At the Fair: Books for Kids

Blue ribbons, carnival rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs... Its fair time! The Missouri State Fair takes place on August 7-17, 2008 in Sedalia. Get in the mood with these books that are fun for kids and parents alike.

Fiction

Blue-Ribbon Henry book cover

Blue-Ribbon Henry by Mary Calhoun, illustrated with watercolor and pencil, tells the story of a Siamese cat, Henry, who visits the county fair. He encounters a charging pig and helps a lost girl find her mother, winning a “Pet of the Show” award for his bravery.

A fun loving hen visits a fair for the first time, mistaking it for a farm, in Minerva Louise at the Fairby Janet Morgan Stoeke. This bright and colorful picture book depicts Minerva Louise as she explores the fairground with wonder and adventure.

Rural America and a town fair set the backdrop for That Kookoory! by Margaret Walden Froehlich. Kookery the rooster excitedly travels to the fair as a hungry weasel follows behind. Colorful pen and ink illustrations delight.

In the Corgiville Fair, Caleb Corgi trains his goat for the big event at the fair “ the goat race. Experience the excitement of a town fair through the delightful text and watercolor illustrations in this picture book by Tasha Tudor.

Miss Raney Cloud aims to enter her delicious Sooner Biscuits in the county fair and win the blue ribbon, but encounters all kinds of trouble in Old Thunder and Miss Raney by Sharon Darrow. Miss Raney’s horse, Old Thunder, takes her to town to get more flour after her first batch burns and they get swept up in a tornado.

In this chapter book, Tooter adjusts to life on the farm and decides to win a blue ribbon for her goat, Pepperoni, at the county fair. Blue Ribbon Blues: A Tooter Tale by Jerry Spinelli features themes of friendship and competition with a humorous tone.

Nonfiction

A Week at the Fair book cover

A Week at the Fair: A Country Celebration by Patricia Harrison Easton depicts a county fair in Pennsylvania through the eyes of a 12-year old girl, Kristen. Photographs illustrate the book as Kristen shows her hog and horse and has fun with her 4-H friends.

From start to finish, Fair! by Ted Lewin captures the sights and sounds of a county fair. From the midway carnival to the competitions to the animals, Lewin brings it all to life.

Judy Alter presents a history of fairs in Meet Me at the Fair: Country, State, and World's Fairs & Expositions. This book includes photos to illustrate the text and covers how these gatherings have changed and developed over time.

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