James Cloyd Bowman was an American teacher and author primarily of children's books, college text books and journals. Born in Leipsic, Ohio. Bowman grew up in Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University with graduate studies at Harvard University. He taught English at Iowa State College, and then at Northern State Teachers College at Marquette, MI, where he was chair of the English department from 1921-39.
Bowman received a Newbery Honor in 1938 for Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time about the "legend" of Pecos Bill. In 1958 Pecos Bill won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.