AFBF Foundation for Agriculture Names Children’s Book of the Year

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its seventh annual “Book of the Year” award to Laurie Krebs for “The Beeman.” The book introduces young readers to bees, beekeepers and the pollination process.

Krebs is a retired elementary school teacher. She began her writing career by creating stories for her class. Today she lives in Virginia with the Beeman himself, her husband, Bill.

As her husband began reading about his new hobby, he shared his enthusiasm and knowledge with Krebs, who was fascinated and invited him to talk to her first grade class.

“The children, in turn, learned so much and loved his photographs and beekeeping equipment,” Krebs said. “I wrote ‘The Beeman’ so that honeybees could be introduced to classrooms that my husband couldn’t visit.”

The Book of the Year award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify “accurate ag books,” a collection of more than 400 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. Book of the Year selections are educational, help to create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives as well as tell the farmer’s story. The Accurate Ag Books database is available online. 

The Foundation has created an educator’s guide and the Bee Ag Mag publication as companion pieces to “The Beeman.” Also for the first time ever, the Foundation is offering a Spanish text version of the Bee Ag Mag.


Devin Trout is the media and marketing specialist for Franklin County Farm Bureau and designer for Edible Columbus. She is a Columbus Pittie Committee foster and active with the Central Ohio Young Ag Professionals.

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