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Horses: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about horses?

Horses are majestic creatures. Big and strong as they are they create such a feeling of power. We hope you feel their strength from these books of fantasy and education.

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Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse
Written & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

T. L. McBeth’s Randy, the Badly Drawn Horse is the hilarious picture book tale of a child’s terribly illustrated creation who (never having seen himself) thinks he’s beautiful.

Randy knows he’s a beautiful horse―everyone says so. From his silky coat to his perfect smile to his very name, reserved only for the most special of creatures, Randy is beyond compare.

This laugh-out-loud picture book plays with expectations and takes you inside a child’s imaginary world, through construction-paper mountains, popsicle-stick forests, and sandpaper deserts. Readers are sure to fall for this maybe-not-so-beautiful but wholly endearing character.

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Robert the Rose Horse
Written by Joan Heilbroner & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Illus. in color. An allergy to roses causes this city horse many problems until, one time, his sneezes save the day.

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War Horse
Written by Michael Morpurgo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 11-15

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero’s journey. In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

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Black Beauty
Written by Anna Sewell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The handsome horse Black Beauty begins his life in a happy home, until a change of circumstances leads him to learn about a crueler side of life. Black Beauty is the ultimate classic novel for horse fans of all ages.

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The Camping Trip
Written by Catherine Hapka & illustrated by Anne Kennedy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

For the campers and the horse lovers in your home or school!It’s the first day of summer vacation and time to go camping with the ponies! Meg discovers there’s a lot she doesn’t know about camping–but learning is part of the fun in the end.The Pony Scouts series is full of all the rich details young horse lovers devour, from pony-centric plots to a Pony Pointers vocabulary page at the end of each book. Go camping with the Pony Scouts!Author Catherine Hapka is a lifelong horse lover. She rides several times per week and keeps three horses on her small farm in Pennsylvania. If you’re looking for horse books for girls 4-8, don’t miss the Pony Scouts books.Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play of Level Two books are proven to help kids take their next steps toward reading success.

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  • True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn't - Zippy Chippy is descended from the leading legends of horse racing. He is destined for greatness and glory. But . . . when the starting bell rings, it’s anybody’s guess what Zippy will do. Will Zippy go for a gentle trot around the track or stop and smell the roses? Or, perhaps, never even leave the starting gate?! With mischief in his makeup, he’s known to stick his tongue out at people and chew up the hats of passersby. And he’s always trying to break out of his stall. What’s an owner to do? Try and try again! After all, he believes in Zippy–and, besides, the horse is now a part of the family. But as Zippy’s losses mount, a funny thing happens. People start to take notice of the hapless, cupcake-eating horse. Could it be that they’re betting on Zippy to win? This remarkable story of the famed racehorse who lost every race is sure to win your heart!

  • Blackjack: The Champion Morgan Horse - Blackjack: The Champion Morgan Horse, the seventh book in the Morgan Horse series, takes the reader to the exciting world of Morgan shows. Blackjack has been winning blue ribbons at all the horse shows this season. His best friend and owner, Heather, feels the magic in the air and just knows that this is their year! She and Blackjack have qualified for the biggest competition out there: The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. But with surprises around every turn—from a flock of bullying geese and a runaway horse at a truck stop; a thrilling ride on a barrel racing horse to an action-packed encounter with a swirling tornado—this amazing duo will need talent, skill, and more than a little luck to bring that trophy home.

