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Books

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Animals (Livestock)

Resource Name

Grade

Author

Description

Resource Name:A Day at Greenhill Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Sue Nicholson

Description:When the rooster crows Greenhill Farm springs to life. Join the ducklings, cows and sheep for a day on the farm.

Resource Name:A Day at our Dairy Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Barbara Reeves

Description:This book is about dairy cows. Real pictures are used to tell the story of how the milk gets from the cow to you. A simple, yet very informative way to launch into a unit on farm animals.

Resource Name:A Hog Ate my Homework

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Gary Metivier

Description:Willie is bored-again! The second grader is about to find out how he did on his first school report. The problem is he wasn’t very inspired when he wrote it. He hoped no one would notice. But thanks in part to his fifth-grade sister Ashley, it seems like the whole world will! Can a trip to a family farm with Ashley help get him out of this mess? Will an old wagon re-ignite his creativity? Put on your work boots-we’re headed to the country! Willie has some work to do, and it could get very messy!

Resource Name:Animales de la Granja

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:A Spanish book about animals that live on a farm.

Resource Name:Animals in Translation

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Temple Grandin

Description:Temple Grandin, a renowned animal scientist, uses this book to talk about animal behavior from the lens of a person with autism.

Resource Name:Animals on the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Scholastic

Description:Welcome to the farm! Listen to all of the animals in this barnyard board book with sounds and music.

Resource Name:Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, this book introduces children to the concepts in agriculture of: beef production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism.

Resource Name:Beef; an A-Z Book

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, the A-Z books introduce specific topics in agriculture to young children using vocabulary words for every letter in the alphabet. At the end of each A-to-Z book an activities section suggests fun things to do that will continue the learning process.

Resource Name:Bee's Amazing Adventure

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Bonnie Apperson & Terri Mainwaring

Description:Bee's Amazing Adventure brings farming and ranching in the Grand Canyon State to life, exploring the state's rich agricultural diversity through the eyes of Pee Wee Bee. Delighting elementary-aged students as she flits from field to field, Pee Wee shares fascinating facts about agriculture that stimulate young minds, helping schoolchildren understand the integral role that agriculture plays in Arizona's economy. Filled with carefully researched information and eye-catching photography, Bee's Amazing Adventure is a trusted classroom and library resource that interactively captures the essence of Arizona Agriculture. Let's BUZZZ!

Resource Name:Busy Barnyard

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:John Schindel

Description:This book depicts farm animals in a free-range, diversified farm…using rhyming text to captivate young readers and connects farmers to non farmers in a very pleasant way.

Resource Name:Busy Chickens

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:John Schindel

Description:Busy chickens are squawking, perching, leaping, and more! Vivid, full-color photographs will keep toddlers engaged as they imitate the many actions the chickens are doing. Join the fun!

Resource Name:Busy Horsies

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:John Schindel

Description:The seventh outing for the Busy series features horses and ponies engaging in an array of toddler-appropriate activities. Captures the beauty of equines in action in this stunning addition to the popular series.

Resource Name:Busy Piggies

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:John Schindel

Description:The latest book in the popular Busy board book series celebrates the many charms of our corkscrew-tailed, mud-loving friends as they engage in activities every toddler will recognize.

Resource Name:Chickens

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Peter Brady

Description:Introduces the most common bird in the world by presenting facts about its physical characteristics, what it eats, where it lives, and the eggs which it lays.

Resource Name:Chickens have Chicks

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn M Stone

Description:An introduction to the life cycle of chickens from birth as chicks, to adults, describing their appearance, feeding habits, and growth.

Resource Name:Chicks and Chickens

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Domestic chickens are an essential part of the agriculture and food production in America. Gibbons takes a look at how chicken eggs are developed for human consumption and at how fertilized eggs develop into embryos and finally into fuzzy little baby chicks. The behavior of chicks, hens, and roosters is discussed, and descriptions of the different breeds of chickens across America are provided. Once again Gibbons provides a colorful, accessible account of this familiar, domesticated bird.

Resource Name:Clarabelle Making Milk and So Much More

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:Following a day in the life of Clarabelle, one of 1,200 cows on a Wisconsin dairy farm, we learn what it takes for a cow to produce life-giving milk and also by-products like electricity. The manure that Clarabelle and her herd mates create not only generates electricity, it provides fresh bedding for cow stalls and fertilizer for the crops grown to feed the cows. Vibrant close-up photographs capture Clarabelle, her calf, and the youngest members of this multi-generational farm family, Josh and Sam, sharing the workload.

Resource Name:Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That Type

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Doreen Cronin

Description:Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes...Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside-down! This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of country music star Randy Travis reading this New York Times bestseller!

Resource Name:Cow

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jules Older

Description:COW QUIZ 1. Where is the Brown Swiss cow from? 2. How much milk does a cow produce in a day? 3. Which one of the cow’s four stomachs rhymes with “Yo! Chase ’em!”? The answers to these and many other questions about cows can be found in the amusing but factual book about, you guessed it, COWS! With his clever and humorous text, Jules Older has again collaborated with popular Ben & Jerry’s illustrator Lyn Severance. This book is chock-full of facts with rich, bold colors that shouldn’t be missed.

Resource Name:Cows

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Peter Brady

Description:An introduction to dairy cows and their life on a farm.

Resource Name:Cows Have Calves

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn M Stone

Description:An introduction to the life cycle of cattle from birth to adult, discussing appearance, food, instinct, and nurturing.

Resource Name:Farm Animals

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Description: Learning all about farm animals.

Resource Name:Farm Animals

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Talking about farm animals from baby animals to older ones, what they do and what they provide for us.

Resource Name:Farm Animals! From Cows to Chickens

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Left Brain Kids

Description:Learn about animals like cows, chickens, goats, pigs, and horses in this one, informative book! Large pictures help in giving students accurate ideas of animals.

Resource Name:Farm Friends

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Janine Scott

Description:An overview of different types of farms and the animals that are raised there, including sheep, cattle, goats, hogs, chickens, and bees.

Resource Name:Flight of the Honey Bee

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Ramond Huber

Description:A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.

Resource Name:From Cow to Shoe

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Ali Mitgutsch

Description:Follows a cow hide from the tannery where it is soaked, scraped, stretched, and sometimes dyed to the shoe factory where it is cut and stitched together to make shoes.

Resource Name:From Egg to Chicken

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Anita Ganeri

Description: Discover how an egg grows into a chicken. This title explains animal growth in a clear and organized manner. Readers will love watching the transformations take place.

Resource Name:Heart of a Shepherd

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:Roseanne Perry

Description:When Brother's dad is shipped off to Iraq, along with the rest of his reserve unit, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He’s determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father’s safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling.

Resource Name:Hooray for Dairy Farming - DVD Included

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:DVD included An education book and video packed full of excitement and action of being on a real dairy farm. Students will look, listen and learn about how the milk we drink and other dairy products are produced. Activity sheets are also included to help reinforce learning.

Resource Name:Hooray for Sheep Farming

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:Children love lambs and sheep! Raised for thousands of years for their wool and meat, children will be fascinated by colorful pictures of how sheep are raised and how their wool is sheared each year.

Resource Name:How a Cow Stopped the World

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Almabeth Kaess

Description:The message to the reader is told through a dream by a young boy and the author does a wonderful job of illustrating just how dependent we are on this animal in our every day life.

Resource Name:Jumpin' Jackie the Cow that jumped over the Moon

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jack May

Description:She leaps, she bounds, she jumps straight off the ground! Jumpin Jackie was born to jump. The other calves and her mom just don't understand, but with hard work and a great attitude the sky is the limit for Jumpin Jackie

Resource Name:Kailey's Pig "Tales"

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dan Yunk & Steve Swaffer

Description:Kailey's Pig Tales is the 6th in a book series about a city girl named Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book Kailey visits a hog farm.

Resource Name:Life on a Dairy Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Judy Wolfman

Description:Explains the activities that take place on a working dairy farm, from the perspective of a child who lives there. Robert will show you fun and work involved in feeding, cleaning , and milking hundreds of cows everyday.

Resource Name:Life on the Farm; Growing up on a Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:The Rourke series, Life On The Farm, is designed for students in grades 1-4 with a grade 3 reading level, and focuses on providing young readers with information and insights into what farms and farm life are like. Beautifully illustrated focusing on descriptions of how farm life differs from urban living, the farm environment, farm chores, and farm fun!

Resource Name:Little Joe

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Sandra Wallace

Description:It’s a cold December night and Fancy, the Stegner family’s cow, is about to give birth. Out pops Little Joe, a huge bull calf, and with him comes nine-year-old Eli’s first chance to raise an animal to show at next fall’s county fair. Over the next ten months, Eli, and Little Joe, learn some hard lessons about growing up and what it means to take on bigger responsibilities, especially when it comes to taking care of another living thing. But one thing Eli is trying not to think about is what will happen to Little Joe after the fair: it’s auction time, and he’ll have to sell Little Joe!

Resource Name:Little Star…Raising our First Calf

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Rianna &Sheridan Chaney

Description:Twins experience the joy of raising a calf …with the help of family.

