'Farmer George Plants a Nation' is the 2009 Ohio Farm Bureau Children's Literature Award winner.

Farm Bureau announces 2009 Children’s Literature Award Winner

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – “Farmer George Plants a Nation,” written by Peggy Thomas with paintings by Layne Johnson has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Children’s Literature Award.

Given annually by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board of trustees, the award recognizes the author of a children’s book that OFBF considers to be an especially important contribution to American literature.

The 40-page picture book focusing on George Washington’s life as a farmer, inventor and scientist, is published by Calkins Creek, a subsidiary of Boyds Mills Press. The story describes Washington’s efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon while also forming a new nation.

“All of us at Boyds Mills Press are proud to publish books that bring the story of agriculture to young readers. Because fewer of our kids know about agriculture firsthand, we believe it is necessary to accurately tell the story of producing food and fiber,” said Kent Brown, publisher, Boyds Mills Press, which has published five of the previous award-winning books OFBF has selected.

The book will be available for purchase at the cost of $9 in April from county Farm Bureaus.

Other books nominated for this year’s award include:

  • “Johnny Appleseed,” written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Jim Burke; Harper Collins, 2008.
  • “Little Star — Raising Our First Calf,” written by twins Rianna and Sheridan Chaney, photographs by Kelly Hahn Johnson and Rebecca Long Chaney; Down Under Publications, 2008.
  • “Our Farm” written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen; Darby Creek Publishing, 2008.
  • “Soil! Get the Inside Scoop” written by David L. Lindbo and others; Soil Science Society of America, 2008.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization with more than 234,000 members. To learn more about Ohio Farm Bureau, visit www.GrowWithFB.org.



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