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Corn Belt Harvest

10/5/2019

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

A Year on the Farm With Casey and Friends

4/24/2019

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.

Harvest

7/18/2018

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

Harvest Time

7/14/2018

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

Harvest Year

7/10/2018

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.

The Future of Farming

6/8/2018

This book explores the future of farming on a global scale, including the environmental, political, social, and economic implications of farming.

Producing Fruits (The Technology of Farming)

11/8/2017

When did fruit farming begin? What methods make farming fruit sustainable? This book explores the technology used in fruit farming.

Producing Grains (The Technology of Farming)

11/4/2017

When did people begin farming grain? Can science produce more grain? This book explores the technology used in farming grains.

Producing Vegetables  (The Technology of Farming)

10/31/2017

How are vegetables produced today? How to vegetables get from the farm to the table? This book explores the technology used in vegetable farming.

Fifty Years of Disruptive Innovation

6/13/2017

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 Kinze Manufacturing fought the industry giants and grew to one of the largest privately held farm equipment manufacturers in the world.

Food and Farming Then and Now

6/9/2017

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

Full of Beans; Henry Ford Grows a Car

6/5/2017

Henry Ford made cars, but this story isn't just about his cars. It's about one car and a lot of soybeans. Ford incorporated soybeans into every part of his life: he ate beans, he wore beans, and he wanted to drive beans. So Ford created his most innovative car yet--one that was full of beans.

George Washington Carver for Kids; His Life and Discoveries, With 21 Activities

5/24/2017

Do you want to learn more about George Washington Carver and get some ideas for projects, experiments, and activities at the same time? This is the book for you! Students can learn to create compost, brew ginger tea, create paints using things found in nature, and much more, all while learning about this famous Iowan.

John Deere

4/18/2017

This book outlines the story behind John Deere designing implements for pioneer farmers. The implements being used by pioneer farmers of that day were cumbersome and ineffective for cutting and turning the prairie soil. To alleviate that problem, Deere and his partner designed three new plows in 1838. The plow was so successful that by 1846, Deere and his partner were selling a thousand plows per year.

John Deere, That's Who!

4/14/2017

Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please? Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who! Beautiful illustrations?including spectacular landscapes?reflect the time period and bring John Deere's remarkable story to life.

John Deere's Powerful Idea; the Perfect Plow

4/10/2017

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

Pioneer Plowmaker; A Story about John Deere

3/9/2017

"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.

Then and Now Farming

1/24/2017

Lively text, entertaining quizzes, and colorful artwork provide a represhing approach to the historical development of various aspects of modern life and technology.

Producing Fish (The Technology of Farming)

9/6/2016

What is commercial fishing? What are fish farms? How do fish get from the sea to the supermarket? This book looks at the history of fishing, discusses commercial fishing and aquaculture, and explores how technology has impacted the fishing industry.

Maquinaria de la Granja

12/14/2014

A Spanish book that talks about the machines present on the farm and what their uses are. English version, Farm Machinery, is also available.

A Tractor Goes Farming

12/2/2014

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.

Agricultural Drones

11/28/2014

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.

Agricultural Inventions: At the Top of the Field

11/24/2014

Historically, farming was an exhausting, physical task. Bright-minded individuals revolutionized agriculture with inventions that eased tasks and sped up production. The invention of milestone machines, such as Eli Whitney's cotton gin, are explored chronologically.

American Farm Tools; From Hand Power to Steam Power

11/20/2014

This extensive book helps to illustrate the technological advances that have helped American agriculture grow and expand.

Big Book of Big Tractors

11/16/2014

Big Book of Big Tractors is a large, full color book that gets even bigger with it's fold out pages. Students will learn the names of many machines and implements used on the farms that grow and harvest their food. How do machines dig in the soil and plant seeds? What kind of tools make physical labor on a farm easier by lifting heavy objects or performing the work of many people? How do machines harvest grains, hay, cotton, and other agricultural products? How are tractors and large machines used off the farm? These questions and more are answered and can serve as a companion to lessons about machines, harvesting, and engineering (STEM).

Big Tractor

11/12/2014

A tractor is more than a piece of farm machinery. It's the farmer's partner that helps them get the hard work done. This dynamic picture book shows a big tractor from spring planting to fall harvest.

Big Tractors With Casey and Friends

11/8/2014

Casey and Tillus the worm take students through the farm and introduce them to modern pieces of farm equipment in this exciting, accurate agriculture book.

Biofuels; Energy for the Future and Global Warming

11/4/2014

Learn more about new developments in energy production with this book, which was created with middle school curricula in mind.

Biofuels; Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

10/31/2014

Readers are introduced to biofuel options such as biogas, ethanol, and biodiesel. Related issues such as social and economic costs are also discussed.

Bob Visits the Smart Farm (Bob the Bot Series)

10/27/2014

Bob and his family are visiting a smart farm in New York City. Read along as Bob learns how smart farm technology works and how it can provide fresh food to the people of the big city.

