Our family has raised dairy goats (specifically Nubians) on our little farm and we loved caring for them! It was a wonderful thing to have sweet and delicious milk straight from our own farm. Dairy cows haven’t made it to our farm just yet, but I am hoping the we will have one of our own in the future. Since June is National Dairy Month so I put together a list of the best children’s dairy animal books so you can do your own dairy unit study with your children! These books cover cow and goat dairy production through facts, full color photos, and silly stories of children on the farm.
If you are interested in seeing some goat kids just after kidding, then you can watch this video of our Nubian, Freda, and her brand new triplets!
15 Best Children’s Dairy Animal Books-Homeschool Dairy Unit Study
Children’s Dairy Animal Books: Cows
This book tells the tale of a stubborn girl and her stubborn cow named Luella. Luella demands a kiss on the nose before she will continue milking. Will the little girl give her the kiss or will her family have to do without Luella’s milk?
This book shows a day in the life of Clarabelle the Cow. She lives on a Wisconsin dairy farm with about 1200 other dairy cows! Through this book, your kids will learn what it takes for a cow to produce quality milk plus they will find out how her waste products are put to use around the farm.
Milk: From Cow to Carton is a fun and engaging book that walks kids through a guided tour of the dairy production process starting with the cows grazing in the field all the way to the different products that are made from milk.
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons is a highly reviewed book that explains each step in the dairy production process. It is said to be suitable and intriguing for children as well as adults.
Cows in the Parlor: A Visit to the Dairy Farm is a book written by Cynthia McFarland that walks you through a day in the life of Maggie, a Jersey cow who lives on Charlie Riddle’s dairy farm. Each page in this book contains three to five short sentences so it works the best for grades 1-3 or as a read aloud for younger children.
Jose’s Farm Adventure takes you on a ride with Jose and his Papa to meet all of the animals on the family dairy farm. You will meet the kittens, chickens, calves, and Charlie, the farm dog, who understands English and Spanish…how cool?! This book was written by a dairy farm mama from Minnesota, Karen Kasper. You can visit her farm Facebook Page for photos, videos, and updates from their dairy farm!
Your kiddos can learn how a dairy calf (specifically a Jersey) grows as they follow the calf’s growth from birth all the way through to adulthood with the full-color photos in this See How They Grow book.
This book is filled with beautiful full color illustrations of Fudge the Jersey Cow, her calf named Toffee, and the kids who are helping to care for them. Your kids will be able to get an inside glimpse into the life of a dairy cow from birth to milking and more!
This is my two and three year old kid’s favorite book! Each page has a textured touchy-feely section that engages multiple senses and teaches children the correct words for different textures all while trying to find out which cow belongs to the reader.
Learn how farmers produce the dairy that makes up your ice cream from the farm all the way through the ice cream machine with this book!
Take a trip to a dairy farm with this colorful book! Out and About at the Dairy Farm introduces calves, heifers and milkers as well as the equipment and tools used to bring milk from the farm to your table.
Children’s Dairy Animal Books: Goats
These touchy-feely books are so much fun! That’s Not My Goat is just like the That’s Not My Cow books, but it is focused on finding the right goat through textures and touch.
My First Book about Goats teaches children about different goat breeds, what they eat, and more. It isn’t specifically about dairy production (it has honestly been difficult to find children’s books specifically about dairy goats), but it lays a good foundation for kids who don’t know much about goats to begin with.
Again, this book is not specifically about dairy goats, but it gives good basic goat information. If you are looking for full color photos, fun facts, and interesting information about goats (dairy and meat breeds alike), then this is the book for you!
15. G is for Goat
G is for Goat is a great book for younger children who are working to learn their ABCs. This book teaches the alphabet while showcasing the silly antics of goats. The front cover features my favorite dairy breed, the Nubian.
I hope you have fun integrating these books into your homeschool dairy unit study! You can also check out my Dairy Unit Study post (will be published next week) for more fun dairy-themed recipes, activities, videos, and other ideas to use with you kiddos!
What are your favorite children’s dairy animal books and resources?
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