Farm books for babies and toddlers

The Funny Farm - Cluck Cluck Duck Life the Flaps cover

Books about farm animals and tractors are always popular with young children. It's great fun to make the animal noises - and the tractor sounds! Here is a selection of interactive books that will be very enjoyable to read with babies and toddlers. 

  • Tummy Time Farm

    Author: Louise Lockhart
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-1

    Let’s say hello to the farm animals! A bright and charming board book that will help baby’s development, as well as being a great tool for shared fun.

  • Moo!: Play-city Rattler

    Author: Make Believe Ideas
    Publisher: Make Believe Ideas
    Interest age: 0-1

    A sturdy board book with a rattle, introducing farm animals and their various sounds. A fun introduction to farm animals and the concept that books can be interactive like toys.

  • Peek Inside: Farm

    Author: Becky Davies Illustrator: Fhiona Galloway
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    This chunky board book will grab your child’s attention from the word go: delightfully oversized and shaped like a farm barn, everything about it screams “fun”!

  • Axel Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm is a rhyming book app: swipe any part of the screen to create 121 different combinations of animal halves, rhymes and silly, hybrid animal names.

  • Zoom: Farm Adventure

    Author: Susan Hayes and Aviel Basil
    Publisher: What On Earth Publishing

    Every young child will adore joining in with Bo and his duck for a day's adventure at the farm, as they round up animals, pick fruit, harvest corn, and comfort a farm cat who's just had kittens. A brilliant and absorbing gateway to longer picture books that will help build up attention span. 

  • Farmyard Friends: Portly Pig

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1-3

    Portly Pig is worried about being too clean. The grass is too pristine and the flowers and trees are too neat, so he goes to find somewhere muckier. Yet when Portly finds a nice muddy puddle to roll in, grey clouds appear and Portly gets washed clean again. What’s a pig to do?

  • Tractor Tractor

    Author: Rachael Saunders
    Publisher: Mama Makes Books

    Tractor Tractor is the second book about the humorous goings-on at the Funny Farm, illustrated by Rachael Saunders. Each book has an early-learning concept and Tractor Tractor is all about opposites.

  • Making Tracks: Farm

    Author: Cocoretto
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 2-5

    Colourful board book with flaps and die-cuts for little fingers to explore who, or what, makes tracks around the farm. With plenty of opportunities for adult-child interaction, this is a great book for sharing with the very young.

  • Cluck Cluck Duck: Lift the Flaps

    Author: Mama Makes Books Illustrator: Rachael Saunders
    Publisher: Mama Makes Books

    Cluck Cluck Duck is part of the light-hearted “Funny Farm” series. Just like Tractor Tractor, the title combines humour and interaction with some fun and subtle early learning, as well as a wider social angle.

  • Busy Day: Farmer

    Author: Dan Green
    Publisher: Ladybird
    Interest age: 1-3

    Busy Day: Farmer follows a farmer over the course of the day and finishes with him tucked up in bed. Described as "action play book", there are some fun and inventive touches and toddlers will love to turn the flaps and join in with the jobs on the farm.

  • Noisy Tractor: I Can Learn My First Sounds

    Author: Lauren Crisp Illustrator: Thomas Elliott
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books
    Interest age: 1-3

    This brilliant board book is full of realistic tractor noises, short, rhyming text, and simply labelled animals for toddlers to enjoy.

  • Gŵydd ar y Fferm / Goose on the Farm (bilingual)

    Author: Laura Wall Adapted by Gill Saunders Jones
    Publisher: Atebol
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Bydd pawb yn mwynhau’r ymweliad cofiadwy hwn â’r fferm.

    Everyone will enjoy this very memorable trip to the farm.

  • I’m the Tractor Driver

    Author: Katie Woolley Illustrator: David Semple
    Publisher: Oxford

    A perfect, interactive book for young tractor fans, I’m The Tractor Driver follows a day in the life of a busy tractor driver as they help out the farmers with different jobs.

  • Dinosaur Farm!

    Author: Penny Dale
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-5

    A glorious mash-up of dinosaurs and farm life, this picture book is pitched perfectly at children who obsess over both. Who doesn't want to see a Tyrannosaurus rex in a combine harvester? It's an absolute winner: fun, daft and educational. 

  • I Love Tractors

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Jenny Løvlie
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2-5

    A book about a young boy’s fondness of tractors that is also a beautiful ode to libraries and the love of reading. 

  • Counting Sheep

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Nikki Dyson
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    Sam the farm dog tries to settle the animals down at bedtime, but they are full of energy and in no mood for sleeping. An entertaining picture book which will help young readers develop their counting skills.

  • Cows Go Boo!

    Author: Steve Webb Illustrator: Fred Blunt
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-7

    Farmer George's irksome cows refuse to "moo". Instead, they play hide and seek and leap out with an almighty "BOO!" when he least expects it. With hidden cows to spot throughout, this hilarious and marvellous book is a delight to read aloud.

  • What the Ladybird Heard

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The animals on the farm are always noisy, all except for the ladybird who never says a word. But when burglars plot to steal the farmer's fine prize cow, the ladybird has a plan...

  • Cock-a-doodle-doo! Farmyard Hullabaloo

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Fun to read aloud, each character is introduced with an enchanting rhyme which is accompanied by vibrant, colourful illustrations.