Have You Read Any Good Farm Books to Your Kids or Grandkids Recently?

By DeDe Hausmann

April 2nd was National Children’s Book Day. Don’t get stressed if you missed that day!!!  Kids always need to read or have good books read to them and that special day was just meant to recognize the important relationship that books should play in children’s lives.   Studies have shown that reading to a small child and then fostering that child to read on her/his own later will help them be better students.  And who doesn’t want our young people to be the best that they can be in school?

Do you remember your favorite “farm” books from childhood?  Little ones LOVE books about animals and I bet we all remember OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM.  (And everyone remembers the accompanying song that can go on forever and ever, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm, E –I- E- I –O.  And on his farm he had a …………..” ).  I didn’t realize that there are loads of versions of OLD MACDONALD books and all are different.  Get your kids (especially ages 4-8) to compare the stories, pics, etc.  I’ve got to check out OLD MACDONALD HAD AN APARTMENT HOUSE, by Judi Barrett, with illustrations by her husband, Ron Barrett.  As tenants move out, the super, Old MacDonald, moved in veggie gardens and farm animals and they thrived; that is, until the owner came by to pick up the rent.  This has got to be a HOOT.

Remember the book, THE LITTLE RED HEN? Her grandson, in THE LITTLE RED CHICKEN, by Joy Cowley, wants to have a party but his buddies won’t help him plan and  set it up.  They just want to eat his food so he asks his grandma for advice and she tells him to “not let them in”.  But he’s a caring guy and invites his friends.  They realize how much work he did for them and they regret not assisting him and tell him so.

Another neat sounding ag book is MRS WISHY WASHY’S FARM, by Joy Cowley, with graphics by Elizabeth Fuller.  Pre-K thru 1st graders will love when they hear how Mrs. Wishy Washy loves to bathe the farm animals in a tin tub.  The animals revolt and run away to the city.  You’ll read about their urban “dirty” misadventures before they hurry back home to the farm.

ANIMALS SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT WEAR CLOTHING, by Judi and Ron Barrett, shows that animal “clothing” is perfect, as is.  It’s so funny to see animals in “human” clothing.  Kids of all ages will LOVE this book.

GOOGLE for more farm animal book titles and then head off to your nearest library or bookstore and check out these books for a great read for all (especially for the little ones).  You enjoyed reading about farm animals when you were young.  Bring that joy to the little people in your life!


Library Lovers’ Month: Children’s Book Recommendations

By Diane Ruyack

Library Lovers’ Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library support groups, to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the Nation’s libraries will continue to serve.

Childhood obesity is an important issue in the United States, and throughout the world. Teaching children about proper nutrition is no easy task so in order to promote positive attitudes about food and healthy eating, a nutrition book for children must keep them engaged, and most importantly, allow them to have fun learning!

Here are a few that would help children to learn about nutrition and health:

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