Resource Name:Living and Nonliving

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Carol Lindeen

Description:This book offers a short and simple introduction to living and nonliving things. It starts by explaining that some things are living and some thing are nonliving. It then briefly describes how living things are different from nonliving things, focusing on the fact that living things grow, change, breathe, need food, move, react to their environment, get old, and die. The last page includes a picture of a farm scene, and the text invites children to identify things that are living and nonliving in the picture. The book includes bright, clear photographs to accompany each piece of information. Of all the books I’ve reviewed, this one is the most straightforward and it would be very appropriate for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Resource Name:Milk Comes From a Cow

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dan Funk

Description:Milk Comes From a Cow is the 1st book in a series about a city girl named Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book, Kailey and her Grandma take a trip to a dairy farm and Kailey learns that milk comes from a cow. She also learns about different breeds of cows, what happens on a dairy farm and how milk gets to the grocery store.

Resource Name:Milk From Cow to Carton

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Aliki

Description:Aliki takes readers on a guided tour that begins with grazing cows, proceeds through milking and a trip to the dairy, and ends with some different foods made from milk. This revised edition of Aliki's 1974 Green Grass and White Milk is an even more fun-filled and informative explanation of milk's trip from green grass, to cow, to a cool glass on the table.

Resource Name:Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Rianna &Sheridan Chaney

Description:Twins visit the family Dairy Farm

Resource Name:My Family's Beef Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Katie Olthoff

Description:Cecilia , a 10 year old farm girl from Iowa lives on a beef cattle farm. Learn how farmers care for cattle and raise safe, nutritious beef through Cecilia's eyes, as she takes you on a tour of her family's farm.

Resource Name:My Family's Turkey Farm

Grade:All Grade Levels

Author:Katie Olthoff

Description:A great book to learn all about what happens on a family turkey farm. The book is meant to appeal to a broad age range.  The text at the top of each page, from 6-year-old Adam's perspective, is for younger children, while the in-depth information at the bottom of each page is directed at older students and adults.

Resource Name:Pig

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jules Older

Description:Humorous, informative text discusses the life of a pig–from splashing about in the mud to opening refrigerator doors. Readers meet various breeds, both wild and domestic, from all over the world. Adorable illustrations capture the swiney splendor of each pig.

Resource Name:Pig 05049

Grade:All Grade Levels

Author:Christien Meindertsma

Description:Back in print ( 4th Edition) In a complex and globalized world it has become increasingly difficult to trace the lines that link raw materials with producers, products and consumers. Designer Christien Meindertsma has published an intelligent project that attempts to chart this phenomena. An extensive collection of photographic images has been assembled that document the mind-boggling array of various products that different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049 could support. A visual essay without moral undertones, this complete image of what the pig means to mankind provides a timely serving of food for thought.

Resource Name:Pigs

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Interesting facts about the smartest of all farm animals.

Resource Name:Pigs and Pork in the Story of Agriculture

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, this book introduces children to the concepts in agriculture of: pork production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Pigs; an A-Z Book

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, the A-Z books introduce specific topics in agriculture to young children using vocablary words for every letter in the alphabet. At the end of each A-to-Z book an activities section suggests fun things to do that will continue the learning process.

Resource Name:Producers, Pigs and Pork

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:National Pork Board

Description:This story book is designed as an activity to partner with the complete Producers, Pigs and Pork resource book and lesson plan binder, which contains a set of five lesson plans, story book, DVD's that address our food supply system and focuses on pork production.

Resource Name:Sheep

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Peter Brady

Description:Introduces sheep, the farm animal which is raised for its meat and for its wool.

Resource Name:The Beef Princess of Practical County

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:Michelle Houts

Description:After years of waiting, it is finally Libby Ryan’s turn to shine at the Practical County Fair. Libby is filled with excitement as she and her granddad pick out two calves for her to raise on her family’s cattle farm, in hopes of winning the annual steer competition. Against her father’s advice, Libby gives the calves names, even though both steers will eventually be auctioned off. After a few months of preparing for the Practical County Fair, Libby finds that she is growing closer to her steers with each passing day, and the pressure to win Grand Champion is mounting.

Resource Name:The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Diana Prichard

Description:How now, milk cow? In this rib-tickling tale of a young boy faced with a very unusual breakfast guest, readers are treated to a deliciously humorous lesson in just where their next meal might come from. Join Patrick and his father as they face (and feast with) The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen.

Resource Name:The Guardian Team; On the Job with Rena and Roo

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Cat Urbiglkit

Description:Shepherds have used dogs to protect livestock for thousands of years. But burros also have a natural instinct to protect, which makes them a perfect guardian animals as well. Meet Rena and Roo, a super dog-and-burro guardian team at work on a sheep ranch in Wyoming. The animals have a close connection with the sheep they protect, but it takes time and effort for Rena and Roo to grow to trust one another. In this companion book to her award-winning Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs.

Resource Name:The Honeybee Man

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Lela Nargi& Krysten Brooker

Description:Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: "Good morning, my bees, my darlings!" His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn... so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting. Lela Nargi's beautifully written story—accompanied by Kyrsten Brooker's collage-style illustrations—offers an inside look at the life of an endearing beekeeper and the honey-making process.

Resource Name:The Life Cycle of a Cow

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lisa Trumbauer

Description:Teaches children the life cycle of a cow.

Resource Name:The Little Red Hen

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Paul Galdone

Description:This classic story cautions how everyone reaps what they sow. It also walks through the process of raising all of the ingredients in a cake!

Resource Name:The Three Little Racing Pigs

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aaron Burakoff

Description:Join the three little pigs as they prepare to race the Big Fast Wolf at the farm's annual Harvest Run.

Resource Name:Turkeys

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Hollie Endres

Description:Turkeys are social creatures. They stay together on the farm and gobble to communicate. This book introduces children to the look and behavior of turkeys.

Resource Name:Who Grows up on the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Theresa Longneck

Description:A book about farm animals and their offspring. Full color illustrations and lively, fact filled text show how baby animals grow up on the farm.

Plants (Crops)

Resource Name

Grade

Author

Description

Resource Name:A Midwestern Corn Festival: Ears Everywhere

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Lisa Gabbert

Description:This book explains the importance of corn as a crop. It explores corn's origins, history, and examines the rides, pageants, and other activities at a corn festival.

Resource Name:A Seed in Need: A First Look at the Plant Cycle

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Sam Godwin

Description:A look at the life cycle of a sunflower. Accompanying educator guide also available.

Resource Name:A Seed is Sleepy

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dianna Hutts Aston

Description:This book tells about the life of a seed before it becomes a plant. Different seeds and illustrations, as well as how seeds are spread to different areas. The cycles of the seed is explained and labeled for identification. Great book to go along with growing plants.

Resource Name:Anna's Corn

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Barbara Santucci

Description: Anna's Corn portrays the love between a grandparent and grandchild and gently looks at loss and grief and the hope of new life. Barbara Santucci's simple story reassures young readers that memories can help heal our sadness, while Lloyd Bloom's poignant images capture the changing seasons of nature and life.

Resource Name:Apples of Your Eye

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Allan Fowler

Description:Describes the growth, care, cultivation, types and uses of apples

Resource Name:Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Ginnie Lo

Description:Auntie Yang discovers something special in the cornfield and has a soybean picnic and a new tradition.

Resource Name:Beans

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Saunders-Smith

Description:Text and photographs describes planting, growing, picking and eating green beans.

Resource Name:Beans (Life Cycles)

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Julie Murray

Description:All about beans and their life cycle

Resource Name:California Grapes

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Karen Adler

Description:California Grapes introduces California's table grapes to young readers. This story is presented in a rhyming fashion and covers everything from the history of California's table grapes to the basics on how grapes are grown. Nutrition is also emphasized in the book.

Resource Name:Celebrate Wheat

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dan Funk

Description:Celebrate Wheat is the 4th in a series about Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book , Kailey is having a pizza party and wonders where their pizza crust comes from. Her Grandma tells her the story of how wheat is planted, harvested and eventually ends up in many yummy foods.

Resource Name:Cooking with Sunshine; How Plants Make Food

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Ellen Lawrence

Description:Bright, colorful, and informative, this book is a great introduction to photosynthesis and how plants make food using sunlight.

Resource Name:Coolbean The Soybean

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Shawn Conley

Description:Meet Coolbean the Soybean! He's a super bean, but he has something very important in common with kids everywhere. He needs the support and knowledge of his family and friends-including an awesome farmer and some smart scientists to grow up.

Resource Name:Corn

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Perennial nonfiction favorite Gail Gibbons turns her spotlight on corn. Popcorn, corn on the cob, corn dogs, cornflakes--corn is used in many children's favorite foods. This book offers a cornucopia of information about the history of corn as well as details concerning planting, cultivation, harvesting, and its many uses.

Resource Name:Corn in the Story of Agriculture

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, this book introduces children to the concepts in agriculture of: corn production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism.

Resource Name:Corn is Maize

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aliki

Description:Popcorn, corn on the cob, cornbread, tacos, tamales, and tortillas—all of these and many other good things come from one amazing plant. With simple prose and beautiful illustrations, award-winning author-illustrator Aliki tells the story of how Native American farmers thousands of years ago found and nourished a wild grass plant and made corn an important part of their lives.

Resource Name:Corn Lifecycles

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Julie Murray

Description:All about corn…a corn plant's life. From planting to harvest.

Resource Name:Corn up Close

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Katie Franks

Description:An introduction to the crop of corn, including its types, parts, and growth.

Resource Name:Corn; an A-Z Book

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, the A-Z books introduce specific topics in agriculture to young children using vocablary words for every letter in the alphabet. At the end of each A-to-Z book an activities section suggests fun things to do that will continue the learning process.

Resource Name:Cornbelt Harvest

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Raymond Bial

Description:This clear and simple text traces the development of corn through the seasons, as it is planted, cultivated, and harvested.

