I like the NH fairs for their emphasis on the agricultural aspect. Many southern NH kids have never seen farm animals other than in a book. Parents should take the opportunity to introduce their kids to our agricultural heritage--and to eat a little fair food, too!
Speaking of farm animals...one thing I have found is that there seems to be an increased demand for books, here at the library, on raising chickens in your backyard! Who knew? Someone asked me a question about a brooding hen last week!
We do have a few books on chickens, but not as many as we seem to need on raising them, aside from A Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities, by Gail Damerow [636.5 DAM].
Here are two that deal more with the chicken from a more historical or biological perspective: The Chicken Book by Page Smith [636.5 SMI], and Chickens, Chickens, Chickens by Peter R. Limburg [636.5 LIM].
We have LOTS of chicken fiction in the children's picture book section, including one of my favorites, The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza [JP KAS].
For a little adult light reading, there's My Fine Feathered Friend by William Grimes [636.5 GRI].
One day in the dead of winter I looked out my window and saw a chicken....It was, in every way, a normal chicken except for one thing. It was in the middle of New York City.