Children’s Literature about Dairy — Book List

iStock_000015944628Large (2)Looking for good books to explore dairy farms and dairy foods in your classroom? Here are suggestions from the creators of Discover Dairy!

  • Aliki. Milk: From Cow to Carton. HarperTrophy, 1992. Learn how milk travels from cow to farmer to container.
  • Barraclough, Sue. Animals on the Farm. Raintree, 2006. Learn the sights and sounds of typical farm animals by reading this simple text accompanied by colorful photographs.
  • Basel, Roberta. From Milk to Cheese. Capstone Press, 2006. Follow the journey of cheese, from the milk of a cow to a factory for processing.
  • Bell, Rachael. Cows. Heinemann Library, 2001. Discover interesting facts, like how cows are used around the world, through colorful photographs and simple text.
  • Brady, Peter. Vacas. Bridgestone Books, 1999. This book, with Spanish text, shows the raising and caring of cattle.
  • Chan, Harley. Ice Cream for You. National Geographic, 2001. In this early reader, learn where milk comes from and how it turns into ice cream.
  • Christian, Eleanor and Lyzz Roth-Singer. Let’s Make Butter. Capstone Press, 2000. Learn where butter comes from and how it is made in this emerging reader with colorful photographs.
  • Duffield, Katy. Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows. Rising Moon, 2003. Farmer McPeeper cannot find his milk cows so he tours the town in a wacky adventure.
  • Fandel, Jennifer. Louis Pasteur and Pasteurization. Capstone Press, 2007. Formatted like a graphic novel, this book tells the story of Louis Pasteur’s invention of the pasteurization process and the effects of this invention on the spread of disease through food.
  • Fowler, Allan. Thanks to Cows. Children’s Press, 1992. This Beginning Reader book shows how milk is made, beginning with a cow giving milk, to teach readers about introductory science.
  • Gibbons, Gail. The Milk Makers. Aladdin, 1987. Text and pictures explain how cows produce milk and how it is processed before being delivered to stores.
  • Greene, Carla. I Want to be a Dairy Farmer. Children’s Press, 1957. In this beginning independent reader book, a boy named Andy teaches his friends and the readers about his family farm and his cows.
  • Hall, Margaret. Cows and Their Calves. Capstone Press, 2003. This nonfiction primary reader shows how calves are raised to become mature adults.
  • Jackson, Woody. Counting Cows. Red Wagon Books, 1999. A whimsical counting book features cows and cow terminology.
  • Kalman, Bobbie. Hooray for Dairy Farming. Crabtree Publishing Company, 1997. Learn about the many aspects of the dairy industry through color photographs and simple text.
  • Keller, Kristin Thoennes. From Milk to Ice Cream. Capstone Press, 2005. Follow along as cows are milked, the milk is taken to the dairy and made into ice cream
  • Knight, Bertram T. From Cow to Ice Cream. Children’s Press, 1997. Through colorful photographs and simple text, take a journey and discover how ice cream is made.
  • Leeper, Angela. Dairy Plant. Heinemann Library, 2004. Take a field trip to a dairy plant and learn how milk is processed into butter, cheese and ice cream.
  • Lesser, Carolyn. What a Wonderful Day to be a Cow. Alfred A. Knopf, 1995. Every month of the year, the animals on the farm enjoy their way of life. Describes seasons of the year on a farm.
  • Llewellyn, Claire and Helaine Cohen. What’s for Lunch? Milk. Franklin Watts, 2003. This book reveals how milk is produced and the many products made from it.
  • Longenecker, Theresa. Who Grows Up on the Farm? A Book About Farm Animals and Their Offspring. Picture Window Books, 2002. Full-color illustrations and fact-filled text discuss the various kinds of babies that grow up on a farm. Includes factual charts and tables.
  • Maze, Stephanie. I Want to Be a Veterinarian. Harcourt, 1999. Photos and facts describe different kinds of vets, how veterinary science began, and where it is headed. Also shows how to begin exploring the career.
  • Murphy, Andy. Out and About at the Dairy Farm. Picture Window Books, 2002. This picture book gives factual information about milk production.
  • Older, Jules. Cow. Charlesbridge, 1998. A lighthearted, nonfiction book on cows, breeds and milk production.
  • Older, Jules. Ice Cream: Including Great Moments in Ice Cream History. Charlesbridge, 2002. Learn about one of America’s favorite desserts through fun historical facts.
  • Pohl, Kathleen. What Happens at a Dairy Farm? Gareth Stevens, 2006. Weekly Reader’s first-grade pal, Buddy Bear, guides a behind-the-scenes tour of a dairy farm. This book uses vivid, full-color photography and first-hand expert information to show young readers the kinds of work farmers do.
  • Pope, Billy N. Your World: Let’s Visit the Dairy. Taylor Pub. Co., 1971. When they visit a dairy and a dairy farm, four children learn how the many dairy products they use are packaged and prepared for delivery.
  • Pukite, John. A Field Guide to Cows. Penguin Books, 1998. Describes the 52 breeds of cattle in a format that assists in their identification.
  • Ross, Catherine, Susan Wallace and Linda Hendry. The Amazing Milk Book. Addison-Wesley, 1991. Describes the content of milk, where it comes from, its various uses and how it gets from the cow to carton.
  • Schuh, Mari C. Cows on the Farm. Capstone Press, 2001. Learn, through photographs and primary text, how farmers raise cows.
  • Shuter, Jane. Farming & Food. Heinemann Library, 1999. Take a trip into the past to discover the world of the Ancient Egyptians in regards to their food sources and farming methods.
  • Taus-Bolstad, Stacy. From Grass to Milk. Lerner Publishing Company, 2003. Through color photographs, learn how farmers work to get the milk you drink to the kitchen table.
  • Warnock, Natalie Kinsey. A Farm of Her Own. Dutton Children’s Books, 2001. When Emma was 10, she went to spend the summer with Aunt Ada and Uncle Will at Sunnyside Farm, opening a whole new world to her. She milked cows, gathered eggs and appreciated her relatives who lived there.
  • Wolfgang, Judy and David Lorenzo Winston. Life on a Dairy Farm. Lerner Publishing Group, 2004. Robert helps his family raise dairy cows and explains the activities involved in feeding, cleaning and milking hundreds of cows every day.
  • Woods, Michael and Mary B. Woods. Ancient Agriculture. Runestone Press, 2000. Explains in simple terms how the story of agriculture is also the story of civilization. Also describes how ancient cultures left a rich legacy of agricultural knowledge and technology.