This year marks more than 30 years of working with little learners; 27 of those years watching our little learners grow and learn daily in our home (yes, we still have some little learners!).
I watch the wonder in their eyes and listen to the curiosity in their questions.
Along the way, I've come to understand that young children have innate interests--many of them! One of those interests is animals; all animals, big and small. Couple a young child's natural curiosities with inviting picture books and non-fiction reads and you have the makings of a learning frenzy!
I am sure you have watched your children--or those you work with--choose books off a shelf. First one, then another.
Reflecting on my years of watching children gather farm books--a combination of treasures they've found in the local library and our home collection--here are the books chosen most often.
- Big Red Hen, Keith Baker
- The Big Red Barn, Margaret Wise Brown
- Rooster's Off to See the World, Eric Carle
- The Tiny Seed, Eric Carle
- The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle
- Growing Vegetable Soup, Lois Ehlert
- Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art, Lois Ehlert
- The Little Red Hen, Paul Galdone
- Barn Dance, Pat Hutchins
- The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss
- Barn Dance, Bill Martin, Jr.
- The Turnip, Pierr Morgan
- The Little Red Hen, Jerry Pinkney
- Tops and Bottoms, Janet Stevens
- The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza, Philemon Sturges
- Winter on the Farm (Little House Picture Book), Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Milk: From Cow to Carton, Aliki
- From Grass to Milk, Stacy Taus-Bolstad
- Food from Farms, Nancy Dickman
- Jobs on a Farm, Nancy Dickman
- Cows: Watch Them Grow, Lauren Diemer
- Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, Ruth Keller
- Chicks and Chickens, Gail Gibbons
- Farming, Gail Gibbons
- From Seed to Plant, Gail Gibbons
- Horses, Gail Gibbons
- Milk Makers, Gail Gibbons
- Pigs, Gail Gibbons
- Chickens, Julie Lungren
- From Kernel to Corn, Robin Nelson
- One Bean, Anne Rockwell
- Chicken, David M. Schwartz
- Plant Stems and Roots, David M. Schwartz
- Where Do Chicks Come From?, Amy E. Sklansky
Do you have multiple children at multiple ages, preschool through elementary? We do, too!
One of our favorite family read-aloud treasures is the timeless classic Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. Pop some popcorn or serve some hot chocolate and enjoy listening together as Mom or Dad reads.