Ten children's books about farms
Thursday, 05 March 2015 11:51


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

Books introduce children to new worlds, and farms are wonderful places to find characters and stories that capture the imagination of young readers. Listed roughly in order of reading age, each of these brilliant books invites children into the world of farming.


Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

Rosie the hen is enjoying a leisurely walk around the farm, but the stroll isn't nearly as pleasant for the fox who is trying -- unsuccessfully -- to navigate the obstacle course Rosie is unknowingly leading him through.


Usborne Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright

The iconic Usborne Farmyard Tales collection introduces Mrs. Boot the farmer, her children Poppy and Sam, Rusty the dog, Curly the pig, Woolly the sheep and all the other animal characters at Apple Tree Farm. Can you spot the Little Yellow Duck on every page?


The Little Red Hen

In this classic folk tale the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and decides to plant it, but she struggles to persuade her farm animal friends to help her.


The Children of Willow Farm by Enid Blyton

Join Benjy, Penny, Rory and Sheila as they move from the town to Willow Farm, where they help out on the farm and learn to care for hens, horses, calves and lambs.


Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.


It's a Dog's Life by Michael Morpurgo

This story is an energetic romp through a dog's busy day on a farm. Russ, the sheepdog, herds sheep and cows and plots against Tigger, the farm cat. He covers Lula, his master's daughter, with lots of slobbery licks but when she gets a special birthday present, he worries that she might love it more than she loves him.


The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith

Better known by many as Babe, there are few animal characters as charming as the plucky piglet who is taken in by Farmer Hogget's sheepdog, Fly. Even with Babe's considerable handicaps as a sheepdog – namely, that he's a pig – he manages to overcome all with his earnestly polite and soft-spoken ways. After saving the sheep from rustlers and wild dogs, Babe convinces Hogget that his idea of becoming a sheep-pig "b'aint so stupid" as it might look. But neither Hogget nor Babe, nor anyone else, could have predicted what follows.


The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot-tempered pony his father gives him. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.


Animal Farm by George Orwell

Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.


If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot

Fresh out of Veterinary College, and shoulder-deep in an uncooperative cow, James Herriot's first job is not panning out exactly as expected...

When James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, he has no idea of the new friends he will meet or adventures that lie ahead. Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, If Only They Could Talk is a book for all those who find laughter and joy in animals, and who know and understand the magic and beauty of Britain's wild places.