Kids Books Set in Texas
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Make the MOST of any trip:
To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in the Texas is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?
Don’t let this happen to you!
Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another church?” “Another Building??” and have no idea what they are seeing or why.
Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:
We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Use travel to get smarter and improve skills for the kids in the family!
A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your child’s intelligence and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience. Read kids’ books set in Texas or listen with an audio book.
Check out my book lists for other destinations, too!
Need more proof that reading is valuable? A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side’ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”. So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run.
Read at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Choose from this list of children’s books about Spain. Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too.
The first thing to consider about a trip to Texas is that the state is really, really BIG and very proud of it! Research the places you are going because it is hard to cover all of Texas in just one trip.
Kids Books Set in Texas – Wildflowers
Bluebonnets are the beautiful state flower of Texas. They are really pretty and line the roads during early spring. Fields of flowers are are always gorgeous but even more so if Texas has had a lot of rain. Be prepared for traffic out on the backroads as people like to stop and take photos in the flowers.
Blooming at the same time of year and often right next to bluebonnets are the reddish orange Indian Paintbrushes. A few pressed flowers to make a bookmark make a great souvenir!
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola This book is an absolute classic regarding the most common story about the lovely flower. Every elementary school child hears this one. Written for kids in elementary school. Length: 32 pages.
My First Legends: the Story of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola The same story of the bluebonnet written for the younger kiddos. Board book. Written for the kids aged 3-5 years. Length: 12 pages.
Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Apple First Lady Lady Bird Johnson created the Roadside Beautification Act which changed the way people in America thought of the edges of their roads. Seeds were sowed and things were planted and now the spring is alive with color because of her work. Written for young elementary school kids 4-8 years old. Length: 40 pages.
Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets by Ellen Leventhal A book about thinking first about the consequences of your actions. Sue Ellen, the cow, loves bluebonnets so much she eats them all. Read to find out how she manages to solve that problem. Written for kids aged 2-8 years and anyone who needs to think about their actions FIRST. Length: 42 pages.
Texas Colors: Colorful Symbols of the Lone Star State by Dr. Sharman Johnston This book really showcases the beauty of Texas in nature..flowers and geology of the great Lone Star State.
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola Lovely story explaining the legend behind this beautiful wildflower you’ll see on Texas roadways in the spring. Written for kids aged 4 – 8 but can be used for kids up to 12. Lexile Measure: AD840L. Length: 40 pages.
Grow our own lovely wildflowers from your Texas visit. The wonderful thing about wildflowers is that they thrive in difficult conditions which make them perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time and/or don’t have green thumbs. Super easy for kids, too. This variety of wildflower seeds make a great souvenir – before or after your trip!
Kids Books Set in Texas – Texas History and the Alamo
Who Was the Alamo? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso This book is part of a series your elementary school child will recognize. The characters on the cover have larger than life kids which make it really easy to recognize the series. Excellent source of historical information in an easy to understand format. Written for kids aged 8-11. Length: 112 pages.
To The Last Many: The Battle of the Alamo by John Micklos, Jr. Excellent book with lots of great information about one of Texas’ greatest battles. Written for kids in upper elementary school ages 8 – 10 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 770L
Texas History for Kids: Lone Star Lives and Legends with 21 Activities by Karen Bush Gibson This interactive book is fun for kids and includes information on the true and larger than life legends that make up Texas’ great history for the past 500 years. Written for kids in grades 3 – 6. Length: 146 pages.
Mighty Big and Super Great – Texas is the Lone Star State by Amber Manning Book for fun facts on the Lone Star State and includes the Texas Pledge and the state song. Written for kids in upper elementary school. Length: 32 pages.
The Texas Fact and Picture Book: Fun Facts for Kids About Texas by Gina McIntyre Fun facts about Texas where ‘everything is bigger’! Written for kids in elementary school. Length: 44 pages.
The Texas Revolution: Fighting for Independence by Kelly Rodgers This book follows the revolution from which the Republic of Texas was born. Includes details like Battle of Gonzalez, Siege of Bear and the Law of April 6, 1830. Written for kids in grades 4-5. Length: 32 pages.
Story of Texas by John Edward Weems This books goes way, way back in history to the time when Texas was completely under water and includes major history like the Alamo, the Texas Revolution, and all the major figures like Sam Houston and Davy Crocket. Written for older kids 10-15. Length: 220 pages.
The Colonization of Texas: Missions and Settlers by Stephanie Kuligowski History of the beginning of Texas including the colonization of Texas and fight for independence, missions, the Alamo and famous Texans like Stephen F. Austin. Written for kids in grades 4 – 6. Length: 32 pages.
