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Recommended Agriculture Reading List

The Ag Council has compiled this list of books for children on a wide range of agriculture-related topics. If you have a book to add, please contact us.

These lists are also available for download.


  • Alpha Bakery - Children's Cookbook. General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN. 1991.
  • The Almond Orchard. Coats, Laura Jane. McMillan Publishing Co. New York. 1991.
  • The Amazing Apple Book. Borgeois, Paulette Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc. Reading, MA. 1990
  • Amazing Bats. Greenway, Frank. Alfred A. Knopf. New York. ISBN 0-679-81518-X
  • Amazing Insects. Mound, Lawrence. Alfred A. Knopf. New york. ISBN 0-679-83925-9
  • The Amazing Dirt Book. Borgeois, Paulette. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc. Reading, MA. 1990.
  • The Amazing Potato Book. Borgeois, Paulette. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc. Reading, MA. 1991.
  • Animal Close Ups - The Bee. Starosta, Paul. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1991. ISBN 0-88106-430-0
  • Bean and Plant. Bach, Christine and Barrie Watts. Silver Burdett Press. Morristown, NJ. 1986 ISBN 0-382-09300-3
  • Busy, Buzzy Bus. Fowler, Allan. Childrens Press. Parsippany, NJ. 1995. ISBN 0-516-46037-4
  • Butterflies. Phelps Hunt, Joni. Silver Burdett. Parsippany, NJ. 1995. ISBN 0-382-24874-0
  • Chicken and Egg. Bach, Christine and Jens Olosen. Silver Burdett Press. Morristown, NJ. ISBN 0-382-09959-1
  • Color Crunch. Reasoner, Charles. Price Stern Sloan, Inc. (a member of Putnam & Grossett Group.). Los Angeles, CA. 1996. ISBN 0-8431-3936-6
  • Corn Belt Harvest. Bial, Raymond. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, MA. 1991.
  • Cotton Now and Then. Bates Willing, Karen and Julie Bates Dock. Now and then Publications. Ashland, OR. (541)482-7935
  • Eating the Alphabet. Ehlert, Lois. Hartcourt Brace Jovanovich. San Diego, CA. 1989.
  • Epitaph for a Peach - Four Seasons on My Family Farm. Harper Collins Publishers. New York. 1995. ISBN 0-06-251024-X
  • Extra Cheese, Please! Peterson, Chris. Boyds Mills Press. Honesdale, PA. 1994. ISBN 1-56397-1771
  • Farm Facts. American Farm Bureau Federation. Park Ridge, IL. 1996. (847)685-8858
  • The Flower Alphabet Book. Pallotta, Jerry. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1988. ISBN 0-88106-679-6
  • From Seed to Plant. Gibbons, Gail. Holiday House. New York. 1991. ISBN 0-8234-0872-8
  • Going Lobstering. Pallotta, Jerry. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1990 ISBN 0-88106-689-3
  • The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Children's Cookbook. Morrow Jr. Books. New York. 1997. ISBN 0-688-13375-7
  • Growing Vegetable Soup. Ehlert, Lois. Hartcourt Brace Jovanovich. San Diego, CA. 1988.
  • Harvest Year. Peterson, Chris. Boyds Mills Press. Honesdale, PA. 1996.
  • Horses. Budd, Jackie. Kingisher. New York. 1995. ISBN 0-88106-676-1
  • The Icky Bug Alphabet Book. Pallotta, Jerry. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1996. ISBN 0-88106-676-1
  • In a Pumpkin Shell. Storey Gillis, Jennifer. Storey Communications. Pownal, VT. ISBN 0-88266-771-8
  • Insects. Phelps Hunt, Joni. Silver Burdett. Parsippany, NJ. 1995. ISBN 0-382-24879-1
  • An Introduction to Biology. Chisolm, Jane and David Beeson. Usborne Publishing, Ltd. Revised Edition. 1993. ISBN 0-86020-707-2
  • Kids Gardening. Raftery, Kevin. Klutz Press. San Diego, CA. 1989. ISBN 0-932592-25-2
  • Make and Applie Pie and See the World. Priceman, Marjorie. Alfred A. Knopf. New York. 1994.
  • Messipes. Gordon, Lynn. Random House. New York. 1996. ISBN 0-679-87426-7
  • Mr. Jay in Farmland (K-3 student readers) Missouri Agriculture in the Classroom, P.O. Box 658. Jefferson City, MO 65102.
  • My Mom's a Vet. Horenstein, Henry. Candlewick Press. Cambridge, MA.
  • The Popcorn Book. diPaola, Tomie. Holiday House. New York. 1978.
  • The Random House Book of Horse and Horsemanship. Rodenas, Paula. Random House. New York. 1997. ISBN 0-394-88705-0
  • Science in the Kitchen. Heddle, Rebecca. Usborne Publishing, Ltd. London. 1992. ISBN 0-746-00974-7
  • Science with Plants. Univin, Mike. Usborne Publishing, Ltd. London. 1992. ISBN 0-746-00976-3
  • Seeds of Change. Viola, Herman J. and Carolyn Margolis. Smithsonian Institute Press. Washington, 1991.
  • The Spice Alphabet Book. Pallotta, Jerry. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1994. ISBN 0-88106-899-3
  • Strawberry. Coldrey, Jennifer and George Bernard. Silver Burdett Press. Englewood, NJ. 1989.
  • Tops and Bottoms. Stevens, Janet. Hartcourt Brace and Company, New York. 1995.
  • A Tractor Goes Farming. Harrington, Roy. American Society for Agricultural Engineering. St. Joseph, MO. 1995. (800)695-2723
  • The Very Hungry Caterpiller. Carle, Eric. Philomel Books. New York. 1994. ISBN 0-399022690-7
  • The Victory Garden Vegetable Alphabet Book. Pallotta, Jerry and Bob Thomson. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 1992. ISBN 0-88106-685-0
  • What Happens to Your Food? Smith, Alistair. Usborne Publishing, Ltd. London. 1997. ISBN 0-7460-25041
  • Why does Popcorn Pop? Ripley, Catherine. Owl Books. Toronto (distributed by Firefly Books, New York) 1997. ISBN 1-895-68870-1