Resource Name:Cultivos de la Granja

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:A Spanish book about crops that are raised on a farm.

Resource Name:Dear Tomato

Grade: Upper Elementary

Author:

Description:Bursting with flavor and just the right infusion of insight, Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems presents a collection of poems from thirty-four writers on the most universal topic of all: food.

Resource Name:El Circulo De Las Calabazas, Historia de un Huerto

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:George Levenson

Description:Spanish Version of the Pumpkin Circle :This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle — a bugs eye and a bird's high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth.

Resource Name:Ethanol and Other Fuels

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Tea Benduhn

Description:Ethanol and Other New Fuels: Many people love the taste of sweet corn. But did you know that corn can also power cars and trucks? Corn, sugarcane, and other plants are used to make a type of fuel called ethanol. Learn how ethanol and other fuels may help keep us on the go in the future.

Resource Name:Farm Crops

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Description:All about crops: from the soil to the planting and the farmer and Picking crops.

Resource Name:Farm Crops! Plants that Grow on Farms

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Left Brain Kids

Description:This book talks about many kinds of crops, including broccoli, radishes, carrots, watermelon, and more! The large photos help students see differences and learn about how these plants grow.

Resource Name:Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Description:Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage--or a basketball--in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there's a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one for his innovative urban farming methods, including aquaponics and hydroponics.

Resource Name:Farmers Market

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Carmen Parks

Description:Colorful vegetables, delicious fruits, and lots of friends; the farmers market is always fun! Illustrator Edward Martinez brings the hustle and bustle of market day to life.

Resource Name:First Peas to the Table

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Grigsby

Description:Thomas Jefferson loved the garden. In the spring , he and his neighbors competed to see whose peas would be ready to eat first. Two hundred years later, Maya's class is having it's own First Peas to the Table contest. Will a secret tip from Thomas Jefferson help Maya win?

Resource Name:Flowers

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Vijaya Khisty Bodach

Description:An informative book explaining what flowers are, and why they are important for plant reproduction.

Resource Name:Food From Farms

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Nancy Dickmann

Description:This book uses colorful photos and simple, leveled text to introduce children to the food produced from farms around the world. Helps children to learn about different kinds of food grown all over the world and the different kinds of farms food comes from.

Resource Name:From Corn to Cereal

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Roberta Basel

Description:Provides an introduction to the basic concept of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of cereal from corn to the finished product.

Resource Name:From Farm to Store

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Wallace Boten

Description:Phonics Readers is a recognized leader in helping you teach phonics and phonemic awareness, within the context of content-area reading. Content area focus: Buy and Sell Phonics Skills: r-controlled vowels (or, ore, our)

Resource Name:From Flower to Fruit

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Richard Konicek-Moran

Description:"The purpose of From Flower to Fruit is to inspire young children to appreciate the wonder of nature --specifically, the flowers that bloom throughout the growing season--and to help them understand the importance of flowers in every ecosystem."

Resource Name:From Oranges to Orange Juice

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Kristin Keller

Description:Where does orange juice come from? Learn how orange juice starts with oranges in an orange grove. Follow along as the oranges are taken to a factory and made into orange juice.

Resource Name:From Pit to Peach Tree

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Ellen Weiss

Description:Life cycles are a fascinating and integral part of every science curriculum. These titles are a great introduction to the wonder of how things grow. Beautiful, full-color photographs and illustrations demonstrate the step-by-step process of a variety of plant growths, supported with an introduction to basic botany terms.

Resource Name:From Seed to Plant

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce.

Resource Name:From the Garden

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Michael Dahl

Description:A counting book about growing food. Learn about numbers 1-12 while watching a family create a yummy salad from the garden.

Resource Name:Gardening for Nutrition

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

Description:A comprehensive guide for Florida educators designed to teach health, science, language arts, math and more using a school garden.

Resource Name:Growing Seasons

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Elsie Lee Splear

Description:Elsie Lee Splear grew up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century. With the help of her daughter, Carolyn, Elsie tells what life was like for her and her sisters: the hard work they did making their own soap, churning butter, canning fruits, butchering meat, and much more. Everything had a season but as the years turned, a few, small changes came to their lives.

Resource Name:Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs in Iowa

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Iowa Department of Transportation

Description:This book was developed to help identify woody plants commonly encountered in Iowa. The guide features common terms and includes characteristics to help with field identification.

Resource Name:Harvest

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Lois Markham

Description:Explore how people around the world celebrate harvest. Learn about cultures, people and agriculture.

Resource Name:Harvest Time

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Waters

Description:Text and photographs describe how several different crops, including pumpkins, corn, potatoes, and cranberries are picked and gathered by humans and by machine.

Resource Name:Harvest Year

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:Most people think of autumn as the time of harvest, but in the United States, the harvesting of food takes place all year long. From carrots in January to strawberries in April to watermelons in July, there is a wonderful and constant diversity of crops. Stunning photographs and a clear and simple text take the reader through the calendar year and show the crops growing and being harvested, as well as children enjoying foods of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The team who created Extra Cheese, Please! now brings you Harvest Year, a phenomenal new book that is as beautiful as it is informative.

Resource Name:Hooray for Orchards

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:Kids will be amazed by the care orchard farmers must take in the growing and harvesting of fruit-bearing trees. Vibrant photography and a concise text make this a truly remarkable book. Full color.

Resource Name:How a Seed Grows

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Helene Jordan

Description:How does a tiny acorn grow into an enormous oak tree? This classic Level 1 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out picture book shows how little seeds become the plants and trees that surround us. Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book includes a find out more activity section with a simple experiment encouraging kids to discover what a seed needs to grow. Both text and artwork were expert-reviewed for accuracy.

Resource Name:How Do Apples Grow?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Betsy Maestro

Description:Have you ever eaten a part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit--ready for you to pick!

Resource Name:How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Margaret McNamara

Description:Fun in Mr. Tiffin's class as they find a messy way to see how many seeds are in the pumpkin.

Resource Name:How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Marjorie Pricemen

Description:An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.

Resource Name:Hurray for Plants

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Marcia Freeman

Description:Describes the relationship between plants and animals and how they depend on each other for survival.

Resource Name:Iowa Wetland Seedling Guide

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Iowa Department of Transportation

Description:The pages of this guide include information with both the wetland professional and amateur native plant enthusiast in mind. Each page includes photos of seed and seedlings as well as a line drawing of a mature plant.

Resource Name:Jack and the Cornstalk

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aaron Burakoff

Description:Join Jack on an a-maize-ing adventure in this farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale.

Resource Name:Leaves

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Vijaya Khisty Bodach

Description:Text and photographs introduce leaves found on trees and plants, and includes information on how they grow, along with their uses.

Resource Name:Life on the Farm; Farm Crops

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:The Rourke series, Life On The Farm, is designed for students in grades 1-4 with a grade 3 reading level, and focuses on providing young readers with information and insights into what farms and farm life are like. Beautifully illustrated focusing on the planing, harvesting, and importance of corn, soybean, lettuce, and orange crop.

Resource Name:Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick The Pears

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Arthur Howard

Description:It is fall and juicy things are growing in Mr. Putter’s backyard--apples, tomatoes, and pears. Mr. Putter dreams of all the juicy things he loves to eat, but most of all, he dreams of pear jelly. There’s only one problem--cranky legs keep him from climbing up to pick the pears. His ingenious solution will have young readers cheering him on.

Resource Name:My Family's Corn Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Katie Olthoff

Description:Meet Presley, a farm girl in Iowa who raises corn, soybeans and hogs with her family. Learn how family farmers raise corn through Presley's eyes, as she takes you on a tour of her family farm.

Resource Name:Oh Say can you Seed

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bonnie Worth

Description: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.

Resource Name:Plants on a Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Nancy Dickmann

Description:This book uses colorful photos and simple, leveled text to introduce children to the plants found on farms around the world.

Resource Name:Popcorn

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Elaine Landau

Description:Pull up a chair and dig in! POPCORN is chock-full of tidbits about one of America's favorite snack foods. Learn what makes popcorn pop, how Native Americans liked their popcorn, and how television almost wiped out popcorn's future. Cooking tips, recipes, and resources included.

Resource Name:Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Iowa Department of Transportation

Description:Practical and easy-to-understand field guide with seedling specific descriptions and handy tips on differentiating seedlings of similar plants. Guide includes pictures and drawings of seeds, seedlings, and mature plants of more than 50 tallgrass, prairie grasses and flowers.

Resource Name:Pumpkin Circle; The Story of a Garden

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:George Levenson

Description:This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle — a bugs eye and a bird's high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing...and then going back to earth.

Resource Name:Pumpkin Time

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Marcia Freeman

Description:Telling young readers all about how the pumpkin grows and how we use the pumpkin and plant the seeds and start the process all over again.

Resource Name:Pumpkins

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Description:Did you know pumpkins have been around for 11,000 years? Or that the biggest pumpkin on record weighed over 1,300 pounds? Learn all about pumpkins—where they come from, how to grow them, and more—in this informative book that's guaranteed to squash the competition. Recipes, fun facts, and resources round out the text.

Resource Name:Roots

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Vijaya Khisty Bodach

Description:Text and photographs introduces the roots found on trees and plants, including how they grow, along with their uses.

Resource Name:Seed Soil Sun, Earth's Recipe for Food

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a small corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures who live there--from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms. David Lundquist's stunning photographs bring an immediacy and vibrancy to the seemingly miraculous process. Named an IRA Teachers' Choice-Recommended book; a Best Children's Book of the Year--Bank Street College of Education; American Farm Bureau Foundation Agriculture Book of the Year. Received the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Children's Literature Award.

