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Picture Books Inspired by Hunterdon County Farms

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Felicia Sanzari Chernesky is a longtime editor, poet, and author of six picture books inspired by farms in nearby Hunterdon County, where she lives with her family and cats, Georgi Girl and Raven. Her online home is

  • The Boy Who Said Nonsense (Albert Whitman & Company, 2016), illustrated by Nicola Anderson

Inspired by Felicias' nephew, this lighthearted fable about a boy who speaks in numbers—and can count things by looking at them—encourages readers to celebrate those we love who communicate in their own fashion.

  • From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! (Albert Whitman & Company, 2015), illustrated by Julia Patton

Grab the wagon, it’s a crisp autumn day and the trees are full of apples! First we’ll pick apples, then we’ll learn to press cider—then we’ll enjoy cider and doughnuts at the farm’s festival!

  • Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color (Albert Whitman & Company, 2014), illustrated by Susan Swan

Maple-sugaring season is the perfect time to visit your favorite local farm. Take a color-filled sleigh ride to learn how tasty amber maple syrup is made—topped with pancakes and maple syrup in the farmhouse!

  • Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes (Albert Whitman & Company, 2013), illustrated by Susan Swan

Fall is here! Join a family hayride to the local pumpkin patch and help find the shapes at the farm, from apple bushel circles to square hay bales—even diamond kites in the autumn sky.