Everyone loves Old MacDonald, how could you not? He is great for a friendly, fun story or song, but he isn’t doing any favors for the agriculture community. Too often, like old MacDonald, children’s books do not accurately represent rural life today. Some of the problems often seen in children’s books include antiquated farming practices, anthropomorphic animals and safety issues.
Stereotypes and misconceptions of agriculture in children’s picture books are often the first exposure to agriculture children get. That’s why it is so important that there are accurate books about agriculture for students to read. Check out the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s blog post to learn more.