Childrens Cowboy Books: Kids Books about Cowboys; Cowboy Books, Children's Westerns

.Story books about cowboys, horses and ponies, children's books about western life and animals, cowboy picture books.

FUN STORIES FOR YOUNG COWPOKES
Our friends and family all submitted their favorite childrens books about cowboys and cowgirls, and western adventures.
-three to eight year old cowboys and cowgirls
-ten and older

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FOR COWPOKES THREE TO EIGHT YEARS OLD
Little Red Cowboy Hat

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Susan Lowell, Randy Cecil (Illustrator); 2000; paperback 32pp 0805064834

This whimsical take on Little Red Riding Hood brings new life to an old favorite...
"Mrs. Cecil's Second Grade class says "This book is WONDERFUL!"
Sixteen Cows
Sixteen Cows

Reading level: Ages 3 and up
by Lisa Wheeler ; 2006; paperback 32pp 0152055924

Cowboy Gene loves his eight cows, and Cowgirl Sue loves her eight cows, and both of them like the fence that keeps their pastures--and cows--apart. But then a tornado blows...
The Three Little Javelinas
The Three Little Javelinas

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator); 1992; paperback 32pp 0873585429

In this American Southwest version of The Three Little Pigs, the cherished porkers are transformed into javelinas,

The Brave Cowboy
The Brave Cowboy

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Joan Walsh Anglund; 1992; Hardcover 40pp 0740706497

"My Son's Favorite Book... I have bought copies more recently as gifts for other little boys"
All About Cowboys For Kids Part 1
All About Cowboys
For Kids Part 1

Ages 3 and up
Bethany Zill (Actor), Tom McComas (Director); 2004; Run Time: 45 minutes; B00063EDK4
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC

DVD VIDEO


"Excellent,
This is a wonderful positive account of being a cowboy and riding along with a spirit of love for animals. The young boy who narrates it is sweet and charming and the music is very good. We enjoyed it immensely and keep playing it again and again... great family entertainment and education about life with horses and cowboys."

All About Cowboys
For Kids Part 2

I Want to Be a Cowboy (I Want to Be
I Want to Be a Cowboy

Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Dan Liebman; 1999; paperback 24pp 1552094324

The new "I Want to Be" series is sure to appeal to children and parents alike.
Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On
Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, James Rice (Illustrator); 1995; hardcover 32pp 1565540948

A rib-ticklin' tale of Slim Jim Watkins and his vanishing wardrobe.
"My children (ages 3&4) loved this book!"
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit
The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Susan Lowell, Jim Harris (Illustrator); 1994; hardcover 32pp 0873585860

The Tortoise and the Hare with a southwestern flair....Beautifully illustrated, great twist on classic fable

Cowboy Slim
Cowboy Slim
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Julie Danneberg (Author); Margot Apple (Illustrator); 2010; paperback 32pp 1580891993

Slim's a poet who's pinin for the life of a cowboy, but he cain't seem to find the git-up end of a horse or lasso dogies.
The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea
The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Tony Johnson, Warren Ludwig (Illustrator); 1996; paperback 069811356X

...an engaging Western slant to the familiar tale of "The Princess and the Pea." Excellent read-to-me book for children ages 4-9...
Cowboys
Cowboys (All Aboard Books)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Lucille Recht Penner, Ben Carter (Illustrator); 1995; paperback 044840947X

...out west about a hundred years ago, you might have heard a cowboy yelling-ti yi yippy yay!

"Excellent pictures. Well done book."

Cowboys and Cowgirls: YippeeYay!
Cowboys and Cowgirls: YippeeYay!
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Gail Gibbons; 2003; paperback 32pp 0316168599

Let's round 'em up and move 'em along! In words and pictures, Gail Gibbons captures all the excitement and adventure of the Wild West.
B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet

B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Louise Doak Whitney ; 2003; hardcover 40pp 1585361399

"...a beautiful book. Children will be fascinated to have it read to them...
The Toughest Cowboy: or How the Wild West Was Tamed

The Toughest Cowboy: or How the Wild West Was Tamed (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by John Frank ; 2004; hardcover 48pp 0689834616
"...a clever, fun, and unexpected gem of a story.

The Dirty Cowboy

The Dirty Cowboy
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Amy Timberlake ; 2003; hardcover 32pp 0374317917

After he finds a tumbleweed in his chaps and the numerous bugs buzzing around... the cowboy decides it’s time to head to the river. A slapstick tale that is sure to elicit some giggles.... "Little Boys Love It"
Cowboy Up!

