Books in Spanish

For Independent Reading


Josefina y la colcha de retazos (The Josefina Story Quilt)
by Eleanor Coerr
A family and their pet chicken head west.
Paul Bunyan (Paul Bunyan)
by Steven Kellogg
A humorous version of the legend about the famous lumberjack of extraordinary strength and size.
Pecos Bill
by Steven Kellogg
The tall tale of the famed Texas cowboy raised by coyotes after he fell from his family's covered wagon.


La casa de la pradera (Little House on the Prairie)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The classic story of the Ingalls family and their home on the Kansas prairie.
A orillas del río Plum (On the Banks of Plum Creek)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
After moving to Minnesota, the Ingalls family face severe weather and a plague of grasshoppers.
Sarah, sencilla y alta (Sarah Plain and Tall)
by Patricia MacLachlan
Anna and Caleb wait anxiously for Papa's new mail order bride to arrive from Maine.
Como una alondra (Skylark)
by Patricia MacLachlan
A drought threatens the life that Sarah, Jacob, Anna, and Caleb have made on the prairie.


La caravana de los niños (Children on the Wagon Trail)
by Ann Rutgers van der Loeff
(Social Studies)
Based on the true story of seven brothers who encountered bears and withstood torrential downpours and sandstorms on their journey to the West.
Mr. Misterio y cia (Mr. Mysterious and Company)
by Sid Fleischman
Mr. Mysterious and his family travel by covered wagon to California, performing magic acts in towns along the way.
¡Por la gran cuchara de cuerno! (By the Great Horn Spoon)
by Sid Fleischman
Jack heads for California to find gold to help his aunt who is deeply in debt.
Furia de oro en el Páramo (Gold Fever in the Páramo)
by Guillermo Gutiérrez
This book relates the adventures of explorers and pioneers searching for gold in the Páramo of Argentina.
Aquel formidable Far West (That Great Wild West)
by William Camus
Pete Breakfast and his dog Patchwork set out for the Great Wild West and end up in a Wyoming town where they have many adventures.
El fabricante de lluvia (The Rain Maker)
by William Camus
Pete Breakfast is delighted when the mysterious rain maker becomes his friend and companion.
La creación de una tribu de California: Los relatos de los indios maidus que contaba el abuelo (Creation of a California Tribe: Grandfather's Maidu Indian Tale)
by Lee Ann Smith-Trafzer and Clifford E. Trafzer
With his grandfather's help, Travis learns more about the history and customs of his people.


Cowboy (Cowboy)
by David Murdoch
A history of cowboys and their lives, including American cowboys and South American gauchos.
La riada del oro en California hacia 1850 (The Gold Rush in California Around 1850)
by Patrick Restellini
The discovery of gold in California brought people from all over the United States and Europe to seek their fortunes.
El último mohicano (The Last of the Mohicans)
by James Fenimore Cooper
In this book in Cooper's Leatherstocking series, Natty Bumpo gets involved with the Huron Indians in the Lake Champlain area.

For Teacher Read Aloud

La canción de la luna (Sing Down the Moon)
by Scott O'Dell
A Navajo girl describes her people's forced march from their homeland in the 1800s.

Books in English

(English Language Development)

For Shared or Independent Reading


Wagons West
by Roy Gerrard
(Social Studies)
The westward trip to Oregon by a group of diminutive farmers is breezily recalled in rhyme years later by a young woman who went on the journey as a child.
Wagon Wheels
by Barbara Brenner
An African American boy describes the adventures of his family traveling to Kansas.
Sod Houses of the Great Plains
by Glen Rounds
(Social Studies)
The author, who was born in a sod house, explains what they are and how they were made.


by Eve Bunting
(Social Studies)
Zoe plants dandelions on top of her family's sod house so it can be seen across the vast prairie.
Frontier Home
by Raymond Bial
(Social Studies)
Describes the homes and daily lives of the pioneers.


Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson
When his father leaves for the cattle trail, Travis learns to rely on himself and his big yellow dog.
Bound for Oregon
by Jean Van Leeuwen
(Social Studies)
Young Mary Ellen Todd relates her family's trip from Arkansas to Oregon in 1852.
Tales from Gold Mountain
by Paul Yee
Eight original stories based on Chinese immigrant experiences.
Josepha: A Prairie Boy's Story
by Jim McGugan
(Social Studies)
Because of his limited English, an immigrant boy decides he must leave school and seek work.
Black Women of the Old West
by William Loren Katz
Text and photos show the roles African American women played in Western frontier life.

For Teacher Read Aloud

On to Oregon
by Honoré Morrow
(Social Studies)
The classic story of the Sager children's covered wagon trip from Missouri to Oregon.
Swamp Angel
by Anne Isaacs
In this humorous tall tale, Angelica Longrider gets the better of a bear called Thundering Tarnation.
Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
(Social Studies)
Describes Caddie's life on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860s.