Texas (Eyewitness Books) by Simon Adams I love an Eyewitness book. The information is clear and in small bites and the photos are always fantastic. Kids LOVE these books! Written for upper elementary school aged kids (8-12 years old) but because the photos are so wonderful, you can be sure the younger kids will love it, too, if you read parts they can’t. Length: 64 pages.
For the Love of Texas: Tell Me About the Revolution by Betsy Christian Book about the history of the state of Texas. Nice to consult more than one to find a book that appeals to you. Written for the upper elementary school aged kids in grades 4-6. Length: 128 pages. Lexile Measure: 1100L.
A Child’s History of Texas by Sarah Jackson Learn about the Lone Star state with information about cultures and how those were influenced by being governed under 6 different flags. Written for the young kids ages 3 – 8 but great for kids as high as 5th grade. Length: 52 pages.
Kids Books Set in Texas – ABC and Number books
ABC and number books are a great place to start when researching any location. The information is given in small bits and make it a great way to get interest growing in a place. Read as many as you can to see what different people think is the number one choice for each letter. Buy them here through amazon or order from your local library.
T is for Texas: A Lone Star State ABC Primer by Trish Madson Written for the younger elementary school aged kids but useful for the upper grades as well. I would use it for 1st – 5th. All kids love this sort of book. A is for Armadillo! Length: 20 pages.
L is for Lone Star: A Texas Alphabet by Carol Crane Of all the ABC books about Texas this one is my favorite. I love the choices for the letters and the illustrations but be sure to read them all! Each ABC book chooses different things for the letters and will help you get your kiddos ready for a trip to the Lone Star State. Written for kids in elementary school 1st – 5th grades. Length: 32 pages.
This is Texas, Y’all!: The Lone Star State from A to Z by Misha Blaise Another fun ABC book about the colorful and interesting state of Texas. Enjoy the choices by this author for each letter. Don’t just read one book – enjoy as many ABC books as you can because they are fun, easy to absorb, and fun for the kids. Written for elementary school kids of all ages. Length: 64 pages.
T is for Texas: Written by Kids for Kids by Michelle McCann See what the kids choose for each letter of the alphabet and compare it to things written in other books by adults. Written for kids in elementary school and useful for ages 5-10. Length: 32 pages.
I love Texas: An ABC Adventure by Sandra Magsamen Fun book about the higlights in the Lone Star State. Written for kids in grades 2-5. Length: 40 pages.
123 Texas by Puck A book for the littlest travelers in your group. Reading is a valuable skill to give to your kids and that starts really early. Read this book and then let them carry it around or even chew on it. Board books are a gift! Written for the youngest kiddos aged 3-5. Length: 22 pages.
T is for Texas Tech by Robin Law Sculark Written by a former teacher and Texas Tech Red Raider, you’ll enjoy this book. I love talking to the kids about colleges at every opportunity. Give them something to think about before your trip and include all the main points this author things belongs for the letters! Written for lower elementary school aged kids in grades 1 -2. Length: 38 pages.
Little Texas by Carol Crane Colorful board book for the young visitors to Texas. Colorful photos will make for a great story time. Written for preschool kids ages 3 – 5. Length: 20 pages.
T is for Texas (Alphabet Places) by Maria Kernahan More fun with alphabet books! Read several ABC books and compare what the authors think. Read up on longhorns, BBQ, and ten gallon hats! Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 24 pages.
Adventures in Austin Written by The Educational Tourist Austin is a fantastic city for any age and this book has history, fun facts and activities for the kids! Written for kids middle elementary school aged!
Texas (True Books: My United States) by Josh Gregory Find out a lot of fun things about the culture in Texas: like rodeos, government, chili, wildlife, and music. Written for kids in upper elementary school grades 2 – 5. Length: 48 pages.
This is Texas: A Children’s Classic by Miroslav Sasek Part of a wonderful series written by Mr. Sasek and you’ll love this updated addition. While it is supposed to be for kids ages 5 and up but I think it is more for kids a little older like 8 and up. Length: 64 pages.
Texas: What’s So Great About This State? by Kate Boehm Jerome Colorful and inviting book about landmarks and geography in the Lone Star State. Kids will love this book. Written for kids aged 8 – 11. Length: 48 pages.
Armadilly Chili by Helen Letterman Chili is a wonderful tradition in Texas and everyone has their own version. Some people think real chili doesn’t include beans and others things chili isn’t chili without beans! Find out all about this delicious cultural traditio in Texas. Written for kids age 3 – about 8. Length: 32 pages.
