Wild Horse Annie: Friend of the Mustang
A picture book biography about activism, this is the story of Velma Johnston, a trailblazing woman who mobilized children in her crusade to save wild mustangs.
Velma Johnston (1912–1977), nicknamed “Wild Horse Annie,” loved wild mustangs all her life. When she saw mustangs being rounded up and killed to make room for ranchers, she knew she had to speak up. She began writing letters to local newspapers and politicians. Many people told her to hush up, but they couldn't stop Annie. She soon became a voice for mustangs across the state of Nevada. Annie got children to speak up with her, writing letters to Washington, D.C. to ask their elected officials to save the mustangs. In 1971, with the help of her young “pencil brigade,” she persuaded Congress to pass a law protecting wild horses and burros on public land. Wild Horse Annie empowered a generation of children to become a voice for the voiceless.
Learn more about mustangs with Hall of Fame Honoree Velma Johnston, nicknamed "Wild Horse Annie" and her fight to protect these amazing American animals. What's going on recently with the mustangs? Check also Unbranded, it's a tremendous read.
Tracey Fern is the author of many critically acclaimed picture books, including Barnum's Bones, Dare the Wind, and W is for Webster. As a child, she was a member of Wild Horse Annie's pivotal pencil brigade. She lives with her family in West Newton, Massachusetts.
Steven Salerno has illustrated thirty popular picture books, including The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris, Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, and The Kid from Diamond Street. His illustrations also appear in advertising, magazines, and product packaging. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, he lives and works in New York City. stevensalerno.com