Story 2 - Episodes 3 & 4 - Wild West Adventure

A Wild West Adventure

Travel back in time more than 150 years to America's Wild West. Just hop into the Reading Bug's book bag and we're off to meet Cookie, Billy and others, and share this wild adventure with them. Hope you're ready for action, because you might find yourself riding for the Pony Express!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
Favorite Stories from Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies (Green Light Readers Level 2) Cover Image
By Erica Silverman, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544668447
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

It's springtime on the ranch. Cowgirl Kate is excited about the arrival of all the baby animals: a newborn calf, a frisky puppy, and a nest of little barn owls. Her best friend Cocoa the horse is not so excited. Babies are a lot of work But they are also sweet, as Cocoa and beginning readers will discover in this delightful addition to Green Light Readers. Short sentences and simple dialogue keep newly independent readers engaged and confident.


Good Night Cowboys (Good Night Our World) Cover Image
By Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper, Joe Veno (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781602195097
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Published: Good Night Books - January 24th, 2017

Good Night Cowboys explores riding horses, roping steer, working on the ranch, rodeos, lassos, cowboy chow, ghost towns, driving cattle, cowboy clothing, square dancing, cowboy songs, and panning for gold. Well, howdy little buckaroos. It's time saddle up and hit the dusty trail with some of the friendliest cowboys in all of the Wild West. Yeehaw This book is part of the bestselling Good Night Our World series, which includes hundreds of titles exploring iconic locations and exciting themes.


The Pony Express (Lucky Luke Adventures #46) Cover Image
By Jean Leturgie, Xavier Fauche, Morris (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781849181945
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Published: Cinebook Ltd - August 7th, 2014

In 1860, getting from Missouri to California on the West Coast took a long, long time – not to mention a certain degree of courage. Annoyed at the delay in communication, the federal government offers a grant to whoever can solve the problem and set-up a fast, reliable mail system linking East and West. In response, entrepreneur W.H. Russell founds the Pony Express company: fearless men riding day and night, changing horses at way stations. But not everyone likes that idea… The 46th adventure of Lucky Luke, and the Old West at its funniest!


Non-Fiction: 
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pony Express Rider! (You Wouldn't Want to…: American History) Cover Image
By Thomas Ratliff, Mark Bergin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780531209479
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Published: Franklin Watts - January 23rd, 2012

It's 1860, and a new mail service from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, is starting up. Riders will have to cope with long hours in the saddle, floods, snow, outlaws, and even a brief war with Native Americans. Have you got what it takes?


Cowboys and Cowgirls: Yippee-Yay! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316168595
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2003

Let's round 'em up and move 'em along In words and pictures, Gail Gibbons captures all the excitement and adventure of the Wild West. Her colorful watercolors deftly recreate cowboys' clothing, equipment, and lifestyle, and the lively text includes descriptions of famous cowboys and cowgirls, as well as historical facts.


They're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express Cover Image
By Cheryl Harness, Cheryl Harness (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689851216
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2002

In 1860, with North and South about to be divided by war, East and West were united through an extraordinary venture -- the Pony Express. Over the course of ten days in April, eighty riders and five hundred horses delivered mail between California and Missouri -- a mission that took three weeks by stagecoach.


I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740839
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Published: Dial Books - January 14th, 2014

We can all be heroes. That's the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it, Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography - for his own kids, and for yours.


Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
What If You Met a Cowboy? Cover Image
By Jan Adkins, Jan Adkins (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596431492
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

You know all about cowboys, right? They're the good guys in the white hats, carrying six-shooters and wearing fancy boots. Well, no. Cowboys weren't like that at all. Come inside and meet Jake Peavy. He's the real deal. Jake's a crackerjack cattle herder but he wears a grubby hat and he limps from when that horse fell on him. He's small, wiry, has bad teeth, and it's been a while since he washed.


What Was the Wild West? (What Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780399544248
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 25th, 2017

The west was at its wildest from 1865 to 1895, when territories west of the Mississippi River remained untamed and lawless. Famous for cowboys, American Indians, lawmen, gunslingers, pioneers, and prospectors, this period in US history captures the imagination of all kids and now is brought vividly to life.


Basil in the Wild West (The Great Mouse Detective #4) Cover Image
By Eve Titus, Paul Galdone (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481464109
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Published: Aladdin - February 7th, 2017

Named one of "13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over as a Kid" by Buzzfeed.com and the inspiration for a hit Disney film, the masterful Great Mouse Detective is back and tackling America's most ruthless outlaws in the Wild West. In this case of the smiling smugglers, Basil is off to the Wild West. But this time the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world takes on the Big Cheeses of American mouse crime


Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion Cover Image
By Steve Sheinkin, Tim Robinson (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250075765
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Published: Square Fish - September 22nd, 2015

Which Way to the Wild West? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About America's Westward Expansion by Steve Sheinkin is a fun, funny way for young readers to learn about a chapter of American history.


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