In this book, you can talk to young kids about where food comes from and what farmers do every day.
The Flea’s Sneeze
This book about farm animals is a lot of fun, and the rhymes are simple but still very good. Plus, kids will learn how to put things in order at the same time.
This is how the story goes: “Everyone went to sleep except for one thing: A rat. A cat. A black-eyed bat.” “A dog. A hog,” says the author. “A cat.”
For a preschool farm theme, this farm animal book must be read!
Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
You can read this book in no time at all, because it has a lot of interactive flaps on each page that you can open to see what animals are on the farm. There are 10 different animals you’ll meet, like the cow and the horse. You’ll also learn how to make animal sounds. This is a great book about farm animals that little kids can read on their own and try to copy the words and sounds.
Moo, Moo Brown Cow by Jakki Wood
Preschoolers will love this book because it’s set to the tune of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.” We go on a journey through the barn, where we meet new baby farm animals and their moms. The author cleverly uses adjectives to describe each animal and adds the name of each baby animal to help kids learn new words. It doesn’t matter if you sing the song or just read the words. This book about farm animals is sure to be both fun and educational!
Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley
Mrs. Wishy-Washy is a big fan of clean animals, and she likes them very much. They are scrubbed and washed until they are clean as a whistle. There’s no way the farm animals can take any more. They go to the city and end up in places they don’t belong. Then things get really bad, and they end up in a cage. Do you think Mrs. Wishy-Washy can help them? This story is a good way to learn about farm animals and the difference between city and country life. If you like this book about farm animals, don’t forget to check out the other books with Mrs. Wishy-Washy in them, too.
What’s This? Down on the Farm by Aaron Adams
This is a great book for kids because it has a lot of colorful pictures, short rhymes, and things for them to look for. Each page has a new search, and kids look for them in different places on the farm. It focuses on how to ask and answer questions, as well as how to use colors, making it a great book for preschool and toddlers.
Maisy’s Morning on the Farm by Lucy Cousins
Maisy shows us how a busy day starts on a farm. Who knew there were so many things to do on a farm? It was a lot of work to feed and milk the chickens and cows. There was also breakfast for Maisy. Toddlers will love this simple and short book about a farm, and it’s a great way to teach them about doing their chores and being kind.
The Cow Said Neigh! By Rory Feek
There is a great example of being true to yourself and being proud of your own talents and strengths in the movie The Cow Said Neigh! All of the animals on the farm want to be more like other animals on the farm. This story is about them. They want to run and stay inside, just like a horse and a cat. All the noise on the farm will make young readers laugh. Children will learn not to look at other people and compare themselves to them when they read this book. The way we were meant to be.