Career Book List: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Grades K-2

  1. Germs! Germs! Germs! by Bobbi Katz
    A rhyming storybook that introduces readers to germs, from where they live, to instructions on how to keep the germs away.
  2. Dinosaurs Beware! A Safety Guide by Stephen Krensky
    This colorful book outlines six safety tips that a family of dinosaurs follows throughout different situations at home, at mealtime, camping, in the car, and in other places.
  3. Harvey The Gardener by Lars Klinting
    Harvey the beaver attempts to grow his own beans with the help of his friend, Chip. Children will learn what goes into growing a plant, as well as different gardening tips.
  4. Dirt: Jump Into Science by Steve Tomecek
    This book teaches young readers about soil and the role it plays in helping plants and animals grow. There is a do-it-yourself experiment at the end of the book where readers will be given the opportunity to create their own ecosystem in a soda bottle!
  5. Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert E. Wells
    This book teaches young readers about the water cycle, ocean currents, ocean and lake habitats, and water pollution.
  6. The Great Trash Bash by Loreen Leedy
    The town of Beaston has a trash problem. Read along as the mayor of Beaston and the townspeople explore solutions to the trash problem. Young readers will learn the importance of recycling and limiting excess trash.
  7. Animal Hospital by Judith Walker-Hodge
    Follow Jake and Luke on their adventure to the animal hospital. This book will help enhance and develop children’s reading skills, while teaching them about animal hospitals.
  8. Animal Babies on The Farm by editors of Kingfisher
    This book introduces readers to seven young farm animals-pigs, cows, horse, chickens, goats, and geese.
  9. Fall Harvests: Bringing in Food by Martha E.H. Rustad and Amanda Enright
    What happens in the fall? This colorful storybook introduces readers to what goes into preparing for crops and harvesting in the fall.
  10. Food from Farms (World of Farming) by Nancy Dickmann
    Readers will learn about the different kinds of foods that are raised on farms around the world in this introduction to the world of farming.
  11. Earth's Resources (Investigate) by Sue Barraclough
    Young readers will learn about fuel, water conservation, and what trees are made into. The format of the book allows readers to use scientific processes (prediction, hypothesis, and inference) to answer questions throughout the book.

Grades 3-5

  1. Science Experiments You Can Eat: Revised ED. by Vicki Cobb and David Cain
    Young readers will have fun learning about the foods we eat daily. Your kitchen will be transformed into a scientific laboratory as readers make startling discoveries about different foods.
  2. Disgusting Food Invaders (Up Close and Gross) by Ruth Owen
    This “up close and gross” book will educate readers on the different types of bacteria that exists on the foods we eat.
  3. Save The Everglades by Judith Bauer Stamper
    This book educates young readers on the importance of the Florida everglades and highlights a town’s efforts to conserve this natural resource.
  4. 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals by Ingrid Newkirk
    Brought to you by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), this educational book informs young readers on how to protect the animals around them.
  5. Soil (True Books: Natural Resources) by Christin Ditchfield
    This “A True Book Series” educates readers on the various aspects of soil, including the animals and bacteria that live in within it and the importance of soil.
  6. Grass to Milk by Julie Murray
    Grass to Milk is a fun book that explores how we first found milk. Readers will discover how things change and grow with large, colorful photos.

Grades 6-8

  1. Rangers Trails: Jobs of Adventure by Jeff Yanuchi
    In this educational book, children from across our nation meet rangers protecting and studying America’s many different parks. This is truly an inspiration for a future career working in America’s parks.
  2. DK Children's Cookbook by Katharine Ibbs
    Children will learn to prepare food safely as they experiment with new recipes and have fun!
  3. The Department of Agriculture by Maxine Rosaler
    This educational book discusses the job of the United States Department of Agriculture, why it was developed, how it works, and agriculture laws that have passed.
  4. The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan
    This educational book provides readers with facts, photos, graphs, and visuals. The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits.
  5. Food for Life (Sustainable Futures) by John D. Baines
    Readers are given the opportunity to explore the current threats to our world resources and the possible solutions to some of the most urgent and difficult problems facing today's decision-makers.

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