Five Picture Books About Trouble-Making Farm Animals We Are Reading


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Right now, Oliver is in love with farm animals and his new John Deere farm tractor toy that plays Old McDonald Had a Farm. It’s been fun to watch him play with it ever since he learned how to “drive” toy vehicles by pushing them around on the ground. I swear he didn’t know how to do that two weeks ago. To embrace his newfound interest in farms, we checked out a bunch of books about farm animals from the library. Here are five picture books about farm animals causing a ruckus (plus a bonus book to whip those silly farm animals into shape!) that we are reading this week:

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

An illustrated chicken springs to life in this meta-story to help finish painting her barnyard scene but instead wreaks havoc when she accidentally knocks over a jar of blue paint! The story text is simple, but the watercolor artwork is breathtaking. (Goodreads | Indiebound)

Cock-a-Doodle Doo-Bop by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Matt Myers

Mel, the rooster, is one cool cat bird. He tries to change up his morning wakeup call to the Cock-a-Doodle Doo-Bop, but when the sun doesn’t rise to start a new day, the other farm animals band together to try to get Mel to change his tune. Oliver loves anything remotely sing-song, so he really enjoyed this one! (Goodreads | Indiebound)

Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

When a cow discovers her farmer is putting his shiny, red car up for sale, she cannot resist taking it for a joyride. Even when there might be a bump in the road…literally! With silly illustrations and simple text using only the word “moo” to tell the story, Moo! is a riot. Oliver makes me reread this multiple times in a single sitting. Multiple times a day. (Goodreads | Indiebound)

The Cow Said Neigh!: A Farm Story by Rory Feek, illustrated by Bruno Robert

Okay, okay. So we didn’t check this one out from the library. This one came from our personal library because it is an absolute favorite! This is a silly story about farm animals wishing they were other farm animals, and it’s filled with clever rhyme and fun animal sounds. (Goodreads | Indiebound)

This Little Piggy: a Counting Book by Jarvis

Little ones learn to count to ten in this adaptation of This Little Piggy. When one little piggy goes to the market, the rest of their piggy friends follows. Soon little piggies all over the place are dancing for hours, eating all the potatoes, and diving into mud pools. (Goodreads | Indiebound)

Bonus Book!

Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

You have heard of Mother Goose, I’m sure. But, have you heard of her curmudgeonly sister, Spinster Goose? She teaches at a school filled with naughty children who snap their bubble gum and chew on chalk, but Spinster Goose has a method for dealing with these trouble-makers. I recommend for older children. Oliver wasn’t quite a fan of this one, but I certainly enjoyed the darker, alternative twist on traditional nursery rhymes. (Goodreads | Indiebound)

What are some of your favorite picture books featuring farm animals up to no good?

One response to “Five Picture Books About Trouble-Making Farm Animals We Are Reading”

  1. Katie Avatar

    How cute! Thanks for the recommendations. My 18 month old is LOVING Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. She loves finding the butterflies!!


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Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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