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Southwest United States: Books For Kids

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

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to Southwest United States. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about Southwest United States.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about Southwest United States, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Three Little Javelinas to popular sellers like Sing Down the Moon to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit.

We hope this list of kids books about Southwest United States can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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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.

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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

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From Texas with Love
Written by Dan Gutman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

The most exciting road trip in history continues! In this fourth book in the thrilling, New York Times bestselling adventure series, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald discover that everything really is bigger in Texas--including the danger!

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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!

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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.

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  • Goat in the Rug - Geraldine is a goat, and Glenmae, a Navajo weaver. One day, Glenmae decides to weave Geraldine into a rug. First Geraldine is clipped. Then her wool is spun into fine, strong yarn. Finally, Glenmae weaves the wool on her loom. They reader learns, along with Geraldine, about the care and pride involved in the weaving of a Navajo rug – and about cooperation between friends.

  • First Laugh—Welcome, Baby - 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.

  • Don't Call Me Pig! - Don’t Call Me Pig!uses a delightful rhyme and clever colorful illustrations chock full of detail to tell the javelina’s story. What exactly is a javelina? The hairy little animal is shaped much like a pig. It has a snout like a pig. It makes grunting noises like a pig. But is it really a pig? No way. Is it some type of large, hairy rodent? Nope. Not at all. Not even close! Javelina is just one name for a creature that lives in large families and roams in herds across the Southwestern deserts. Collared Peccary is another. One thing is certain, after reading this amusing story, readers of all ages will know why they should never, ever call them pigs!

  • 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.

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Sing Down the Moon
Written by Scott O'Dell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
A 1971 Newbery Honor Book
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Little Red Cowboy Hat
Written by Susan Lowell & illustrated by Randy Cecil
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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

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