Feeding Minds Press Releases Children’s Book ‘Grange at Night’

A new children’s book is now available for families looking for a compelling farming story to share. Barn at night, featuring lyrical poetry and vibrant watercolors, is now available from Feeding Minds Press, the publishing company of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

“In Barn at night, readers discover the sure magic of a pre-dawn farm, ”said Daniel Meloy, Executive Director of the Foundation for Agriculture. “We hope this book exemplifies the dedication of farmers and ranchers to caring for their animals, day in and day out, long before the rest of the world comes to life.”

This heartwarming yet realistic tale, written by Michelle Houts and illustrated by Jen Betton, invites readers as a father and daughter step out to the barn on a cold winter’s night and are greeted by an enchanting scene. The couple find out who is awake, who is sleeping and who has just made their first appearance in the barn.

“One of the best and most organic ways to help students learn is simply through stories. And so, books are a great vehicle for that kind of information, especially with lots of pictures to help tell the story. Children are so visual. Books like Barn at night really help young learners understand where their food comes from, who grows it and how they grow it, ”said Julia Recko, director of the Foundation’s Education Outreach program.

To complement the book, Feeding Minds Press has created several great additional resources, including an activity kit, an in-depth video from the book illustrator showing her creative process, and a blog post from the book author explaining her inspiration for the book. A complete educator’s guide is available or a sample lesson plan can be viewed here.

Barn at night is the fourth print title of Feeding Minds Press, which published Just this very minute in January 2019, Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish in March 2020, and My family’s soybean farm in January 2021.

Feeding Minds Press also offers several free printable books that focus on careers in agriculture. The book is available for purchase direct from Feeding Minds Press, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

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