Ag Literacy Week Book Written by Shannon Anderson
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Agricultural Literacy Week. I Love Strawberries by Shannon Anderson.


Agricultural Literacy Week 2024

  • Monday, March 18, 2024, 9:00 AM - Friday, March 22@ 3:00 PM

Agricultural Literacy Week 2024 celebrates strawberries, one of the sweetest fruits of summer! Ranking 8th in the nation in production, New York’s strawberry crop is one of the first available local foods we see in markets and roadside stands. In the book, I Love Strawberries, young Jolie is determined to convince her parents to let her grow strawberries and she models the qualities of responsibility, creativity, and tenacity.

In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to elementary students, with a focus on second grade classrooms. Farmers, FFA and 4-H members, adults engaged in a career in agriculture, and engaged in our food system volunteer to enthusiastically engage your students in a paired hands-on activity related to the book to extend learning. The book will be donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and our celebration of New York Agricultural Literacy Week. 2,300 books were donated last year while 75,000 elementary students participated in an experiential learning activity.

Start to finish the program takes approximately 40 minutes per classroom

  1. Agricultural Literacy Week volunteers work with their county's coordinator to set up visits to local schools
  2. Volunteers read the selected book aloud to the students.
  3. Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.
  4. The book is donated to the school or classroom library for students to enjoy and reference throughout the school year.

All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.

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Last updated February 29, 2024