It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everything is slowing down and the joys of gift giving are abundant! Are you still looking for a gift for a special little tike in your life? We suggest giving the gift of literacy! There are many books that tell the story of agriculture while encouraging reading. According to a report by the Educational Testing Services, the more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency. That’s right, gifting a book can help set your student up for success! Looking for a book to give? Check out our recommendations for elementary school students!

Who Grew My Soup? by Tom Darbyshire. This delightful story is about a boy named Phineas who declares he won’t eat his soup until he knows where it came from. Readers travel along with Phineas as he travels from farm to farm discovery all that agriculture has to offer. This book was underwritten by the Campbell Soup Company, in hopes that children of all ages will learn to love to eat their vegetables! This book was selected as the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy Project Book in 2013. Find it here:

Ellie’s Log written by Judith L. Li and illustrated by M.L. Herring. After a huge tree grashes to the ground during a winter storm, then-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, explore the forest where Ellie lives. The plants, insects, birds, and mammals they discover come to life in colored pen-and-ink drawings, setting students imaginations on fire. Written and illustrated by two Oregon State University professors, the forest and animals described in Ellie’s Log are found right here in Oregon.Find it here:

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson. This book puts a face on farming, letting students know that their food didn’t magically appear in the supermarket, but came to them through the work of real people – a good introduction to where our food comes from and all of the people that are needed to make that process happen. This book highlights the diversity and depth of today’s agriculture. This book was selected as the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy Project Book in 2016. Find it here:

Oh Say Can You Seed? by Bonnie Worth. This Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book takes students on an adventure to learn all about seeds and plants. The colorful pages, rhythmic writing style, and memorable characters will engage students to dig deep and have a great appreciation for all that plants do for us. This book was selected as the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy Project Book in 2007. Find it here:

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe. In this book children will learn about 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! A perfect gift for your young scientist. Find it here:

Several of these books are on the Oregon AITC Wish List! This means, when you shop on amazon, you can choose to purchase a book to gift to our program. We then put these books in our Free Loan Library, so teachers all over the state of Oregon can utilize them for FREE! If you do any shopping on Amazon this holiday season, we suggest you use Amazon Smile! Simply type in and choose “Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation”, then Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to our organization (unfortunately, the above links will not automatically take you to Amazon Smile, don’t forget to make the change). These are a gift that keeps on giving!


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