Resource Name:Seeds

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Saunders-Smith

Description:Text and photographs depict types of flower seeds, how they travel, and what happens when they are planted.

Resource Name:Seeds

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Vijaya Khisty Bodach

Description:Text and photographs introduce the seeds of plants, including how they grow, along with their uses.

Resource Name:Soil, Seeds, Sun and Rain! How Nature Works on a Farm!

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Baby Professor

Description:This book talks about the way that nature impacts crops. What happens when it rains too much? What happens if it rains too little? What can farmers do to help their plants? This book answers those questions and more!

Resource Name:Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, this book introduces children to the concepts in agriculture of: soybean production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Soybeans; an A-Z Book

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey

Description:Part of the Awesome Agriculture series, the A-Z books introduce specific topics in agriculture to young children using vocabulary words for every letter in the alphabet. At the end of each A-to-Z book an activities section suggests fun things to do that will continue the learning process.

Resource Name:Sustainable Agriculture

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Carol Hand

Description:Thrilling new discoveries in science and technology are announced almost daily. Cutting-Edge Science and Technology keeps readers at the forefront of new research. Sustainable Agriculture covers a broad spectrum of issues related to advances in farming technology, such as sustainable soil, sustainable water, sustainable energy, and biotechnology. High-impact photos and explanatory graphics and charts bring scientific concepts to life. Features include essential facts, a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Resource Name:Sweet Corn and Sushi

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Lori Erickson

Description:This bilingual book about the sister state relationship between Iowa and Yamanashi, Japan, was chosen as the 2004 Iowa Children’s Book of the Year.

Resource Name:Thank You, Plants

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Marcia Freeman

Description:Introduces young readers to plants and the many important uses of the plants.

Resource Name:The Apple Orchard Riddle

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Margaret McNamara

Description:In this playful, humorous, and child-friendly classroom story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards—including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are—while trying to solve a riddle. The book also celebrates how some children learn differently than others. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:The Fruits We Eat

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Berries, apples, melons and grapes; oranges, grapefruits, bananas--yum! This scrumptious picture book, a companion to The Vegetables We Eat, offers youngsters an inviting, information-packed cornucopia of favorite fruits. Gail Gibbons combines a clear, simple text with her signature illustrations to present fruit facts galore: the parts of fruits, where and how they grow, harvesting, processing, where to buy them, and how to enjoy them as part of a healthy diet. Once again, Gibbons proves "a master at creating factual books through which young readers can explore details of nature at an accessible and engaging depth."

Resource Name:The Grain Group

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Helen Frost

Description:Simple text and photographs present the foods that are part of the grain group and their nutritional importance.

Resource Name:The Legend of the Poinsettia

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Tomi dePaola

Description:In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao or flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

Resource Name:The Life and Times of Corn

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Charles Micucci

What grain has seeds in all colors of the rainbow, can grow twenty feet high, is often harvested by moonlight, and is more valuable to the United States than gold? The LIFE AND TIMES series focuses on the science, uses and history of American’s most prevalent crop. A master of fascinating trivia, he knows just how to draw readers in and expand on a seemingly small topic.

Resource Name:The Life and Times of the Peanut

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Charles Micucci

Description:What are peanuts - are they peas or are they nuts? Do they grow above or below ground? Who invented peanut butter? In the same spirit as his award-winning Life and Times of the Honeybee, Charles Micucci explores one of America's most favorite and enigmatic snack foods. This fascinating picture book, with its concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations, ranging from the humorous to the scientific, offers a spirited introduction to the life cycle, many uses, and historical influences of the peanut. Micucci's rare gift for making any subject engaging and accessible is again revealed in this truly witty, rich salute to the peanut.

Resource Name:The Super Soybean

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Raymond Bial

Description:Readers will be amazed to learn how much contact they have in their daily lives with soy; as the author notes, the versatile bean is used in foods, plastics, medicines, fuels, inks, crayons, and zillions of other products.

Resource Name:The Tree Farmer

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Chuck Leavell, Nicholas Cravotta

Description:A Grandson confronts his Grandfather, a tree farmer, about how he can grow trees with so much love and care, only to cut them down. But as they walk together through the trees, they discover the majesty of the forest and enjoy the life journey of each tree. The Tree Farmer takes young readers on a magical journey through the forest, in a tale of the gifts of trees and our responsibility to care for trees, generation to generation. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:The Vegetables We Eat

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Who knew there were so many different kinds of vegetables? From glossy red peppers to lush, leafy greens to plump orange pumpkins, vegetables are explored in depth in this fascinating picture book that clearly explains the many vegetable varieties, how they are grown, and why they are so good for us to eat.

Resource Name:Time for Cranberries

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Lisl Detlefsen

Description:From the cranberry bog to the Thanksgiving table, join Sam and his family as they harvest a classic American fruit. When the vines hang heavy with berries that the autumn winds have turned deep red, it's time for cranberries, and Sam is finally old enough to help with the harvest! This charming, lyrical picture book follows Sam and his family as they raise the water in the bog, pick the cranberries, and gather the fruit for processing.

Resource Name:Tops and Bottoms

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Janet Stevens

Description:Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship. “As usual, Stevens’ animal characters, bold and colorful, are delightful. . . . It’s all wonderful fun, and the book opens, fittingly, from top to bottom instead of from side to side, making it perfect for story-time sharing.”

Resource Name:Two Old Potatoes and Me

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:John Coy

Description:One day at her dad’s house, a young girl finds two old potatoes in the cupboard. “Gross.” But before she can throw them away, her dad suggests they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones, which have sprouted eyes. Told from May to September, the potato-growing season, the story includes all the basic steps for growing potatoes.

Resource Name:Vegetables

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jacqueline Dwyer

Description:Describes a few different vegetables, how they grow, and why they are nutritious.

Resource Name:Where Did My Clothes Come From

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Chris Butterworth

Description:Did you know that the cotton for your jeans was picked from a bush? How did the colorful wool in your sweater get from a sheep’s back to a ball of yarn? Where did your soccer uniform, your rain boots, and your fleece jacket come from? And what does recycling plastic bottles have to do with anything? Visit farms, forests, and factories all over the world to find out how everything you wear has a story behind it. Back matter includes an author’s note, an illustrator’s note, a bibliography, and an index.

Resource Name:Where Does Our Food Come From

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:Grains, vegetables and fruits, meat, eggs, and dairy foods - where do these different food groups come from? Children will discover such things as how grains are grown in fields, why vegetables are so good for us, where certain fruits grow, and the importance of pollination. A special section features two natural sweeteners honey and maple syrup and another section gives children suggestions for eating healthy foods, such as beans of all kinds and foods made with whole grains.

Resource Name:Where Our Food Comes From

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Baby Professor

Description:This bright book talks about the history of agricultural production and how modern agriculture compares to ancient and outdated farming techniques.

Resource Name:Who Grew My Soup

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Tom Derbyshire

Description:Who Grew My Soup? tells the story of young Phineas Quinn and his questions about the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch. Phin declares he won’t slurp a single spoonful until he knows.

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Grade

Author

Description

Resource Name:1001 Things to Spot on the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gillian Doherty

Description:With lots of things to find and count on every page, this picture book will provide hours of puzzle-solving fun for very young children. The bright, busy scenes bring to life farms from around the world. Counting sheep has never been so much fun.

Resource Name:A Day in the Life of a Farmer

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Heather Adamson

Description:Follow a farmer through the work day -describing farming and what the job requires.

Resource Name:A Farm Through Time

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Angela Wilkes

Description:This text presents the history of a farm from medieval times to the present day. It aims to provide an insight into how ancestors lived, and how farming has changed the landscape over the centuries. Half-page flaps reveal inside farm buildings.

Resource Name:A Handful of Dirt

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Raymond Bail

Description:Soil may not be alive, but amazingly, multitudes of microscopic creatures live there, battling it out in an eat-or-be-eaten world. These tiny creatures, invisible to our eyes, provide food for the insects that in turn feed the reptiles and mammals that live in and above the soil. You'll never look at the ground you walk on in the same way after Raymond Bial, an award-winning photo essayist, takes you on this eye-opening, down-and-dirty tour of one of the earth's most precious resources.

Resource Name:A Picture Book of George Washington Carver

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:David Adler

Description:Biography of the African American scientist who overcame hardship to make important discoveries in the field of agriculture.

Resource Name:A Sand County Almanac

Grade:High School

Author:Aldo Leopold

Description:Book explores American landscapes…a stunning tribute to our land and a challenge to protect the world we love.

Resource Name:A Tractor Goes Farming

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Roy Harrington

Description:Climb aboard a red, green, blue, or silver tractor as you plow through the pages of this terrific book. A Tractor Goes Farming begins in the spring and moves chronologically through the growing season. From pulling a plow or powering a round baler, to scooping with a farm loader, this book shows the tractor performing tasks that many kids have never seen but are a part of a tractor s work day. Give your kids the opportunity to learn about a tractor s role on the farm. Ages 3 and up

Resource Name:A Visit to the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:B. A. Hoena

Description:Introduction to the farm, with descriptions of farm buildings & some farm animals including chickens, sheep and pigs.

