Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware
Howdy, I’m John Ware

Howdy, I’m John Ware

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Howdy, I’m John Ware is an illustrated children's book about Canada's legendary Black cowboy. The story, ideal for ages 7-10, brings the real-life legend to a new generation of kids.

Despite experiencing enslavement, war and discrimination, this gifted horseman blazed a trail of kindness, becoming one of Alberta’s most loved and respected pioneer ranchers.

- Children's Book of the Year, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, 2021
- Winner, Heritage Calgary Storytelling Award, 2021
- Included in the new Alberta K-6 social studies curriculum
- Listed in CBC's 'Black On the Prairies' Teacher Guide

Download the free Activity Kit.


This 48-page full-colour illustrated biography includes a timeline, maps and educators' notes. It fits perfectly with the Grade Four curriculum, but is suitable for Grades Two to Five. Also an excellent choice for Black History Month. If you'd like to book a Virtual Visit with author Ayesha Clough and illustrator Hugh Rookwood, please click the link or message

Books are available wholesale through UTP Distribution, library wholesalers, or by ordering direct with code "Educators". 


"What a delightful and important contribution Howdy, I'm John Ware makes to children's literature in Canada! I hope it takes its rightful place on the shelves of homes, libraries and schools across Canada. – Cheryl Foggo, Calgary Historian, Author and Playwright

“With comic book artist Hugh Rookwood's illustrations to focus on the occasions of the cowboy's life, both challenging and impressive, John Ware's story becomes accessible to all young readers ... It's a story I hope all will read.” 
Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians

"We loved this book because it celebrates John Ware’s joy, achievements, and legacy. It doesn’t gloss over the hard realities of enslavement or anti-Black racism. It discusses them with directness but does not center the narrative around enslavement and racism." Parents for Diversity P4D

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Watch the Global News story to see what kids think of Howdy, I'm John Ware:

Watch a drawing demo with the incredible Hugh Rookwood, and contact us to book your own Zoom session:

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