Kiddosphere: Summer Reading 2018 – Calling All Cowgirls and Cowboys!

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We are getting ready for another fun-filled summer at Fauquier County libraries! We are kicking off our “Reading Takes You Everywhere” summer reading program with a return visit from The Singing Cowgirl! Join us at your favorite Fauquier County Public Library on Saturday, June 9 to enjoy a feet-stompin’ salute to cowgirls and cowboys of yesteryear and today. Visit our events page for program times and more details.

B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet by Gleaves Whitney and Louise Doak Whitney ; illustrated by Susan Guy.

Sleeping Bear Press’s numerous alphabet books are excellent for multi-level learning. The basis of each book consists of rhymes (some, admittedly, better than others) about aspects of the book’s topic. Sidebar information contains fun facts to maintain the interest of older listeners/readers. B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet introduces readers to the ins and outs of life on the range.

Nat Love was one of the most famous African-American cowboys during the western expansion era. Born into slavery, he was regarded as an expert shot and wrangler. Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love presents his exciting life in graphic novel format.

Buster’s owner is away for a few days, so he sends him off to cowboy camp. Buster misses home, but his homesickness is soon cured by the super cool camp activities such as herding balls, gathering sticks for the campfire and so much more! Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp is not just a cute “cowdog” story, but also a great read for a camping trip.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa is one of my favorite easy reader series. Cowgirl Kate and her horse, Cocoa, are best friends. Whether they are counting cows, crossing the range, or just enjoying stories, they always have lots of fun (even when they argue).

One of my favorite titles from the late Russell Freedman is his eye-opening look at the Mexican ranch hands who taught the uninitiated American cowboys their wellhoned roping techniques, clothing styles, and even their slang. In the Days of the Vaqueros: America’s First True Cowboys is a fantastic read for those wanting to learn more about the western expansion era.

When students need a historical fiction recommendation, I often bring them to the “My Name is America” section. These short novels (many under 200 pages) feature a fictional child living through a specific historical moment. The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy follows sixteen year old Joshua, a rookie cowboy, dealing with the uncertainties of cowboy life and a tough boss.

We are looking forward to another great summer!

For program highlights and staff suggestions for children and young adult readers, make Kiddosphere your source for all the latest on what to read and what to do for kids!

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

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