There’s something about a cowboy that just seems to capture the imagination of kids everywhere. Maybe it’s the wide open spaces they ride through, the horses they ride, or the lassos they carry. Whatever the reason, cowboy stories have been popular with kids for generations. If you’re looking for a good cowboy book for your child, here are 10 of the best.
1. The Story of the Wild West by Ann Heinrichs
This book tells the story of the American frontier, from the first pioneers to the last cowboys. It’s a perfect introduction to the history of the west, and the role that cowboys played in it.
2. Cowboy Charlie by Dan Greenburg
Charlie is a city boy who dreams of being a cowboy. When he finally gets the chance to visit his cousin on a ranch, he quickly learns that it’s not all fun and games.Charlie has to work hard, but he learns the value of hard work and responsibility.
3. The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey
This is a classic western novel, first published in 1915. It tells the story of Buck Duane, a young man who turns to a life of crime after killing a man in self-defense. He’s eventually captured and sent to prison, but escapes and becomes a ranger.
4. The Adventures of Cowboy Joe by Stephen Measday
Cowboy Joe is a young boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy. When his family moves to the city, he has to leave his horse behind. But he doesn’t give up on his dream, and eventually finds a way to make it come true.
5. Little Cowboy Roy by Roger Lea MacBride
Roy is a city boy who moves to the country to live with his grandparents. He’s not too happy about it at first, but he soon learns to love the country life. And when he meets a real cowboy, he learns that there’s more to being a cowboy than just riding a horse.
6. The Cattle Drive by David A. Adler
This is the story of a group of kids who help drive a herd of cattle from Texas to Montana. They have to deal with bad weather, tired cows, and grumpy cowboys. But they make it to Montana safely, and learn a lot along the way.
7. The Cowboy Way by Ginger Johnson
This is a collection of poems about cowboys, written by a former cowboy. The poems describe the cowboy life, from the early morning roundup to the evening campfire. They capture the spirit of the cowboy way of life.
8. The Horseman by Gary Paulsen
This is the story of a young man who is sent to live with his father on a ranch in Montana. He’s not too happy about it at first, but he soon learns to love the ranch life. And when he meets a wild mustang, he learns that there’s more to life than just living in the city.
9. The cowboy Kid by Robert Newton Peck
This is the story of a city boy who goes to live with his uncle on a ranch. He’s not too happy about it at first, but he soon learns to love the ranch life. And when he learns how to ride a horse, he becomes a cowboy.
10. The Trail of the Silver Saddle by Zane Grey
This is a classic western novel, first published in 1923. It tells the story of two young men who strike out on their own in the west. They have many adventures, and learn the value of hard work and perseverance.