Agricultural Literacy Week

Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 16-20, 2015


How Does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) Work?

In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agricultural Literacy Week. 2,000 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.

2015 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 16th and runs through Friday, March 20th.

Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.

  1. Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
  2. Volunteers read to students in first through third grade classrooms.
  3. Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.

All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.

About This Year's Book

Weaving the Rainbow

Weaving the Rainbow

by George Ella Lyon and Illustrated by Stephanie Anderson

The signature book for 2015 is Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Stephanie Anderson. In this beautiful story a young girl leads the reader through the process of raising and caring for animals, with the end result of using their well-cared for fleece as the medium for her weaved artwork. Students will see the steps of shearing, carding, spinning, dying before she can to make a beautiful tapestry.

Fiber production, whether from sheep, goats, alpacas, or rabbits, is an important agricultural industry in New York State. The farmers who produce these animals must maintain proper nutrition and management of their flocks to ensure the best quality fleeces and end-result products. Fiber animals are often used as multi-purpose animals and also raised for their meat and milk. Agriculture is not always what we eat, but also what we wear. All lesson, activities, learning extensions, and companion resources are aligned to New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.


Teacher Resources

Coming Soon...

Agricultural Litracy Week Archive

Now in its 10th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State.
Click here to explore past years books and resources.

Who Grew My Soup? The Beeman The Honeybee Man Seed, Soils, Sun Chicks & Chickens

The Tree Farmer Sugarbush Spring Empire State Investigator Lily's Garden Extra Cheese Please

Literacy Volunteers

Follow the link below to volunteer as a reader for Ag Literacy Week. Your information will be sent to your county coordinator.

Click here to register as a Literacy Volunteer


Would you like a volunteer to read and lead an activity in your classroom? Please click the link below and your information will be sent to the county coordinator.

Click here to register your classroom for ALW 2014

Sponsorships & Donations

Would you like to fund the purchase of one or more books?

The books are $12 each and will be donated to the school library after being read.

Send your donation to your county coordinator (make checks payable to Cornell University and indicate "Ag Literacy Week" in the memo line). Donors will be recognized on a special bookplate. You may choose to have your donated book sent to a specific school, or to read it yourself to your local school.


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