Horse Books for Kids?

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 shes always asking for more. If you have a child who loves horses, you can probably relate!

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 , Bells 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 , its 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, dont be alarmed, the scenes deal with these difficult topics in a way that isnt 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.

If your little equine enthusiast has been clamoring for some new reading material, youre 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 youll probably enjoy reading them too!

This modern fable for all ages that explores lifes universal lessons is a winner that youll be sure to enjoy right alongside your kids. Anna Sewells 1877 classic novel has been adapted and retold for generations, offering a horses 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 Beautys life.

When I was in elementary school, I rode a black, swayback Arabian named Charlie. Later, in middle school, it was a warm, chestnut American Standardbred called Tommy, a retired harness racer turned fat and lazy. And for a short time when I turned 13, it was Teardrop, an uppity Appaloosa who regularly slammed my leg against the rail when we practiced in the arena, just to let me know who, really, was boss.

For the horse-loving kid in your life, the next best thing to riding one of these magnificent creatures is reading about them in books. Another classic, this one written and set in 19th century London and told from the horse‘s point of view.

While various versions of Black Beauty are out there, strive to find Sewells original, which helps teach children the true meaning of kindness. Editors Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2021.

The Black Stallion (book 1) tells the tale of young Alec Ramsays shipwreck and subsequent bonding with The Black, an Arabian stallion too wild to be handled. Other books in the series are about The Blacks racing rivals and offspring.

Ken McLaughlin and a wild filly, Flicka, grow up together on a Wyoming ranch. Meet Sasha Silver and the students at Canterwood Crest Academy, an elite school with a highly competitive equestrian program.

Horse-crazy best friends Carole Hanson, Stevie Lake and Lisa Atwood ride and have plenty of adventures at Pine Hollow Stables. In book 1, Keeping Secrets , 14-year-old Kate McGregor has banished horses and riding from her life after a tragic accident. But her new summer job helping Holly Chapman, a former riding star whos now confined to a wheelchair, takes her back to the barn.

Abby Lovitt trains horses to be sold on her familys California ranch. Set in England, this series features the horsey mystery adventures of Issie and her Pony Club friends. This series gives the spirit of Marguerite Henrys Misty of Chincoteague a more modern vibe.

Start with Secret Rider (book 1): Horses are considered a bad word in 13-year-old Emily Dickensons house. From the Netflix original series, Free Rein , California girl Zoe is finally getting the hang of life at Bright Field Stables in England. This original novel takes you deeper into the world of the hit DreamWorks animation series.

A former plow horse is rescued from an auction and rises to show jumping fame. A champion American Paint Horse lost and injured during Hurricane Katrina recovers to return to the show ring. The latest release features Penny the palomino Paint mare and is set during the California gold rush of 1850.

Read about the hardships he experiences, and find out if he is reunited with Albert, the boy who trained him.

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.

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We love every book by Marguerite Henry and think you will too, but the story of Misty is probably her most famous.

4. Billy & Blaze by C.W. Anderson

Billy receives a pony named Blaze for his birthday in this 1930s classic for younger readers. The series follows their adventures together.

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Ken McLaughlin and a wild filly, Flicka, grow up together on a Wyoming ranch.

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Read the horse book that inspired the classic movie for kids and adults, telling the story of 14-year-old Velvet Brown, who trains her horse The Pie to race in the Grand National steeplechase.

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Meet Sasha Silver and the students at Canterwood Crest Academy, an elite school with a highly competitive equestrian program.

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Horse-crazy best friends Carole Hanson, Stevie Lake and Lisa Atwood ride and have plenty of adventures at Pine Hollow Stables.

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The Saddle Club friends are growing up in this spinoff series. High-school life comes with its challenges, and some more suspenseful situations.

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Abby Lovitt trains horses to be sold on her family’s California ranch. Her dad warns her not to get too attached, but some horses are special! Others come with a bit of a mystery.

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Set in England, this series features the horsey mystery adventures of Issie and her Pony Club friends.

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Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don’t always come as easily.

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Follow the adventures of an aspiring show jumper in this series. Start with

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Get to know PALs Lucky, Pru and Abigail from the DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free original Netflix series, which is even better with this new series written in diary format.

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The story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. This original novel takes you deeper into the world of the hit DreamWorks animation series.

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A former plow horse is rescued from an auction and rises to show jumping fame.

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A fictional biography of the most famous Thoroughbred racehorse in history.

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A champion American Paint Horse lost and injured during Hurricane Katrina recovers to return to the show ring.

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For lovers of horses and history! Stories are told from the horse’s point of view, featuring different breeds. The latest release features Penny the palomino Paint mare and is set during the California gold rush of 1850.

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Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army during World War I. Read about the hardships he experiences, and find out if he is reunited with Albert, the boy who trained him.

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After her grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, goes to live with her mother’s family on a Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and bonds with a wild mare her mother once rode.