Home of Barb's People Builders

Education is our business!
We supply the literature, workbooks, and teaching materials you need in all subjects, preschool through high school.

Back to Home Page
Used Books / Sale / Bargain Books
Pricing  and discount policy
Important Contact Information

 Clearance Sale.
How to find what you need on this site.

We accept PayPal
To Make a School Purchase Order

 Blogs / FAQ
Prices are subject to change at any time.
Please check availability by email before calling.

Currently no rush orders
See Details

Punctuation Saves Lives - Poster
Click Poster for Purchase Information


See education gifts you can personalize:

greeting cards, keychains, magnets, hats,
 T-shirts, aprons, postcards, and more at

Like us on Facebook

 If you prefer ecommerce,
please use our site with shopping cart at


Pioneer Biographies for Teens and Adults are on another page. Go there
Or go to
Resources for Teaching Children About Pioneers

The Books in this section are nonfiction or based on true accounts that may be fictionalized.


Buffalo Bill by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. This beautifully illustrated large format paperback is the perfect way for elementary age children to meet this famous plainsman, sharpshooter, and showman. 40 pages. $11.95*

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
Part of the I Can Read Series, this book for 2-3 grade readers is based on the real-life exploits of Buffalo Bill Cody. Cat. # 15,

CassieJR.jpg (6355 bytes)Cassie's Journey: Going West in the 1860's by Brett Harvey. Illustrated by Deborah Ray. Based on actual accounts taken from Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schliffel, this book tells the story of a family who leaves Illinois in the mid 1800's to seek a better life in California. Told from the viewpoint of a young girl. Middle Elementary reading level. Illustrated on each page with B/W drawings that  capture the spirit of the words. Trade paper picture book. 6.26-D

ChildWW.gif (5243 bytes)Children of the Wild West
Just what was it like to be a child coming west in a wagon train in the 1800's? And what was it like to settle the West? This book will honestly answer the question both in the text and with the pictures taken of the pioneers who were on those wagon trains. Russell Freedman also describes the life of the Indians and shares the pictures he's found of them. A perfect resource for those studying the settling of the West. For grades 3-6.
BTH-2363. $6.95*  Sold Out


Cowboys of the Wild West
Russell Freedman tells us and shows us with his collected maps and black-and-white photos what the Wild West was really like for cowboys. The photos date back to the late 1800's, and the narrative accurately depicts the cowboy life as described by Ralph Moody and others who worked as cowboys during that era. A junior should be able to handle the reading, but even adults will learn something from reading this book. It will appeal to those interested in cowboys, horses, or ranching.
BTH-2364. $7.16-D







GoWestWm.jpg (13513 bytes)Going West! Journey on a Wagon Train to Settle a Frontier Town by Carol A Johmann and Elizabeth Rieth. A Kaleidoscope Kids Book full of adventures and activities that will give readers ages 6-13 and their families and friends a feel for what it was like to build a prairie schooner in Independence and stock it for the trip (and make some "bump-along better and dry some fruit), travel the Erie Canal and construct a working canal lock, build a paddle boat to take down the Ohio River, and lay some track to ride the rails. Readers can also construct a model of Fort Laramie, sadly revisit the Trail of Tears, and much, much more. 96 big pages that will beg to be read and acted upon. Trade paper. BTH-2368. $9.86-D.

HWUsurv.gif (14756 bytes)How Would You Survive in the American West? by David Salariya. This book transports the reader back into pioneer days, with a new identity, by giving detailed information on daily life situations the pioneers faced and the problems they had to solve. Readers then can quiz themselves to rate how they would have been able to survive had they been pioneers going west. Includes an illustrated time spiral and map and time span, a glossary, and an index. 48 pages, about 8 x 11'. For ages 10-13, reading level grades 5-8. $7.15-D

KitCarsn.gif (5654 bytes)Kit Carson, by J. Gleiter.
A biography of the famous mountain man for children 6-11. Full-color illustrations. Cat. # 717,


If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine. This book, at about third grade reading level, explains what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840's. 80 pages. BTH-1038. $5.39-D


LHcookbk.gif (7641 bytes)Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories:More than 100 recipes from Wilder's childhood, each prefaced by a short essay on the dish's origins, development, and characteristics. $8.96-D




LWnewLan.gif (5416 bytes)Long Way to a New Land
his story of a Swedish family emigrating across the Atlantic to America in 1868 describes the many hardships they endured -- hunger, the rough ocean voyage, and the confusion (mixed with joy) when they arrived. Part of the I Can Read Series, Level 3  for grades 2-4. BTH-2371. 