Resource Name:A Weed is a Flower. The Life of George Washington Carver

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aliki

Description:A depiction of the life of George Washington Carver

Resource Name:A Year on the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Holly Dufek

Description:A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops. The book is filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters. Casey and her farm equipment friends teach readers about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Children will learn that modern farming involves planning for the farm year, reacting to the weather and working hard as a team.

Resource Name:Agricultural Drones

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Simon Rose

Description:Farm fields can span hundreds of acres. With so much area to cover, checking plants can be difficult. But with an agricultural drone, this job becomes much simpler. Discover how drones help farmers maximize efficiencies and bring abundant harvests.

Resource Name:Agriculture and Culture of Costa Rica

Grade:Middle School

Author:Greg Cravens

Description:This is a unique, fun booklet designed to improve understanding of the interactions of agriculture, culture, and environment in Costa Rica. Through interdisciplinary agronomic learning with a relevant “real world” perspective, students will find interest in Costa Rica and its agriculture systems.

Resource Name:All Kinds of Farms

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Daniel Shephard

Description:Text and photographs introduce crops that grow in a variety of locations and climates.

Resource Name:Always Be Careful on The Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Benson, Penny Andrist

Description:Safety Sam Leads you through the farm- showing how to be safe. Sam takes readers on an adventure around the farm. CD Included.

Resource Name:Amazing Grazing

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:This award-winning author-photographer team presents an exciting portrait of a new approach to ranching and environmental conservation in the American West.

Resource Name:American Farm Tools from Hand-Power to Steam Power

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:R Douglas Hurt

Description:Learning about the national rural heritage. Lean about basic technological changes in America.

Resource Name:April Foolishness

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Teresa Bateman

It's a spring morning on the farm with grandma and grandpa and the kids are trying to play an April Fools' trick on grandpa. It's April Fools' Day Fun.

Resource Name:Atlas of Our Country's History

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School High School

Author:Nystrom

Description:An overview of United States history is presented in maps, graphs, and photographs with concise explanatory text. Clear, curriculum-related maps develop visual literacy, easy-to-understand graphs help students make comparisons, photos and illustrations expand understanding, and an index, glossary, and tables allow students to practice reference.

Resource Name:Atlas of United States History

Grade:All Grade Levels

Author:Nystrom

Description:Visualizing US history's what, when, where, how and why. Rich in information but clear in presentation, this atlas’s ten chronological units each cover a major era. After a “How Does This Atlas Work” introduction, the units each begin with a timeline and introductory text, and then the atlas’s captioned, full-color maps and images are labeled “A-B-C-D” to guide readers logically from idea to idea.

Resource Name:Barry and His Buddies Munch Better Soil

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Joesph and Bridgette Uhlemann

Description:Follow along as Barry the tardigrade introduces students to protozoa, worms, bacteria, fungi, and other things that live in the soil.

Resource Name:Beauty and the Bees

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aaron Burakoff

Description:Join Beauty in this farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale that reminds us of how sweetness can "bee" found in unexpected places.

Resource Name:Before We Eat; From Farm to Table

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Pat Brisson

Description:Milk doesn't just appear in your refrigerator, or apples on your kitchen counter. Before we eat, many people must work very hard planting grain, catching fish, tending animals, and filling crates. In this book, vibrantly illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian, readers find out what must happen before food can get to our table to nourish our bodies and spirits.

Resource Name:Big Tractor

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Nathan Clement

Description:A tractor is more than a piece of farm machinery. It’s farmer’s partner that helps him get the hard work done. This dynamic picture book shows a big tractor from spring to harvest—planting, cultivating, harvesting, and doing other tasks.

Resource Name:Big Tractors

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Holly Dufek

Description:Important tasks on a busy farm. Bold illustrations, coupled with a simple and lyrical text, show a tractor at work throughout the seasons.

Resource Name:Biofuels; Energy for the Future and Global Warming

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Andrew Solway

Description:Text correlated to the middle school science curriculum and developed in consultation with a science curriculum consultant - Clear explanations of key energy concepts - Descriptions of cutting-edge developments in energy production.

Resource Name:Biofuels; Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Paula Johanson

Description:Biofuels are a much-needed sustainable energy source. Readers are introduced to this great source, which is plant and animal waste. Biofuel options, including biogas, ethanol, and biodiesel are fully explored. Related issues are also discussed, such as social and economic costs.

Resource Name:Bug Watcher

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:Iowa State Extension

Description:This guide talks students through common insects' life cycles, anatomy, and gives ideas for observation and projects.

Resource Name:Careers in Renewable Energy

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Gregory McNamee

Description:Numerous job opportunities await in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. Grab this handy book and discover how green energy can be a part of your future. Job sectors include solar and wind energy, biofuels, hydrogen energy and fuel cells, geothermal energy, hydro energy, green building, climate study, energy management and efficiency, and much more. Various jobs within each sector (engineering and technical positions, project management, R&D and sales/marketing) are discussed, and the appendix is loaded with resource materials for further education and training, professional associations, reference Web sites and more.

Resource Name:Century Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:A look at a Wisconsin dairy farm owned by the same family for four generations. The current owner tells the story and weaves family history into the descriptions of early day operations. While the author details the many changes that have taken place in the past century, readers are also reminded that many things remain the same.

Resource Name:Change in Agriculture: The Northern United States, 1820-1870

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Clarence Danhof

Description: American agriculture changed radically between 1820 and 1870. In turning slowly from subsistence to commercial farming, farmers on the average doubled the portion of their production places on the market, and thereby laid the foundations for today’s highly productive agricultural industry. But the modern system was by no means inevitable. It evolved slowly through an intricate process in which innovative and imitative entrepreneurs were the key instruments.

Resource Name:Changing Matter: Understanding Physical and Chemical Changes

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Tracy Nelson Maurer

Description:This Title Teaches Students That Everything Is Made Of Matter, And That Physical Changes Create Different Forms Or States Of Matter. Gives Examples Of These Different States In Easy To Understand Text And Introduces Students To The Law Of Conservation Of Mass.

Resource Name:Christmas on the Farm

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Bob Artley

Description:Illustrated reminiscences of the simple side of the holiday season, emphasizing the joy of family and friends over material goods.

Resource Name:Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aaron Burakoff

Description:Join Ciderella in this farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale that reminds us of the power of kindness, love, and a sweet glass of fresh apple cider.

Resource Name:Combines

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Holly Dufek

Description:Learn How Red Combines Harvest Crops with Casey & Friends! Combines introduces children to the world of modern farm equipment showing how the most complex machines on the farm work to harvest crops. This book is filled with colorful action photographs, fun illustrations and a cast of cartoon equipment characters. Narrated by Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm, Combines teaches readers how Cody and Kellie the combines of Happy Skies Farm harvest crops by gathering, separating, and unloading grain and corn. Learn about the science of farming and discover how their technology makes Cody and Kellie amazing!

Resource Name:Crecer en una Granja

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:A Spanish book (Growing Up on a Farm in English) about how people and animals grow up on farms.

Resource Name:Dia de Mercado

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Carmen Parks

Description:A Spanish book about a school trip to a farmer's market. An educator guide and English version area also available.

Resource Name:Diary of a Farmer

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Angela Royston

Description:This book takes a fun look at a typical week in the life of a farmer. It is written in the form of a first-person diary and looks at some of the key skills that a farmer needs and how they became a farmer. The end matter includes a spread on how readers can start their own diary.

Resource Name:Dirt; The Scoop on Soil

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Natalie M. Rosinsky

Description:Sand and silt, erosion and humus. Vivid illustrations and clear, fact-filled text explore the amazing science of soil.

Resource Name:Eat Right - Tips for Good Nutrition

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Katie Bagley

Description:Provides an introduction to the benefits of good nutrition, including the food guide pyramid, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats.

Resource Name:Edificios de la Granja

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:A Spanish book about buildings that are present on a farm.

Resource Name:Extra Cheese Please

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:When Cris Peterson's cow Annabelle gives birth to a calf, an amazing process begins. Now Annabelle can produce milk -- about 40,000 glasses of milk each year, or enough cheese to top 1,800 pizzas. Alvis Upitis's sparkling photographs document the cheese-making process -- starting on the farm where Annabelle's calf is born and milking begins, then moving to the cheese-making plant where the milk is heated and cooled, stirred and swirled, thickened, drained, and sliced, and finally packaged for stores. Cris Peterson's personal and informative text explains the process in a simple and engaging manner. A wonderful collaboration, concluding with the author's own recipe for pizza.

Resource Name:Eye on Energy: Renewable Fuels

Grade:Middle School

Author:Jill Wheeler

Description:This book examines the background, pros and cons, and future of renewable fuels. Readers will learn about corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, landfill gas, and methane digesters.

Resource Name:Fall Harvest - Bringing in Food

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Martha Rustad

Description:Fall is a time to celebrate food. Farmers and gardeners work hard to grow crops all spring and summer. In fall, we harvest pumpkins, pecans, corn, potatoes, and more. Mmm! What happens in fall? Find out in the Fall's Here! series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!

Resource Name:Fantastic Farm Machines

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Cris Peterson

Description:The day-to-day business of growing and harvesting crops for food is brought to dramatic life in this Nebraska Children's Agriculture Book of the Year as children see farmers and their machinery hard at work. Farmers lifted and hauled, cut and chopped, plowed and planted, watered and mowed by hand or with horses and simple equipment--until the first tractor appeared. Now there are tractors with eight wheels and tires big enough to stand in, skid steers with buckets for lifting, and sprayers that look like huge prehistoric birds, as well as many other modern computerized farming machines. Here's a look at farm machinery in the modern age.

