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A Compelling Book for All Ages -- And See the Movie, "Temple Grandin" Starring Clare Danes

Diagnosed with autism at a young age, instead of being institutionalized, Temple's mother encouraged her to go to school. But it was a trip to her aunt's ranch in Arizona that changed her life. That mentoring experience along with her early professors encouraged her own mentoring of thousands of students, ranchers, processors, and others.

Dr. Grandin is a world-renowned scientist and professor at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career has revolutionized the livestock industry through cruelty-free designed facilities and practices. She thinks visually like animals do and she gives them a voice. She knows that animals raised for food should be treated with respect.

Her story is both compelling and inspiring. Read this enjoyable biography or make it part of your school's Common Core curriculum.

African American Women of the Old West            NEW TO THE ANCW BOOK LIST!

Author: Tricia Martineau Wagner

Where to Purchase: Amazon.com

Book Summary: Histories and highlights of the lives of ten remarkable Black women,  including the amazing Mary Ann Pleasant who amassed a fortune in San Francisco simply by   listening. She became a financial force in the City and owned vast areas of real estate. Cigar smoking, gun-toting Mary Fields was a force to be reckoned with in Montana. Clara Brown  gained her freedom from slavery and $300 when her owner died, and she headed to  Colorado. Biddy Mason walked 1,700 miles west to Utah with a baby in her arms. These  women’s stories are  inspiring!

Publisher: Two Dot Press

 Publication Date: 2007

         Age Range: 8-Young Adult and Adult 

       Price: $14.99 Paperback, $13.99 e-book



The Chaney Twins’ Ag Books is a nine-book series that follows the Chaney twins, Rianna and Sheridan, and the bottle baby they adopted as four-year-olds, to their ranch experiences as teenagers. The nine-book bundle is available at a special price of $90.00 per set. Individual books sell for $12.00 plus shipping per book. In addition, lesson plans for books one-eight are FREE and available on the Pennsylvania Beef Council website: www.pabeef.org. Or you can contact Rebecca Chaney directly at chaneyswalkabout@aol.com for  discounts on box orders and speaking availability. Check youtube.com for video readings.

Little Star . . . Raising Our First Calf, Book Series #1

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The joys of raising a calf.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: June 5, 2008

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove, Book Series #2

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: Time with Grandpa learning about a dairy farm from birth through milk production.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: January 1, 2009

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Star Becomes a Mother, Book Series #3

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchasechaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The girls’ calf, Star, becomes a mother and nurtures her baby named “Starstruck”.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: March 5, 2011

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts see above)


Cowgirl Up! Let’s Go Ranching, Book Series #4

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The twins visit a ranch in Nebraska and learn about all kinds of livestock

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: July 9 2012

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Our Star Goes West, Book Series #5

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The family and Star move from their small Maryland farm to a large Nebraska ranch

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: 2013

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Farm Life, We Live It, We Love It, Book Series #6

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchasechaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The girls get more involved in the daily livestock and farming activities on the ranch.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: 2015

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts see above)


All About That Beef!, Book Series #7

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: Telling their story from pasture to plate.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: November 17, 2015

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Ranching – It’s All About Family, Book Series #8

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: Ranching involves families that have been ranching for generations and families that ranch together.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: December 15, 2016

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts, see above)

 

Better Together. . . “Digging It With Dairy & Beef, Book Series #9

Author: Rebecca, Rianna and Sheridan Chaney

Where to Purchase: chaneytwinsagbooks.com, Amazon, goodreads.com

Book Summary: The importance of incorporating dairy and beef products into your diet.

Publisher: Chaney Twins Ag Books

Publication Date: December16, 2019

Age Range: 6-12 yrs

Price: $12.00 (for discounts see above)



The True West: Real Stories About Black Cowboys, Women Sharpshooters, NativeAmerican Rodeo Stars, Pioneering Vaqueros, and the Unsung Explorers, Builders, and Heroes Who Shaped the American West

Author: Mifflin Lowe, illustrations by William Luong

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Book Summary: Mifflin Lowe’s True West displays the multi-faceted experience of Western culture through its many diverse and iconic characters.

