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Virginia author honored with Book of the Year award

SAN ANTONIO—The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its seventh annual Book of the Year award to Laurie Krebs of Williamsburg for her book The Beeman, which introduces young readers to bees, beekeeping and the pollination process.

Krebs is a retired elementary school teacher who began her writing career by creating stories for her classes. She was recognized Jan. 12 during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.

“I am thrilled and honored to have The Beeman selected by the American Farm Bureau as its Book of the Year,” she said. “I wrote the story because I am married to The Beeman!”

As her husband, Bill, began reading about his new hobby, he shared his enthusiasm and knowledge with Krebs, who was fascinated and invited him to talk to her first grade class.

“The children, in turn, learned so much and loved his photographs and beekeeping equipment,” Krebs said.  “I wrote The Beeman so that honeybees could be introduced to classrooms that my husband couldn’t visit.”

The foundation presents its Book of the Year award in an effort to identify books that accurately cover agricultural topics. It maintains its Accurate Ag Books database of more than 400 titles for children, teenagers and adults at


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