Resource Name:Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Elisha Cooper

Description:With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.

Resource Name:Farm Life

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Description:Learn about life on the farm and all the work that needs to be done.

Resource Name:Farm Machines

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Description:Why do farmers use machines and what are they used for.

Resource Name:Farmer George Plants a Nation

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Peggy Thomas

Description:George Washington as he's rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery. Both illustrator and author worked closely with the staff of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens to render an accurate portrait of Farmer George at work.

Resource Name:Farmers and Ranchers

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dan Funk

Description:Farmers and Ranchers care about their animals is the 3rd in a book series about Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book, Kailey learns how farmers and ranchers take care of their livestock. She also discovers that they want to provide safe quality food for everyone , so they supply their livestock with water, food and proper medical care to protect their animals health.

Resource Name:Farmers Market - Accurate Ag -Teachers Resource

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Carmen Parks

Description:Teachers Resource for Farmers Market Book Level 2

Resource Name:Farming

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbons

Description:Farming - through the seasons and what gets done on the farm.

Resource Name:Farming Then and Now

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Charles R Smith

Description:Imagine you could travel back in time. What would a farm be like one hundred years ago? How are farms different today? Let's step back in time.

Resource Name:Farms ABC

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:B. A. Hoena

Description:Provides an introduction to things related to a farm by using each letter of the alphabet.

Resource Name:Farms Feed the World

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lee Sullivan Hill

Description:Talking about all kinds of farms and the importance the work done on those farms.

Resource Name:Farms Long Ago

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jennifer Blizin Gillis

Description:Farms from long ago and what they did on those farms.

Resource Name:Fifty Years of Disruptive Innovation

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Kinze Manufacturing

Description:Fifty more years from now, regardless of what technological changes come in the way we communicate, this book will still function as it was intended. It’s the simple story of how our company fought the industry giants and grew to one of the largest privately held farm equipment manufacturers in the world.

Resource Name:Food

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Fiona MacDonald

Description:Learn why foods are different in different parts of the world.

Resource Name:Food and Agriculture

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Louise Spilsbury

Description:This series introduces the most important key stage 2 Geographical themes such as saving and recycling resources, the effects of pollution, how we use the land and migration and settlement. It looks at how research is carried out which reinforces the pupil's own experience of geographical investigation; contains large photographs including aerial views, maps and graphs to illustrate statistical information; and includes case studies of someone working in the field.

Resource Name:Food And Farm Facts

Grade:

Author:American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Description:This eye-catching and colorful book covers interesting and educational facts about food in America, how and where it is grown, and who produced it. A U.S. poster of commodities specific to each state is included.

Resource Name:Food and Farming, Then and Now

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:This title examines different types of foods eaten and how they were produced from the olden days to the present.

Resource Name:Food Engineering; From Concept to Consumer

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Michael Burgen

Description:Today's most exciting industries are based around science, technology, engineering and math. This book highlights careers that are changing the world today. Find out how some of the food industries innovators have changed the field throughout history and discover whether you've got what it takes to help create some of tomorrow's incredible food.

Resource Name:George Washington Carver

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Tonya Bolden

Description:With imagination and intellect, George Washington Carver (1864–1934) developed hundreds of unexpected products from everyday plants. This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator.

Resource Name:Grandpa's Tractor

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Michael Garland

Description:Grandpa Joe brings his grandson, Timmy, back to the site of the farm he grew up on and shares his memories. One memory in particular was a shiny, red tractor, now left rusting in a field.

Resource Name:Gregor Mendel; The Friar Who Grew Peas

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Cheryl Bardoe

Description:Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment—observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory—years before scientists had any notion of genes. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

Resource Name:Growing Farm, School and Me

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Scholastic

Description:Life experiences growing up on a farm.

Resource Name:Growing Up Strong

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Dan Funk

Description:Growing up strong is the 5th book in the series about Kailey, who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book, Kailey is taught the importance of staying healthy. She is excited to share with her grandma all that she learned and informs her of the impact that eating a variety of foods and getting plenty of exercise will have on staying healthy and growing up strong.

Resource Name:Heartland

Grade:All Grade Levels

Author:Diane Siebert

Description:Here, in their second stunning collaboration, Diane Siebert and Wendell Minor create a joyful, singing celebration of this country's Heartland, the Midwest. It is a land where wheat fields grow and cornfields stretch across the plains to create a patchwork quilt in hues of yellow, green, and brown; a land where herds of cattle graze in pastures draped in lush, green grass, and a newborn calf stands in the sun. And upon this land toils the farmer, strong and proud, whose weathered face tells a tale of a life of work that's never done. The Heartland -- a land where, despite man's power, nature reigns.

Resource Name:He's Bac! A Children's Guide to Keeping Food Safe

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:U.S. Dept. Of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection

Description:A book about germs, bacteria and food safety. Helps kids to understand the importance of keeping food safe.

Resource Name:Hooray for Beekeeping

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:What's the latest buzz about bees farms? Hooray for Bee Farming takes a look at "apiculture, " bee hierarchies and honey production. Young readers will be amazed by the habits of these busy pollinators and their keepers.

Resource Name:Horton Hears a Who!

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Dr. Seuss

Description:In this old favorite, Horton the elephant discovers creatures that are exceedingly small, but knows they are important all the same. What things in agriculture are tiny but important? Maybe seeds, nutrients, vitamins, or soil microbes!

Resource Name:How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Chris Butterworth

Description:One of the best parts of a young child’s day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that delicious food get there? From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.

Resource Name:How do Humans Depend on Earth?

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Julie Lundgren

Description:The Importance Of Plants And Our Dependence On Them Not Only For Food But Also For Our Clean Air And Water Are Discussed In This Title. How Crops And Plants Have Been Genetically Modified To Resist Disease And Insects. The Impact Humans Have On Our Earth And What We Can Do To Reduce The Use Of Our Nonrenewable Resources Are Discussed.

Resource Name:How Iowa Conquered the World

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Michael Rank

Description:Iowa is considered a backward farm state full of bumpkins who wear Carhartt jackets and do little besides give the world corn. But what if that understanding is wrong? What if Iowa has done more to influence the modern world than any other population group? Turns out it has. In this new book by #1 best-selling author Michael Rank -- himself a native Iowan -- find out how this underdog state -- Saved billions of people from starvation in the 20th century.

Resource Name:Hungry Planet

Grade:High School

Author:Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

Description:The age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform eating habits worldwide. HUNGRY PLANET profiles 30 families from around the world--including Bosnia, Chad, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, the United States, and France--and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. Featuring photo-essays on international street food, meat markets, fast food, and cookery, this captivating chronicle offers a riveting look at what the world really eats.

Resource Name:I Drive a Tractor

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Sarah Bridges

Description:What's it like to spend the day in a tractor? This book tells you! An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:I Look Like my Mother

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Julie Lundgren

Description:This book gives an introductory overview of genetics by showing how parents pass traits on to their offspring.

Resource Name:Ice Cream, the Full Scoop

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Gail Gibbins

Description:Cool and smooth and sweet, ice cream has long been a favorite treat. It cools you off when it's hot and is too delicious to resist even in cold weather. How did it get to be so scrumptious? Best-selling author/illustrator Gail Gibbons dishes out the latest scoop on ice cream production. Ice cream has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a mixture of snow, milk, and rice. Gail Gibbons details the many firsts in ice cream history, from the earliest ice cream crank to the original waffle cone. Children's mouths will be watering as they follow ice cream's journey from farm to factory to freezer.

Resource Name:If it Weren't for Farmers

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Allan Fowler

Description:If it weren't for farmers - what would we eat? A simple book to help young readers understand agriculture and where their food comes from.

Resource Name:In the Garden with Dr. Carver

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Susan Grigsby

Description:Sally is a young girl living in rural Alabama in the early 1900s, a time when people were struggling to grow food in soil that had been depleted by years of cotton production. One day, Dr. George Washington Carver shows up to help the grownups with their farms and the children with their school garden.

Resource Name:Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture, Technology and Environment, 1945-1972

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:J. L. Anderson

Description:From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, farmers in the Corn Belt transformed their region into a new, industrial powerhouse of large-scale production, mechanization, specialization, and efficiency. Many farm experts and implement manufacturers had urged farmers in this direction for decades, but it was the persistent labor shortage and cost-price squeeze following WWII that prompted farmers to pave the way to industrializing agriculture. Anderson examines the changes in Iowa, a representative state of the Corn Belt, in order to explore why farmers adopted particular technologies and how, over time, they integrated new tools and techniques.

Resource Name:Iowa

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Reshma Sapre

Description:The popular Rookie Books expand their horizons - to all corners of the globe! With this series all about geography, emergent readers will take off on adventures to cities, nations, waterways, and habitats around the world…and right in their own backyards.

Resource Name:Iowa History Reader

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Marvin Bergman

Description:In this collection of well-written and accessible essays, originally published in 1996, seventeen of the Hawkeye State’s most accomplished historians reflect upon the dramatic and not-so-dramatic shifts in the middle land’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By providing comprehensive accounts of topics in Iowa history that embrace the broader historiographical issues in American history.

Resource Name:Iowans Who Made a Difference

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

Author:Don Muhm, Virginia Wadley

Description:Presents a picture of Iowans past and present who have made an impact on agriculture in Iowa.

Resource Name:Iowa's Groundwater Basics

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Description:A geological guide to the occurrence, use and vulnerability of Iowa's Aquifers.

