I've got 3 children aged 8, 6.5 and 5 and we've just purchased 20 acres which we are in the process of turning into a hopefully fully sustaining (financial as well as environmental) permaculture farm. The kids are along for more than the ride with plans being made and put into action for milking animals and chicken (aka dinosaur) husbandry.
As I was helping the kids with their homework (book reading) I had a thought that I would love to read at least 1 book a week with them that is about the lifestyle in which we are embarking/living. It seemed relevant.
Can anyone suggest books that will be appropriate for younger children that centre around farming, permaculture, homesteading, gardening etc. Not just how-to books but novels and picture books.
I'll start off with:
Enid Blyton - The children of Cherry Tree Farm, The children of Willow Tree Farm and More adventures on Willow Tree Farm.
These were the stories that made me first want to grow up to be a farmer!
Johanna Spyri - Heidi
My daughter is a little young for the book but LOVES the Shirley Temple film. That's where she got the idea of helping me with the milking (when we get our dairy animals) and she has milked a goat with great success.
Just recently I was leafing through The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker. The author tried to research and "translate" the meals described in Laura Ingalls Wilder's children's books. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but if your children enjoyed the "Little House" books it might be fun to work through some of the cookbook with them.
Also, I handed on "All I see is Part of Me" by Chara M. Curtis, but not without stopping to admire the art.
As for homesteading books, fiction and historical fiction is a great way to go! (I read a lot of fantasy as a kid and it made me long for the "olden" days and want to learn various skills, like carving and embroidery and starting fires. Although medieval fantasy was a lot of fun for me, it's usually more adventure-themed, rather than homesteading themed). I would think any historical fiction or stories about the pioneers or colonials would be interesting and teach some skills, too. I've never read them, but the Little House on the Prairie books are generally really well loved. Kindergarten kids generally will listen to chapter books, especially if you read just one chapter a day and the story is below adult level (i.e. if the average 11 year old can read it by him/herself, then your younger kids will likely enjoy having it read to them).
I wish I had more book suggestions for you, but I really wasn't into reading for the short-chapter book stage of development...I didn't really start reading until 4th grade and pretty much jumped from Dr. Seuss to my mom's 200-300 page sci-fi/fantasy books...
Edit: Yikes, it took over a day for permies/my browser to let me post this, and it looks like some others already mentioned some of the books/resources in my thread. Sorry about the repetition!