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.

Popcorn Country: The Story of America's Favorite Snack by Cris Peterson

Kids love food–and they especially love to eat popcorn! Author Cris Peterson offers an illuminating step-by-step examination of the history and science behind America’s favorite snack. With photographs illustrating every stage, readers get a behind-the-scenes view of how popcorn is planted, grown, harvested, processed, tested, and finally shipped to stores and movie theaters all over the world. Back matter delves into the history of popcorn and how it became so popular in the United States.

The Children's Garden: Growing Food in the City by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Welcome to the Children’s Garden–a beautiful place to connect with nature and the food cycle! Illustrated with colorful paintings, this charming picture book features a diverse group of children connecting to food through hands-on outdoor activity.

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life By David R. Montgomery

For centuries, agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic matter vital to its productivity. Now conventional agriculture is threatening disaster for the world’s growing population. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture—ditching the plow, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops—is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.