Ernest Thompson Seton
(1860 - 1946)
Ernest Thompson Seton was a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.
His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and The Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA.
Famously, on his 21st birthday, his father presented him with a bill for his birth, upbringing and education, which he paid -- and never spoke to his father again.
Ernest changed his name from Ernest Seton Thompson to Ernest Thompson Seton in 1902.
As the cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, many of his publications were ephemeral, such as the Birch Bark Roll of which there seem to have been nearly twenty issues.
Animal Heroes (1905)
A collection of eight animal biographies based on real individuals, including a cat, a dog, a pigeon, a lynx, two wolves and a reindeer. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The Animal Story Book (1901)
Posthumously-published work on tracking by the noted woodcraft author.
Selected lives from Life-Histories of Northern Animals. This appeared in many editions under various titles.
The Arctic Prairies (1912)
Animal biography of a gray squirrel. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Selections from Seton’s animal biographies.
Billy the Dog that Made Good (1930)
A collection of animal life stories.
The life story of a silver fox and the humans who met him. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The life story of an arctic fox.
The Book of Woodcraft (1912)
A comprehensive guide to woodcraft by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
The ‘Original” edition of the Boy Scouts of America Handbook was written by E. T. Seton, using some of the material from R. Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys. Read for free online at the E. T. Seton Institute.
The Buffalo Wind (1938)
A limited edition of only 250 copies was printed. The image above is a photograph of the author that was pasted into each copy.
An anthology of animal stories.
Chink a Woolly Coated Little Dog and Other Stories from Lives of the Hunted and Wild Animals at Home (1927)
Selected life-histories of four-footed friends.
A collection of thirty favorite dog stories.
An anthology of the writings of Ernest Thompson Seton, British-Canadian-American naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
Famous Animal Stories (1932)
A collection of stories about animals including myths, fables, fairy tales and true-life adventures.
Three animal histories from Wild Animal Ways.
The Forester’s Manual (1912)
This book was written as a supplement to the author’s books on woodcraft. It was designated No. 2 of Scout Manual Series. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A summary of Native American society and belief as it was before Columbus.
Mainly About Wolves is the English edition title for this book about animals known to history or legend.
This handbook was prepared for the 79th annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. One chapter is by Seton. It is called Fauna of Manitoba. Read this book for free online at Internet Archive.
How to Play Indian (1903)
This pamphlet was reprinted from Ladies’ Home Journal. It was the first instruction for the new Woodcraft Indians. Read for free online at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Includes Johnny Bear, Tito, and Why the Chickadee Goes Crazy.
Includes Johnny Bear, Lobo, Raggylug, Chink, The Mother Teal and the Overland Rout and Wully.
Krag and Johnny Bear (1902)
Animal biographies from Animal Heroes, including Arnaux The Chronicle of a Homing Pigeon, The Boy and the Lynx and The Legend of the White Reindeer.
A four-volume work describing the lives of North American animals that are of interest to sportsmen.
Lobo and Other Stories (1925)
Contains Lobo, Silverspot, Redruff and Bingo.
Mainly About Wolves (1937)
Stories about animals known to history and legend.
The fictionalized life of a grizzly bear, who ends in captivity at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The author finds that the animal kingdom respects the natural law. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Nimrod’s Wife (1907)
Animal histories including Old Silver Grizzle, The Squirrel, the Rabbits, Bears, The Cute Coyote, Pairie Dog and Sneak Cats.
A novel of horse racing and Methodism. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The Queen’s Gift Book (1915)
An anthology sold as a fundraiser for World War I hospitals. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
E. F. Benson
Ernest Thompson Seton
W. Heath Robinson
Ernest H. Shepard
This is the second edition of the handbook that started the Woodcraft Indians.
The Red Lodge (1912)
Limited edition set of bylaws for an adult version of the Woodcraft Indians.
The Rhythm of the Redman (1930)
A collection of Native American songs and dances.
Rolf in the Woods (1911)
The story of a friendship between a white boy and an Indian in New York around the time of the War of 1812. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A dog and his master give their lives to stop the German advance on Paris in World War I.
Sign Talk (1918)
An extensive history of signing and a dictionary of signs, chiefly from North American Indian sign language. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The Slum Cat (1915)
Three stories from Animal Heroes: The Slum Cat; Snap: The Story of a Bull-terrier and The Winnipeg Wolf.
The author finds that animals respect the natural law.
Trail and Campfire Stories (1940)
Autobiography of the Canadian artist-naturalist and founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
A Treasury of Cat Stories (1944)
Wild Animal Ways (1916)
Seven animal biographies. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A Woman Tenderfoot (1900)
A young woman goes camping in the mountain West. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
A scouting manual from a precursor of the Boy Scouts of America. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
An early scouting handbook for girls. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Woodland Tales (1921)
A large collection of nature fairy tales. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
Woodmyth and Fable (1905)
A collection of short myths or fables, most with a moral. Read for free online at Internet Archive.