About the Program

During her time as Nebraska’s First Lady, it is Suzanne Pillen’s mission to share accurate agriculture books with students in Nebraska. Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom helped to create Bushels of Stories to show students how food starts on the farm and ends up in their home using books to tell a story.

On September 25, 2023, Governor Jim Pillen proclaimed the week Agriculture Literacy Week to kick-off the program. The First Lady travelled to classrooms in Scottsbluff, Columbus, and Lincoln to begin her mission.

Request a Visit

While Agriculture Literacy Week in Nebraska was celebrated in September, the first lady will continue to share her love of agriculture and reading. Throughout Governor Jim Pillen’s time in office, First Lady Suzanne Pillen will fulfill requests to read to classrooms across the state.

If you are interested in the First Lady visiting your classroom, please complete the form below. The First Lady is excited to visit many Nebraska classrooms and will fill as many requests as her calendar will allow. In the event the First Lady is not able to fulfill your request, we will reach out to offer an alternate experience for your classroom. You will stay on the request list for the First Lady’s reading next year, as well. 

Bushels of Stories has reached the maximum requests for the 2023-2024 school year. Check back in Fall 2024 to request a visit for the 2024-2025 school year. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Shreve, senior director of outreach education, at courtneys@nefb.org or 402-937-2466.

* The First Lady will give prioirty to visit fourth grade classrooms thorughout the governor’s time in office as she will connect her experience with Nebraska Studies in Social Studies.

Agriculture Themed Books

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Farm Boots by Lisl H. Detlefsen

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.

3rd – 5th Grade

Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen

What’s that you say? You’re hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer! You have stories of so many right here on your table. Award winners Lisl H. Detlefsen and Renee Kurilla’s delicious celebration of food and farming is sure to inspire readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from – right this very minute!