123 San Antonio: A Cool Counting Book by Puck Count and learn about one of the famous cities in Texas. San Anotonio has a lot to offer! Written for preschoolers. Length: 22 pages.
Goodnight Texas by Adam Gamble Enjoy this version of Goodnight Moon. The familiar rhyme is especially appeal to kids who are familiar with the original. Get them thinking about your trip to the Lone Star State with this fun book. Written for kids aged 2 -3 years but can be used with kids up to about 6 years. Length: 20 pages.
Texas Baby by Jerome Pohlen Learn about the great state of Texas and things like the culture of rodeos and the missions in San Antonio from two Texan babies. Written for kids aged 2-4 but use for kids up to age 6. Length: 22 pages.
Larry Gets Lost in Texas by John Skewes Fun book about a dog that gets separated from his boy. His journey goes through all of Texas before they are reunited and while he is gone he sees a lot of fun things! Written for kids aged 3 – 7 years. Length: 32 pages.
The Littlest Bunny in Texas by Lily Jacobs How wonderful to combine the holiday of Easter with Texas! The Easter bunny visiting cities all over Texas while delivering eggs. Written for kids of Easter Bunny age. Length: 32 pages.
Hurricane Heroes in Texas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House) A part of the series from the fun Magic Tree House finds Jack and Annie on a mission to help out during the hurricane of 1900. Kids who are fans of the Magic Tree House books will just love this. Written for kids aged 7-12. Length: 112 pages
#30 Hurricane Heores in Texas (A NON faction addition to the fiction book above: Hurricane Heroes in Texas) by Mary Pope Osborne. This wonderful book gives information you’ll want to have in order to fully appreciate your visit to Texas. Written for kids aged 7 – 12. Length: 128 pages.
Kids Books Set in Texas – Animals in Texas
Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett Books by Jan Brett have fantastic illustrations and this is no exception. Colorful language from Texas’ past like ‘rip-roarin’ and ‘ rootin’ tootin’. Written for kids 4-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 670.
Armadillos by Steve Potts Armadillos are nocturnal and really interesting. They are mammals even though they don’t look the part at first glance. Cool book about these fascinating animals. Written for kids aged 4-8 years. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: 580L.
The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry This fictional book is a fun story about an armadillo named Sasparillo from Amarillo and would be so much fun in a classroom to discussing rhyming! Written for kids aged 6-9 but useful with kids older than that to discuss literacy forms like rhyme. Length: 40 pages. Lexile Measure: 590L.
Armadillo: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book About Armadillos For Kids by Caroline Norsk These cool critters are fascinating and chances are good you’ll see one in Texas as they are quite common. If your kids are familiar with the little bugs – the “rolly poly’ or ‘doodle bug’ the they’ll appreciate that the armadillo rolls up the same way. Written for kids in elementary school. Length: 26 pages.
But Not the Armadillo by Sandra Boynton I am very familiar with this book as I think I read it at bedtime at least once every single night for years!! We loved it so much I think we still have a copy and my kids are 11 and 13. I just can’t part with it. My kids love this adorable book and yours will, too! Written for kids aged 1 – 5 years. Length: 16 pages.
Armadillos Underground by Emily Sebastian Very informative book on all the science behind this cool animal which is common in Texas. Great for a science project. Written for kids aged 5 – 8 years. Length: 24 pages.
Armadillo Tattletale by Helen Ketteman Legend story of how the armadillo lost his large ears and came to have the small ears he sports. Written for kids aged 5-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: AD640L
Armadillo’s Orange by Jim Arnosky Cute book about team work. Armadillo loses his way while trying to get an orange back that rolled away from his home. His animal neighbors help him find his way home. Written for kids aged 4-8 years. Length: 32 pages.
If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer Silly and fun way to present facts on this fun animal. Presented in a question answer format to give information about armadillos and their lives. Written for kids in grades 1-2 but useful for older elementary school aged kids if you are discussing writing elaboration techniques as this book includes onomatopoeia words like crunch, slur, and munch. Length: 32 pages.
Texas Armadillo: Fun Facts About the Armadillo Lizard by Lisa Strattin Not the same as the armadillo…but an armadillo lizard. Written for kids in elementary school. Length: 28 pages.
Texas is a BIG state – the 2nd largest in the country and the list of books about this BIG state is really long!
Austin is Texa’s Capital City and a MUST visit for any Texas traveler.
Want more kids’ books about things in the Lone Star State? Stay Tuned for two more lists!
COMING SOON – Kids Books on cities like Austin, San Antonio and more!
COMING SOON – Kids Books about Texas Animals like Road Runners, Possoms and Rattle Snakes
Happy Travels in Texas,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist