As you know, the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is almost here. It's time for Ya'll to grab those boots, don your western hat, and get the buckaroos; so Ya'll can head on down yonder to the library.
There you'll find western books just a waitin’ and they are guarantee to provide a boot scootin’ good time. So, Get along, little doggies, times a wastin’!.
Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
Most armadillos are happy scratching sand and eating, but Bo longs for adventure. And adventure Bo gets, the day Harmony Jean breaks in her brand-new chili- pepper-red cowboy boots by the banks of Can Creek. Peering out across the creek bed, Bo is sure he's spotted a rip-roarin', rootin'-tootin', shiny red armadillo! Bo's off and running after his new friend, right down to the Curly H Rodeo. There Bo gets to do all the things he's dreamed of doing: he rides a bronc, eats red- hot chili peppers, and even tries the two-step. Bo is ready to follow his pal off into the sunset, but he is about to discover his new friend is no ordinary armadillo. Jan Brett turns her considerable storytelling talents toward the Texas countryside in this warm and funny story of an armadillo on his own. Luckily, Ma Armadillo and her boys are searching for Bo in the borders to bring him back home.
Buckamoo Girls by Ellen A. Kelley
Rhyming text relates the adventures of two cows who long to be cowgirls as they head to the rodeo, participate in a hoedown, and experience other aspects of the "buckamoo girl" life.
Cowboy Bunnies  by Christine Loomis
This fun-to-read story chronicles a day in the life of an industrious bunch of cowboy bunnies. They start at sunup and work all day, roping cows and tossing hay. They mend fences on the ridges, jump gullies, and fix bridges. When their work is finally done, then the bunnies have some fun, grab a partner, little or big, dance to the music, jiggity jig. This lyrical, rhyming story is sure to delight little cowboys and cowgirls everywhere.
Cowboy Sam and those Confounded Secrets by Kitty Griffin
Under Cowboy Sam's hat are more secrets than fleas on Doc Peeble's hound dog, more secrets than peppers on a chili pepper plant, and more secrets than spikes on a horny toad lizard. Just about everyone in the town of Dry Gulch wants to tell Sam a secret. But when his hat gets plum full of secrets and won't stay put on his head, Sam is bumfuzzled and bewildered. How can he keep all those secrets under wraps-and keep the townfolk from going crazy? Perfectly matched by Mike Wohnoutka's comic illustrations, this funny and unexpectedly touching tale will appeal to readers young and old alike.
The Foot Stomping Adventures of Clementine Sweet by Kitty Griffin
This here's the story of the meanest, most ornery and pugnacious, pigtail-wearing, pint-sized person in the whole entire Texas Hill Country, and how she saved the town of Lovett from getting blown clear off the map. It's the story of little Clementine Sweet, the youngest of fourteen, who gets so tired of being forgotten about that she starts stomping on people's feet just to get noticed. Things look pretty bad for the sore-footed folks of Lovett until Clementine finally discovers a better use for her extra strong legs and super tough feet, and the townspeople can put away their steel-toed shoes and start two-stepping again. Vibrant illustrations capture all the spunk and exaggeration of this uproarious tale, full of fun-to-read-aloud true Texas slang. Clementine Sweet's frustrations and triumphs will enthrall little cowgirls and cowboys everywhere.
I Want to be a Cowgirl by Jeanne Willis
Meet a city girl with a big Wild West dream. "I don't want to be a good girl- Good girls have no fun. I can't play quiet games indoors, I love the rain and sun. I don't want to be a girly girl Who likes to sit and chat. I just want to be a cowgirl, Daddy, What's so wrong with that?" From the window of a high-rise city apartment, a little girl imagines a very different view and dreams of a very different life, but does it have to be just a dream? The big city meets the wild Wild West in Jeanne Willis's lyrical text, accompanied by hilarious illustrations from Tony Ross.
Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy by Barbara Larmon Failing
They're the rootinest-tootinest cowboys this side of the Pecos! With his spiffy new cowboy hat, McCoy is ready to ride the range as soon as he can figure out how to get on his horse. Luckily his pal Lasso Lou is there to help McCoy saddle up. And then, they're both in for a wild ride! This warmhearted and wonderfully silly western tale introduces a pair of crazy cowpokes who, for all their bumbling, know that every adventure is better with a friend along to share the ride.
Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell
A Southwestern version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which Little Red rides her pony Buck to Grandma's ranch with a jar of cactus jelly in the saddlebag.
Once There Was A Bull…(frog)  by Rick Walton
Once there was a Bull...(Frog) is an endearing story of a frog who lost his hop. He looks for it everywhere: under a toad...(stool), behind a dog...(house), and under a hedge...(hog), but it's nowhere to be found. He has a cow...(boy) throw him high in the sky, but he lands in a field of straw...(berries). Thanks to a diamond...(back rattlesnake), he regains his hop.
Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler
Rhyming tale OF Cowboy Gene loves his eight cows, and Cowgirl Sue loves her eight cows, and both of them like the fence that keeps their pastures, and cows apart. But then a tornado blows through and takes the fence with it. The cows are mixed up, and Sue and Gene are in a muddle. Will they ever be able to figure out whose cows are whose? An all-singing, all-dancing, hard-riding, and high-romancing story of a lasso-tossin' cowgirl, a tough-as-jerky cowboy, and the two herds of do-si-do-ing, polka-prancing, high-stepping heifers that bring them together.
The Three Little Javelinas  by Susan Lowell
A southwestern adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs." The subtle multiculturalism of the book comes across in a humorous, pleasant way. Coyote is the consumate trickster of generic Native American folklore, and the javelinas get help from Native and Latino people in the construction of their homes. The drawings are well done and the story sticks close to the classical version with a dash of southwestern spice.
Times sure are tough on the ranch, and Waynetta and her ma can use all the luck they can get. But when Waynetta trades their last longhorn for a handful of so-called magic corn, Ma is none too pleased. The only magic this corn's got is the disappearin' kind, she says, and tosses it out the window. But come the next morning, there's a giant cornstalk growing up to the sky, and Waynetta climbs it to find her own luck.
Activities for families at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo
A Celebration of Western Heritage  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Every February since 1938 the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations!