OFBF selects Children’s Literature Award winner


Buckeye Farm News 

The Communications Committee of the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees has selected Farmer George Plants a Nation written by Peggy Thomas with paintings by Layne Johnson as the 2009 winner of the annual OFBF Children’s Literature Award. Calkins Creek, a subsidiary of Boyds Mills Press, is the publisher of this 40-page picture book that focuses on George Washington’s life as a farmer, inventor and scientist. The author 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 is currently out of stock but will be available in April for county Farm Bureaus to purchase. Contact the county Farm Bureau to order the book; cost is $9.

Consider a visit to the local library or bookstore to take a look at the other books that were considered for this year’s award: 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.


Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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