Horse Books for Kids?

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Some children go through a stage of wanting to be a pirate, others a fairy, some a dinosaur. Many young ones want to ride horses at some point and dream of owning and grooming their own horse.

I was lucky enough to grow up with grandparents who had a farm and an aunt who was one of Australia’s best western riders and saddlers, and who has now so very sadly passed away – we miss you everyday Susie. So I got to live the ‘horse dream’ and most weekends my siblings and I would trot around exploring the farm on Little Red, Smokey or if we were really lucky, Misty Blue Bars. This new (2018) title is part of the Nature Storybook series which I absolutely love – a blend of fictional narrative and nonfiction text in one easy to access format. Hello, Horse gently introduces young children to Shannon, a friendly bay mare, and offers encouragement to those unfamiliar with or a little nervous of these large, beautiful creatures. Come along with Bonnie and Sam on four great adventures: The Shadow Brumby, The Circus Pony, Racing the Tide and Saving Mr Pinto. Sam Tully eyed the brumbies at the muster in the park and among them as they galloped he saw one that stood apart; a stallion, black as midnight, on his brow a jagged blaze. In this version for children, written by Jackie Kerin, his story is told in the form of a ballad, evoking the magic and charm of traditional storytelling. Illustrated with the vivid pictures of award-winning artist Patricia Mullins, this is a beautiful introduction to the true legend of Phar Lap the wonder horse. Helping her dad investigate, Sally begins to feel a sense of mounting dread as Phar Lap goes from victory to victory-and collects not only millions of friends, but also some dangerous enemies. But swapping a pony who’s your best friend for a highly strung horse whose beautiful brown coat washes out with shampoo turns out to be a really bad idea. Cruelly treated by his new masters, Anna Sewell rails against animal mistreatment in this poignant tale of a horse whose spirit can not be broken.

If your little equine enthusiast has been clamoring for some new reading material, you’re in luck! Here is a compiled list of 10 delightful horse books for kids. Most of these books are aimed at the 5 to 8-year-old age range, but you’ll probably enjoy reading them too!

This classic winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal tells the story of a young Native American girl who forms a special bond with a herd of wild horses. This “modern fable for all ages that explores ‘life’s universal lessons’” is a winner that you’ll be sure to enjoy right alongside your kids. Anna Sewell’s 1877 classic novel has been adapted and retold for generations, offering a horse’s perspective on animal welfare in the Victorian era. The illustrations are whimsical and fun, and it gives a simplified version of the original that provides an introduction to the classic story of Black Beauty’s life. Trixie the miniature horse longs to have a special job on the ranch, but she is just too small to herd cattle or lead a trail ride.

When my oldest daughter gets a new horse book, she camps out on the couch for days. Yes, she is absolutely horse crazy. She has literally read every horse book for kids that she has ever been able to get a hold of and she’s always asking for more. If you have a child who loves horses, you can probably relate!

Titles include: Starlight , Patch , Snowflake , Diamond , Dash , Stormy , Belle , Lucky , Fancy , Penny . Targeted for early chapter book readers, this series is about a sweet and lovable 6 year old girl named Andi (Andrea). Each of the 6 books in the series features a beautiful moral lesson that Andi and her friend Riley learn as they grow. Titles include: Elska , Bell’s Star , Koda , Maestoso Petra , Golden Sun , Yatimah , Risky Chance , Black Cloud , Tennessee Rose , Darcy Reading Level 3.0 Author, Vicki Watson, combines everything we love in life: God, family, friends, horses, and good-wholesome fun! Each book is based on a focal scripture that teaches a beautiful truth through two lovable 8-year old girls, their grandma and HORSES! Titles include: Rosie and Scamper , Carrie and Bandit , Clothed with Thunder , Tender Mercies , Outward Appearances . With titles such as The Wild One , Mustang Moon , and Dark Sunshine , it’s easy to see why this best-selling series has won the hearts of so many girls! The story continues as Paul and Maureen rescue yet another wild colt in Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague . However, don’t be alarmed, the scenes deal with these difficult topics in a way that isn’t obscene or inappropriate and the author weaves a beautiful Christian message through each one of the books as Andrea learns to chose the right thing even when the circumstances are really hard. Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles.

Living the horse dream

I was lucky enough to grow up with grandparents who had a farm and an aunt who was one of Australia’s best western riders and saddlers, and who has now so very sadly passed away – we miss you everyday Susie. So I got to live the ‘horse dream’ and most weekends my siblings and I would trot around exploring the farm on Little Red, Smokey or if we were really lucky, Misty Blue Bars.

Horse Books for Kids

Breyer Stablemates Series

This is a great series for the youngest of readers. Each book is about 30-35 pages, making it perfect for the horse lover who is still developing her reading skills. The books are fiction, but each one features a different bread of horse as the main focus. The book ends with facts about that breed. Titles include: Starlight, Patch, Snowflake, Diamond, Dash, Stormy, Belle, Lucky, Fancy, Penny. (Some of these books are out of print, but can be found used.)

