Howdy partners! This week we have a list of books that are all about cowboys and cowgirls. Reading about cowboys opens the door to many other topics that relate to cowboys and the Wild West. This list of books is a great list of stories for greenhorns or rodeo champions. Saddle up and move’em out!
Books About Cowboys and Cowgirls
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins – Rodeo Red is a rootin, tootin good book, that will make you want to kick up your heels around the campfire and read it again with your best pal. Rodeo Red loved her stuffed dog Rusty and life was grand until the Sideswiping Slim showed up. I love the country words and phrases that are used throughout. This is a fun read for siblings and little ones that love to imagine they are a cowboy or cowgirl.
Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett – Armadillo Rodeo is the fun story of Bo the armadillo and Harmony Jean a young cowgirl in bright red boots. Bo thinks he has found a new friend and follows Harmony Jean’s boots to the rodeo and sees many different sights and sounds. Jan Brett stories are always fun to read, the side illustrations show a side story and tie in so many details. This is a fun book for any cowboy or cowgirl fans.
Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell – Little Red Cowboy Hat tells the traditional story of Red Riding Hood set in the Wild West. The ending is a little different with grandma and Red Riding Hat chasing the wolf away together. This is another fun version with just a slight twist. This book is also listed on our Little Red Riding Hood list.
Pirates vs. Cowboys by Aaron Reynolds – Pirates vs. Cowboys is a funny story of how Burnt Beard the Pirate met Black Bob McKraw the cowboy. When the two met they can’t understand the other and that makes for big trouble until Pegleg Highnoon shows up and notices a very smelly similarity between the two. I love the pirate and cowboy language and the simple way the misunderstanding is solved in the end.
Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires – Gingerbread Cowboy tells the story of a cookie made out west that tries to outrun a rancher, his wife and desert animals and a group of hungry cowboys. Will he get tricked by the fox? This book is also listed on our Gingerbread list.
B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet by Louise Doak Whitney & Gleaves Whitney – B is for Buckaroo looks at all things cowboy from A to Z. Readers will learn about everything from Annie Oakley to Yodling and much more. Each letter includes several items that begin with the letter and give great detail.
Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo – Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat is a fun and imaginative story of a cowboy named Slim. He meets a Coyote who ask him to deliver a letter and in return gives him a hat. The hat becomes a magic hat that stops a tornado and flood. This is a great tall tale that readers will enjoy. I love the twist at the end, this is a fun read for kids of all ages.
Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler – In Sixteen Cows we meet two ranchers, Gene and Cowgirl Sue, that each have cows separated by only a fence. When the fence is blown away and the cows begin to mix, Gene and Cowgirl Sue will need to change their tune when calling home their cows.
Bubba the Cowboy Prince: a Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman – Bubba the Cowboy Prince is a tale that takes a wild west spin on Cinderella. In this story, Cinderella is a cowboy named Bubba who wants to win the heart of Miz Lurleen at the hoedown. This is a fun story that you can’t read without a country accent. This book is also listed on our Cinderella list.
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas – Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy is a silly book that Little Bit loved. As the cowboy begins to sing his cows to sleep, he is repeatedly scared by different things, a spider, shadows, etc. We definitely enjoyed reading this book.
Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo by Rebecca Janni – Nellie knows that Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo and is very excited to ride in the race at the fair. Nellie learns that it is important that in every race things are fair and that everyone is #1 at something. This is a fun book for little ones that dream of being a cowgirl or boy. It’s also part of a series including:
Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella by Susan Lowell – Cindy Ellen is a rootin’-tootin’ good time. Cinderella told with horses, spurs, hoedowns and a rodeo, this is a great combination for the classic tale. I love how colorful the illustrations are and I could not help but read the story with a country accent. This book is also listed on our Cinderella list.