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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Farms

Barnyard Boogie by Tim McCanna
A group of barnyard animals pick up their instruments and gather to perform for the waiting crowd, but they need someone to lead them.

 

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best.

 

The cow loves cookies

Farm Animals by Joanne Mattern
Learn about farm animals.

 

The Farmer by Ximo Abadia
In the village, everyone is resting, but not Paul. Paul mows. Paul rakes. Paul sows. Paul draws water. And soon Paul has beautiful plants and flowers growing all around him. But one day, the water dries up. The sun beats down. Paul despairs. But thanks to his animal friends, and a bit of rain, help is on the way.

 

Farming by Gail Gibbons
An introduction, in simple text and illustrations, to farming and the work done on a farm throughout the seasons.

 

Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
The sounds of the farm animals create a lively beat that keep Farmer Sue, the chicks, sheep and other farm animals awake.

 

Henry’s Map by David Elliot
Henry, a very organized pig, frowns at the untidy farm where he lives, but after making a map to show where everything belongs, he and the other farm animals discover a big problem.

 

I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs
An interactive introduction to farm animals invites children to make animal noises and practice color and letter recognition while peeping through a spy hole on every page and observing clues to guess which animal will be revealed next.

 

Little Chick by Amy Hest
Three stories about Little Chick, who is very patient, and tries very hard and stretches very high, all with the help of her wise old Auntie.

 

Old MacDonald Had a Boat by Steve Goetz
In this take on the classic folk song, farmer MacDonald and his wife gather their tools and with the helpful farm animals they build―a boat.

 

Spots, Feathers, Curly Tails by NancyTafuri
Questions and answers highlight some outstanding characteristics of farm animals, such as a chicken's feathers and a horse's mane.

 

Stanley the Farmer by WIlliam Bee
It's going to be a busy day down on Stanley's Farm. From plowing the field, to planting the seeds, to harvesting the wheat, Stanley and his friends Shamus and Little Woo have a lot to do.


January 2020

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