Pig out on 10 Egg-stra Special Books

National Read a Book Day is set for September 6, 2019! This is a great time to promote agriculture by reading an accurate book to your students! Pig out on these 10 egg-stra special books!

Share a photo of your class reading an agriculture book with us through Facebook or by emailing mhibbs@ifbf.org and your class will be featured in our monthly newsletter! Happy National Read a Book Day!

Book descriptions: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture's website.

1. A Berry Good Project

"The book helps students understand farmers’ choices related to pest management. It also introduces students to careers in agriculture including Extension agent and strawberry farmer (Upper elementary)."

2. Right this Very Minute

"What’s that you say? You’re hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer. You have the stories, the knowledge, the hard work, the pride, and the dedication of so many right here on your table, in your hands, in your lunchbox, on your plate, and on your fork (all ages)."

3. Hey, Hey, Hay!

"An adorable rhyming book that follows the story of hay from field to bale! A mother-daughter team tackles the job of harvesting hay while also celebrating summer and farming (lower elementary)"

4. The Girl who Thought in Pictures

"When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe (all ages)."

5. From Milk to Ice Cream

"Learn where ice cream comes from and learn about the jobs of a dairy farmer, a sugarcane farmer, and factory workers in an ice cream factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a world map of where dairy cows and sugarcane are raised, glossary, and further resource. Best for Kindergarten to third grade (lower elementary)"

6. Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse

"Follow Kelsey as she and her father begin harvesting sap from sugar maple trees. Family and friends join them to help in the process of turning the sap into maple syrup (lower elementary)."

7. Hatching Chicks in Room Six

"Follow a classroom of kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: hatching chicks. Readers learn about the life cycle of a chicken, incubating eggs, watching them hatch, and raising the chicks until they are old enough to return to the chicken coop (lower elementary)."

8. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin

"Here is an adorable picture book for curious kids, which explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. "How many seeds are in a pumpkin?" Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it's a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home (lower elementary)."

9. Ag Mag Bees

"This standards aligned easy-to-read nonfiction text is great for introducing grades 3-5 to bee and pollinators. Includes career corner, all about pollinators section, the beekeepers toolbox, honey a journey from flower to table and more (upper elementary)."

10. Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

"Thomas Jefferson was more than a president and patriot. He was also a planter and gardener who loved to watch things grow—everything from plants and crops to even his brand-new nation. As minister to France, Jefferson promoted all things American, sharing corn and pecans with his Parisian neighbors. As secretary of state, he encouraged his fellow farmers to grow olives, rice and maple trees. As president, he doubled the size of the nation with the Louisiana Purchase (upper elementary)."

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