Marsha Wilson Chall traveled to Cincinnati from Minnesota to accept OBFB's Outstanding Children's Literature Award during the annual meeting. She also visited Hyde Park Elementary School, where she read excerpts from her winning book, Sugarbush Spring, and she participated in a book signing as part of the meetings Hospitality Corner Thursday morning.

The annual award recognizes the author of a children's book that is considered to be a distinguished contribution to American literature.
A selection committee reviews books that are nominated by Ohio Farm Bureau members, librarians and publishers each year.

Sugarbush Spring is a heart-warm-ing story of three generations of a family working together to make
maple syrup. Chall's text describes the process required to successfully produce the "fine, light amber" syrup, and Jim Daly's realistic pictures add to the atmosphere of togetherness that creates this important family tradition.

During the school visit, Chall told the children that the book was writ-
ten based on her real experiences of making maple syrup with friends in northern Minnesota. She encouraged the children to "dream big, work hard and keep reading." Hamilton County Farm Bureau member Dominic Costanzo organized the school visit.

Marsha Wilson Chall visited with kindergarten and first grade students at Hyde Park Elementary School while in Cincinnati. Chall's book Sugarbush Spring was honored with the Outstanding Children's Literature Award.

In her acceptance speech, Chall said that she loves writing for kids and sharing her work with them and thanked Farm Bureau for putting books into the hands of children. Farm Bureau has distributed more than 2,800 copies of Sugarbush Spring.


Check with the county Farm Bureau in your area to purchase this year's winner and other previous Ohio Farm Bureau award-winning books. For more information contact the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education program at 614-246-8245 or visit OBFB's Web site at and click on Learning Resources.
published in the Buckeye Farm News, a publication of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, December 16, 2002, Volume 2, Issue 6
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