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Amazing Grazing


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

Awesome Agriculture Beef Cattle; an A-Z book


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-Z book, an activities section suggests fun things to do that will continue the learning process.

Beef Cattle in the story of Agriculture


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

Can-Do Cowkids


Howdy from a Georgia cattle farm! A Big storm passed through the ranch last night, and Can-Do Cowkids Cody and Cassidy are looking for some help to make sure the cattle are safe and sound! Join them on an adventure as they explore the farm and discover new and exciting agricultural careers along the way!

From Cow to Shoe


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.

Harvey; A Ranch Birthday


Written and illustrated by a rancher, this book tells about Harvey's adventures on his first day on the ground, from walking, meeting the rancher, and getting his own ear tag.

A Midwestern Corn Festival


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.

Anna's Corn


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.

Awesome Agriculture; Corn


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.

Carlos and the Cornfield


This dual-language (Spanish and English) book tells the story of Carlos whose father offers him a little money if he will help plant the family's corn field. Carlos takes a shortcut but feels guilty and learns the meaning of the phrase 'cosechas lo que siembras'--you reap what you sow. This engaging story illustrates the simple life of a farming family and underscores the importance of hard work and honesty. 



Perennial nonfiction favorite, Gail Gibbons, turns her spotlight on corn. Popcorn, corn on the cob, corn dogs, cornflakes--corn is used in many of 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.

Corn (A True Book)


This book takes a thorough look at corn, providing high quality information in both text and image. It provides a comprehensive overview of types of corn and their uses, how and where corn grows, the history of corn, and the uses of corn for food and more. The text and photos describe how corn is used in both food and non-food items. A section on corn breeding and the use of corn in creating renewable fuels and biodegradable plastics is also included. The book ends with a useful glossary.

Corn Belt Harvest


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

Corn in the story of Agriculture


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

Corn is Maize


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.

Corn Life Cycles


This book is all about corn! Learn about the plant's life, from planting to harvest.

Corn Up Close


An introduction to corn, including its types, parts of the plant, and growth.

From Kernel to Corn (Start to Finish)


How does a corn seed become corn on the cob? Follow each step in nature's cycle - from planting to picking and eating - in this fascinating book about sweet corn!

Jack and the Cornstalk


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

Popcorn Country; The Story of America's Favorite Snack


Popcorn is one of America's favorite snacks. But where does that tub of fluffy goodness come from? Follow along as author Cris Peterson reveals popcorn's secrets, from planting, growing, and harvesting a special kind of corn to the extraordinary circumstances that help a hard kernel explode into a marvelous piece of popcorn.



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.

The Life and Times of Corn


What grain has seeds in all colors of the rainbow, can grow 20 feet high, is often harvested by moonlight, ans is more valuable to the United States than gold? The Life and Times series focuses on the science and uses history of America's most prevalent crop in this book on corn.

A Day at Our Dairy Farm


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.

Clarabelle; Making Milk and So Much More


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. Vibrant, close-up photographs capture Clarabelle, her calf, and the youngest members of this multi-generational farm family.

Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That Type


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!




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.



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

Cows have Calves


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

Cows on the Farm


Text and photographs describe cows and how they are raised.

Cows on the Farm (Farm Animals)


Learn more about cattle, including where they sleep, what they eat, and what they look like!

Extra Cheese, Please! Mozzarella's Journey from Cow to Pizza


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.

From Grass to Milk (Start to Finish)


How does grass help cows make yummy milk? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from cows eating grass to ice-cold milk - in this fascinating book!

From Milk to Cheese (Start to Finish)


Learn about the process that milk goes through to become one of our favorite foods - cheese!

From Milk to Cheese (Who Made My Lunch?)


Learn about where cheese comes from, and the jobs of a dairy farmer and cheese makers. How is milk made into cheese at a cheese factory? You will find out in this illustrated narrative nonfiction book.

From Milk to Ice Cream (Start to Finish)


How does milk turn into frosty ice cream? Follow each step in the food production cycle - from milking a cow to eating a frozen treat - in this fascinating book!

From Milk to Ice Cream (Who Made My Lunch?)