Resource Books

  • The Agriculture Dictionary. Herren, Ray V. and Roy L. Donahue. Delmar Publishers, Inc. 1991.
  • Agriculture Fact Book 1996. United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Communications. Washington, DC. 1996.
  • Biodiversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems. Alteri, Miguel A. Haworth Press, Inc. 1993/94
  • Career Opportunities in Agriculture. Food and Agricultural Careers for Tomorrow. Purdue University. 1996. (317)494-8473
  • Facts not Fear - A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children About the Environment. Samera, Michael and Jane S. Shaw. Regnery Publishing, Inc. Washington, DC 20003. ISBN 0-89526-488X
  • Food Guide Pyramid. United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Services. To order, contact Consumer Information Center, Department 159-Y, Pueblo, CO 81109.
  • The Growing Classroom. Jaffe, Roberta. 1990. agAccess (916)756-7177
  • Growing Seasons, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York
  • Integrating Sustainable Agriculture, Ecology and Environmental Policy. Olson, Richard K. and raymond P. Poincelot. Haworth Press University. 1996. (317)494-8473 Company, Inc. 1992.
  • Minimum Tillage Farming/No Tillage Farming. Hayes, W.A. and Harry Young. 1982. (916)756-7177
  • Plants for People. Lewington, Anna. 1990. agAccess. (916)756-7177
  • Saving the Plant with Pesticides and Plastics. Avery, Dennis T. Hudson Institute. Indianapolis, IN. 1995. (317)545-1000 ISBN 1-55813-051-9
  • Science in Your Shopping Cart. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Washington, DC. 1997. (301)344-2340
  • Seeds to Civilization: The Story of Food. agAccess. 1990. (916)756-7177
  • Soybean Utilization. Snyder, Harry E. The Haworth Press, Inc. 1987. agAccess. (916)756-7177
  • Toward a More Sustainable Agriculture. Poincelot, Raymond P. The Haworth Press, Inc. 1986.

Posters

  • A Cooks Garden of Herbs. Haworth Press, Inc. (800)342-9678
  • Living Science poster series. Food and Agricultural Careers for Tomorrow. Purdue University. West LaFayette, IN. (317)494-8473
  • Periodic Table of Fruits & Nuts, Vegetables, Fish, and Desserts. (4 in total). The Haworth Press, Press, Inc. 1986. (800)342-9678
  • Things We Can Learn from a Cow and a Worm. #17517. National Cattleman's Beef Association. (800)368-3138

Videos

  • Art of Cheesemaking. Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Order Number 8050. (608)836-8820
  • Cranberry Bounce. DeBeck, Susan. DeBeck Educational Videos. Bellingham, WA. (604)739-7696
  • Farm Animals ... Close Up and Very Personal, and Fruit ... Close Up and Very Personal. (800)979-6800
  • Summer on the Farm 1 and 2, Winter on the Farm. Fesko, Chris. Chris Fesko Enterprises. Skancateles, NY. (800)747-6470