Teachers, volunteers wanted for book selection

The Kid Who Changed the World book coverEven as Indiana Farm Bureau continues to promote its 2017 Book of the Year, the Agriculture in the Classroom program and Women’s Leadership Committee have already begun work on identifying the 2018 Book of the Year.

“But we need more help,” said Julie Taylor, INFB education coordinator.

If you are a classroom educator or a veteran Ag in the Classroom volunteer, consider serving on the five-person selection committee that will pick the new Book of the Year, Taylor said.

To be considered, email Ag in the Classroom with your contact information and teaching or volunteer experience (for example, number of years teaching or volunteering, grades and/or subjects taught) along with a brief statement on why you would like to be considered. The deadline is Aug. 15.

Members who are chosen to serve on the BOTY selection committee will be sent copies of the finalist books along with a scoring rubric. A final vote will be taken via conference call in late September.

The 2018 Book of the Year will then be announced at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention in December. Questions should be directed to Taylor.

Eighty-eight counties have so far requested their complimentary copies of INFB’s 2017 Book of the Year, The Kid Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews. The books are then donated to a library or other suitable institution. As of early June, counties have also requested an additional 800 books for donation and promotion, and around 60 counties have conducted activities that involve the book.