By Mickey Kudia
It is common for children’s books to use farm animals as protagonists. Sometimes these books fall into the genre of fantasy, as Charlotte’s Web does, and other times these characters are portrayed more realistically, such as in Black Beauty. I’ve noticed that most of the children’s books that feature farm animals seem to do so because it is entertaining for the children who read them, which is perfectly understandable.
However, I think many of these books miss an opportunity to teach young people about compassion for these animals, and can even misguide them about the realities of life for animals on modern factory farms. In this blog, I’ll share things I take into consideration when choosing a book about farm animals to share with students.
Will it engage students?
There have been numerous times when I was excited about reading a new book during a read-aloud, but as I continued to …