6 Children’s Books About Going to the Fair

Our family’s absolute favorite event of the summer is always the Indiana State Fair. We love the animals, the rides, the atmosphere, and, of course, the food! There’s something about a fair that captures the spirit of summer in a way no other event can.

Unfortunately, the fair only happens once a year. However, we can read books about going to the fair any time! These books are some of our favorites about the fun of visiting a county or state fair. If you’re getting ready to take a trip to the fair, or you’re missing the fun a fair brings, you’ll want to check out these books.

6 Children’s Books About Going to the Fair

6 Children's Books About Going to the Fair

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County Fair (My First Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – The My First Little House books take the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder and turn them into picture books, with illustrations designed to be true to the original novels. This book focuses on Almanzo Wilder’s trip to the county fair, and the pumpkin he’s hoping will win a prize.


Splat the Cat: Up in the Air at the Fair by Rob Scotten – Kitten can’t go to the fair, so Splat and his friends go on search of the perfect gift to bring to her, exploring each aspect of the fair. This level 1 I Can Read! book is great for early readers, but also works as a read aloud.


A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Fraiser – This gorgeous book teaches the ABCs while journeying all over the fair. The creative illustrations make this book so much fun! Very original and an excellent read for preschoolers.


Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski – Effie loves living on the farm, but she dreams of being a State Fair Cow. Can she make her dreams come true? Little ones will love cheering Effie on as she pursues her dreams.


Night at the Fair by Donald Crews – A great read for the night before a fair trip! This book takes the reader on a journey, exploring the sights, sounds, and smells that accompany a night at the fair. You’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.


Fun at the County Fair by Dena Neuser – Great for young readers, this John Deere book has over 55 flaps to lift. There are lots of things to do before the fair comes to Merriweather Farms! Follow along as the farm prepares for the big day.



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Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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