Ice cream might be your favorite dessert, but do you know how it's made? This new series explains just that! Come along on the journey as common household foods travel from farm to factory to table.

Hooray for Dairy Farming!


Students will look, listen and learn about how the milk we drink and other dairy products are produced.

Ice Cream; The Full Scoop


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.

Jumpin' Jackie; The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon


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.

Life on a Dairy Farm


This book 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 every day.

Little Star… Raising our First Calf


Discover the joy of raising a calf through the eyes and experiences of twin girls Rianna and Sheridan.

Milk Comes from a Cow?


Milk Comes from a Cow is the first 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 her 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.

Milk From Cow to Carton


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 even more fun-filled and informative of the milk's trip from green grass, to cow, to a cool glass on the table.

Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove


The Chaney twins' personal experiences in the dairy industry include time with their grandfather, a retired dairy farmer; learning about what happens at a dairy farm from birth to milk production; participating in the Pee Wee division of the pretty cow contest at the county fair; joining the 4-H Cloverbuds club; and helping to make ice cream at South Mountain Creamery.

The Life Cycle of a Cow


This book introduces young students to the life cycle of a cow.

The Milk Makers


This 32-page book describes and illustrates the process of milk production from the care of the cows to the processing of the milk and each step in between.

A Handful of Dirt


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.

A Year on the Farm With Casey and Friends


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.

Atlas of Our Country's History


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.

Atlas of United States History


Visualizing U.S. history's what, when, were, 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.

Barry and His Buddies Munch Better Soil


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

Christmas on the Farm


An illustrated book reminiscing the simple side of the holiday season, emphasizing the joy of family and friends over material goods.

Compost Stew


From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile. How do you start a compost pile? What's safe to include? This book provides the answers. 

Dirt; The Scoop on Soil


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

Food and Agriculture


This series introduces themes such as saving and recycling resources, the effects of pollution, how we use the land, 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.

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition


Many Native Americans regard corn as a gift, a food with sacred value. The Winnebago, or Hochunk people, tell a story about a clan leader who saw a spirit called Corn Person in a dream. Corn Person showed the man how to plant, grow, and preserve corn so his people would have food to eat all year. In this photographic essay, twelve-year-old Russell learns the traditions of corn from his grandfather, who is from the Winnebago reservation in Nebraska.

Germ Stories


"I told my three sons stories about germs more than fifty years ago as fanciful bedtime tales." So begins this charming collection of poems written by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Arthur Kornberg to help us learn about the germs that help and harm us. These rollicking, entertaining, and informative poems have been illustrated with witty and amusing watercolors and the book also contains electron micrographs and a glossary for the student who wants to go deeper into the world of microbiology.

Growing Seasons


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.



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.

How do Humans Depend on Earth?


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 book.

It Feels Like Snow


Alice doesn't need a weather forecast to tell if it's going to snow. She can feel it in her toes and elbows and nose. Each time she feels a twitch or a tingle, she warns her neighbors. 'There's snow coming,' she tells Etta and Gretta Grillo. 'I can feel it in my toe!' Like Alice's other neighbors, the Grillo sisters laugh and ignore her warning. But sure enough, the snow falls and catches everyone by surprise— everyone that is except Alice, who has loaded in her supplies. But now she feels a big snowstorm coming. And still her neighbors ignore her warnings. What will Alice do?

Jump Into Science; Dirt


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

Junior Geographer Atlas


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.

Life in a Bucket of Soil


This fascinating 96-page book can be used to introduce older grade school students to industrious ants, tunnel-building earthworms, snails and slugs, beetles, and many other creatures inhabiting the world beneath our feet. The book provides vivid descriptions of how soil organisms live, breed and interact; their methods of locomotion, feeding and defense; and the effect they have on the soil in which they live.

Living and Nonliving


This book offers a short and simple introduction to living and nonliving things. It includes bright, clear photographs to accompany each piece of information.

Looking at Rocks


From the backyard to the local bank, rock hounds can identify common rocks wherever they go with this rocking illustrated guide.

