Are you going on a farm holiday? Pack a story set on a farm!

Holidays on a farm are a lot of fun and if you are lucky enough to stay on a working farm your child can meet different kinds of animals and gain many new experiences. We were amazed how many farmyard stories we have on our bookcase, these are some of our favourites.

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery. Illustrated by Stephen Cartwright.

This is still my daughter’s favourite farmyard storybook! Life on Appletree Farm is very eventful but the simple text is easy for toddlers to understand and is specially written for beginner readers. Our version has the CD which has great sound effects!

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

The simple repetitive text introduces different farmyard animals who would all like to play with the little spider. But she’s too busy…

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Lydia Monks.

The ladybird’s enlists the animals on the farm to help stop two thieves from stealing the farmer’s prize cow. The many different animal sounds in the story make this a fun book to read aloud.

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins.

Rosie goes for a walk around the farmyard but unbeknown to her she is being followed by a fox. Rosie’s walk is uneventful but the fox’s walk isn’t!

Friends by Helme Heine.

Fat Pig, Charlie Rooster and Johnny Mouse enjoy doing everything together. However, when they can’t find a suitable place where they all can sleep they must acknowledge that best friends need to have time apart too.

Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs by Paula Metcalf. Illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs.

Rupert Rabbit tries to find a job in the farmyard so that he can go and live with the other animals. This is a really amusing story which introduces children to different farm animals.

Happy Hooves Oh! Oh! Oh! by A. Bogie. Illustrated by Rebecca Eliott.

This fun, rhyming Christmas story shows the farm animals cleaning out their homes ready for a visit from Santa. We love the animals’ Christmas sweaters!

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Illustrated by Garth Williams.

Wilbur the pig has an unusual best friend, Charlotte the spider. They are the stars of the story which also introduces other farmyard animals including a rat called Templeton, one of our favourite characters.

The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp.

A very funny farmyard adventure including Pig, Duck and a group of Evil Chickens who want to send Pig into space! Plenty of toilet humour is included in the fast paced text, we couldn’t put this book down!

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Mr Kranky is so impressed by the effect that George’s Marvellous Medicine has on Grandma that he gives it to the animals on his farm. Attempts to recreate the medicine aren’t so successful and the farm’s hens have some strange reactions.

Do you have a favourite story set on a farm? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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14 responses to “Are you going on a farm holiday? Pack a story set on a farm!”

  1. Stacey Guilliatt avatar

    We love farm stories, though unbelievably we’ve never read What the Ladybird Heard! Stick it on the xmas list I think! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      There’s a new ladybird story that we’re really looking forward to reading. It’s called ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ 🙂

  2. Janet Yarwood avatar

    Monkey loves animals so we will be sure to try some of these. I’d forgotten all about Rosie’s Walk – shocking as I loved it as a kid! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy to hear that we’ve jogged your memory. The sequel, Rosie’s Chick, has also just been published.

  3. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn avatar

    A great list! My children love farms and books about farms. We just read George’s Marvellous Medicine while on holiday last week – so lovely to read it with my children for the first time. A few of our favourites here but a couple I’d not heard of, so thanks for the recommendations. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      My daughter found George’s Marvellous Medicine hilarious and I’d forgotten how funny it was too!

  4. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Aaaa brilliant selection, we love Rosie’s Walk here 🙂 thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Rosie’s Wlak is great. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Rosie’s Chick.

  5. Sarah Doyle - let them be small avatar

    we love what the ladybird heard here and can’t wait for the sequel to be published 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      We’re looking forward to reading the sequel too 🙂

  6. Rebecca U avatar

    I have never heard of the very busy spider but looks like one I’ll need to get for my little ones – love Eric Carle #PoCoLo

    1. Catherine avatar

      The Very Busy Spider is lovely. Our board book copy has a raised spider’s web that you can trace with your finger 🙂

  7. Mummy Tries avatar

    What a lovely post, we’ve got about half of these books at home. My kids love a good farm (& farm stories) 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thankyou, there were so many more we could have chosen!

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