Bread, milk, wool, fruits, and vegetables: things that fill our day to day lives. But where, and who, do they come from? Across wheat fields and city rooftop gardens, mushroom beds and maple forests, Thank a Farmer traces the food and clothing that a family uses back to the people who harvested and created them.
With Maria Gianferrari’s informed and poetic text and monumental artwork from Monica Mikai, Thank a Farmer gently emphasizes the importance of agriculture in our day-to-day lives and reminds readers to give thanks to farmworkers around the world.
Maria Gianferrari is a community scientist, self-taught naturalist and bird nerd who holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of narrative nonfiction picture books which celebrate urban ecosystems, the natural world and our wild neighbors including Bobcat Prowling, Whoo-Ku Haiku, Hawk Rising and Coyote Moon. She also writes engaging expository nonfiction such as Be a Tree!, Terrific Tongues and Play Like an Animal to inspire young readers with fascinating STEM stuff.
As a lover of dogs, Maria’s fiction picture books star dogs as main characters and explore the human-canine bond. To learn more about Maria and find out about her other books, visit her website.
Monica Mikai is an author and illustrator. She grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Virginia.