Two (non-ag) picture books for Farm-to-School month

October is National Farm-To-School Month.  Check back every Monday of the month for a post about how to incorporate agricultural themes into the classroom.

"A New Coat for Anna" by Harriet Ziefert

“A New Coat for Anna” by Harriet Ziefert

Did your parents read to you as a child?  I’m thankful that one of my most vivid childhood memories is of my mom reading to me.  Although we didn’t read many (if any) books explicitly about agriculture, I found myself exposed to timeless truths about agriculture through children’s literature.

One of my favorite books as a child was “A New Coat for Anna” by Harriet Ziefert.  This post-World War II story follows a young girl named Anna who needs a new coat.  Through bartering and ingenuity, Anna and her mother use their possessions to work with a farmer, a spinner, a weaver and a tailor to make a coat.  The story introduces readers to the role the farmer plays in clothing us and sound animal welfare information while describing simple economic principles.

oxcart man

“Ox-Cart Man” by Donald Hall

Another book I enjoyed while growing up was “Ox-Cart Man” by Donald Hall.  A Caldecott Award Winner, this story skillfully captures nineteenth-century rural life and lauds the men and women whose livelihoods were tied to farming.  The beautiful illustrations and prose remind readers how agriculture shaped our country culturally and economically in the early years of settlement.

Are there any “non-ag” books you read as a child (or that you read to your children) that teach important lessons about agriculture?  Leave a comment below or email me at

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2 thoughts on “Two (non-ag) picture books for Farm-to-School month

  1. I don’t have any books to add, but I like the two books you mention. I have read them both to my children. Donald Hall has some really interesting children’s books. We recently read *The Farm Summer 1942* which is about a young boy staying with his rural grandparents for a summer. He learns to love the farm, and he yearns to be with his parents at his own home again. It has a nice tension between farm life and city life.

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