The recipient of the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau Award for Children’s Literature award goes to Chris Butterworth for How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Illustrations, by Lucia Gaggiotti. The book highlights many aspects of farming and includes information on food safety and nutrition. 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 Crawford County Farm Bureau would like to get county second grade classrooms involved in agriculture by visiting classrooms, hosting a coloring contest, and presenting a copy of this award winning book and teachers materials to the area elementary schools. If you are interested, please contact Eileen in the office or call 419-747-7488. Letters are being emailed to Crawford County school superintendants as well.