Our very own Rock House Creamery, a local dairy farm in Newborn, GA, played a key role in the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s 14th Book of the Year, Tales of a Dairy Godmother.
Authored by Viola Davis with illustrations by Ward Jenkins, the book is about a young boy named Chuck wishes for all the ice cream he can eat, prompting his “Dairy Godmother” to show up to grant his wish with a dairy farm, where he gets a firsthand look at all the hard work and care that goes into producing his favorite treat.
Much of the book’s illustrations were based on Rock House Creamery in Newborn, Georgia. The creamery recently hosted Ward Jenkins, book illustrator at Rock House Creamery, and he shared that the Foundation was very particular about the book’s illustrations being portrayed as true representations of a dairy farm.
The book has wonderfully whimsical illustrations and even features a recipe to make ice cream at home—great for the kids or grandkids during the summer! It’s most suitable for children ages 5-8, but there’s also an educator’s guide that can be purchased through feedingmindspress.com.
“It means so much to us to be included in an endeavor like this. We host tours and field trips often, and it’s always special to give children an inside view of a farm, as many have never thought about how food is produced and where it comes from. If we can interest children in any aspect of agriculture at a young age, it plants the seed for potential career pathways later in life,” shares Keith Kelly, owner of Rock House Farm & Creamery.
According to Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture, “The Book of the Year award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify “Accurate Ag Books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers, and adults that accurately covers agricultural topics. Book of the Year selections are educational and help to create positive public perceptions about agriculture, while also inspiring readers to learn more by sharing the farmer’s story and touching the readers’ hearts.”
The book, promoting ag literacy, is available for sale at Farmview Market.