The recipient of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2011 Award for Children’s Literature is Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson.
Peterson’s book describes the seemingly miraculous process by which air and water combine with seed, soil and sun to create nearly all the food we eat. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a tiny corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air with roots extending over 6 feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures that live there from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas and earthworms.
This marks the sixth time one of Peterson’s books has been selected for this award. Peterson and her family live on a Wisconsin dairy farm.
The OFBF award honors a book and author whose work embodies an agricultural theme and contributes to American literature. Seed Soil Sun also was named book of the year by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The foundation produced a companion educator guide to accompany Seed Soil Sun.