Howdy! While tripping over my son’s Woody doll which has been a constant feature in my bedroom in the morning ( he comes with my son at 3am nightly) I thought we have never done a cowboy themed book post. When I went to the library to find some books I was excited by what I found and the great cowgirl books too. Here are some for you to check out.
Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski is a cute cowboy book for the younger set. We have the board book edition and it’s been loved for a long time at our house. The text is simple, the drawings are charming and the book covers all the basics of what a cowboys does day and night. From corralling cattle, eating from the chuck wagon and my son’s favorite singing cowboy songs by the campfire before hitting the hay in the bunkhouse , Cowboy Small does it all.
Cowboy Camp by Tammi Sauer is funny and touching all at the same time. Avery is off to Cowboy Camp to learn how to be a real cowboy, only one problem, every lesson turns into a disaster. He can’t stomach cowboy food, he is allergic to his horse and ends up on a cow instead, and he gets rop burn when he is learning to lasso. After the other campers head to bed Avery encounters the nefarious Bad Bart a bad cowboy who wants to stop cowboy camp, Avery outwits him and saves the day. I loved that there was no teasing from the other campers and each time Avery came to an obstacle he was offered an alternative ( cheese and crackers to eat, a cow to ride and yarn to lasso with) instead of simply sitting out. Great book to read before summer camp!
I Want to be a Cowgirl by Jeanne Willis is a story about a little city girl who doesn’t want to grow up to have tea parties. cook, clean or sew. She doesn’t want to be a girly girl at all, she wants to be a cowgirl. I love the sentiment in this book, how adamant she is about knowing what she wants and the lengths she goes to be a cowgirl using bananas as six shooters, and turning her dad’s rug into chaps! I like the message about following your own dreams not what society tells us we should be, and the rhyming text is perfectly suited for this sassy tale.
Who wants to be the bad guy? You’ll need someone to do something naughty so your little Sheriff can rope ‘em in and lock ‘em up ! My son loves Woody, he goes everywhere with us so it was only a matter of time before he’d show up here too.
- Gather your materials. You will need a brown grocery store bag, some markers or paint, scissors, some yellow paint or glitter, and tape.
- Start by cutting your arm holes and the bag so it lays flat – now this won’t make the perfect vest , a better one is done by not cutting off the top and making a semi circle at the neck and arm holes, however it’s hard for toddlers to paint, and if you want the store logos on the inside you’ll have to cut it like this.
- Have your child color or paint their vest.
- While they are coloring , trace or draw a star
- When they are done hand them the star and have them paint or glitter it in yellow or gold.
- Trim the ends of the vest so it makes a neck.
- Cut out the star and glue on the right side. Let dry.
- Try on and make adjustments, we needed bigger arm holes and we took in the back.
- To take in the back simply fold the extra paper in on itself and tape.
- Pop it on and go find those naughty guys!
“Cowboy Small” by Lois Lenski is a cute cowboy book for the younger set. We have the board book edition and it’s been loved for a long time at our house. The text is simple, the drawings are charming and the book covers all the basics of what a cowboys does day and night.