Kathy Coatney

Almonds

Farmer Dan is an almond guy. He raises almonds and also grows wildflowers to feed the bees that pollinate his almonds. Text with photographs of Farmer Dan tells the story of how almonds are grown.

“Book 5 in a series of exceptionally well-written educational reads for second or third grade comprehension. Close-up and interesting photos and information help the reader to understand how almonds grow, how they are harvested and processed for the end user. Just enough information not to overwhelm a young reader yet keeping them engaged. Second grade vocabulary list at the end (underlined throughout the text) as well as resources for creating lesson plans, list of almond industry terms and additional website resources.”

“This is a definite “must have” series on agriculture to learn and enjoy not only for the classroom but for home as well.”

Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty plus years as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, she felt a deep concern that children didn’t know how their food was produced. Envisioning a new direction for her writing, she launched From the Farm to the Table series of nonfiction children’s books about agriculture.

Kathy also loves—and writes—deeply emotional, small-town romances. She gets her inspiration from movies like While You Were Sleeping, Return To Me, a variety of music, and from her own happily-ever-after. Her favorite place to plot out novels is swinging in a hammock on a warm spring day. Ironically, her fiction books also carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.

Kathy’s favorite things: cuddling by the fire, ice cream, fresh-baked scones, mochas, and finding outdoor activities for every season, whether it’s swimming, skiing, mountain biking or a quiet stroll through the woods.

Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a granddaughter and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and numerous wild animals that roam freely on her property.

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