I LOVE Strawberries

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 16th “Book of the Year” award to author Shannon Anderson for “I LOVE Strawberries.” The award was presented at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 104th Convention.

“I LOVE Strawberries” follows Jolie and her faithful rabbit, Munchy, as together they find out just how delicious, rewarding and complicated it can be to grow your own food. Through Jolie’s scrapbook-style journal entries, young readers learn how strawberries grow, what pests to look out for in a garden, why ladybugs are helpful, and much more.

Shannon Anderson is an award-winning children’s book author and national speaker. She taught for 25 years, from first grade through college level, and was named one of the 10 teachers who “awed and inspired” the “Today” show in 2019.

“I’m so grateful to have my book honored by the Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. I hope ‘I LOVE Strawberries!’ inspires young readers to learn more about the joy and hard work it takes to grow their own food,” Anderson said. “I LOVE Strawberries” is illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the University of the Arts in 2008. The book was named a winner in the inaugural 2022 Good Housekeeping’s Best Kids’ Book Awards.

Accurate Ag Books

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.

Purchase a copy of the book from the foundation’s website. To accompany “I LOVE Strawberries,” the foundation has created an educator’s guide.

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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

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Matt Aultman

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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

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Way Farms

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Clark County Farm Bureau

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Hardin County Farm Bureau

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