Cowboy Up!

Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Larry Dane Brimner; 1999; 31pp 0516264753

Fun to read and fun to look at for both the reader and the "readee"
Cowboy Small

Cowboy Small
(Lois Lenski Books)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Lois Lenski (Illustrator); 2001; 56pp 0375810757

Fun to read and fun to look at for both the reader and the "readee". "Great for kids who like cowboys"

The Gingerbread Cowboy

The Gingerbread Cowboy
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Janet Squires; 2006; 32pp 0060778636

"Another great gingerbread book!"
The Armadillo from Amarillo

The Armadillo from Amarillo
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Lynne Cherry; 1999; 40pp 0152019553

The author did a great job of intertwining the fact that there are 50 states...."
Bubba, The Cowboy Prince

Bubba, The Cowboy Prince
Reading level: Ages 6-10
by Helen Ketteman, James Warhola; 1997; hardcover 32pp 0590255061

A Cinderella parody features the off-the-wall, whang-dang Texas... "Our Very Favorite Book - So Much Fun To Read"

Cowboy Camp

Cowboy Camp
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Tammi Sauer; 2005; hardcover 32pp

Avery wants to be a cowboy, but when he arrives at Cowboy Camp... "My son found this book at our local library and checked it out every two weeks for a year."
Teddy's Cattle Drive: A Story from History

Teddy's Cattle Drive: A Story from History
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Marc Simmons; 2005; hardcover 56pp 0826339212

An eleven-year-old Nebraska boy whose first cattle drive takes place during the 1870s...
Cowboy Up (Jake Maddox)

Cowboy Up (Jake Maddox)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Scott R. Welvaert; 2011; Paperback 72pp 1434234258

Jake is the best bull rider in his division. He's never been thrown from a bull...

Cactus Hotel (An Owlet Book)

Cactus Hotel
(An Owlet Book)

Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Brenda Z. Guiberson ; 1993; 32pp 0805029605

Intriguing life cycle of the saguaro cactus... "it has become my almost 3 year old's favorite book...."
Growing Up Cowboy

Growing Up Cowboy
Reading level: Ages 4-8
by Jack Sorenson; 2008; 32pp 0736922288

This fun and energetic journey is filled with life lessons to help a little cowboy learn respect, honesty, courage, kindness, loyalty, and much more.
They're Off! : The Story of the Pony Express

They're Off! : The Story of the Pony Express
Reading level: Ages 7 and up
by Cheryl Harness; 2002; 32pp 0689851219

The spirit of the brave riders and their ponies is captured perfectly in Cheryl Harness's lively, brightly illustrated, and information-filled account.

TWEEN AND TEEN COWBOY & COWGIRL BOOKS
Cowboys Don't Cry

Cowboys Don't Cry
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
by Marilyn Halvorson; 1994; 137pp 0773674292

Shane Morgan's world is shattered when his mother is killed in a car accident. "Awsome Book a Must read!, It's one of those books you cant put down"
Cowboys of the Wild West

Cowboys of the Wild West
Reading level: Grade 4 and up
by Russell Freedman; 1990; 1122pp 0395548004

Introduces readers to the proud young men who inspired a legend -- the trail-driving cow herders of the late nineteenth century.
True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West

True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
Reading level: 12 and up

by Editors of True West; 2005; 192pp 0307236382

twenty-six stories that blend fact with folklore...

Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West

Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West
Reading level: 12 and up
by Dale L. Walker; 1998; 320pp 0312868480

A colorful, accurate, fast romp through some of the remaining mysteries of the West!
Billy the Kid: A Novel

Billy the Kid: A Novel
Reading level: 12 and up
by Theodore Taylor; 2006; 224pp 0152056513

Billy's luck runs out when, during a train heist, a passenger recognizes the nineteen-year-old outlaw. Sheriff Willis Monroe, Billy's own cousin, decides to track him down.
Shane

Shane
Reading level: 12 and up
by Jack Schaefer; 1983; 160pp 0553271105

He rode into our valley in the summer of ’89, a slim man, dressed in black. “Call me Shane,” he said. He never told us more.

The Boy in the Alamo

The Boy in the Alamo
Reading level: 12 and up
by Margaret Cousins; 1983; 180pp 0931722268

The classic story of the siege of the Alamo, as told for young readers. Originally published in 1958, thousands of children each year enjoy this story from the unique point of view of twelve-year old Billy Campbell.

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