Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Peek at our Bookshelves: Farm Books

It's been awhile since I've shared what we've been reading, outside of book reviews.  However, the kids are enjoying books about farms and farm animals right now, for two reasons.  The first reason is because of the new foal on their grandparent's farm.  The last foal they remember did not survive, so this has been a fun experience for them.

The second reason is because of the first book I'm going to share . . . which was part of our Year 1 curriculum.  It has sparked a renewed interest in all things farm for them!

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James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot
If I was only recommending one book, this would be it.  Written by a veterinarian, this is a true living book. Delightful stories, rich vocabulary, and adored by my family!

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
A long-time favorite in our house, this is a sweet bedtime book perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
This is another bedtime story, where the little boy asks Daddy how the different farm animals go to sleep, and daddy answers each...and...every...question.  If you watch daddy and son in the illustrations throughout the book, any parent can definitely relate!

Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Admittedly, this one isn't as "living" as the rest of the books on this list, but it is without a doubt, a beloved book in our house.  It's another bedtime book, but the sing-song rhyming makes it kind of upbeat.  The chicks keep sneaking out of bed for a little fun after being tucked in.  My boys still ask for this one.

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
A great book that introduces all the animals on the farm with their unique personalities.

The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
What happens to the animals at different times of the year?  Month by month, we see how animals react to the changing seasons.

Otis by Loren Long
We received this as part of the Imagination Library program.  I had never heard of it before, and didn't know there was a series.  This book is about a small tractor who loves his job, until he is replaced by the big new tractor in the barn.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
We haven't actually read this one yet, but it is on my must-read list for this year, and I have a feeling it will be loved by my kids, just as it was always one of my favorites as a child.

There are others we've read and enjoyed, but these are at the top of our list.  Which farm-related book would you recommend?  We are always looking for new favorites!

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