Is your child mad about horses? If so, I’ll bet it’s hard for you to keep him or her supplied with all books about horses. They just don’t seem to be able to get enough of them!
Here are a few of the very best books available for young readers on the subject of horses. Many of them are series, too, so don’t worry too much about finding that next book — there are lots in store!
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The Horse Diaries are a very popular series of books for young people. Each story is told from the point of view of the horse, and each is about a different horse in a different time and place.
Horse Diaries #1: Elska
Horse Diaries #2: Bell’s Star
Horse Diaries #3: Koda
Horse Diaries #4: Maestoso Petra
Horse Diaries #5: Golden Sun
Horse Diaries #6: Yatimah
Horse Diaries #7: Risky Chance
Horse Diaries #8: Black Cloud
Horse Diaries #9: Tennessee Rose
The Walter Farley stories were my very favorites when I was a kid — and my brother’s, too. You probably know the story of The Black Stallion, and how young Alec Ramsey discovered the beautiful horse and rode him to victory, but did you know that’s only the beginning of the series? There are lots more books — the ones shown are only the beginning.
The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion Returns
The Black Stallion’s Blood Bay Colt
The Black Stallion’s Filly
The Black Stallion Mystery
Son of the Black Stallion
Michael Morpurgo has published over 100 books for children and won numerous awards. War Horse is one of his best-known, due in part to its adaptation as an award-winning stage play and successful and popular film. If your child’s seen and loved the movie, why not provide the book?
Christian author Dandi Daley Mackall has written this very popular series of books about Winnie, a 12 year old girl and natural horse gentler. The books are very popular with children, and might be just what you’re looking for, if you’d like a horse book with a deeper message.
Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler, Book 1)
Eager Star (Winnie the Horse Gentler, Book 2)
Bold Beauty (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 3)
Midnight Mystery (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 4)
Unhappy Appy (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 5)
Gift Horse (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 6)
Misty of Chincoteague
First published in 1947, Misty of Chincoteague has never lost its popularity with young readers. It’s a must-have for any young horse lover’s library.
Marguerite Henry published 59 books based on true stories of animals — and particularly horses. These are just a few of her most popular.
Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague
Stormy, Misty’s Foal
Justin Morgan Had A Horse
White Stallion of Lipizza
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West
Believing in Horses
A young adult novel, Believing in Horses tells the story of a young girl and her quest to save unwanted horses.
Everything You Want to Know About Horses
For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses
Girls who love horses will also love this book. Lots of information about horses, as well as ideas for horse-themed parties, best horse movies, and lots of quizzes and trivia.
There are some great non-fiction horse books out there, too, for children who want to know more about the animal they love.
Why Do Horses Have Manes?
The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia
Brigadier: Gentle Hero (True Horse Stories)
Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories
The Encyclopedia of the Horse
Wild Horse Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)
Black Beauty (Signet Classics)
This remarkable book was first published in 1877 and remains a best-seller today. Part of its charm, I think, comes from the fact that it was never intended as a book for children — rather, Anna Sewell hoped to persuade adults to be kinder to animals. Black Beauty is written as an autobiographical novel told by the horse, as she lives a long and varied life through a variety of owners.