How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food has been named the recipient of the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau Award for Children’s Literature.The book connects children to the food in their lunchboxes by showing the effort and skill needed to produce foods such as bread, cheese, apple juice and chocolate chip cookies. This brightly illustrated book is written for ages 5-8 reading level and grades K-2nd. Author Chris Butterworth introduces children to the concepts of natural, capital and human resources, often among the first set of economics concepts that children are expected to learn in the primary grades. Readers are also introduced to the basic food groups and given tips on healthful eating. Children can relate firsthand to these ideas when they think about the roles of farms, food processing facilities, and transportation networks in producing their lunchbox foods.“Our members have always put a high value on identifying great children’s literature that will interest young people in agriculture,” said Pat Petzel, OFBF’s vice president of communications. “This year’s winner is fun and educational for the kids and we’re proud to recognize Chris Butterworth’s wonderful book.”An educator’s guide and Food Connection classroom or cafeteria poster are also available to accompany this book. The teacher’s resources were produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.The book and/or educator’s guide can be ordered from county Farm Bureau offices or by visiting AgFoundation.org and clicking on “Resource Orders,” “Educational Materials,” then “Books of the Year.” When ordering books online, editions identified as the Ohio winner can be requested.Each year Ohio Farm Bureau honors a book and author whose work embodies an agricultural theme and contributes to American literature. How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? also was named book of the year by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
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