Farm to Book is a monthly food and literacy program for 2nd grade children. Children’s literature – both fiction and nonfiction – is used to introduce children to new and unfamiliar tastes and flavors, and makes these concepts accessible and fun for young children. These picture books focus on a range of culinary, health, and agriculture related topics including local and seasonal foods, information about plants (parts of a plant, how a seed grows), foods of different cultures, and nutrition. In every session children have the opportunity to smell, taste, and talk about new and unfamiliar foods: inspiring them to become adventurous eaters and develop curiosity about taste, and where their food is grown. Each session includes a tasting component as well as an additional hands-on activity that connects to current Common Core Learning Standards. In every session students have the opportunity to smell, taste and talk about these new foods: inspiring them to become adventurous eaters.
At the end of each session, children receive a take-home handout containing recipes, activities and information related to the food highlighted in that month’s book. At the end of all 9 sessions a cookbook is created celebrating all the foods explored throughout the school year.