Long Way Westward
This sequel to Long Way to a New Land follows Carl Erik's family from New York city to their new home in the farmlands of Minnesota .Part of the I Can Read Seies, for 2-3rd grade readers.BTH-2372.  $3.56-D







MatchGun.gif (14048 bytes)Matchlock Gun

Set near Albany, New York, in 1757, this book deals with courage and obedience. A lack of either would have meant death at the hands of the Indians. Edward's father has gone away overnight to fight the Indians with the militia. When the Indians attack Edward's home, he must remember and follow Mother's instructions precisely to save his family. $5.35-D

My Book of  Little House PaperDolls: The Big Woods Collection My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: The Big Woods Collection, includes two giant pull-out scenes. You'll find Laura, Mary, Baby Carrie, Ma Pa, and their faithful bulldog, Jack. From helping Ma gather food in the garden to watching Pa play his fiddle, children can be part of laura and Mary's happy days in the Little House in the Big Woods. Sturdy dolls on heavy stock. BTH-5658. $7.95.*

My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Stories by Carolyn Collins and Christian Eriksson. .Share a part of Laura's pioneer days by learning how to make some of the same things that she and her family made for their homes on the frontier. These include Charlotte's Straw Hat, Ma's Embroidered Pillow-Sham, Mary's Christmas Tassels, Ma's Button Lamp, Mary's Beaded Bracelet and Ring, Laura's Corncob Doll, Ma' s Willow-Bough Broom, Ma's Prairie Garden, Alice's Straw Air-Castle, Baby Carrie's Button String, Laura's Bear's-Track Quilt Pillow, Pa and Laura's Hay Sticks, Laura's Woolen Hood and Muffler, Little Town patty Mapkins, Little Town Orange Flowers, Mary's Beaded Lamp Mat, and Laura's Golden Wheat-Sheaf Bread.

Each project has some historical background related to the books, a list of things needed, and illustrated step-by-step instructions. There is an index at the end. 36 pages. BTH-2373. $10.76-D

My First Book of Cowboy Songs
21 favorite songs in easy piano arrangements by Dolly Moon. Illustrated by Frederick Remington. Words included. Black and white illustrations are perfect to color.BTH-2375. $3.56-D

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by Himself.
Davy Crockett describes his earliest days in Tennessee, his two marriages, his career as an Indian fighter, his bear hunts, and his political life. This book was written in 1834, a year before Crockett lost his congressional seat, before the Alamo.The first fifth of the book contains an introduction by Paul Andrew Hutton, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico. It contains more biographical information, but on a more adult level. A junior or junior high child could handle reading Crockett's own words.

NewHope.jpg (7276 bytes) New Hope by Henri Sorensen. Penguin. Jimmy and his grandfather often visit the statue in the park in the town of New Hope, Minnesota, and Jimmy always likes to hear his grandpa tell the story of how the town began. Jimmy's great-great-grandfather and his family, fresh from Denmark, were looking for a place to settle. When their wagon axle broke, they stopped to repair it, looked around, and decided to stay right where they were. A beautifully illustrated picture book for children ages 3-8. Trade paper. BTH-2376. $5.39-D.


