Children’s Author Katie Olthoff Releases Realistic Pig Farming Book

My Family's Pig Farm
( Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation )

Today’s consumers are asking more questions about where their food comes from and now, a new non-fiction book by children’s author Katie Olthoff will help tell the story of raising pigs on a modern Iowa farm. 

My Family’s Pig Farm follows Caeden Bakker, a 9-year-old boy from Iowa whose family raises corn, soybeans, and pigs. Caeden takes the readers on a tour of the family farm and discusses how they use the manure from the pigs to help provide nutrients for the growing corn and soybeans. He explains how they keep pigs healthy and use technology to keep them comfortable and fed. 

The book is written at a 3rd-grade reading level and offers additional background information for more advanced readers. My Family’s Pig Farm is the sixth in a series by Olthoff, a former teacher who understands the importance of having high quality, relevant non-fiction books for students. 

“Iowa is a leader in pork production,” said Will Fett, Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) executive director. “My Family’s Pig Farm shows how pigs today are raised by farmers dedicate themselves to providing for the best health, well-being, and safety of their animals and about the safety of the food they produce.”

My Family’s Pig Farm is available by request free for students and teachers from IALF.  For more information, contact The book is a special project of IALF with financial support from the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Ag Ventures Alliance. The book offers two lesson plan companion resources that will help teachers integrate the book into a science lesson, social studies lesson, or a language arts lesson.