Toddler Reading List – On the Farm

Every Friday morning I read stories to a group of toddlers at Cover to Cover bookstore. This week I’ll be reading stories about farm animals. As a side note, one thing I’ve noticed about farm animal stories is that they often revolve around mischief makers. In a similar vein, jungle animal stories are often about being yourself against the herd. So, here are the stories:

The Three Little Pigs. I have a ladybird board book version of this story, but I change the words so that the pigs say “no no not by the hair on my chinny chin chin”. I will encourage huffing and puffing by all.

Tractor Trouble. This funny little book was exclusively produced by the UK department store Marks and Spencer. It would probably be difficult to get hold of. However it has such great characterisation and a surprisingly noisy ending. I may read it twice.

Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack. This is a totally charming book about the adventures of a small dog who is too curious for his own good. My son loves to join in with the “woooooof”. It was first published in 1920, although only the “gentleman’s suspenders” give that away.

Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. And bang up to date with a very modern tale of strike action, the power of the written word and electric blankets. It’s a very funny and award winning book with great expressive illustrations. Popular with parents and toddlers alike.

Say Hello to the Animals by Ian Whybrow and Tim Warnes. This is a really simple baby book with a pastel coloured farm and cute little rhymes for each of the animals. It’s great for reading aloud because the last word of each couplet is an animal noise and kids love to guess what’s coming next.

I’ll be singing Old MacDonald, B I N G O and a few nursery rhymes, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Baa Baa Blacksheep. And because there are a few books this week that may be hard to find, here are some alternative highly recommended farm books. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon (can’t read this again as I read it last week, but it’s brilliant) and Serious Farm by Tim Egan (it’s about another rebelious cow and I thought that three stories on that subject might be too many for a 20 minute storytime).

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