Pioneer Life Sticker Picture Pioneer Life Sticker Picture with 50 Reusable Peel and Apply Stickers. This is an oversize Dover book. The inside covers are 18 1/2" x 12 1/4" laminated backdrops (interior of log cabin with fireplace, etc.; homesteader's small farm)where students can add any or all of the full-color stickers depicting family members engaged in various pioneer tasks, cooking pots, a cast-iron stove, a kerosene lamp, animals, furniture, etc. It helps children visualize life in a log cabin. BTH-5659. $4.50-D

A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood. Meet the fictional Robertsons and follow them through the details of everyday life on the frontier. Full of hands-on activities and great illustrations by Heather Collins. See how pioneers planted their crops, preserved and cooked their food, got an education, raised animals, got honey from bees, made thir clothes, and made the things they needed. you will learn some of these skills, too, by following the recipes and step-by-step instructions for weaving, dyeing clothes, candle-dipping, stenciling,and making butter, shadow puppets, and more. For grades 3-7. Paper. BTH-2377. $9.85-D


pionThkg.jpg (9798 bytes)A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841
by Barbara Greenwood. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Trade paper. 48 pages with index. This is both a story of how a pioneer family prepares to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday and a great resource for hands-on activities for those studying the pioneers. Readers will learn how to make cranberry sauce from scratch, play Conkers with chestnuts, and the Peach-Stone Game (made form nuts or peach stones.) They will learn to weave a nutting basket and make bread.  They will learn the superstitions surrounding the making of the  Corn Dolly, along with the instructions for making one. They will also learn to watch the weather and make a weather vane. This book differs from most activities books because the project ideas arise naturally from the story. some might feel there is too much emphasis on the secular and pagan traditions as opposed to the Christian history of Thanksgiving in this country. The characters in the story do finally finish their preparations and gather at the table. Three typical blessing prayers are given as examples. A brief history of the Thanksgiving holiday and the various harvest festivals that preceded it give the Pilgrims about one paragraph. For ages 8-12. BTH-1997. $5.36-D


Quiltblk.gif (7865 bytes)Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days With Projects Kids Can Make
To pioneers who went west, warm quilts were prized possessions -- and the quilts they made reflected their adventurous lives. Each colorful pattern in this book tells a story about America's early days. Simple papercraft projects let children make their own quilt designs without mastering sewing skills. BTH-2378.  $8.06-D



Riders of the Pony Express by Ralph Moody. Bison Books, 2004. Ralph Moody brings to life the history of the Pony Express and its riders as it operated between April 1860 and October 1861, as only Ralph Moody can tell a story. Reading level is for about grade 4 and up. Originally published by Houghton Mifflin in 1958. BTH-2579. $11.66-D


stageco.gif (16010 bytes)Stagecoach by Mansir. Imagine yourself riding in a stagecoach through the American wilderness. This book is full of journal entries, photographs, maps, diagrams, and paintings to assist your imagination.  You'll learn what travel was really like back then. Has index and time-line. Paper, 32 pages. Read the book, then build the model. BTH-2379. $6.95* Out of print. I have a few left.

Build A Wells Fargo Stagecoach by Richard A. Mansir. After you've read Mansir's Stagecoach, build the model. Includes stagecoach, driver, six horses, and passenger. It's easy to assemble with press-out parts. No tools or glue are required to make this authentic 1:24 scale model. Now out of print. I only have one left. Sorry the edge of the image is cut off, but this was too big for the scanner. It does show you how the model will look minus some of the horses. Hard to find. BTH-2380. $8.95*



PBSWest.jpg (17727 bytes)The West: An Illustrated History for Children by Dayton Duncan. Little, Brown and Company, 1996.
This companion volume to the public television series "The West" is illustrated with historic black and white photos. It begins with the native Americans and missionaries prior to 1805 and continues into the 20th century. 136 pages. BTH-3621.   $10.95 $7.93-B


Tree in the Trail
by Holling C. Holling.
A cottonwood tree watches the pageant of history on the Santa Fe Trail for over 200 years. This book is beautifully illustrated by the author with full page color spreads and smaller pencil drawings of details suggested by the larger pictures. Great book for those studying the Westward Movement. Large format,  oversize.  BTH-2383.  $10.76.-D






Wagon Wheels
A young African-American boy describes the wilderness adventures of his pioneering family in Kansas in the 1870's. Part of the I Can Read Series, Level 3 for grades 2-4. BTH-2384. $3.59-D




