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Farmyard Beat

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Author Lindsey Craig teams up with Arthur creator and bestselling artist Marc Brown in a toe-tapping farmyard dance-a-thon—perfect for toddler and preschooler read-alouds. As soon as the sun goes down, the animals are up! ("Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep. Sheep can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!") Before long, there's a giant farmyard dance party, complete with f ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You too will catch the beat of this fun and rhythmic story! A great read aloud that will have both child and adult singing and dancing along.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Read-Aloud Picture-Books
Woken by the peep-peep-peeping of the chicks, a series of other animals add their own sounds to the nighttime beat of the farmyard, until finally Farmer Sue hears them and comes to investigate.

Author Lindsey Craig and illustrator Marc Brown, who previously collaborated on the picture-book Dancing Feet! , join forces again in this poetic read-aloud, which features an engagingly rhythmic text and appealing collage artwork. These illustrations are in a different style from the ones Marc Brown crea
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A fun book about animals who just "can't sleep 'cause they got that beat!" The beat of one animal segues into the next animal who can't sleep. The sheep - "TAT! TAT! Tattity-tat-tat! All that racket wakes up...Cat!" With a foot-stompin' beat and colorful and fanciful collage pictures, this is loads of fun.
Westminster Library
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drew, picture-books
This board book is great for all ages- The illustrations by Marc Brown are bright and colorful, created by utilizing a collage of various shapes and textures. Repetition of words and predictability of the story line make it a fun read aloud for the very young. Lots of opportunities for counting, shape and color recognition.

Find Farmyard Beat at the Westminster Public Library!
Ms. Shoshana
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for animal noises and talking about beat/rhythm.
Debbie Reiber
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig is a children’s picture book. The age group this book is intended for is nursery. The book has a rhythm in the writing and it describes all the animals coming together because they have a beat that make them want to dance. I read this book electronically.
The illustrations by Marc Brown used a lot of lines for details; the background sky looked in motion. The colors were bright and the animals were drawn at different angles to show motion in their dancing. Craig us
Scottsdale Public Library
Very fun and catchy rhyming story about restless farmyard animals and the sounds they make while dancing the night away. (They all "can’t sleep ‘cause they got that beat!”) The lines have an easy cadence that storytime listeners will catch on to quickly and say along with the reader. Enjoyable for toddlers and preschoolers alike! –Hannah V
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful rhyming text that has all the animals in the barnyard up late at night, keeping the rhythm as they dance around the farmyard. Wonderful sound words and repetitive text for young readers. Great read aloud for PK-1 students. Collage art by Marc Brown creates depth to the farm animals as they dance around.
Farm animals wake up in the night to make some noise. The farmer joins them, then they all dance until they pass out sleep. Sounds simple, but the book is chock full of fun rhymes, rhythms that incite movement and singing…or at least in me!
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
In one word: rhythmic! The farmyard animals can't sleep because they just can't quiet the beat making its way across the farm. The cut paper illustrations are big and bright and all the animal noises will make this a very fun storytime read.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Colorful and fun. Great choice for a read aloud.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute and incredibly catchy! The many different sounds that the animals make are very creative and fun.
May 26, 2017 added it
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"Rhythm" storytime, paired with Drum City and I Got the Rhythm

Craft activity: making drums & shakers from styrofoam cups. Shakers had some trouble due to glue taking longer to dry than anticipated.

Farmyard Beat was the biggest hit from this storytime. They had a great time shouting out the names of the different animals as we turned the pages, and the rhythm of this book encourages dancing and wiggling. Fun fun fun!
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
An adorable book that will have younger readers laughing in delight. It is so clever and fun. A book that brings the farm to life with a catchy beat! I cannot wait to use this book in my classes. Such a fun board book that is sure to become your child's favorite read-a-loud because it has a sing songy text. A great read.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-kids
Peep-peep-peep! I love reading this one aloud!
Miss Sarah
All the animals on the farm are waking up and moving and dancing casue they've got that beat. Cute and reptitive refrains. toddler and up
Ginny Daniels
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Like a rap song, almost, with the way the perfect rhythm helps you read the story at a fun pace. Also, fun to guess the next animal based on predictive rhyming.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
So much fun, with a great rhythm. I like to ask the groups I read it to what the new animal is on each page.
Donna Mork
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute story about farm animals that can't sleep because they got that beat. In the end....they get some sleep.
Fantastically fun! Used for preschool springtime storytime on 5/9/18. I gave the kids maracas to shake as I read it and they got a kick out of that.
Karla Winick-Ford
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a fan

There was some repetition

Just didn't flow like it should have

Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

TO READ/SING: During Toddler Time and Preschool Play.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun rhyming book about all the animals who can't sleep.

The illustrations are collages that look like many are made of corrugated paper.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The rhythm of the words through me off. Fun book for rhyming and for cross curricular literacy in the music classroom. It needs a link to a song or something, like Pete the Cat.
Colorado Buck
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
perfect for guessing the animals... it's got a rhythm... it's got rhyming... action and at the end... sleeping. toddlers or preschool appropriate. get them involved!!
Matt Alvarez
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heidi
Really fun to read with my 2yo!
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun farmyard animal book. Told in a nice rhythm and rhyme. The text can be a little hard to read at times because of the background.
Ellie  Dynek
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reminded me of Sandra Boynton's "Barnyard Dance", just a charming and delightful book :)
Heather Tyminski
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This book is so much fun to read -- it has a wonderfully lyrical rhythm. I really like the cubist inspired illustrations too.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for a toddler. My daughter loved the rhymes, the sounds, and the bright, colorful mixed media illustrations.
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Lindsey Craig  is the author of the award winning books: DANCING FEET and FARMYARD BEAT both illustrated by Marc Brown. Her books have won numerous awards and been highly praised by Kirkus Review (starred), Publisher Weekly and the New York Times Book Review; her awards include: NAAPA Gold Award Winner, Fred Rogers Best Baby Books 2011, Wilde Award Best Children’s Books, and inclusion in Texas 2X2 ...more
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