Our Big Home


Young children usually think of their home as the structure in which they live. In Our Big Home, the author and illustrator present a much larger vision of home as the planet Earth. Linda Glaser's beautiful poem is a wonderful way to gently lead children toward the all-important understanding of caring for our environment. In her lyrical, child-oriented style, she presents the idea that our big home is shared not only with all people but with all plants and animals as well. She shows that we share the air, the water, the soil, and other elements that affect and sustain all of us who live on Earth.

Pickles to Pittsburgh; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


In this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. When Kate drifts off to sleep that night she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow, a land characterized by leafy jungles of lettuce, and tuna fish sandwiches so gigantic they have to be moved by helicopter.

Seed Soil Sun


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.

Snow Comes to the Farm


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.

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


This book talks about the way 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!

Soil, Silt, and Sand; Layers of the Underground


There’s more than just dirt below! Readers will learn about the layers and types of soil underground. Rocks, clay, sand, silt and all nonliving things underground are explored. Earth's core, mantle, and crust are also discussed.  Readers will also discover why we could not live without dirt, and why we need to protect it.

Spend a Year on the Farm


This picture book has bright, full-page photographs that help young learners discover the world of agriculture.

Step-By-Step Experiments with Soils


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

Sugar Snow


Laura is delighted when a soft, thick snow falls in late spring in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. A late snow helps the trees make more sap for maple syrup, and maple syrup means sweet sugar cakes and sticky fingers for Laura!

Sugarbush Spring


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.

Sustainable Agriculture


Thrilling new discoveries in science and technology are announced almost daily. Sustainable Agriculture covers a broad spectrum of issues related to advances in farming technology, such as sustainable soil, water, energy, and biotechnology. High-impact photos and explanatory graphics and charts bring scientific concepts to life.

The Murky Water Caper


Turn water quality, the environment, and pollutants into a detective whodunnit case! This book offers a great way to begin conversations on environmental sustainability, water quality, and more.

The Soil Neighborhood


The Soil Neighborhood is the second 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 every day life. She learns how the different creatures and components in soil work together to make soil a good place for farmers to grow and harvest crops.

The Wonderful Water Cycle


Three-quarters of our Earth is covered by water. This book explains how water travels in a never-ending pattern called the water cycle and how water is used, from bathing to irrigating crops, along with tips for conserving our most important natural resource.

United States Atlas


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

Water is Water


The many forms that water can take have never been so artfully described or gloriously depicted as in this handsome informational book by Miranda Paul, with paintings by Jason Chin, creator of Gravity, Redwoods, and other distinctive works of nonfiction.

Water; Sources, Use, Conservation


This text introduces students to 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 affect the world we live in.

What is a Watershed?


What is a watershed? Find out what they are and how we can take care of them with this book.

Why Living Things Need… Light


This book explores the concept of light, and why living things (like plants and animals) need it.

Why Living Things Need… Water


This book explores the concept of water, and why living things (like plants and animals) need it.

You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Dirt!


Without dirt (or soil) life would have developed different and we humans probably wouldn't be here at all. Soil supplies a surprising variety of raw materials for making things. Learn about the ways soil has been used by humans over the centuries, from cave paintings to crop farming, and the exciting prospects for soil in the future.

You're Aboard Spaceship Earth


This attractive picture book enlarges on the metaphor "spaceship Earth," explaining that just as the space shuttle carries all the food, water, and oxygen the astronauts need, Earth carries all the food (minerals), water, and oxygen we need. It demonstrates the water, mineral, and oxygen cycles, showing that Earth makes a great spaceship, but tells readers that "our job is to keep it that way."

1001 Things to Spot on the Farm


With lots of things to find and count of 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.

A Day in the Life of a Farmer


Follow a farmer through the work day as they describe farming and what the job requires.

A Visit to the Farm


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

All Kinds of Farms


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

Always Be Careful on the Farm


This book helps students learn about farm safety by following Safety Sam as he leads an adventure around the farm.

Diary of a Farmer


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 portion includes a spread on how readers can start their own diary.

Fall Harvests; Bringing in Food


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!



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

Farm Crops


All about crops, especially highlighting the lifecycle of crops and the work it takes to produce them.

Farm Crops


This book describes popularly grown crops, such as corn, soybeans, lettuce, and oranges, how they are planted and how they grow.

Farm Life


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

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table


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 he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.