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AITC Book of the Year teaches children where meals originate

Virginia Agriculture in the ClassroomVirginia Agriculture in the Classroom wants children to discover how farmers provide healthy meals for them. That’s why the nonprofit organization has selected Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen as its 2019 Book of the Year.

The book will be read by volunteers across the state during AITC’s annual Agriculture Literacy Week, March 18-22.

Agriculture Literacy Week is the largest volunteer event of the year for AITC, with more than 1,000 volunteers reading to children in classrooms and libraries across the commonwealth. The book follows children as they discover what a farmer is doing “right this very minute” to provide healthy meals for their tables.

“Providing an agriculture producer with a book to read to children creates an opportunity for children to connect with where their food comes from. Often readers bring examples of items grown on their farms and share stories of their own operations,” explained Tammy Maxey, AITC senior education manager.

Copies of Right This Very Minute are available for purchase at $10 each, and complementary curriculum resources are included. Right This Very Minute is best-suited to children in pre-kindergarten through third grade.