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*Justified[link] - based on stories and characters from Elmore Leonard [link], this contemporary series features Raylan Givens, a deputy US Marshal in Kentucky dispensing his own brand of justice.
*Justified[link] - based on stories and characters from Elmore Leonard [link], this series features US marshals in modern-day Kentucky.

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Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's here.


About the Author

Works by Charles Portis


Short pieces:

Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters

Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier

Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns

Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals

Gals with Gumption: More Tenacious Heroines


  • Rooster: the Life and Times of the real Rooster Cogburn, the Man who Inspired True Grit, by Brett Cogburn
  • Wyatt Earp: a Vigilante Life, Andrew C. Isenberg
  • 1870s
  • Arkansas
  • U.S. Marshals/Texas Rangers
    • Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves, by Art T. Burton
  • Visual inspiration - Landscape Art
    • Land Art in Town: Simple Inspiration Through the Seasons
    • Landscape photography : from snapshots to great shots / Rob Sheppard.
    • Mastering landscape photography : the luminous-landscape essays / Alain Briot.
    • Lens, light, and landscape / Brian Bower.
    • Drawing and painting the landscape / Adrian Bartlett.
    • The American landscape tradition : a study and gallery of paintings / Joseph S. Czestochowski.
    • Landscape painting in watercolor, by Zoltan Szabo

For more inspiration, try subject searches for "landscape photography", "landscape drawing", "landscape painting", or "landscape in art".

  • Culinary inspiration - Cooking on the Range
    • Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens, by Grady Spears and June Naylor
    • Little Cowpokes Cookbook, by Zac Williams
    • Cowboy Cocktails: Boot-Scooting' Beverages and Tasty Vittles from the Wild West, by Grady Spears
    • The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, by Ree Drummond.

DVDs to Watch

Film Adaptations of the Book and Sequels

  • True Grit (John Wayne)
  • True Grit (Coen Brothers)
  • Rooster Cogburn (movie licensing) (on order)

Feature Films

  • Cheyenne Autumn[link] (movie licensing) (on order) - John Ford's last Western, this 1964 epic portrays the Northern Cheyenne Exodus of 1878-9, and the mistreatment of Native Americans during that time.
  • Dances with Wolves[link] (movie licensing) - Based on the 1988 novel by Michael Blake [link], this film garnered many awards in 1990 and revitalized the Western genre. Kevin Costner plays a Union soldier who becomes involved with the Lakota Sioux when he is stationed at a frontier outpost.
  • Django Unchained[link] - The most recent take on a classic tale of revenge and adventure with Western flair, Quentin Tarantino directed this ultra-violent 2012 award winner.
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales[link] (on order) - Based on the novel "Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales" by Forrest Carter, this 1976 film features Clint Eastwood as a Civil War veteran driven to avenge the murder of his wife and son.
  • Open Range[link] (on order) - Kevin Costner plays a Civil War veteran - turned cowboy fighting a corrupt Marshall in this 2003 Western romance based on the novel "The Open Range Men" by Lauran Paine.
  • The Quick and the Dead[link] (on order) - Sharon Stone plays a female gunslinger avenging her father in this modern Western.
  • The Searchers[link] (movie licensing) (replacement on order) - In this 1956 classic, John Wayne is an ex-Confederate soldier searching for his niece, who has been captured by Comanches.
  • Shoot Out[link] (on order) - Gregory Peck stars in this 1971 tale of an outlaw saddled with the responsibility of looking after a feisty orphan girl. Made by the same team that made the 1969 John Wayne version of "True Grit"[link], and features many of the same locations.
  • Unforgiven[link] (1992) (movie licensing) - In 1992, Clint Eastwood re-examined the romanticization of the Western film genre with this Academy Award Best Picture winner about an aging outlaw asked to kill again.

Television Series

  • Justified[link] - based on stories and characters from Elmore Leonard [link], this series features US marshals in modern-day Kentucky.


  • The Real West[link] - 4 disc documentary series
  • Wild Horse, Wild Ride[link] - documentary to show? (on order)

Books for Teens


  • Shane, by Jack Schaefer
  • The Legend of Bass Reeves, by Gary Paulsen
  • Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson, and its sequel Hattie Ever After
  • The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, by Karen Cushman
  • Black Storm Comin', by Diane Lee Wilson
  • Ghetto Cowboy, by G. Neri
  • The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, by Jelen Hemphill
  • Another Kind of Cowboy, by Susan Juby


  • Venom, by Marilyn Singer

Books for Youth

Wild West - Fiction for Older Children

  • Case of the Deadly Desperadoes, by Caroline Lawrence
  • Alice Rose & Sam, by Kathryn Lasky
  • Danger at the Wild West Show by Alison Hart (American Girl: History Mysteries)
  • Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, and its sequel: Treasure on Superstition Mountain
  • Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman
  • The Journal of Joshua Loper : Black cowboy by Walter Dean Myers ( My Name is America)
  • The adventures of Midnight Son by Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel Calamity Jack, graphic novels by Shannon Hale
  • Tall : Great American folktales : the comics anthology editor Donald Lem

Wild West - Nonfiction for Older Children

  • Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter, ill by Susan Guevara

Wild West - Nonfiction Picturebooks

  • Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy by Andrea D. Pinkney, ill by Brian Pinkney
  • Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlson, illustrated by Holly Meade - The story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.
  • Bad news for outlaws : the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. Marshall, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Cowboy Stories! - Picture Books

  • Ten-Gallon Bart by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Dorothy Donohue
  • Cowboy Kid by Max Eilenberg ; illustrated by Sue Heap
  • She’ll Be Coming ‘round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmett and Deborah Allwright
  • Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming
  • Cowboy Baby by Sue Heap also in Spanish as: Pequeno Cowboy by Sue Heap
  • The Adventures of Granny Clearwater & Little Critter by Kimberly Willis Holt, illustratedl by Lara Huliska-Beith
  • Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
  • Giddy up, Cowgirl by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Tex by Dorie McCullough Lawson
  • Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen ; illustrated by Michael Allen Austin.
  • Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash
  • Pirates vs. Cowboys by Aaron Reynolds illustrated by David Barneda
  • Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
  • Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
  • Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
  • Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs ill by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch by Anne Isaacs Ill by Dan Santat
  • Black Cowboy Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester, ill by Jerry Pinkney

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