2017 Holiday Reading and Agriculture



Something to read……


Suggestions for Christmas presents?? Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to READ!  We have the READ covered.  Let’s explore some new books with ag related themes!
Bee Dance by Rich Chrustowski, ISBN978-0-8050-99159-5, PreK-3.   A simple and easy to read story packed with accurate pollinator information   Published June 2015.


The Bad Seed by Jory John, ISBN 978-0-06-246776-8, PreK-3. Some might look at is as a book on character, in agriculture we might think a weed is simply a misplaced flower.  Think of the changing perception of milkweed and you have the bad seed wrapped up!  Published August 2017


I Love this Tree by Anna Claybourne, ISBN 978-1-4451-5265-3. Grades 4-6.   The subtitle sums this up as discover the life, beauty and importance of trees!  You will enjoy the mix of photos and artwork!    Published May 2017.


Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold, ISBN 978-1-58089-735-8.  PreK-2.  Become a part of hatching chicks in a kindergarten classroom.  Outstanding back matter and a phenomenal glossary, don’t let the reading level keep you away!   Published January 2017.


Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz, ISBN 978-0-8075-0391-8, PreK-3.  A perfect look at a trip to the orchard, followed by a family tradition of making applesauce. Explore apple varieties, tastes as well as cooking your own food.  Published August 2017.


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca, ISBN 978-1-94314-730-4, PreK-5.  Beautifully illustrated with a strong message of inclusiveness.  Being different is okay, working in a unique field is okay!  Published August 2017.


John Deere, That’s Who! By Tracy Nelson Mauer, ISBN 978-1-62779-129-8, PreK-3.  A unique look at Deere and how he changed the state of Illinois, the U.S. and agriculture!  Just in time for the 200th birthday of our state!  Published March 2017.


The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell, ISBN 978-1-4424-6555-8, PreK-3.  Illinois author explores all sorts of specialty crops!  A can’t miss. Published March 2016.


Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Thot, ISBN 978-0-7636-9571-2, PreK-2.   Ninety-eight percent of fresh cut Christmas Trees come from a farm.  This book explores the life of a tree from the lot home.  Excellent discussion for the farm life of a tree! Published September 2017


Maple Syrup from the Sugar House by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, ISBN 978-0-8075-7943-5, PreK-3.  A story of working together to bring maple syrup from tree to table!  Published November 2017.


Flip the Bird by Kym Brunner, ISBN 978-0-544-80085-4 Grades 7-9.  An impassioned story filled with moral dilemmas that can easily be applied to animal agriculture.   Illinois Author Brunner makes readers examine and question the position of activists.  Published November 2016.


Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill ISBN 9787-0-76369155-4 Grade 4-7.   A story of twins, a cello, a neighborhood and a pumpkin.  A giant pumpkin.  Easily enough pumpkin to make this an agriculture book, as well as a heaping helping our great characters. You find yourself rooting for all fo them–event the pumpkin!  Published September 2017.


Always something interesting to read at Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.  Visit us at www.agintheclassroom.org.


Kevin Daugherty is the Education Director for the Illinois AITC program. He is currently reading Anything is Possible. ujhfn

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