Resource Name:John Deere

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jane Sutcliffe

Description:The story behind John Deere designing implements for pioneer farmers. Born in Rutland, Vermont, John Deere served a four-year apprenticeship to a blacksmith and worked in that trade until 1837. The implements being used by pioneer farmers of that day were cumbersome and ineffective for cutting and turning the prairie soil. To alleviate the problem, Deere and a partner, Major Leonard Andrus, designed three new plows in 1838. The plow was so successful that by 1846 Deere and his partner were selling a thousand a year.

Resource Name:John Deere's Pwerful Idea; the Perfect Plow

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Terry Collins

Description:Learn more about the inventor behind the large company! This book talks about John Deere's life and his work on the moldboard plow.

Resource Name:Jump Into Science; Dirt

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Steve Tomacek

Description:This fun book explores how soil is formed, its layers, and its importance as a natural resource that living things need to survive.

Resource Name:Junior Geographer Atlas

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Nystrom

Description:First explaining the concepts and skills used in reading maps and globes, and then allowing readers to apply those skills to studying U.S. regions, this full-color atlas helps students become geographically savvy. Basic map elements and symbols are illustrated and explained, graphs and photographs illustrate the concepts in a different way, and the concepts introduced are those typically included in standardized and state assessments.

Resource Name:Life on the Farm; Farm Machinery

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:The Rourke series, Life On The Farm, is designed for students in grades 1-4 with a grade 3 reading level, and focuses on providing young readers with information and insights into what farms and farm life are like. Beautifully illustrated sharing farm machinery (tractors, sprayers, tillage machines, combines, balers, seeding and harvest machines).

Resource Name:Little Red Overalls

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Aaron Burakoff

Description:Join Little Red in this berry farm-friendly adaptation of a timeless fairy tale.

Resource Name:Maquinaria de la Granja

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lynn Stone

Description:A Spanish book that talk about the machines present on the farm and what their uses are. Also available in the English version.

Resource Name:Otis

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Loren Long

Description:Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond. But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day. In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

Resource Name:Our Big Home

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Linda Glaser

Description:Describes the water, air, soil, sky, sun, and more shared by all living creatures on Earth.

Resource Name:Our Farm

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:Michael Rosen

Description:A real-life look at a family and the farm they work together, season by season. Told through the voices of the children, this inside view of life on their farm is authentic and sometimes surprising.

Resource Name:Outside In; African-American History in Iowa

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Bil Silag, Susan Koch-Bridgford, Hal Chase

Description:This book gives an encompassing overview of African-American history in our state, with sections specific to the role agriculture has played in this history. This book covers history from 1838 to 2000.

Resource Name:PB & J Hooray

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Jan Nolan

Description:From peanut, grape, and wheat seeds to sandwich, PB & J Hooray! is all about how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made. The story begins with the kitchen and works backward to the shopping, delivery, production, harvesting, farming, and planting processes! In fun, rhythmic language, readers discover how peanuts become peanut butter, grapes are made into jelly, and wheat turns into bread. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Pioneer Plowmaker; A Story About John Deere

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:David R Collins

Description:The soil may be rich, but we can't pull a plow through it," farmers complained in the mid 1880s. The moist soil of the Midwest stopped any plow they used by sticking to the blade. The farmers thought a plow that could clean itself just couldn't be made. But John Deere didn't. The young blacksmith had not let impossibility and disaster stop him before, and he wasn't about to now. In a lively and accurate text, biographer David R. Collins presents this hard-working, idealistic man whose steel plow opened up some of the world's richest farmland.

Resource Name:Planters and Cultivators

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Holly Dufek

Description:Planters and Cultivators introduces children to the world of modern farming and the specialized equipment that is used on the farm for cultivating, planting and spraying crops. This book is filled with colorful action photographs, fun illustrations and a cast of cartoon equipment characters. Narrated by Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm. Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Early Riser planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer work hard to get the spring planting done on Happy Skies Farm. The science of land cultivation and planting is explained in fun terms for children to learn about this essential part of farming.

Resource Name:Plants as Food, Fuel and Medicine

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Julie Lundgren

Description:This Book Discusses How The Genes And Traits Of A Parent Determine What Their Offspring Will Look Like. Be It Human Or Animal, This Book Goes Into Detail About This Fascinating Topic. Young Readers Will Love The Colorful Photos And Informative Text.

Resource Name:Power Up! Bio-fuels

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

Author:Frank Muschal

Description:We currently rely on nonrenewable sources, such as oil, for most of our fuel. Scientists are working on new fuels from crops and other materials to help ease future dependence on nonrenewable resources.

Resource Name:Pump Ethanol

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Callee Bauman

Description:Enjoy the story about Kenneth and his desire to have the most exciting job in the world. He wanted to be a farmer. After talking to his dad - he becomes discouraged because his father told him he had to find new ways to make farming better. A classroom assignment sends Kenneth and his class on a new journey to find ways to make what farmers produce more valuable. How could the class help farmers?

Resource Name:Quiz Whiz; 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-Bending, Totally Awesome Trivia Questions

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:National Geographic

Description:Packed with incredible, full-color photos, Quiz Whiz features brain-tickling multiple choice and true-false questions, as well as innovative map, photographic, and game show quizzes.

Resource Name:Seeds For Change; The Lives and Work of Suri and Edda Sehgal

Grade:High School

Author: Marly Cornell

Description:Seeds For Change documents how Suri and Edda Sehgal, refugees from India and Germany, respectively, met and fell in love, and went on to have more astonishing experiences as talented and visionary business leaders, generous philanthropists, and proud Americans. As a crop scientist, seedsman, and agricultural visionary, Suri became a respected and pivotal figure in the development of the global hybrid-seed industry. He and Edda have shared their resulting good fortune with those in need around the world.

Resource Name:Senses on the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Shelley Rotner

Description:This basic exploration of the senses features a farm setting and adorable kids in full-page quality photographs. Simple text is peppered with interesting vocabulary: "Touch a horse's bristly coat"; "Smell the pigpen and the farm animals' manure"; "Hear the hens cluck." Organization is random, bouncing unpredictably among seasons, but the farm subject and vibrant photographs will have great appeal to young children. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Sleep Tight Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Eugenia Doyle

Description:A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring's new growth, summer's heat, and fall's bounty to winter's well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it's time to sleep. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Small Seeds and Big Machines

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Baby Professor

Description:A good book with large pictures, perfect for outlining the different tools farmers use throughout the seasons. Some machines included in the book are tractors, planters, harrows, and harvesters.

Resource Name:Snow Comes to the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Nathaniel Tripp

Description:A day comes, when the air holds its breath, still and full of expectation, snow is coming, and soon the land will be transformed. This is the story of two brothers, waiting and watching in Owl Woods, for the first snow of winter.

Resource Name:So You Want to Grow a Pizza?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bridget Heos

Description:Follow the fun story of where pizza ingredients come from -- and how to grow your own!

Resource Name:So You Want to Grow a Salad?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bridget Heos

Description:This book follows the growth of classic garden vegetables, how they grow, and how to make them into a delicious, fresh salad!

Resource Name:So You Want to Grow a Taco?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bridget Heos

Description:Do tortillas grow on trees? Not quite! Follow this story to learn about where ingredients come from, and how to make your own.

Resource Name:So you Want to Grow a Pie?

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bridget Heos

Description:Follow the fun story of where pie ingredients come from, and how to bake your own apple pie!

Resource Name:STEM Lesson Essentials

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School

Author:Jo Anne Vasquez, Cary Sneider, Michael Comer

Description:Want to know how to implement authentic STEM teaching and learning into your classroom? STEM Lesson Essentials provides all the tools and strategies you'll need to design integrated, interdisciplinary STEM lessons and units that are relevant and exciting to your students. With clear definitions of both STEM and STEM literacy, the authors argue that STEM in itself is not a curriculum, but rather a way of organizing and delivering instruction by weaving the four disciplines together in intentional ways.

Resource Name:Step-By-Step Experiments With Soils

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Gina Hagler

Description:This book provides great insight and ideas for how to incorporate soil into science with fun, hands-on activities.

Resource Name:Successful K-12 Stem Education

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Nat'l Research Council of National Academics

Description:Successful K-12 STEM Education defines a framework for understanding "success" in K-12 STEM education. The book focuses its analysis on the science and mathematics parts of STEM and outlines criteria for identifying effective STEM schools and programs.

Resource Name:Sugarbush Spring

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Marsha Wilson Chall

Description:In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, the snow's too wet for angel making, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof, and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring--time to tap the trees, prepare the bottles, then gather round the cook fire to eat chicken and dumplings, roast marshmallows, and tell stories while the cold sap heats through, thickens, and boils to make syrup.

Resource Name:Temple Grandin; How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Sy Montgomery

Description:When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism. Temple’s doctor recommended institutionalizing her, but her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin, a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is an autism advocate and her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. This compelling biography and Temple's personal photos take us inside her extraordinary mind and open the door to a broader understanding of autism.

Resource Name:The Beeman

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Laurie Krebs

Description:Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees, including: where they live, how honey is made, and what a beekeeper does. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa

Grade:Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

Author:David Hudson, Marvin Burgman, Loren Horton

Description:Written by an impressive team of more than 150 scholars and writers, the readable narratives include each subject’s name, birth and death dates, place of birth, education, and career and contributions. Many of the names will be instantly recognizable to most Iowans; others are largely forgotten but deserve to be remembered. Beyond the distinctive lives and times captured in the individual biographies, readers of the dictionary will gain an appreciation for how the character of the state has been shaped by the character of the individuals who have inhabited it.

