Accurate Ag Books

Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

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For those of you that know me, you might know that I kind of like children’s books.

Ok… I love children’s books.

Ok fine! I hoard children’s books. (They say admitting the problem is the hardest step, right?)

To give you a better idea of my obsession, these were all purchased within the last year. Most of them within the last few months.


Did I mention I don’t have any children?

Anyway- As an Ag in the Classroom Coordinator I’m always on the lookout for accurate agricultural children’s books. “Accurate” is the key word. They don’t always have to be non-fiction, but I take great care in finding somewhat educational books.

Since my upcoming Kindergarten through Second Grade topic of the month will be Butterflies, I set out to find some butterfly books. And my search did not disappoint!


Two books arrived this morning, and that top one, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! might just be one of my new favorites!

Written by Sam Swope, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! tells the adorable story of a creepy-crawly little bug who just came out of her eggshell. The bug doesn’t know a whole lot yet, but she knows she has just “gotta go to Mexico!” The story follows her as she sets off across the meadow, eating, making a chrysalis, and transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

I love this story because it has a subtle way of explaining the monarch butterfly life cycle and migration. I think it will be a great story to read aloud, and it will offer up a wonderful opportunity for discussion. It will also pair perfectly with the Paper Plate Butterfly Life Cycle craft that I love to use for Ag in the Classroom. (I found a link to that craft on the Scholastic website. Check it out here.)

UPDATE: After reading this book aloud for Ag in the Classroom, I’m even more convinced it will be a perfect addition to any K-2 lessons about butterflies. The story is very repetitive, and the students loved chanting along. We were able to discuss the life cycle of the butterfly, as well as various geographies and climates that affect butterflies. It was a hit with students and teachers alike!


Gotta Go! Gotta Go!: A Picture Book (Sunburst Book)

Author: Sam Swope

Illustrator: Sue Riddle

ISBN: 978-0-374-42786-3


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