The county fair is an annual event that every member of the family can enjoy. Whether it’s entering a farm animal that has been lovingly raised as part of a 4H project or it’s just riding the carnival rides and eating cotton candy, summer is county fair season. Sadly, after a couple of weeks, the animals have all been sold, the carnival has left town and the field where all the excitement took place is empty once again.
For young readers who love attending the fair, they might enjoy reading about it as well. Here are a few books about the county fair experience for beginning and independent readers.
“Bink & Gollie: Two for One” by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee and Tony Fucile (Candlewick, 2013) There are all sorts of contests and events to enter at the fair. Bink and Gollie will have to put their heads together if they want to win.
“A Fabulous Fair Alphabet” by Debra Frasier (Beach Lane Books, 2010) Everything you ever wanted to know about the fair from A to Z.
“Let’s Go to a Fair” by Cate Foley (Children’s Press, 2000) In colorful photos and simple text, young readers learn all about a trip to the fair.
“Angelina at the Fair” by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig (Viking Juvenile, 2007) Angelina has been waiting excitedly for the fair, but then her parents tell her she has to bring her little cousin along with her.
“It’s a Fair Day, Amber Brown” by Paula Danziger and Tony Ross (Penguin Young Readers, 2003) While on vacation, Amber attends a county fair with her parents and her friend Justin.
“County Fair” by Raymond Bial (Houghton Mifflin, 1992) Photographs tell a pictorial story of one young girl’s day spent at the fair.
“County Fair” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jody Wheeler (Perfection Learning, 1998) Almanzo takes a pumpkin he has been growing for many months to the county fair.
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Bink & Gollie: Two For One
Bink and Gollie might be best friends, but they are totally opposite in their interests and strengths. They must join forces if they want to win at the state fair.
A Fabulous Fair Alphabet
An alphabet book that focuses on county fairs, state fairs and fairs in general. From corn dogs to Ferris wheels to the Zipper, all the letters of the alphabet are here to show all the fun and adventure to be had at a fair.
Let’s Go to a Fair
Perfect for younger readers, this book shows little ones what to expect when visiting a fair. The foods, the games, the rides and more are all shown through colorful photographs.
Angelina at the Fair
Angelina is so excited to attend the fair, but her parents want her to take her little cousin Henry along. Angelina does not want to spend the day with Henry. Can she have fun with Henry along?
It’s a Fair Day, Amber Brown
Amber and her family is on vacation and she gets to go to a county fair! She is so excited attend, but she doesn’t know exactly what to expect. Her friend Justin is along with Amber and they plan on having a wonderful day.
From the livestock to the rides to the foods and more, this small, four-chapter book shows through photographs what goes into putting on a fair. Kids will love looking at the behind the scenes activity.
County Fair – Little House on the Prairie
Adapted from the Little House on the Prairie series book “Farmer Boy,” younger readers can learn about Almanzo’s experience when he attends the fair with a pumpkin he has grown all on his own.