You know accurate ag books cover topics related to agriculture, but did you know that some also explore history too?
Let’s explore some!
Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation
This book by Peggy Thomas reveals Thomas Jefferson’s love and passion for agriculture. While Jefferson was a president and patriot, but he was also a planter and gardener who enjoyed watching things grow.
This beautifully illustrated book uncovers Jefferson’s passion for both his country and agriculture.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth
Farmer George Plants a Nation
This book was also written by Peggy Thomas and focuses on former President George Washington’s roles as farmer, inventor and scientist. Washington wanted to make his home in Mount Vernon self-sufficient and invented a combination plow-tiller-harrow to make farming more efficient. His desire to make Mount Vernon more self-sufficient carried over to his goal to make his new country, the United States, more independent.
First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby also explores Thomas Jefferson- specifically his garden at Monticello. Maya’s class has a peas growing contest, fashioned after the contest Jefferson would have with his neighbors every spring. While following Maya’s class’s journey, the reader also learns historical information about Jefferson and his garden at Monticello.
First Peas to the Table was a AFBFA Book of the Year winner!
In the Garden with Dr. Carver
This historical-fiction book by Susan Grigsby, follows Sally, a little girl living in rural Alabama in the early 1900s who is visited by plant scientist George Washington Carver. Carver helps the adults with their farms and the children with their school garden. The book includes facts about Dr. Carver and agriculture in the early 1900s.
You may think of tractors when you think of John Deere, but in the 1830s John Deere was a young blacksmith who created a steel plow to help farmers. This colorful book explores John Deere’s contribution to agriculture and farming life in the 1830s. John Deere, That’s Who! was the 2018 AFBFA Book of the Year!
You can get the book, educator guide and accompanying Ag Innovations Ag Mag here!
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