Pony Pals

This series contains 30+ simple chapter books for your horse lover. My daughter loved these books all through elementary school. She would sit down with one and read it in under an hour. The plot is child-friendly and exciting. They are easy to get at the local library, too!

Circle C Beginnings

Targeted for early chapter book readers, this series is about a sweet and lovable 6 year old girl named Andi (Andrea). She is just old enough for her first pony. Each of the 6 books in the series features a beautiful moral lesson that Andi and her friend Riley learn as they grow. This series is the earlier or “younger” days for Andi and Riley, the same characters in the Circle C Adventures listed later on in this list. You can find the whole set of Circle C Beginnings here.

Horse Diaries

“For anyone who’s ever dreamed of hearing a horse’s story” is the tagline for this series. First published in 2013, it probably is a new addition for most horse lovers! There are 10 volumes, each featuring a fictional story rooted deep into a particular breed and time period. They are also uniquely set in the part of the world that is most suited for the breed. You’ll travel everywhere from Iceland (c. 1000 AD) to Alabama (c. 1856 AD) as you venture through this exciting historical fiction.The words are fairly large and the chapters are short, making it a good fit for struggling readers, too. Titles include: Elska, Bell’s Star, Koda, Maestoso Petra, Golden Sun, Yatimah, Risky Chance, Black Cloud, Tennessee Rose, Darcy

Breyer Horse Collection

This is a favorite series because they can be purchased with a matching model horse. My daughter constantly put these horse books on her wish list. Each story is a fictional adventure about a particular breed. Titles in the series include: Little Prince, Wild Blue, Chico’s Challenge, Samirah’s Ride, Mercury’s Flight.

Animal Ark

This series is about a little girl named Mandy who helps her parents treat animals of all kinds in their veterinary clinic. Our favorite horse selections are: Horse in the House, Foals in the Field, Shetland in the Shed, Pony on the Porch, Pony in a Package, Mare in the Meadow, Racehorse in the Rain.

Sonrise Stable Series

This Christian horse-lover’s series wore the proud title of my daughter’s absolute favorite! Author, Vicki Watson, combines everything we love in life: God, family, friends, horses, and good-wholesome fun! Each book is based on a focal scripture that teaches a beautiful truth through two lovable 8-year old girls, their grandma and HORSES! Titles include: Rosie and Scamper, Carrie and Bandit , Clothed with Thunder, Tender Mercies, Outward Appearances.

Treasured Horses Collection

This historical fiction series is truly a treasure! Sadly, the books are out of print, but I had no trouble finding them used and in the library. Titles include: Ride of Courage, Pride of Green Mountains, Changing Times. There is also a box set, Treasured Horse Collection, which includes 4 books: Riding School Rivals, Pretty Lady of Saratoga, The Stallion of Box Canyon, and Kate’s Secret Plan.

Phantom Stallion

A series full of mystery and adventure, Phantom Stallion leaves you wondering if 13 year old Samantha’s missing horse really could be the wild “phantom” that she so longs to touch. With titles such as The Wild One, Mustang Moon, and Dark Sunshine, it’s easy to see why this best-selling series has won the hearts of so many girls! There are 20+ exciting titles for your adventure!

Hoofbeats

Another historical fiction series, Hoofbeats promises adventure, history and horses. There are two stand alone books: Silence and Lily 1773, and Margret and Flynn 1875. Then there are two girls that have 4 books each. Lara and the Gray Mare is about a young girl who is captured with her horse by a rival clan. Katie and the Mustang is about the struggles of an 9-year old orphaned girl.

The Black Stallion

For over 65 years, Walter Farley has captivated readers with his adventure filled Black Stallion series. There are 20+ horse books written in this series full over bravery, instinct and survival. The first 4 are included in a best-selling Black Stallion Adventures set. Get your sense of adventure peaked with the set or buy them all!

Thoroughbred

Written in the early 1990’s, this series is truly all about horses. The characters are teenage girls who are avid horse lovers. The story focuses on drama involving the horses and not the teenage girls, which is nice. Horses fall ill, win/lose races, and face many other challenges of equestrian life. Although it wouldn’t be mandatory to read in order, it probably would be nice. Some of the books are harder to find available online; however, we still have a good selection at our local library. The first in the series is A Horse Called Wonder.

Misty of Chincoteague

Based on a true story, this is possibly one of the most beloved horse series ever written. It all starts with Misty of Chincoteague, the story of how the wildest horse in all of Assateague Island is pinned with her precious colt, Misty. It’s a story full of whimsy, determination, and blessing. Stormy, Misty’s Foal is then born in the aftermath of a great storm that devastated Chincoteague Island. Readers are captivated as the islanders rebuilt their land. The story continues as Paul and Maureen rescue yet another wild colt in Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague. Written nearly 50 years later, Misty’s Twilight is the story of another of Misty’s foals who has the chance to become a dressage champion.

Karen Vaughn
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