Resource Name:The Farmer

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Mark Ludy

Description:The farmer is a gentle, hardworking man who loves his animals and tends his fields with strong, caring hands. When a series of disasters destroys his crops, he is forced to sell some of his cherished animals to survive until the next planting. He passionately hopes he will be able to buy back his four-legged friends after the next harvest. The illustrations are richly detailed and filled with life and emotion. Children will delight in discovering the tiny details hidden in the illustrations and finding Squeakers the Mouse in each one. This is a story of hardship and loss, but it highlights growth, joy, friendship, and forgiveness.

Resource Name:The Future of Farming

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Jared Keen

Description:Explores the future of farming on a global scale, including the environmental, political, social, and economic implications of farming.

Resource Name:The Introduction of Farm Machinery

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Leo Rogin

Description:The introduction of farm machinery in its relation to the productivity of labor in the agriculture of the United States during the nineteenth century

Resource Name:The Kid Who Changed the World

Grade:Lower Elementary Upper Elementary

Author:Andy Andrews

Description:The Kid Who Changed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, who would one day grow up and use his knowledge of agriculture to save the lives of two billion people. Two billion! Norman changed the world!

Resource Name:The Lifecycle of a Honeybee

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Bobbie Kalman

Description:These busy insects have intrigued people of all ages for thousands of years. The book describes each stage of a honeybee's life cycle from egg to adult. Full-color photographs, beautiful illustrations, and easy-to-understand text highlight: how a queen lays eggs and forms a new hive; how eggs develop into workers, drones, or queen bees; how the body of a larva changes to that of an adult through metamorphosis; the roles of workers, drones, and queens in the hive; how honeybees find food

Resource Name:The Man Who Fed the World

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Leon Hesser

Description:Dr. Norman Borlaug, one of the world's greatest heroes, is the most highly-decorated individual of our time. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. Dr. Borlaug is only one of five people in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In addition, Dr. Borlaug received the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian award the government of India can present to a non-citizen. The Man Who Fed the World has won three nation book of the year awards: USA Book news best Biography of the Year. The American Farm Bureau for Agriculture Best Book of the Year award, and Florida Publishers Association Best Book Award.

Resource Name:The Murky Water Caper

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Deborah Pex

Description:Dedicated to children across the nation who are helping to protect America's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, groundwater and oceans

Resource Name:The Soil Neighborhood

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Dan Yunk & Steve Swaffer

Description:The soil neighborhood is the 2nd book in a series about Kailey who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book Kailey learns the importance of soil and how it affects her everyday life. She learns how the different creatures, mineral and components of soil all work together to make soil a good place for farmers to grow and harvest crops.

Resource Name:The Wonderful Water Cycle

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Kimberly Hutmacher

Description:Three Quarters Of Our Earth Is Blanketed By Water. How This Water Is Used, From Bathing To Irrigating Crops Is Addressed. That Water Travels In A Never-Ending Pattern Called The Water Cycle. Tips On How To Conserve Our Most Important Natural Resource Are Included.

Resource Name:Then & Now Farming

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Katie Roden

Description:In the THEN AND NOW series which looks at aspects of farming throughout history. Focuses upon the origins of hi-tech equipment and methods, with chapters on the combine harvester, agriculture, farming domestic, wild and exotic animals, tractors, preserving and transporting produce and crop growing.

Resource Name:Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Peggy Thomas

Description: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. Even in his retirement, Jefferson continued to nurture the nation, laying the groundwork for the University of Virginia. In this meticulously researched picture book for older readers, Author Peggy Thomas uncovers Jefferson’s passion for agriculture and his country. And Stacy Innerst’s incredibly original illustrations offer the right balance of reverence and whimsy. This is Thomas Jefferson as he’s never been seen before! Back matter includes an author’s note on Jefferson’s legacy today; timeline, bibliography; place to visit (Monticello); and source notes.

Resource Name:Tractors and Farm Vehicles

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Jean Coppendale

Description:In the Mighty Machines series, vivid color photographs of machines at work jump off the page. Large type describes the machines, their parts and their uses. Glossaries explain essential terms, and suggested activities add to the fun. The big format and vibrant designs make the books perfect for kids to read alone or share with a friend.

Resource Name:Tractors of the World

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Mirco De Cet

Description:Tractors come in all different shapes and sizes, and Tractors of the World covers the field from the early steam-driven monsters to the traditional "two large, two small" wheel configuration; the Row Crop models with two small front wheels placed close together and two large rear wheels; and finally to the ultimate modern, four-wheel-drive, multigeared, mega-beasts with GPS devices and onboard computers. This is a colorful pictorial history of the tractor that depicts the days of primitive steam-powered traction engines, through to the sleek, sophisticated powerhouses that perform as the main workhorse of today's farming industry.

Resource Name:Tucker Took It

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Bruce Van Patter

Description:A goat has his eye on the corn. Tucker has a big appetite. After all, he's a goat, and goats are known to eat anything. The food that he loves best, however, is corn. Tucker especially loves it when it's picked fresh from the stalk. Now it's the time of summer when the corn on Mrs. Zook's farm is almost ready. But Tucker, who is one very hungry goat, can't wait to eat any longer. That's when the farm goes topsy-turvy and things suddenly go missing. When anything disappears, the animals and Mrs. Zook come to only one conclusion: Tucker took it!

Resource Name:United States Atlas

Grade:All Grade Levels

Author:Nystrom

Description:This large, full color atlas discusses each state and region in the U.S., and includes maps, facts, and commodities.

Resource Name:Unusual Farms

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Brenda Haugen

Description:What can be found on Unusual Farms?

Resource Name:Using My Plate, Healthy Eating with MyPlate

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Rebecca Rissman

Description:MyPlate reminds readers to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This title discusses what the breakdown of food groups is and shows that individual needs vary from person to person. Readers will get ideas for creating the best diet for themselves. An accompanying educator guide is also available.

Resource Name:Using STEM to Investigate Issues in Food Production

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Barbara Sandall

Description:Connect students in grades 5 and up with science with Using STEM to Investigate Issues in Food Production. STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—is an initiative designed to interest students in specific career fields. In this 128-page book, students use science inquiry and integrated activities, solve real-world problems, and explore careers in food production. The book includes topics such as food systems, farming, hydroponics, food processing, and food preservation. It supports National Science Education Standards and NCTM and ITEA standards and aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.

Resource Name:Water is Water

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Miranda Paul

Description:This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

Resource Name:Water; Sources, Use, Conservation

Grade:Upper Elementary

Author:Nancy Carlson

Description:Introduces students into the one resource we cannot live without, but take for granted. Water explains, in an engaging student-friendly manner, the Hydrologic Cycle or Water Cycle. It explains the different states of water and how these states affects the world we live in.

Resource Name:We Need Farmers

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Lola M Schaefer

Description:Learn about different kinds of farmers. From crop farmers to animal farmers and farmers and food.

Resource Name:Welcome to our Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:National Pork Board

Description:Join us on a trip to the farm.

Resource Name:What Is A Watershed?

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Deborah Pex

Description:Dedicated to children across the nation who are helping to protect America's streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, groundwater and oceans

Resource Name:What's for Lunch

Grade:Middle School High School

Author:Andrea Curtis

Description: In What's For Lunch Andrea Curtis reveals the variety and inequality to be found in the food consumed by young people in typical school lunches from thirteen countries around the world. Food is now the biggest industry on Earth. Growing it, processing it, transporting it and selling it have a major impact on people and the planet.Unpack a school lunch, and you'll discover that food is connected to issues that matter to everyone.

Resource Name:What's Happening? On the Farm

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Heather Amery

Description:Talking interactively about lots of things that happen on the farm.

Resource Name:Where Does Food Come From?

Grade:Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Author:Shelley Rotner and Gary Goss

Description:Where Does Food Come From? connects the processes of growing foods to the food products that kids are familiar with. Large pictures and "did you know" insets make the book fun and informative.

Resource Name:Why Living Things Need Light

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Daniel Nunn

Description:This book explores the concept of light, and why living things i.e., animals, humans and plants need it.

Resource Name:Why Living Things Need Water

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Daniel Nunn

Description:This book explores the concept of water, and why living things i.e., animals, humans and plants need it.

Resource Name:Why Our Farms are Important

Grade:Lower Elementary

Author:Baby Professor

Description:This book gives an elementary overview of what farms are, why they are important, and how they impact all of us.

Resource Name:Women and the Land

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Barbara Hall

Description:A charming book, Women and the Land gives short biographies and portraits of numerous Iowa women involved in agriculture in some form. Each woman's story is unique, and is beautifully portrayed in large, colorful portraits.

Resource Name:Women in Science

Grade:Upper Elementary Middle School

Author:Rachel Ignotofsky

Description:A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Resource Name:World About Us: Wind Energy

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Rob Bowden

Description:An introductory look at a wide range of topics of interest to the younger reader. A simple series that explores the world around us, providing clear easy-to-read information.

Resource Name:World Atlas

Grade:Middle School, High School

Author:Nystrom

Description:Excellent classroom atlas for middle and high school students. Chapters address the world, its continents and regions, the Pacific Rim, and the Arctic and Antarctic. Most regional studies are anchored by two shaded-relief reference maps (political and land cover), while the world and U.S. sections also include sculptural-relief (elevation) and thematic maps. Photographs, graphs, and explanatory sidebar text further enrich the treatment of each region.