K-12 Reading Resources

The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence strives to improve agricultural and natural resource literacy through our K-12 reading resources to help Washington’s youth grow into informed consumers who understand the importance of agriculture and natural resources and how and why farmers and ranchers and foresters produce food, fiber and renewable energy!

Due to COVID-19 many Washington  State K-12 institutions will be operating online this Fall, our goal is to provide addition reading resources for students to access remotely.

Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson

Seed, Soil, Sun. With these simple ingredients, nature creates our food. Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a tiny corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. This American Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture Book of the Year also discusses the make-up of soil and the amazing creatures who live there—from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.

First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby

Winner of the 2016 Ag Foundation Book of the Year award! This book is a wonderful way to introduce students to school gardens, the scientific method, and a bit of history of agriculture in the United States. This story follows Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello garden and race to harvest their peas first and mirrors it in a school setting. Target grade range of 2nd-4th.

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth

The best part of a young child’s day is often opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did all that delicious food get there? Who made the bread for the sandwich? What about the cheese inside? Who plucked the fruit? And where did the chocolate in that cookie get its start? From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.


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