The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its fifth annual "Book of the Year" award to Chris Butterworth for "How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food."
The book shows young readers how each ingredient made its journey to their lunchbox. Illustrations, by Lucia Gaggiotti, highlight many aspects of farming and include information on food safety and nutrition.
Butterworth, a native of England, is the author of more than 70 nonfiction books for children, covering a diverse range of issues.
The Book of the Year award springs from the foundation's effort to identify "accurate ag books," a collection of more than 400 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics.
The Accurate Ag Books database is available at: http://www.agfoundation.org/.
In honor of Butterworth's recognition and the host city of the American Farm Bureau Federation's 2012 Annual Meeting, the foundation has teamed with the book's publisher, Candlewick Press, to donate hardcover copies of How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? to Jefferson Elementary School near Waikiki and the Hawaii State Public Library System.
Additionally, the foundation is making a $1,000 contribution to the library system's reading program.