Cows in Storytime – Dairy Parade 2017

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The first Tuesday in June is a local holiday in my hometown. Every June our county’s finest come out for the annual Dairy Parade highlighting our local businesses, community organizations, marching bands, and, of course, the local dairy industry complete with a Dairy Princess. The Dairy Parade has been a mainstay in my life, first as a child loving the free chocolate milk, then as a teenager hijacking my way into the procession, then as a professional marching for the public library, and now as a mom sharing the tradition with my own children. Unfortunately, like most years, the first Tuesday of June also seems to be the rainiest, stormiest, or hottest day. I don’t remember a year where it didn’t pour, threaten a tornado, or turn out to be a scorcher. This year it was the rain that kept us home but the following cow themed picture books helped us to celebrate while it rained on our parade. Enjoy these award winning picture books and plan a cow themed storytime around them.


0763602981 Kiss the cow
By: Phyllis Root

Annalisa, the most curious and stubborn of Mama May’s children, disobeys her mother and upsets the family cow by refusing to kiss her in return for the milk she gives.  Ages 4-8

9780802796622 Millie waits for the mail
By: Alexander Steffensmeier

Millie the cow loves to scare the mailman and chase him off the farm, until the mailman comes up with a plan that ends up pleasing everyone.  Ages 4-7

9781416942061 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.  Ages 3-8

0743461517 Click, clack, moo : cows that type
By: Doreen Cronin

When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want. Ages 4-8

0152026762 Sixteen cows
By: Lisa Wheeler 

Rhyming tale of Cowboy Gene and Cowgirl Sue, whose beloved cows get mixed up when a storm blows down the fence between their ranches.  Ages 4-7

9780061372957 The cow that laid an egg
By: Andy Cutbill

Aware that she lacks many of the skills her fellow barnyard cows possess, Marjorie is left feeling sad until a group of caring chickens with a plan comes up with the perfect solution to make her realize just how special she is.  Ages 4-8

9780152060725 A birthday for Cow!
By: Jan Thomas 

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.  Ages 3-7

0152012524 Cock-a-doodle-moo!
By: Bernard Most

When the rooster loses its voice and must ask the cow for help to wake everybody, the resulting sound provides a hearty laugh for the farmer and his animals.  Ages 2-5

9780802734105 Moo!
By: David LaRochelle 

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer’s car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.  Ages 4-8

068984462X Cow
By: Malachy Doyle

Illustrations and simple text describe the full day of a dairy cow.  Ages 4-8


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