Book Category: Childrens Fiction, Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Age Group: toddler to 5, 6-8, 9-12, adults
If I Were A Farmer: Making Hay (Bilingual in Spanish and English), Ill. by Sidona Malz, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2016.
A Farm Country Silo Filling, Ill. by Robert Williams, Photographs by Nancy A. Fredrickson, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2015.
Farm Country Moments: Poems, Pictures, and Memories, Photographs by Nancy A. Fredrickson, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2014.
A Farm Country Harvest, Ill. by Robert Williams, Photographs by Nancy A. Fredrickson, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2013.
What I Saw On The Farm. Ill. by Bradley Simon, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2013.
A Farm Country Picnic. Ill. by Michaelin Otis, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2011.
If I Were a Farmer: Tommy’s Adventure. Ill. by David Jewell, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2011.
If I Were a Farmer: Field Work. Ill. by David Jewell, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010.
A Farm Country Thanksgiving. Ill. by Michaelin Otis, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010.
If I Were a Farmer: Nancy’s Adventure. Ill. by David Jewell, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2009.
A Farm Country Halloween. Ill. by Michaelin Otis, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2009.
A Farm Country Christmas Eve. Ill.by Michaelin Otis, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2008.
Born in New Prague, Minnesota, Gordon W. Fredrickson was raised on a 120-acre dairy farm in hilly, rocky eastern Scott County, MN, and like all of the local farm children he began farm work as a young child. He attended a one-room country school for three years before it was consolidated into a part of a larger school district where he had to be bussed to town.
Gordon served in the U.S. Army for three years, earned a Master of Education Degree at the University of Minnesota, and taught high-school English for 16 years. During the first five years of his teaching career, he and his wife Nancy owned and farmed 160 acres in western Minnesota where they raised cattle, hogs and grain. Since the year 2000, he has been writing and performing entertaining stories with the purpose of detailing the grim realities of growing up on a small farm in the 1950’s. He has written 12 books so far and has many more planned. Presently, he is working on Little Duck, a book for young children; Farm Country Haying, a nonfiction book for adults containing hundreds of photos and stories from farmers and former farm kids; and several books of poetry. He has entertained over 41,000 adults and children with his programs at over 850 venues.
Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award 2010
First in category toddler-5 for If I Were a Farmer: Nancy’s Adventure.
Second in category 6-8 for A Farm Country Halloween.
Honorary Chapter FFA Degree from Collegiate FFA, University of Minnesota, Crookston, for promoting farm literacy and preserving farm heritage.
Content of my programs vary according to the age and interests of the audience, but generally they consist of my projecting images on a large screen while I give an introduction, recite my Prologue to Farm Country Tales, demonstrates some farm tools or activities, read part or all of one of my stories as the illustrations are projected on the screen, give a conclusion that includes explaining my purpose and motivation for my writing. This is a visual program that I have been doing for kids and adults in elementary schools, historical societies, retirement homes, museums, libraries, farm shows, and senior centers for 16 years. Program length ranges from 25 minutes for Kindergarteners to 50 minutes or longer for adults audiences, as requested.
Program fees are $25.00 per program plus round-trip mileage from Lakeville, Minnesota at $.50 per mile.