Farmyard Animal Friends

This year's Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair runs from July 31 to August 9, 2015. There will be many things to see and do, but the farm animals, homebaked goodies, and homegrown vegetables are always popular.

Can't make it to the fairgrounds this year? Some other places to go visit the animals are George Washington's Birthplace, Westmoreland Berry Farm, Maymont, and the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Take along some farm animals coloring pages to pass the time on your trip.

Wherever you go to see these cute critters, grab some books and videos from the library to get in the moo-d for animal fun:

In the Library

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming
Goose and her friends have lots of noisy fun down on the farm.

Country Fair by Gail Gibbons
Take a visit to a country fair and see what can be seen: blue ribbons, great food, and other old fashioned entertainment.

Fair! by Ted Lewin
Follow the wonders of a county fair, from the setting up of the ferris wheel to the competitions for blue ribbons, all captured in amazing watercolor illustrations.

Farm Animals by Katie Daynes
When kids want to know more about farm animals (How do they stay cool? Which ones live underwater?), this easy-to-read or easy-to-share book has some great answers.

Farm Morning by David M. McPhail
A father and his young daughter share a special morning as they feed all the animals on their farm.

Farm Noises by Jane Miller
Kids can join in the noisy fun of this farm visit.

A Farmyard Song: An Old Rhyme with New Pictures by Christopher Manson
"I bought a cat, and the cat pleased me, I fed my cat by yonder tree, the cat goes fiddle-i-fee!" One by one, other animals add to the hoot and hollering.

George Washington's Cows by David Small
Why did George Washington cross the Delaware and get into politics? To get away from his ridiculous farm! This rhyming picture book has cows in lavender gowns, eating scones and jam, helpful hogs, and scholarly sheep.

Only One by Marc Harshman
At a county fair there are five hundred seeds in one pumpkin, ten cents in one dime, eight horses on one merry-go-round, four wheels on one wagon, and so on. This is a counting book, but also a book about how many parts make a whole.

Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri
A wonderful book for little ones that answers questions about barnyard animals. The drawings are clear, simple, and sweet.

Wake Up, Big Barn by Suzanne Chitwood
"Hip-hop, / bebop, / farm frogs / rock hop!"
The illustrations for this rhyming read-aloud are big, bright paper collages that follow the animals from morn to night.

For Older Children

1-2-3 Draw Pets and Farm Animals by Freddie Levin
Step-by-step methods to draw the animals kids love to see at the county fair as well as household pets.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
"Some Pig"
Those few words woven into clever Charlotte's web change the destiny of a young pig named Wilbur.

On Video

Baby Einstein: A Day on the Farm
Cover to Spots, Feathers and Curly TailsPuppets, animation, and photography introduce very young ones to farm life and the animals they might see there.

Farm Animals: Nature and Animals
Toddlers can meet the farm animals, learn their names and listen to their sounds in this DVD from BabyTV.

Tractor Adventures
Farms and ranches have some the coolest "real wheels" around! Kids can ride along on a tractor and a farm truck, steer a herd of cattle down the ramp of a flatbed trailer, meet the animals, and see how the vehicles are used by farmers. Also introduces kids to dump trucks of all shapes and sizes.