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Farm-themed picture books teach about agriculture

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Whether you're doing an agricultural unit study or just have a farm-loving youngster, books about animals, tractors and life on the farm will be a delightful addition to your family reading time. Here are a few to check out on your next trip to the library.

"James Herriot's Treasury for Children": Packed with classic tales about the experiences of a country veterinarian, this delightful anthology of Herriot's picture books is just right for reading aloud. Stories include "Moses the Kitten," "Bonny's Big Day" and "Blossom Comes Home."

"Farm" by Elisha Cooper: A farm is an ever-changing place, and there's often something new to discover. "Farm" takes readers on a month-by-month tour of a farm over the course of a growing season. From sights and smells to weather and chores, each month brings something new.

"Chicks and Chickens" by Gail Gibbons: Who knew there were so many types of chickens? Learn all about breeds, eggs and other poultry facts in this informative and highly illustrated book.

"Tremendous Tractors" by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker: Colorful cartoon animals and rhyming text make this an engaging read for youngsters as they learn about the importance of tractors on a farm. Kids will learn about various types of tractors and the different jobs they do.

"Apples" by Jacqueline Farmer: Learn about America's most popular fruit: the apple. Did you know that apple trees are rarely grown from seeds? Read that and other fruity facts in this book about apples and the orchards where they are grown.

"Farm Tractors" by Kristin L. Nelson: Tractors are powerful machines that help farmers in many way. Informative text and interesting photographs work together to convey information about these mighty vehicles.

Find these and other farm books at your local library. The Peoria Public Library's main branch is located 107 N.E. Monroe, Peoria, Ill.

Your little farmers will be delighted to learn more about growing crops, caring for animals, and working on a farm as they read these entertaining and informative books.

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