The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 15th “Book of the Year” award to author Kiki Thorpe for “How to Grow a Monster.” The award was presented at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 103rd Convention.

How to Grow a Monster“How to Grow a Monster” explores the makers theme of gardening and includes a gardening-related activity for young makers to try themselves. Tapping into the popular makers movement (hands-on learning), the book is part of a series of fun, easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action.

Thorpe has written more than 40 books for young readers. She is the New York Timesbestselling author of “The Never Girls” chapter book series, which has been published in 25 countries. Thorpe grew up in Boise, Idaho, and finds inspiration for many of her stories in memories of her childhood there. She lives with her family in Colorado.

“It’s such an honor to have my book recognized by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. I hope ‘How to Grow a Monster’ inspires young readers to try growing their own food,” Thorpe said.

The “Book of the Year” award springs from the foundation’s effort to identify “Accurate Ag Books,” a collection of nearly 500 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.

To accompany “How to Grow a Monster,” the Foundation has created an educator’s guide.

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