Kids Book Lists

Booklists on the Kids Jr. page

There are lots of booklists on our Kids Jr. page, featuring books especially for kids 5 and under.

Kids Book Lists: Trails West

A selection of titles from our featured book list. Click on the book list title for the whole list.

The Forgotten Heroes: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

By Clinton Cox

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Recounts the history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, comprised of African American soldiers recruited to open the West to settlers and whose deeds included escorting wagon trains, carrying mail, and fighting battles against Native Americans.

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Buffalo Gals: Women of the Old West

By Brandon Marie Miller

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"Seeking religious freedom, economic prosperity, or 'elbow room,' thousands of women emigrated to the American West between the 1830s and the 1890s. They traveled alone or with their families by railroad, wagon train, and even on foot. Miller brings these pioneers' stories to life through quotations from diaries, letters, and vintage travel guides. Equally dramatic are the sepia-toned photographs that appear on nearly every page, the most delightful of which is a picture of two daredevils in long skirts cavorting on a rock formation in Yosemite Valley. While this title covers much of the same information as Judith Alter's Women of the Old West (Watts, 1989), it is livelier and gives more equitable coverage of African American pioneers, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans. Buffalo Gals will appeal to fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, and to any student with a hankering for a good read. Yeeeee-ha!"--Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for School Library Journal

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Women of the Old West

By Judith Alter

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Frontier women were not only homesteaders' wives, they were also teachers, lawyers, doctors, cowgirls, social reformers, and even outlaws.

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The Pony Express

By Laurel van der Linde

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"Surveys the history of the Pony express, from its creation at the time of the Gold Rush to its demise at the start of the Civil War. Includes profiles of famous riders. "
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