Books about Farms are a great addition to your bookshelf. They are good for copying animal noises (eg. baa, moo) and animal actions (eg. ‘quack’ action with hands opening and closing). Toddlers can also practice using little phrases (eg. cow eating grass, more ducks).
Here are some of our favourites for toddlers learning to talk.
One of our favourites for babies from 6 months. Clear photos with few distractions and easy to copy animal sounds.
Words to Try – dog, sheep, duck, cow.
Another very simple book with touch and feel pieces and clear photos.
More clear photos but with giant flaps to lift up and say the animal noises.
Speech Goals – animal noises
Lots of textures are on the tabs of these pages for babies to match. There is also a tractor noise to copy here.
This is quite a busy book with lots of images on each page – more suited to older toddlers. There are images to match and also things to look for. You can either make the animal noises or try single words and phrases here. (where’s dog?) (red apples).
This is an old classic by Rod Campbell. Toddlers can name the animals as the dog says hello woof! Lift the flaps and say ‘hello pig‘ etc. Also you can phrases such as ‘he found a …..sheep’.
Another Rod Campbell classic. Follow the little boy as he looks in each animal’s home to find the eggs for breakfast. Name the animals as you go (horse, pig). Also you can introduce a negative (‘no eggs‘) on each page until he finds them at the end. Younger babies can just shake their head.
Maisy books are generally clear drawings with a simple, well known theme. Maisy has lots of jobs to do on the farm – feeding the animals, milking the cow. This is a great book for older toddlers to develop some nice phrases and action words (verbs). eg. Maisy feeds pigs, Maisy getting eggs.
A book for 2-3 yr old. Each page has a farm scene – (vege patch, farmyard etc) with plenty of vocabulary to look at and talk about. This is a great book for playing a spotting game (can you find the……. bucket) and also for introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary – henhouse, capsicum etc.
These little magnetic scene books are great for 3 year olds. You can use the magnets again and again to make up different colourful scenes. Really good for building vocabulary and imagination! eg Pigs rolling in the mud, I put the horse there.
Have some fun farm reading!