Farm books for kids will help expand children’s appreciation for farming and where their food comes from.
Kids love learning about farm animals.
Admit it, how many times have you had to sing “Old MacDonald.”
But it’s time to up their learning and have them understand what life on a real farm is like.
In addition to offering farm books for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class Farm Unit Study ideas.
You can find these farm books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Farm Books for Kids
Farm books help teach kids about where our food comes from and how we get it.
It helps develop an appreciation for the food around them.
Farm Books for Kids
Milk doesn’t just appear in your refrigerator, or apples on your kitchen counter.
Before we eat, many people must work very hard planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates.
Vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.
Jobs on a Farm uses colorful photos and simple, leveled text to introduce children to the jobs done on farms around the world.
Learn about Modern Farm Equipment with Casey & Friends! A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops.
Filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters.
Casey and her farm equipment friends teach readers about the different jobs a farmer does each season.
Children will learn that modern farming involves planning for the farm year, reacting to the weather and working hard as a team.
The day-to-day business of growing and harvesting crops for food is brought to dramatic life in this Nebraska Children’s Agriculture Book of the Year as children see farmers and their machinery hard at work.
Farmers lifted and hauled, cut and chopped, plowed and planted, waters and mowed by hand or with horses and simple equipment — until the first tractor appeared.
Now there are tractors with eight wheels and tires big enough to stand in, skid steers with buckets for lifting, and sprayers that look like huge prehistoric birds, as well as many other modern computerized farming machines.
Here’s a look at farm machinery in the modern age.
The Peterson family farm is one hundred years old and about to enter a new century.
Here, in wonderful family anecdotes, the author shares the story of the farm as it grew from a barn and house and granary in the 1890s to a thriving dairy farm in the 1990s.
Over the past hundred years many things on the farm have changed, but many things have stayed the same.
There is still one family working together to make the farm a viable business.
There is still one kitchen where cookies are baked and meals are cooked to feed family and friends and those who help on the farm.
Filled with photos selected from a century’s worth of family albums as well as dramatic shots from recent years, this NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book provides a glimpse into the past and the future of one American family farm.
In this new take on “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” the farmers are city dwellers and the farms consist of rooftops, empty lots, hydroponic labs, patios, and other urban nooks and crannies.
No matter where you live, you can grow food!
The book includes a link to a free downloadable song.
This book uses colorful photos and simple, leveled text to introduce children to the food produced from farms around the world.
An introduction, in simple text and illustrations, to farming and the work done on a farm throughout the seasons.
Packed with images and information, this brand-new tour of farm machines, farm animals, and farm life will transport children right to the field and the barn as they expand their vocabulary and understanding of where their food comes from.
Aliki takes readers on a guided tour that begins with grazing cows, proceeds through milking and a trip to the dairy, and ends with some different foods made from milk.
This revised edition of Aliki’s 1974 Green Grass and White Milk is an even more fun-filled and informative explanation of milk’s trip from green grass, to cow, to a cool glass on the table.
Kids all over the world help collect seeds, weed gardens, milk goats and herd ducks.
From a balcony garden with pots of lettuce to a farm with hundreds of cows, kids can pitch in to bring the best and freshest products to their families’ tables and to market.
Loaded with accessible information about the many facets of farming, Down to Earth takes a close look at everything from what an egg carton tells you to why genetic diversity matters — even to kids.
How does corn grow? Farmers plant small seeds called kernels in fields.
The kernels sprout and grow into tall stalks with ears of corn.
The ears are picked, husked, and cooked until the corn is tender and juicy enough to eat.
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Farm Unit Study
In addition to offering farm books for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class Farm Unit Study ideas. The following resources may contain affiliate links.
- Farm Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Farm Animals Fact Files
- Farm Animals Learning Kit
- On the Farm Pre-Writing Packet for Ages 3-5
- Farm Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plan
- Farm Journal Writing Prompts
- Farm Literacy
- Farm Math
- Dramatic Play Garden and Farm Stand
Also consider the following farm unit study resources:
Corn Cob Counting Mats | Modern Preschool
Montessori Inspired Farm Animal Activities | Natural Beach Living
Preschool Farm Activities and Sensory Play | Little Bins for Little Hands
Farm Fun Kindergarten Unit | Homeschool Share
Critical Thinking Challenge – Market Day | Planet Smarty Pants
Ruler Game – Measuring in Farm Units | JDaniel4’s Mom
Farm Animal Counting 1-10 Printable | Simple Fun for Kids
Vowel Farm – Game to Promote Vowel Recognition | There’s Just One Mommy
Free Farm Printables and Montessori-inspired Farm Activities | Living Montessori Now
Farm Sensory Math Game: Tilling for Numbers | Parenting Chaos
Pig Tails Color Sorting | Modern Preschool
Farm Fun: Horse Play | Simple Home Blessings
Farm Sensory Bin Book Play | Little Bins for Little Hands
Fun Preschool Farm Activities | Natural Beach Living
Pigs in the Mud Sensory Bin | Modern Preschool
Pumpkin Patch Mud Pie Invitation to Play | Nerdy Mamma
Montessori Grammar Farm | Living Montessori Now
F is for Farm | Kori @ Home
Farm Animal Size Sort Printable | Simple Fun for Kids