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ANCW Education Back to Books Monthly Features

 Arizona Ranch Raised Kids

 Author: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Where to Purchase:  Arizona Cattle Growers Assoc. exclusive    

 Publisher: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Age Range: All Ages

 Price: $50.00 Hardcover (price may vary)

 California Ranch Raised Kids

 Author: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Where to Purchase:  California CattleWomen Assoc. exclusive    

 Publisher: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Age Range: All Ages

 Price: $50.00 Hardcover (price may vary)


 New Mexico Ranch Raised Kids

 Author: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Where to Purchase:  New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation exclusive    

 Publisher: Seth Joel and Charlie Holland

 Age Range: All Ages

 Price: $50.00 Hardcover (price may vary)

Todos Al Rodeo!

Author: Dr. Ma. Alma Gonzalez Perez

Where to Purchase:  Mija Books, AbeBooks,  

Book Summary: 2021 winner of the International Latino Book Award For Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book! A bilingual Alphabet book highlighting the life and history of the vaquero. Includes things like rodeo and lasso that are now incorporated into multilingual use.

Publisher: Del Alma Publications

Publication Date: October 23, 2020

Age Range: 6-10 Years

Price: $8.99 Paperback, $15.99 Hardcover

 These Were the Vaqueros: Collected Works of Arnold R. Rojas

 Author: Arnold R. Rojas

 Where to Purchase:  Goodreads, GoogleBooks,                                                                     

 Book Summary: A collection of Rojas stories in five sections, baseon tales from old vaqueros. Stories range from the early ranchos, the life of the early cowboys to horse training and cowboying.

 Publisher: Alamar Media

 Publication Date: July 29, 2010

 Age Range: Early Years (Read to Me) through Adult

 Price: Varies from $27.00-$79.99 Paperback

 Vaqueros, Cowboys and Buckaroos

 Author: Lawrence Clayton, Jim Hoy and Jerald Underwood

 Where to Purchase:  Abebooks, GoogleBooks,                                                              

 Book Summary: Cowboys from Mexico – vaqueros – influenced cowboys from Texas through the Great Basin to the West Coast.

 Publisher: University of Texas Press         

 Publication Date: June 28, 2010

 Age Range: Tweens and Up

 Price: $19.79 Paperback, $88.46 Hardcover

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum

Author: Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Where to Purchase: Good Reads, Barnes & Noble,                                                           

Book Summary: Based on a 2013 manuscript and sketches, visit a museum with a horse as your guide! See how different artists have seen horses, and learn about the creative process.

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Publication Date: 2019

Age Range: 7-9

Price: $18.99 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle


If I Ran the Horse Show, All About Horses

Author: Bonnie Worth, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Where to Purchase: Good Reads, Barnes & Noble, Target,

Book Summary: Part of The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, Learn all about horses!

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Publication Date: 2012

Age Range: 5-8

Price: $9.99 Hardcover, $7.99 Kindle

What the Artist Saw: Georgia O’Keeffe She Saw the World in a Flower

Author: Gabrielle Balkan, illustrated by Josey Bloggs

Where to Purchase:  Barnes & Noble, Good Reads, Target,

Book Summary: Step into her life and see how the New Mexico landscapes affected her life and her art

Publisher: DK Books

Publication Date: 2021

Age Range: 7-10

Price: $14.99 Hardcover, $7.99 ebook

ANCW Education Book List (by age group)

Toddler to Kinder Books

Early Years (6-12)

Tweens to Junior High Books

Teens and Young Adult

partnership with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Foundation invited the ANCW Working Group and ANCW members to assist them in piloting their Beef Education Curriculum. This can be found on the American Farm Bureau Foundation website. Look through the site and familiarize yourself with what they have to offer. Scroll down for Educational Games, Beef Ag Mag, Beef Life Cycle, Beef up Your Nutrition, After School Resource, and much more.

Thank you for your interest in the Beef Checkoff-funded K-12 Education Research conducted in 2014. The research aimed to understand national academic content standards, national curriculum guidelines, national curriculum models, national teaching materials and the curriculum selection process to understand opportunities and challenges for introducing a beef education program.

Make the farm to fork connection with this series of lesson plans that accompany the documentary "True Beef: From Pasture to Plate". This guide contains 8 lessons designed for High School students in a Culinary Arts or Family and Consumer Sciences program, however, STEM connections have been included for all lessons making it easy for teachers to make connections across the curriculum.

The "True Beef" documentary was produced by Pflugerville Independent School District (TX) and is available for download at Vimeo or for DVD purchase in the Foundation store

Beef to School Project

The Montana Beef to School (B2S) Project is a three-year collaborative project between beef producers and processors, schools, researchers at Montana State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Montana Department of Agriculture, and various community partners whose goal it is to increase the use of local beef in every Montana school.

Farm to Cafeteria: Beef to School

Meat, Poultry and Egg Product Inspection Directory

National Ag in the Classroom

NAITC supports state programs by providing a network that seeks to improve agricultural literacy — awareness, knowledge, and appreciation — among Pre K-12 teachers and their students.

Beef Basics Lesson Plan

This research provides a holistic view of today’s curriculum standards and opportunities for beef content and validates that there’s no “silver bullet” in creating a national beef education curriculum that would be readily adopted by all 50 states across the U.S.

Why? Most K-12 curriculum decisions are made at a DISTRICT level, meaning district (not state or national) administrators can pick and choose how to best deliver content that will help their students meet state standards.

Although the pathways into America’s schools are varied, the good news is that experiential, flexible and standards based, agriculture based curriculum IS making its way into schools. Many schools are utilizing materials provided by organizations like National Ag in the Classroom and if the beef checkoff and/or other beef industry groups wish to invest in curriculum development in the future, opportunities for integration do exist.

Looking for that extra help with agriculture; check out this link below.

    Wow that Cow

    A lesson to show the diverse products that cattle give to enrich our lives! Wow that Cow pamphlet is a great tool to use in the classroom or at a beef promotion event to show everyone the other things that cattle help to produce.

    Target Audience – K – 4th grades

    Cost:  $.25 per pamphlet plus freight

    There is a minimum order of 1,000.

    Email orders to Suze Bohleen at:, with shipping and billing information.

    A packing sheet will come with the order and invoices will come from Ashley Hughes, ANCW Business Manager.


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