Elementary School Bibliography

Alter, Judy, Extraordinary Women of the American West, New York, Children’s Press, a Division of Grolier Publishing Co., 1999.
Chronicles the exploits and achievements of more than 50 women in the past and present of America’s West, including the guide and interpreter Sacajawea, journalist Jessie Fremont and author Willa Cather.

Anderson, William, Pioneer Girl, The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Harpercollins Publishers, 1998.
This picture book biography presents a very special portrait of a writer whose classic books and pioneer adventures have made her one of the most popular literary figures in America.

Carlson, Laurie, Boss of the Plains, The Hat that Won the West, New York, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 1998.
This picture book, with fictional conversation, tells the story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.

Crum, Robert, Let’s Rodeo! Young Buckaroos and the World’s Wildest Sport, New York, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996.
The author introduces readers to the world of rodeo from the viewpoint of young competitors.

Enderle, Judith Ross, and Tessler, Stephanie Gordon, Nell Nugget and the Cow Caper, New York, Simon & Schuster Books, 1996.
When Nasty Galoot, the baddest bad man anywhere, nabs Nell Nugget’s cow Goldie, Nell and her horse, Pay Dirt, must hit the trail and win her best cow back.

Faber, Doris, Calamity Jane, Her Life and Legend, New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.
This photobiography of the life of Martha Jane Cannary, alias Calamity Jane, attempts to sort out fact from fiction and tell the true story of a remarkable American woman.

Farley, Ronnie, Editor, Cowgirls, Contemporary Portraits of the American West, New York, Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1995.
Highlights modern cowgirls – both on the ranch and in the arena.

Fox, Mary Virginia, The Story of Women Who Shaped the West, Chicago, Children’s Press, 1991.
Presents examples of women who helped to shape the Western frontier in such diverse roles as schoolteacher, missionary, justice of the peace and homesteader.

Freedman, Russell, Children of the Wild West, New York, Ticknor & Fields: A Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983.
Presents a photographic record of the experiences of children of pioneer families and children who already lived in the Wild West – the Indian boys and girls of the day.

Gibbons, Gail, Yippee-Yah!: A Book About Cowboys and Cowgirls, Boston, Little Brown & Co., 1998.
In words and pictures, this book captures all the excitement and adventure of the old West. Colorful watercolors deftly re-create cowboys’ clothing, equipment and lifestyle.

Greenlaw, M. Jean, Ranch Dressing, The Story of Western Wear, New York, Lodstar Books (an affiliate of Dutton’s Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Books), 1993.
An information-packed history of the clothing once worn by cowboys on the range.

Gregory, Kristiana, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847, New York, Scholastic, Inc., 1997. (Dear America Series – Fiction)
A young pioneer girl chronicles her family’s rigorous and brave journey westward as they pave the way for the thousands of Americans who will follow.

Kalman, Bobbie, Women of the West, New York, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2002.
Describes the lives and experiences of women in the 19th-century North American West, including immigrants, African Americans and Native Americans.

Katz, William Loren, Black Women of the Old West, New York, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995.
This book traces how African American women challenged white bigotry and labored to create new lives and ultimately helped transform the West.

Krensky, Stephen, Shooting for the Moon, The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley, Melanie Kroupa Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001.
This beautifully illustrated picture-book biography offers a glimpse into the life of Annie Oakley.

Lasky, Kathryn and Knight, Meribah, Searching for Laura Ingalls, A Reader’s Journey, New York, Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998.
Meribah Knight dreamed of visiting the places Laura Ingalls Wilder describes in her books. She and her family made a pilgrimage to the beloved sites – places that had changed, but were still magically familiar.

Lowery, Linda, Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer, Minneapolis, Carolroda Books, 1999.
A biography of the freed slave who made her fortune in Colorado and used her money to bring other former slaves there to begin new lives.

Macy, Sue, Bulls Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley, Washington, D.C., National Geographic Society, 2001.
The compelling story of Annie Oakley, presented through fascinating text, historical photographs and quotes from Annie herself.

McElroy, Lisa Tucker, Meet My Grandmother: She’s a Supreme Court Justice, Brookfield, Connecticut, The Milbrook Press, 1999.
This photo essay takes young readers on a visit to the Supreme Court to find out what Justice O’Connor does at work and how she spends leisure time with her granddaughter.

McGregor, Merideth, Cowgirl, New York, Walker and Company, 1992.
A realistic view of life on a Texas ranch that includes actual photographs of ranch life.

Murphy, Jim, My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, A Prairie Schoolteacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881, New York, Scholastic, Inc., 2001. (Dear America Series – Fiction)
In the late 1870s, many young teachers traveled west to earn money and make a new life for themselves, despite the schools being inadequate at best. Many returned home, unable to endure the hardships of prairie life. This is the story of a woman who stayed.

Murphy, Jim, West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi, New York to Idaho Territory, 1883, New York, Scholastic, 1998. (Dear America Series – Fiction)
While traveling to the land of plenty with her Italian American family and other immigrant pioneers to a utopian community in Idaho, 14-year-old Teresa keeps a diary along the way.

Peavy, Linda, and Smith, Ursula, Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.
Based on a number of independent stories, this book describes the hardships women endured journeying west and making homes and communities on the frontier.

Savage, Candace, Born to be a Cowgirl: A Spirited Ride Through the Old West, Berkeley, California, Tricycle Press, 2001.
This book introduces extraordinary young women whose families headed west to build ranches and start new lives in the cattle business in the mid-19th century.

Talbert, Marc, and Van Cleve, Barbara, Holding the Reins: A Ride Through Cowgirl Life, New York, HarperCollins, 2003.
Explores a year in the life of four teenage cowgirls as they live and work on their home ranches in Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Spinner, Stephanie, Little Sure Shot, The Story of Annie Oakley, New York, Random House, 1993.
This title in the Step into Reading series presents the life and times of the American rodeo star and sharpshooter.

Tomb, Ubet, Cowgirls, Santa Barbara, Ca., Bellerphon Books, 1999.
Presented in coloring-book format, this book presents a first look at famous cowgirls.

Wilson, Ellen Janet and Robinson, Jerry, Annie Oakley: Young Markswoman (Childhood of Famous Americans Series), New York, Simon and Schuster, 1989.
Part of the Childhood of Famous Americans Series, this book outlines the life of Annie Oakley.

Whiteley, Opal (selected by Jane Boulton), Only Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl, New York, Philomel Books, a division of Putnam & Grosset Group, 1994.
Opal’s diary, first published in 1920, offers her experiences as she is uprooted 19 times as her family moves from one lumber camp to another.