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This weekend, on September 8th, it’s International Literacy Day! And so, we wanted to share a few of our team’s favourite farm/cow/vet-themed books.

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson details how criminal masterminds are foiled in their plot to steal the ‘fine prize cow’.

Millie Moo by Roger Priddy is a silly, fun story about a cow looking for her friends – there are lots of things to feel and kids get very involved (they may even like it enough to take it to bed!).

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox. We like this book not just because it sounds like that green sheep needs a visit from the vet, but because it’s a classic from children’s author and passionate literacy advocate Mem Fox (for her thoughts on reading with children click here.

Isabella’s Garden by Glenda Millard contemplates seasonality and the cycle of life.

My Farm by Alison Lester follows the ups and downs of a calendar year of her childhood family farm. The watercolour illustrations by this author/illustrator are lovely.

Ferdinand by Munro Leaf is a childhood favourite for many of us. With old paper and simple line drawings, the book tells how it is with bullfighting in Spain.

Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd are always a winner to sit down and read with children (as well as the Slinky Malinki books if you’re a cat family!) From a veterinary point of view, we feel you can’t go past Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet.

Happy reading!