Publisher: Bushel & Peck Books

Publication Date: 06/02/2020

Age Range: 8-12 yrs

Price: $19.77 Hardcover

 

Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrations by Brian Pinkney

Where to Purchase: Amazon, HMHBooks, goodreads.com

Book Summary:  Bill Pickett is the most celebrated black cowboy of all time. He was a rodeo star that has been honored with a postage stamp and induction into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He is a mythical figure known as for taming a steer by biting an animal’s upper lip.

Publisher: Gulliver Books

Publication Date: 10/01/1996

Age Range: Pre-K - 7

Price: Varies from $77.99 for first edition hardcover to $4.99 for used paperback.

 

Cowboy Small

Author: Lois Lenski

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target

Book Summary: Cowboy Small and his horse, Cactus, ride the range and do all kinds of cowboy work.

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Publication Date: 11-27-2001

Age Range: 3-7 yrs

Price: $11.95 Hardcover, $6.99 Board Book, $6.99 Kindle

 

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on the Farm

Author: Craig Manning

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Mercari

Book Summary: Not a creature is stirring in the barn, except for a little lamb who hears a strange sound on the rooftop.

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publication Date: 9-1-2020

Age Range: 4-7 yrs

 

 

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses, A True Story

Author: Jerry Pinkney, illustrations by Julius Lester

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Discover Books

Book Summary: Bob Lemmons, an illiterate former slave, is famous for his ability to track wild horses. He and his horse, Warrior, run with the wild mustangs day and night until they accept his presence. They challenge the stallion for leadership of the herd.

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Age Range: 4-8 yrs (?)

Price: $8.99 Hardcover

B Is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet

Author: Gleaves Whitney and Louise Doak Whitney, illustrations by Susan Guy

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target

Book Summary: A rollicking, rhyming ride through the alphabet, cowboy-style!

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Publication Date: 12-15-2006

Age Range: 6-9

Price: $20.74 Hardback, $7.95 Paperback

Good Night Cowboys

Author: Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper, illustrations by Joe Veno

Where to Purchase: Amazon

Book Summary: Little buckaroos saddle up and hit the trail, riding horses, roping a steer and even panning for gold.

Publisher: Good Night Our World

Publication Date: 01-24-2017

Age Range: Baby – 3

Price: $8.59 Board Book, $3.99 Kindle

A Barrel Racer’s Dream: A Western Rodeo Adventure for Kids Ages 4-8

Author: M.D. Ford, Illustrations by Harry Aveira

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Ebay, Thriftbooks*

Book Summary: Adventurous Dee loves rodeo and barrel racing, and has been practicing for her first competition. How will she and her horse do?

Publisher: Whispering Horse Books

Publication Date: 05-18-2020

Age Range: 4-8

Price: $17.99

*Also available as a video book on youtube.com. Part of a three-book series. Activity book also available.


DK Eyewitness Books: Cowboy

Author: David Murdoch

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, DK Books

Book Summary: Discover the Real-Life World of Working Cowboys, from Longhorns and Lariats to Chuckwagons, Chaps, Rodeos and Ranches. An informative and entertaining book of cowboys around the world.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: May 31, 2000

Price: Hardcover $29.99, ebook $10.00


Riding on a Range

Author: G. Lawson Drinkard, Illustrations by Fran Lee

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books

Book Summary: Over 60 pages of crafts and activities for kids, including how to make a wooden horse, uses for a bandana, crafty spurs and more.

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Publication Date: 2003

Age Range: 6-12

Price: $7.95


Mandy Sue Day

Author: Roberta Karim, Illustrations by Karen Ritz

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Book Summary: Mandy and her horse, Ben, gallop across the plains. Mandy uses her senses of taste, hearing, touch and smell to enjoy a special day. At the end of the story, the reader discovers Mandy is blind, but horseback she feels like she can do anything!

