Thursday, July 19, 2012

G's list of Ag Books

I enjoy making lists. Then I quickly lose them.  I painstakingly print grocery lists on bright post it notes, arrive at the grocery store and promptly need to “wing it”.  No note can be found.  I end up at home with five cans of French onion soup I didn’t need. (true story)

Part of why I like lists is the marking off.  The quick slash through an item feels good. 
Surely I can’t lose a list posted online.  So here it goes
My list of books to read to G in the future:  Topic Agriculture

  1. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Fantastic Farm Machines by Cris Peterson
  3. Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth.  
  4. Who Grew My Soup? By Tom Darbyshire and C. F. Payne
  5. Cattle Kids: A Year on the Western Range by Cat Urbigkit
  6. Corn by Gail Gibbons
  7. Farming by Gail Gibbons
  8. Extra Cheese, Please!: Mozzarella’s Journey from Cow to Pizza by Cris Peterson
  9. Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  10. The Cow that Went Oink by Bernard Most
I gathered ideas from a couple of cool sources. A blog called Small Nebraska Farming: The Smaller Guy You Don't See shared a fun post called Top Books for Farm Kids. Also Minnesota's Agriculture in the Classroom lists a children's literacy book bundle with fantastic reads. 

Although I love books that feature farm animals such as Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin, the portrayal of a farmer feels somewhat cliche.  Do all farmers wear a straw hat, bib overalls and a scowl on their face? I suppose if playing Pictionary and my topic was television, I would definitely draw an old box TV with two V-shaped antennas (not a flat screen) Nostalgic image… I get it. 
If I ever became an author of a children’s farm book, my main character will sport dirt-covered, holes-in-the knee blue jeans, college T-shirt, and seed corn hat with red Gatorade in hand.  Just saying. 

A recent video on You Tube called “Farm It Maybe” parody to "Call Me Maybe"  displays a young farmer doing what he loves: working on a dairy farm.  My favorite verse of his song: 
"Yeah, I'm a Farm Boy
And here's my Holstein
It's just a heifer
It has no baby"
Great job representing agriculture in a fun and educational way littlefred2008!
Let’s go back to my list.  It’s only 10 books long, and my goal is 50.  I need some help here.  What’s your favorite ag-related kids’ book?  
I’ll keep adding books to my list… and when we get to #50 there will be a prize involved (meaning G will get a new book for his library… and so will someone else).  Stay tuned!


  1. Thanks Becca! I'll have to admit I've only read the first book on the list "Big Red Barn" but I have plans to check out some of these books through our inter library loan system ..., hopefully soon! I think you are a teacher (yup I checked out your page!) Do you have any ag books you like to read in the classroom? Would love to know what you like.