Best Children's Books About Cowboy

7 Children's Books About Cowboy

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Giddy Up, Li'l Buckaroos book
#1
Giddy Up, Li'l Buckaroos
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Buckaroos ride. Buckaroos wrangle. Buckaroo's spurs go jingle jangle. This rollicking, rhyming board book will have young cowboys and girls eager to pull on their boots, put on their hats, and saddle up. With his trusty dog by his side, this little buckaroo goes riding through a rootin' tootin' day filled with action, fun, and even a first place prize!

Favorite Stories from Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House book
#2
Favorite Stories from Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House
Written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Knock! Knock! Horses belong in barns, right? Not Cocoa. He nudges his way into Cowgirl Kate's house and decides he'd rather live there than his barn! What's a cowgirl to do? Beginning and newly independent readers will quickly giggle their way to the happy ending in this Green Light Reader edition. Lovable characters, short sentences, and simple dialogue encourage repeat readings.

Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys book
#3
Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys
Written by Steve Sheinkin and illustrated by Neil Swaab
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

WARNING: DO NOT BELIEVE THE STORY YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ. Well, you can believe some of it. There is some real history. But also hijinks. Time travel. And famous figures setting off on adventures that definitely never happened—till now. Time is getting twisted, and it’s up to two kids to straighten things out. The students of Ms. Maybee's class used to think history was boring, but that was before time started to get twisted! When a spaceship carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin leaves 1969—and lands in 1869 Texas—cowboy Nat Love decides to trade in his horse for a trip to the moon. Can siblings Doc and Abby untwist history and get everyone back where they belong? Houston, we have a problem! Check out Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys and all of the hilarious books in the Time Twisters series. Using his in-depth knowledge of American history, award winning author Steve Sheinkin creates exciting adventures through time with historical figures going AWOL and true fun facts about each person. History will never be boring again! Don't miss the other books in the Time Twisters series, including Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler and Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean!

Lexie the Word Wrangler book
#4
Lexie the Word Wrangler
Written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Jessie Hartland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This clever celebration of words and their meanings features a strong cowgirl who wrangles words alongside cattle. Lexie is the best wrangler west of the Mississippi—word wrangler, that is. She watches over baby letters while they grow into words and ties shorter words together into longer ones; she herds words into sentences, hitches sentences together, and pens them all in to tell a story. But lately, something seems off at the ranch. First the d goes missing from her bandana, leaving her with a banana to tie around her neck, and soon afterward every S-T-A-R in the sky turns into R-A-T-S. There’s no doubt about it—there’s a word rustler causing this ruckus, and Lexie plans to track him down . . . even if it means riding her horse through the sticky icing of a desert that’s suddenly become a giant dessert. This fantastic spin on “cowboy” stories populates Lexie’s ranch with lively letters and words, alongside the typical cattle and horses, and stars a smart, confident, charismatic heroine. Rebecca Van Slyke’s creative, silly wordplay pairs perfectly with Jessie Hartland’s lively illustrations, and there’s even a glossary of helpful terms for up-and-coming word wranglers.

Cowboy Camp book
#5
Cowboy Camp
Written by Tammi Sauer
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Although Avery cannot stand to eat the grub, is allergic to horses and gets rope burns from lassos, he learns at cowboy camp that he possesses the most important cowboy quality.

Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range book
#6
Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range
Written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cowpoke Clyde is plumb confused. An ad in his favorite catalog says he oughta buy a bike. But why should he do that? After all, he’s got a horse. Still, a bike wouldn’t buck or bite, and he wouldn’t have to feed it. He orders one, and when it comes, he mounts up and sets right off, wibble-wobblin’ down the road. Good thing he’s got his trusty friend Dawg to look out for him. Turns out learning to ride a bike is just a tad bit harder than he thought! With its rip-roaring rhyming text and turn-the-page revelations, this book is pure read-aloud fun.

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg book
#7
Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
Written by Lori Mortensen and illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cowpoke Clyde’s house was completely clean—he’d even shooed off the horseflies: “Then right behind his cookin’ pot, / he spied one thing he’d plumb forgot: / ol’ Dawg, his faithful, snorin’ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.” Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows—with page-turn surprises—makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin’s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!

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