Kids’ Reading List

Kids’ Reading List: The Beef Princess of Practical County

The Beef Princess of Practical CountyDon’t get too attached, her father warns. But Libby Ryan can’t help herself.

Our fourth book in our Kids’ Reading List series is The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts. The novel tells the story of Libby, who chooses two calves to raise to show and sell at the Practical County Fair. Despite her father’s advice, she names her animals Piggy and Mule with hopes of winning the title of grand champion. She doesn’t realize how difficult it will be to auction them off once the fair is over.

At the fair, Libby must face the pressure of competition and the reality that her calves will be sold and harvested for meat. Luckily, her family and friends are there to help.

Readers in grades 4 and up will be touched by this tender story of growing up while learning about the care and respect that beef producers practice daily.

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

Check out the past selections in the reading list.

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Kids’ Reading List: Farmer George Plants a Nation

George Washington Plants a NationDid you know George Washington was more than our nation’s first president and a general of the U.S. military? He was a farmer!

The third book in our Kids’ Reading List series is Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Layne Thomas. As George Washington was forging ahead to form a new nation, he was also creating a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Did you know the president planted trees, bred mules and experimented with many crops including wheat? He mixed his own fertilizers and compost to help grow shrubs and vegetables. He designed a barn where his workers could thresh grain indoors. He even invented a plow that not only tilled the soil but also planted seeds!

Ideal for kids in grades 3 through 5, the book includes excerpts of the president’s writings, a timeline, resource section and essays with beautiful oil-painted illustrations of Farmer George at work in Colonial America.

Check back next week for another fun read!

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

Check out the past selections in the reading list.

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Kids’ Reading List: Who Grew My Soup?

Who Grew My Soup?Last week we introduced a new series of posts with fun ways to learn about food and farming with your kids. Each week, we’ll share another children’s book that connects the dots from farm to fork.

This week’s book is Who Grew My Soup? by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne. The picture book tells the tale of a young boy who refuses to eat his soup until his mother tells him who grew the vegetables in the concoction before him. A man in a flying tomato balloon swoops up the boy to visit the farms of the folks who grew the vegetables — carrots, beans, barley and more — that he’s about to eat.

Check back next week for another fun read!

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

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Kids’ Reading List: Oh, Say Can You Seed?

Looking for a fun way to learn about food and farming with your children? This is the first in our new series of posts sharing a list of children’s books that will get you thinking about how food gets from the field to your table.

Oh, Say Can You Seed? by Bonnie Worth is a picture book that tracks the seed to plant. Here’s the scoop on the story from Amazon.com.

With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

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