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  • by Darcy Pattison
  • illustrated by Peter Willis
  • 8.5" x 8.5" (Print book)
  • 32
  • 810L
Read Across Iowa


Iowa Literacy Agriculture Foundation

Welcome, Iowa teachers!

To celebrate agriculture and children's books together, the READ ACROSS IOWA event has provided you with a coupon for a copy of the ebook and audiobook of:

EROSION: How Hugh Bennett Saved America's Soil and Ended the Dust Bowl.

When the dust storms of the 1930s threatened to destroy U.S. farming and agriculture, Hugh Bennett knew what to do. For decades, he had studied the soils in every state, creating maps showing soil composition nationwide. He knew what should be grown in each area, and how to manage the land to conserve the soil. He knew what to do for weathering and erosion.

To do that, he needed the government’s help. But how do you convince politicians that the soil needs help?

Hugh Bennett knew what to do. He waited for the wind.

Social Studies award

Kirkus Reviews: "A compelling, kid-friendly, and visually appealing erosion story."

2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book 

This is the exciting story of a soil scientist confronting politicians to encourage them to pass a law to protect the land, the soil. When the U.S. Congress passed a law establishing the Soil Conservation Service, it was the first government agency in the world dedicated to protecting the land, to protecting the Earth.

Reading this amazing story of an unchronicled early environmentalist, Hugh Bennett, the founder of the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service).


"The kids enjoyed listening to the story...and especially liked the part at the end where the erosion created a canyon. We also liked the connections to real life events to make the topic 'real life' rather than just an idea from a book." Darcy Kuchel, Hinton Community School, Iowa


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