In a time that we are staying home and discovering new ways to live our lives for the safety of ourselves and others, there is much uncertainty, especially when it comes to children's education. We know that reading and storytelling have always been important ways for people to come together and feel a sense of comfort and books have always been a large part of the New York Agriculture in the Classroom program.
We want to ensure every child has access to agriculturally accurate books and resources for this quarantined time at home. Below you will find paired resources to further engage your child or student's learning about our nation's most important industry, agriculture, through fun and hands-on activities.
You may request up to 2 books to be sent to you free of charge for your household. You can find a short description of each of the books below, and use the form to make your selections. These books can be used to fill your home or classroom library. We will work diligently to process requests and will continue distributing books until we run out.
This fun and exciting story shares the journey of Mr. Tiffin's class on a field trip to an apple orchard. The students learn about every aspect of the farm from how apples are harvested, the process of making cider, and the many different varieties of apples. While the class picks their apples and experiences the farm, Mr. Tiffin gives them all a riddle to ponder.
In this beautiful story a young girl leads the reader through the process of raising and caring for animals, with the 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.
In this delightful book, Phineas Quinn questions the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch. He refuses to slurp a single spoonful until he knows who grew each of the vegetables. Much to his surprise, a man in a flying tomato balloon shows up to answer his questions. Phineas joins the magical Mr. Mattoo as they fly from farm to farm, learning about the amazing vegetables, and meeting the farmers who grow them.
Find out where honey comes from as Grandpa the Beeman teaches the basics of beekeeping to his young grandson. This rhyming story includes 7 pages of endnotes full of essential facts about bees, beekeeping, honey, and the vital part that bees play in the natural world.
Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: “Good morning, my bees, my darlings!” His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn… so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting.