TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson Featured at Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum Birthday Celebration!

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The Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, is celebrating founder Bradford Brinton’s 132nd birthday on June 26, 2012, with free admission all day, and cake and ice cream on the grounds from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

“Just as Bradford Brinton dreamed of his ranch in the West and made that dream come true in 1923 when he purchased the Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, Wyoming,” says Associate Curator Barbara Schuster, “so is young Luke in Dorie McCullough Lawson’s children’s book dreaming about the West where he becomes a hard-working cowboy on the Wymont Ranch.”

Spend the afternoon at the museum, enjoy cake and ice cream, and meet the author of TEX, Dorie McCullough Lawson, who will be signing books from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum allows you to experience the lifestyle of a 1920s and 30s gentleman’s working ranch. Guided tours of the Main Ranch House are available, and the property features regular art exhibitions and an exclusive Native American Collection.

The Ranch House on the Quarter Circle A Ranch, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1892 by William Moncreiffe, renovated and enlarged by Bradford Brinton in 1927-28, and opened to the public as a memorial to Western art and history through Helen Brinton’s will in 1961. The Brintons’ collection, on display in its original setting, includes splendid artwork by Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Edward Borein, Frank Tenney Johnson, Hans Kleiber & Bill Gollings and many others.

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson is available for purchase at the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum, and from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Special Events


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“Still Obsessed with Tex”

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson has remained a favorite in our household, and a pleasant respite from the planes, trains, and automobiles that dominate most of my son’s reading preferences. How wonderful is it to spend a few minutes of quiet lost in time and place as “Tex” stomps around his ranch and takes care of business?

Had a note from my inlaws recently that shared a similar obsession continues to exist for their daughter…

Yes, we are all still obsessed with TEX.

Check out the new review at DISCOVERHORSES.COM

The kids I know are still obsessed with TEX!


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TEX Highly Recommended by TACK Blog

Calling TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson “A delightful and heartwarming story that appeals to both young and old,” the TACK (Tack-Apparel-Culture-Knowledge) Blog, a cool new site where people can learn details about all different equestrian products and happenings, highly recommends it–as a present, or even for your own book collection!

Check out the full review of TEX, and other product reviews and industry events on the TACK Blog by clicking HERE.

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Dorie McCullough Lawson, Author of TEX, Featured on the Horse Radio Network

TSB author Dorie McCullough Lawson is featured on an episode of Horses in the Morning and The Stable Scoop Radio Show on the Horse Radio Network, the largest radio network devoted to horse lovers! There she talks to Glenn the Geek and Helena Bee about growing up the daughter of two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David McCullough, being “horsey” in an “unhorsey” family, and how the photos and and story behind TEX came to life.

“If you have a little kid who is a little bit Western, or a little bit horsey, this book is for you,” says Glenn the Geek. “It is absolutely adorable, and it gets Five Flakes out of Five Flakes [Horse Radio Network’s highest rating] for a children’s book.” Glenn recommends it as the best kid’s Christmas gift!

CLICK HERE to listen to the episode, which also features a look at the Rose Parade and an interview with the All American Cowgirl Chicks—the interview with Dorie starts at 24 minutes in.

You can still order a signed copy of TEX and get it in time for Christmas! It’s available from the TSB online bookstore where shipping in the US is always FREE and where you can get 15% off your entire purchase now through the holidays!

Plus, 10% of all TEX sales via the TSB website through January 1, 2012, will go to support the Pajama Program, which provides books and warm pajamas to the children who need them most. You can find out more about TEX and TSB’s donation to the Pajama Program and how you can get involved by clicking HERE.


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A Writing Mother’s Read on Children’s Reading

Dorie McCullough Lawson, author of TEX, at the 2011 National Book Festival.

Dorie McCullough Lawson, author of TEX, is featured on THE WELL-READ LIFE blog–here’s what they say:

Since Levenger has just introduced this year’s batch of recommended gifts for young readers, we thought it was a good time to also introduce you to Dorie. Here’s her conversation with our editor of Levenger Press,  Mim Harrison: 

Levenger Press: How did you come to be such a thoughtful champion of children’s reading? 

Dorie McCullough Lawson: I was lucky to be raised by parents who love books. My mother has always said, “If you can read, you can do anything.” When you grow up hearing that, you know books are powerful things. As a child I was read to, I read on my own, we talked about books. The characters and scenes from books were simply a part of my life and consciousness from the beginning. And I’m sure it had an effect knowing that books were being written right there at home, by my father.

Something else that was important: from about third grade on, my friends and I talked about books. I still remember which books we read. Once my friend Shannon and I were both crazy about a book called The Blind Connemara, and the school library had only one copy. It was quite a war over that book!

LP: Many advocates of children’s reading believe that as long as kids read something—anything—it’s a good thing. Do you agree?

DML: I disagree. There are so many wonderful books out there that in a lifetime we couldn’t read them all. There just isn’t time or brain-space to waste on anything that isn’t terrific. It’s true at any stage of life, but especially in early childhood, because what we read and put into our brains during that precious time tends to stay there forever and in turn influences who we are.

Read the rest of the interview with Dorie McCullough Lawson on The Well-Read Life by clicking HERE.


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Copies of TEX Signed By the Author Available for the Holidays!

Order your signed gift copy of TEX at

Here’s your chance to get the perfect gift for the youngster in your life–whether your son or daughter, grandchild, niece, or nephew–a beautifully illustrated storybook about imagination, the great outdoors, and the value of hard work.

Order your gift copy of TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson, signed by the author, from the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, and 10% of your purchase will go to support the Pajama Program, a nationwide organization that provides warm sleepwear and books to the kids who need them most. Read more about TSB and TEX’s contribution to the Pajama Program HERE.

10% of all TEX sales at through January 1, 2012, are going to support the Pajama Program.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Special Offers


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Dorie McCullough Lawson and TEX Talk about Imagination with First Graders–Plus, Great Book Signing Events in Massachusetts!

Author Dorie McCullough Lawson and her son Luke shared her children's book TEX with a local first grade class.

This month Dorie McCullough Lawson, author of the wonderful new children’s book TEX, not only had terrific book signing events in Dedham and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, but she and her son Luke (the young star of the story) also visited the first grade class near their home in Maine.

There, they shared the story behind TEX and talked to the students about imagination—what did they think about or “picture” when they closed their eyes? In TEX, Luke imagines he is a cowboy, with important jobs to do on the ranch, his own cowdog, and a horse named Thunder. The students’ responses ran the gamut, from imagining they were monster trucks, to wishing they were warriors, to pretending they were princesses.

TEX offers great opportunities for parents and teachers to introduce central themes, such as imagination and hard work to youngsters from ages 2 to 6. Its authentic, colorful photos of a tiny cowboy stomping around the American West capture the hearts and minds of young readers and little dreamers everywhere.

You can buy your copy of TEX at the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore (click HERE), where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Trafalgar Square Books Senior Editor Rebecca Didier with her son Augustin at Dorie's book signing event at Nest in Dedham, Massachusetts.


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Author Dorie McCullough Lawson Will Sign Books and Share the Story Behind TEX at Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard, Saturday, November 26th

Join the staff of the fabulous bookstore Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard, upstairs in the Kid’s Corner, at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 26th, as daughter of local author David McCullough, Dorie McCullough Lawson, presents her children’s book, TEX.

TEX is the story of Luke, a little boy who lives by the ocean but dreams of tall mountains to climb, wide open fields to run through, dusty boots to stomp, and a pony for a best friend. Luke imagines he’s Tex, a rugged little cowboy with a great big job. Tex works on the Wymont Ranch, where each day is full of important responsibilities. He looks after the animals, checks fences, irrigates the land, rounds up the herd, and takes good care of his horse, Thunder.

Adorably illustrated with authentic photographs, this original tale shows the power of a child’s imagination and the value of work ethic while illustrating the day-to-day activities on a ranch in the American West.

You can order a copy of TEX for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, from the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Special Events


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TEX Author Signing Event at NEST in Dedham, Massachusetts, November 17, 2011

Join the great group at NEST in Dedham, Massachusetts on November 17, 2011, to celebrate the release of TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson.

TEX tells the story of Luke, a little boy who lives by the ocean but dreams of being a cowboy, with a big hat, big boots, and big responsibilities. Illustrated with authentic photographs of the American West, it is a marvelous way to teach children appreciation of our country, from coastal waters, to mountain ranges.

Join author Dorie McCullough Lawson for the TEX signing party at NEST in Dedham, MA, November 17, 2011.

The TEX signing event at NEST will be on Thursday, November 17, 2011, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Dorie will be on hand to share the “story behind the story,” and books will be available for purchase and signing.

NEST, which features an eclectic collection of art, jewelry, linens, antiques, and local fare, is at 622 High Street in Dedham (781.329.6466 /

See you there!

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Special Events


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What Do Women Like Better than Cowboys? Two Year Olds Who WANNABE Cowboys!

To me, it doesn’t get much better than to see my son’s imagination working overtime and his creative side inspired by a book. TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson has that magic mix of charm and reality, quiet moments and gritty “boyness” that engages my two-and-a-half-year old for just long enough and at just the right speed. If I could raise him on a ranch with a horse and pair of boots to call his own, I would. But in the meantime, a copy of TEX and a little “pretend” will do just fine.

Here he is soaking in as much of Wyoming as can fit on a page:

You can buy TEX at the Trafalgar Square Books online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in New Books, Parent-to-Parent


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