Middle 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 Benton Fremont, and author Willa Cather.

Bennett, Virginia, editor, Cowgirl Poetry, Salt Lake City, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, 2001.
Presents classic poems that reflect the spirit of those who have gone before, while contemporary poems show cowgirls are still ridin’ tall in the saddle.

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

Flood, Elizabeth Clair, Cowgirls, Women of the Wild West, Santa Fe, Zon International Publishing Company, 2000.
Pays tribute to the life and legacy of the pioneer woman in the American West, including ranch women, Wild West show performers and those competing in the rodeo arena.

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.
Flynn, Jean, Annie Oakley, Legendary Sharpshooter, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1998.
Recounts the life of the markswoman and performer who achieved fame with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.

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.

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.

Jordan, Teresa, Cowgirls: Women of the American West, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1982.
Like her male counterpart, the American cowgirl rides and ropes, understands land and stock, and confronts the elements. Jordan traveled 60,000 miles in the West, talking with authentic cowgirls to compile this portrait.

Kalman, Bobbie, Women of the West, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2000.
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.

LeCompte, Mary Lou, Cowgirls of the Rodeo: Pioneer Professional Athletes, Urbana, University of Illinois Press, 1993.
Surveys the early rodeo cowgirls’ achievements as professional athletes, the near demise of women’s rodeo events during World War II and the phenomenal success of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in regaining lost ground for rodeo cowgirls.

Lucey, Donna M., Photographing Montana 1894-1928, The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron, New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.
Evelyn Cameron left her English home to become a rancher in Montana in the late 1800s; she used her photography skills to help support her family and captured Montana life in the process.

Luchetti, Cathy, with Olwell, Carol, Women of the West, New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2001.
Through diaries, memoirs, letters and journals, as well as 150 period photos, Women of the West introduces 11 real frontier women to re-create a place and time in history.

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.

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.

Roach, Joyce Gibson, The Cowgirls, Denton, University of North Texas Press, 1990.
This book presents a history of the women of the West, telling of their contributions and describing how they broke convention by ranching, trail-driving, and rodeoing.

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.

Savage, Candice, Cowgirls, Vancouver, Greystone Books, 1996.
Focusing on the role of women in the American and Canadian West, this book is a survey of the cowgirl phenomenon from both a historical and a social perspective.

Stratton, Joanna L., Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier, New York, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1981.
Based on letters and photos of Kansas pioneer women and organized by such topics as the journey, settlement, daily life, relations with Indians and social life.

Stansbury, Kathryn B., Lucille Mulhall, Her Family, Her Life, Her Times, Mulhall, Oklahoma, Homestead Heirlooms Publishing Co., 1985 (2nd ed., 1992).
Recounts the joys, sorrows, highlights and lowlights, triumphs and failures of Lucille’s life, as well as providing a slice of Oklahoma and Wild West Show history.

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.