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Reading List for Kids

Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park
Mary Brooke Casad (author) and Benjamin Vincent (illustrator)

Bluebonnet, an armadillo, develops a friendship with Spike, a fellow armadillo, and the two spend the day exploring the state park.

Ages 4-8 years old

 

 

Seeking Cassandra
Lutricia Clifton

Cassie spends the summer in Palo Duro Canyon State Park with her dad. She misses living in the city compared to the rough living in the Canyon. When arrowheads go missing on an archeological dig, Cassie is on the case to nd the thief.

Ages 8-12 years

 

 

Texas Outdoor Adventure Guide for Kids
Melissa Maupin

Texas is big and contains a variety of landscapes, plant and animal life. This outdoor guide lists and describes outdoor programs for kids. Each chapter lists sites for activities such as fishing, birding, wildlife watching and water recreation.

Ages 9 and up

 

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Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps
Cynthia A. Brandimarte

Brandimarte covers the formation and development of the CCC, its design philosophy, and its indelible mark on Texas parks. The author includes a profile of twenty-nine parks with history and information on its CCC Company and activities.

 

 

Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscape of the New Deal
James W. Steely

Steely provides a comprehensive history of the founding and building of the Texas State park system. The author begins in the 1880s with the movement to establish parks around historical sites through the Great Depression and the resulting New Deal.

 

 

Who is Mother Neff and why is she a state park?: The Story behind the names of State Parks
Allan C. Kimball

Kimball provides a history of Mother Neff and how a state park came to be named after her. The author includes an interesting history of how each state park in Texas got its name.

 

 

Guided with a Steady Hand: The Cultural Landscape of a Rural Texas Park
Dan K. Utley and James W. Steely

Utley and Steely place the history of Mother Neff State Park within the context of the cultural, historical, and political landscape of the time to tell a compelling story of how rural farmland became a public space.

 

 

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CCC Coloring Book

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Map of CCC State Parks in Texas

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