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Southwest United States: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Southwest United States?

As you can see, this list of kids books about Southwest United States is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about Southwest United States, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit
Written by Susan Lowell & illustrated by Jim Harris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

The Tortoise and the Hare with a southwestern flair. Tortoise, living comfortably in her home on Slow Lane, awakens one morning feeling good and challenges cocky Jackrabbit to a race. Patiently bumping her way through the desert landscape, Tortoise heads for the finish line as Jackrabbit cheerfully skips―and sleeps. Roadrunner, Tarantula, Gila Monster and even a Javelina or three cheer them on. Irresistible fun for the young and old alike.

The Three Little Javelinas
Written by Susan Lowell & illustrated by Jim Harris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Into English ESL Library Level F/Grade 5 title

C Is for Coyote
Written by Andrea Helman & illustrated by Art Wolfe
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This is a fresh and exciting approach to learning the alphabet using the fascinating animals and spectacular places of the American Southwest. A delightful mix of fun and informative facts is combined with stunning photography. “Now I know My ABCs” will never be the same again!

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Written by Wendelin Van Draanen & illustrated by Brian Biggs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment.

First Laugh--Welcome, Baby
Written by Nancy Bo Flood and Rose Ann Tahe & illustrated by Jonathan Nelson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child’s First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story? The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone—from Baby’s nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)—tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members.

  • Coyote - Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him.

  • Little Red Cowboy Hat - This whimsical take on Little Red Riding Hood brings new life to an old favorite.

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