Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced the winner of its 2013 Children’s Literature Award. The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo by Cat Urbigkit was honored for its depiction of agriculture and contribution to American literature.
The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo introduces young readers to a dog and burro team at work on a sheep ranch in Wyoming. Urbigkit included dynamic real-life photographs in the book.
The annual selection is made by members of the communications committee of OFBF’s board of trustees who review a list of nominees. The book also was selected as the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s book of the year.Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer who lives on a Wyoming sheep ranch. She writes for several media outlets and blogs and honed her writing skills as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade
The American Farm Bureau Foundation has created an educator’s guide as a companion piece to the book; the guide takes elementary students through various learning activities.
The book and/or educator’s guide can be ordered by visiting AgFoundation.org and clicking on “Resource Orders” and searching for The Guardian Team. When ordering books online, editions identified as the Ohio winner can be requested. Books are also available for purchase at the Tiffin office, call 877-447-3091.