War with Mexico by William Jay Jacobs. Millbrook Press, 1993, soft cover. 64 pages. Discusses the issues, including Manifest Destiny, that led to the war between the United States and Mexico in 1846, the events of the war, and its impact. May have light shelf wear. Out of Print.  #156294-7761. $10.99*



Westward Ho: An Activity Guide to the Wild West by Lauri Carlson. Chicago Review Press, 1996.  For ages 5-12. This book is full of hands-on activities to help children imagine what it was like for the pioneers and explorers who pushed westward on the American frontier. Beginning with a timeline to put things in perspective, it explains briefly the early history of the West, enhanced with a couple of horse-related activities. A unit on Lewis and Clark follows, with a recipe for portable soup, instructions on how to make a field book, a journal, and moccasins, as well doing some Appaloosa printing. The unit on the mountain men and fur traders has several more activities, including making a possibilities bag and Indian Fry Bread. In the gold rush unit one learns to pan for gold, make a balance, cook  sourdough flapjacks (and the starter) and Hangtown Fry, and much more. In the unit on wagon train life there are lots of recipes, and you learn to make a travel diary, sunbonnet,  candles and a stealing sticks game. More activities and recipes are introduced in the chapter on settling down at the end of the trail. The last unit is on cowboys, their dress and daily activities. You'll learn to make a braided leather belt, hatband or bracelet, a leather stamped bookmark, and a poke sack, cook what the cowboys ate on the trail, tie good knots, and more. 149 pages of fun. BTH-2385. $13.46-D




Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers by Ginger Wadsworth. Clarion Books, first edition, 2003, hardcover with dust jacket. This book records the thoughts and feelings of the pioneer children who travelled west between 1830 and 1870 in wagon trains. They often encountered severe heat and extreme cold, hostile Indians, the death of friends and family, terrible illnesses, and great hunger. They also witnessed the beauty of the untouched West. The letters , diaries, and memoirs of these children and young people quoted in this book tell their stories in their own words. They are accompanied by archival photographs and prints. Together the stories and pictures help today's children and young people understand their counterparts from another era. A great primary source for those studying the pioneer period of history. This book is out of print and copies are limited. There may be light wear to dust jacket from unprotected publisher shipping. When I pack I will see that your book is protected. BTH-1821. $14.93-B (Originally $18.00)


Pioneering Resources for Teachers / Pioneer Books for Older Readers
Used books on American history
History Books on Sale, including some on this page.


We receive a small commission from some links to third party sites with whom we have an affiliate relationship.

We're in the Pacific Time Zone
Our office hours when we answer the phone are irregular because we are alternating our location daily. 

 You can fax your purchase orders to 805-237-9639, but it's good to follow up with a phone call in a couple of days to make sure we got it, if you did not receive a delivery confirmation email. Please include an email address with your purchase order in case we have questions and so we can send your delivery confirmation number to you.  You can also attach a signed purchase order to an email.

 We prefer you ask your questions about products and availability by e-mail (, since that gives us more time to prepare a thoughtful answer and keeps us from playing phone tag. Please remember to put our email address in your address book if you have a spam filter or you won't ever get your answer unless you also leave a phone number. We cannot usually tell you immediately over the phone if a book is here. We have to walk two blocks to check the warehouse, so I usually have to call you back or email you anyway.  We do check our e-mail frequently throughout the day when we are at home. If we should be out, and you leave a message on our answering machine, we sometimes cannot hear the phone number clearly to return your call. Those are some reasons why we recommend you email us first. If you want us to call you, please leave your phone number and time zone.
When you do email us, please do not leave the subject blank or just say "Hi" or "Hello" as the subject. We delete those before opening because a lot of spam messages look like that. 
We have supplied a subject line in the link provided above that will guarantee your mail will be opened fast.
Or call (800)925-8587 (not before 10 AM or after 10 PM Pacific Time)
We screen calls, so please leave message. If we are here, we will pick up if you mention you are calling about a book.

About Us / Upcoming Events / /  Links
Privacy and Disclosure Statement (updated in December, 2011)
Articles / Catalog / Awards
Contact Information
Links to our Favorite Sites / Frequently Asked Questions