Publisher: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: June 15, 2003

Age Range: Kindergarten – 12 yrs.

Price: $3-$12+, Harback and Paperback

Farm Lullaby

Author: Karen Jameson, illustrations by Wednesday Kirwan

Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart

Book Summary: As the farm animals settle down to sleep, they all say goodnight: neigh-a-bye, baa-a-bye, moo-a-bye, in a peaceful, lyrical rhythm that snuggles close.

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: 10-05-2021

Age Range: Infant to 6 yrs.

Price: $17.99, Hardcover




ABC’s on the Ranch

Author: Michelle Provost

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, 

Walmart online, Books a Million

Book Summary: Experience life on a 

real ranch in the heartland of Nebraska.

Publisher: ABC Fun Books

Publication Date: 07/03/2019

  Age Range: 3 months to 6 yrs.


https://www.amazon.com/ABCs-Ranch-Michelle-Provost/dp/1524650927


Cowboy Culture

Author: Sandy Powell

Where to Purchase:  Barnes & Noble

Book Summary: Capturing the Spirit of the Old West in the Sierra Nevada. CA history, mules to trains, stories from the trail.

Publisher: Skyhorse

Publication Date:01/05/2021

 Age Range: 12yrs. and above    https://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Culture-Capturing-Spirit-Sierra-ebook/dp/B084G9H6PR

Lasso the Moon

Author: Trish Holland

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble

Book Summary: Time for Bed Little Tex. Part of Little Golden Book Series

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Publication Date: 5/10/2005

 Age Range: 3-7 yrs.

https://www.amazon.com/Lasso-Moon-Little-Golden-Book/dp/0375832890


Little Ree - Best Friends Forever

Author: Ree Drummond, Illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble, Scholastic

Book Summary: Ree and her best friend, Hyacinth, love to bake and enter the pie-making contest at the fair.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: 03-27-18

Age Range: 4-8 yrs

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Ree-Best-Friends-  Forever/dp/006245319X



Charlie Goes to School

Author: Ree Drummond

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble

Book Summary: Charlie’s first day at school. Part of the Charlie the Ranch Dog Series

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 06/25/2013

Age Range: 4-8 yrs.

https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Goes-School-Ranch-Dog-ebook/dp/B01765XYV8



        Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie’s New Friend
        Author: Ree Drummond, Illustrations by Diane deGroat
        Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble
        Book Summary: Charlie may have met his match in Mr. Rabbit who steals vegetable from Mama’s garden. Mr. Rabbit is always one step ahead!
        Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
        Publication Date: 01-07-14

        Age Range: 4-8 yrs

         




    Charlie the Ranch Dog

    Author: Ree Drummond, Illustrations by Diane deGroat

    Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble

    Book Summary: Introduces Charlie the Drummond’s ranch dog. He loves breakfast and works all day on the ranch

    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Publication Date: 04-26-11

    Age Range: 4-8 yrs


Remember the Ladies

Author: Callista Gingrich

Where to Purchase: Barnes & Noble

Book Summary: Ellis meets America’s first ladies and discovers many of their contributions to American history. Even cows on the White House lawn. Part of the Ellis the Elephant Series. This book is #7 of the series.

Publisher: Regnery Kids

Publication Date: 10/10/2017

     Age Range: 4-8 yrs.

https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Ladies-Elephant-Callista-Gingrich/dp/1621574806


Amanda Radke Books -

Levi’s Lost Calf

https://amandaradke.com/products/levis-lost-calf?_pos=4&_sid=75b2248a8&_ss=r



Can-Do Cowkids

https://amandaradke.com/products/book-pre-order-can-do-cowkids?_pos=3&_sid=75b2248a8&_ss=r



The Soil Quilt    

https://amandaradke.com/products/pre-order-childrens-book-the-soil-quilt?_pos=2&_sid=75b2248a8&_ss=r