The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture will announce its 13th Book of the Year on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show in Austin, Texas. The winning book will be revealed at the annual Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast, where attendees will receive a free copy of the book provided by Farm Bureau Bank.
The author of the new Book of the Year will be in attendance to accept the award at the 7:45 a.m. breakfast event. Following the Flapjack Fundraiser, the Book of the Year author will be signing books at the Farm Bureau Bank booth in the Trade Show from 11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m. Copies of the book, educator guides and a new Ag Mag also will be available.
The Book of the Year award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify “accurate ag books,” a collection of more than 400 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. In addition to their accuracy, Book of the Year selections are educational, reflect farmers’ and ranchers’ love for the land and what they do, create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives as well as tell the farmer’s story.
Previous Book of the Year selections are “Right This Very Minute” by Lisl Detlefsen, “John Deere, That’s Who!” by Tracy Nelson Maurer, “Sleep Tight Farm” by Eugenie Doyle, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby, “The Apple Orchard Riddle” by Margaret McNamara, “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs and “The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo” by Cat Urbigkit. The full list of the Book of the Year winners is here.
Julia Recko, the Foundation’s director of education outreach, said the 13th Book of the Year will continue the high standards of these previous selections.
“Whether in their approach to storytelling or in their audience, all the Book of the Year selections do a great job educating people about agriculture and how it touches everyone. The next Book of the Year, which has already been selected but won’t be announced until the Flapjack Fundraiser, will continue that tradition of introducing to readers something they probably didn’t know about agriculture,” said Recko.
The Flapjack Fundraiser is an incredibly popular Annual Convention event. Tickets, which can be purchased through the Annual Convention registration system , are $50 per individual or $450 for a table for eight.