Careers in Renewable Energy

10/23/2014

Numerous job opportunities await in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. 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 websites and more.

Changing Matter; Understanding Physical and Chemical Changes

10/19/2014

This title teaches students that everything is made of matter, and that physical changes create different forms or states of matter. It gives examples of these different states in easy to understand text and introduces students to the Law of Conservation of Mass.

Combines With Casey and Friends

10/15/2014

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.

Decoding Genes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

10/11/2014

Meet Max Axiom, super scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max teaches science in ways never before seen in a classroom. Follow along with Max as he explains genes and inheritance in an engaging, cool, and colorful graphic novel.

Ethanol and Other New Fuels

10/7/2014

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.

Eye on Energy; Renewable Fuels

10/3/2014

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.

Fantastic Farm Machines

9/29/2014

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.

Farm Machinery

9/25/2014

Introduces various farm machines, including tractors and machines that help till, seed, and harvest crops.

Farm Machines

9/21/2014

Discusses why farmers use machines including tractors, plows, discs, combines, bailing machines, and milking machines.

Food Engineering; From Concept to Consumer

9/17/2014

Calling All Innovators series introduces students to careers in science and technology. The complex text allows readers (Grades 5-8) to determine the main idea and explain how it is supported by key details. Have you ever wondered how your favorite fast food order can taste exactly the same at every one of the restaurant's locations? Or how your favorite potato chips can stay crispy for days after you open the bag? Readers will learn how the fascinating field of food science began, how it has developed over time, and what it takes to become a food scientist today.

Grandpa's Tractor

9/13/2014

Grandpa Joe brings his grandson, Timmy, back to the site 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.

Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines that Make Them

9/9/2014

The mower cuts the grass. The tedder aerates it. The baler bundles it up. Hey! We're making hay to feed our animals! This rhyming story by Christy Mihaly and beautiful paintings by Joe Cepeda celebrate farming, family, machines, and hard work.

I Drive a Tractor

9/5/2014

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

Industrializing the Corn Belt

9/1/2014

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.

Machines on the Farm

8/28/2014

Providing an early introduction to STEM education, this book uses simple text and labeled photographs to examine a wide range of exciting machines used on the farm, revealing how each machine solves a particular problem. Machines covered include tractors, combine harvesters, milking machines, hay balers, crop sprayers, and more!

Machines on the Farm

8/24/2014

This title introduces little readers to machines they might find on the farm. Complete with a More Facts section and bolded glossary terms. Readers will gather basic information about farm machines through easy-to-read, simple text alongside beautiful full-bleed photographs. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Mechanimals

8/20/2014

When a tornado leaves a farmer with a heap of scrap metal and no animals, his neighbors are sure it's all over for him. But the determined farmer refuses to admit defeat. His plans are big, and when his neighbors dismiss them with the words, "When pigs fly," they grow bigger still. The farmer sets to work to turn that scrap metal into some rather surprising creatures. Mechanimals will help all of us believe in our dreams, despite what the neighbors may say.

Otis

8/16/2014

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.

Planters and Cultivators with Casey and Friends

8/12/2014

Planters and Culivators 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. The science of land cultivation and planting is explained in fun terms for children to learn about this essential part of farming.

Power Up! Bio-Fuels

8/8/2014

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.

Producing Dairy and Eggs (The Technology of Farming)

8/4/2014

How did dairy farms develop? What methods do organic farmers use? This book explores the technology used in dairy and egg farming.

Pump Ethanol

7/31/2014

Enjoy the story about Kenneth and his desire to have the most exciting job in the world. He wanted to b 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?

Quiz Whiz

7/27/2014

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.

Small Seeds and Big Machines

7/23/2014

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.

The Introduction to Farm Machinery

7/19/2014

This in-depth text offers an introduction of farm machinery in its relation to the productivity of labor in agriculture in the United States during the 19th century.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Robot Farm

7/15/2014

Wanda proudly hosts this year's school harvest feast, but she was so busy promoting it she forget to get the food! Luckily, Ralphie happens to know of a farm that grows the finest produce around, but there's a problem: he thinks it's haunted! There are tractors driven by ghosts, plants that climb walls, and so many robots! Could the spooky discoveries actually be helping the farm?

The Perfect Barn

7/11/2014

Have you ever wondered about the purpose or function of different types of barns? The Perfect Barn is a captivating story about an owl that searches for a barn that would meet her needs and tells the story about some of the modern-day uses of barns. In the book, the main character, Barn Owl, takes flight to find the perfect barn. On her journey, she discovers various types of barns and the animals that live there—chickens, pigs, dairy cows, and sheep. Will Barn Owl find the perfect barn? At the last farm, Barn Owl makes a great discovery.

Tractors and Farm Vehicles

7/7/2014

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.

Tractors of the World

7/3/2014

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; 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 agriculture industry.

World About Us; Wind Energy

6/29/2014

Explains how the wind can be used to generate power, describes who uses it, and discusses the benefits and drawbacks to using it as a renewable source of energy.

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