Books to Read Until the Cows Come Home
Here's a sampling of nonfiction books to show and tell why cows give milk and how the milk gets "from moo to you."
Let's Find Out About Ice Cream by Mary Ebeltoft Reid (Scholastic Inc., 1996). Treat children to photographs and text about a favorite dairy food.
Milk From Cow to Carton by Aliki (HarperCollins, 1992). Colorful drawings illustrate fairly simple text in describing the cow-to-carton process.
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons (Simon & Schuster, 1987). Drawings provide detailed information on how cows produce milk, how a milking machine works, and how milk is processed and packaged for stores.
Thanks to Cows by Allan Fowler (Children's Press, 1992). Clear photographs and text explain how milk from cows becomes foods we drink and eat.
What's for Lunch? Milk by Claire Llewellyn (Franklin Watts, 1998). This book is notable for good photos of cows and equipment in a dairy plant. There are also shots of foods made from milk, such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.
All About Eggs
Children's books can provide information at age-appropriate levels. Here are some to consider.
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller (Penguin Putnam, 1981). This colorful book begins with a reference to eggs from chickens that we eat and then expands to discuss all different animals that lay eggs.
The Egg, a First Discovery Book by Gallimard Jeunesse and Pascale de Bourgoing (Scholastic Inc., 1989). Clear plastic pages enable children to get a progressive look at the development of a chick inside an egg. This book can help reassure children that the eggs we eat are far from the chick stage.
Move Like the Animals
Our bodies need healthful foods like fish and cheese and exercise to grow strong muscles and bones. Share the story From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (HarperCollins, 1997). Challenge children to mimic the monkey waving its arms, the cat arching its back, and other creatures in the book. Children can also take turns thinking of different animal movements for the group to do.