Agriculture Reading Hour
How to Participate
By signing up for the program you agree to:
- Read the book, I Love Strawberries!, to a classroom of your choice.
- Capture a photo of your book reading experience.
- Donate the book to the school library or classroom.
- Submit the photo of your book reading experience to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.
By: Lisl Detlefsen
A delightful romp around farms through the seasons – and the many types of boots that are needed to get the job done.
Grab your boots it’s time to explore life on a farm! In joyful verse follow a diverse cast of families as they work together to care for crops and animals on their farms through spring, summer, fall and winter.
Follow farming families as they work and play in boots, all year long. Whether it’s springtime puddle-splashing, riding at the summer fair, or herding sheep into the barn in winter, there’s a type of boot for every kind of weather and activity. Each season brings adorable farm animals, farming equipment, and of course boots in this exploration of farm and country life.
For free educational activities and videos visit https://www.feedingmindspress.com/our-books/farm-boots
Sign up for Ag Reading Hour 2023-2024
Thank you for seeing the need for agricultural awareness and joining us to take agriculture directly into a classroom. With a $15 donation, you can provide a volunteer a book to take into the classroom to help approximately 20 students learn about agriculture.
Be prepared. Practice reading the book silently to yourself so you can decide where to pause, where to ask questions, and where to expect reactions.
Introduce the book. Explain that you are a part of agriculture and want to share about what you do with the students.
Read the book with expression. Vary your voice volume and tone throughout the story. Make sure to smile!
Hold the book to the side. As you read, hold the book to the side of your body and slowly move the illustrations in front of the kids.
Allow time for responses and reactions. Don’t rush through the reading experience. Invite the kids to comment on the story and its illustrations and share your experience with the topic.
Have a good time!
Making the Connection
Many volunteers who choose to participate in Agriculture Reading Hour are farmers, ranchers, or agribusiness partners. These volunteers use their experiences in farming and ranching to share with students about agriculture in Nebraska. As you look around the state, you may notice there aren’t many strawberry fields. Although Nebraska is not a nationally recognized producer of strawberries, this story allows volunteers to connect with readers in other ways. If you’re a volunteer feeling a little disconnected from the story, try using these bits of information to connect with students.
- Jolie grows her own plants – so do you! Jolie may be a small-scale farmer, but you can connect to her story by sharing about the plants and animals that you grow and raise.
- Jolie has complications growing her food – so do you! She deals with things such as pests and has a comical way to keep her plants growing. How do you keep your plants growing?
- Jolie eats her plants – so do you! Your crops are processed into food and products we can use. You can share a connection for how your crops are used; maybe they even feed animals!
In the end, this story allows farmers and ranchers to connect with students. It’s an open door into the classroom to share about agriculture in a colorful story, while also sharing your story of how you grow food.