  • Decorated Horses - This nonfiction picture book about horses has a fresh focus: how people over the ages have decorated horses in special ways. Organized into three categories—warfare and hunting, performance and competition, performance, and ceremony—the book introduces horses such as the chariot-pulling war horse of the Persians to the rose-decorated winner of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Robin, the Lovable Morgan Horse - Robin, the fourth book in the Morgan Horse series, introduces the character of Karen Greene and her Morgan, the lovable, sweet, and somewhat lazy Robin. Karen is a bit shy, and desperate for friends. When Robin gets a stone bruise and can’t be ridden, the inexperienced rider gives in to peer pressure and rides a horse she knows she can’t handle. When the horse bolts and Karen is injured, the girl is afraid to ride any horse - including Robin. Her parents decide to move Robin to Gallant Morgans in the hopes that Heather and Blackjack can help Karen overcome her new fears. Meanwhile, when one of the horses from Gallant Morgans is hurt while on a trail ride, the gang is determined to find who is responsible. Karen hopes to help solve the mystery until an unexpected blizzard hits and she is lost in the woods with Robin. Karen will have to depend on the deep bond she has with her Morgan if they are to survive the cold and snow. This story also introduces Robin’s sidekick, the adorable gray and white pinto Miniature horse Rerun, and Champ, the small Dachshund puppy with a big attitude.

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Shadow: The Curious Morgan Horse
Written by Ellen F. Feld & illustrated by Jeanne Mellin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Shadow is a young horse who is curious about everything. One day the farm’s rooster tells her about a magic pond in the woods and Shadow wants to go find it. Her mother says no, but Shadow disobeys her mother and decides to explore the woods. She searches for the pond and along the way meets many different forest animals but soon gets into trouble. And when Shadow realizes she has become lost, she’s afraid she won’t be able to find her way home. A story that teaches an important lesson and has a happy ending, thanks to the adorable basset hound that comes to Shadow’s rescue.

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Frosty: The Adventures of a Morgan Horse
Written by Ellen F. Feld & illustrated by Jeanne Mellin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: -

Frosty, the second book in the Morgan Horse series, continues the adventures of Heather Richardson and her horse Blackjack. In addition, the story introduces a new character, a rare gray Morgan named Frosty. Through Frosty, Heather realizes that not all horses are meant to be show ring stars. Although disappointed at first, she soon discovers that Frosty’s real talent lies in the area of trail riding, and it isn’t long before Heather loves this sport. She and Frosty become trail buddies and must learn to trust each other if they are to survive the woods of Vermont…

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Blackjack: Dreaming of a Morgan Horse
Written by Ellen F. Feld & illustrated by Jeanne Mellin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Blackjack, the first in the Morgan Horse series, introduces the character of Heather Richardson. A young horse-lover, Heather has been haunted by dreams of a very special Morgan Horse. She soon learns that the horse really exists and is thrilled when she is asked to care for him. With the help of Blackjack’s owner, Heather learns to ride and show the horse and the two quickly form a very special bond. When tragedy strikes and Blackjack falls into the hands of an abusive trainer, Heather must find a way to rescue her horse before it is too late…

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Meet The Morgans: The Stars of the Morgan Horse Series
Written by Ellen F. Feld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-13

In Meet the Morgans, you’ll be introduced to the real horses who inspire the best-selling ‘Morgan Horse’ series. With over fifty stunning photographs, you’ll get to see Blackjack trot down the rail as he gets ready to bring home yet another blue ribbon, watch Frosty giggle for the camera, and join Rimfire as he dashes across the field. You will also be introduced to the lovable sidekicks of your favorite Morgans. From Rerun to Spot, and even little Champ—the small dachshund with the big attitude—these adorable companions are sure to make you smile!

As an added bonus, you will also meet over a dozen Morgans from around the country – and world – who excel at numerous equine disciplines from the very exciting combined driving field, to the realm of mounted archery and 100-mile endurance competitions.

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Rimfire: The Barrel Racing Morgan Horse
Written by Ellen F. Feld & illustrated by Jeanne Mellin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Rimfire, the sixth book in the Morgan Horse series, takes readers to a whole new realm within the world of horses. When Heather travels to Oklahoma to visit family friends, she is introduced to barrel racing. Falling in love with this quick-paced sport, Heather is thrilled when she returns home and discovers Rimfire, a fabulous Morgan barrel racer that just happens to be for sale. When her parents refuse to buy yet another horse, Heather convinces her friend Nicholas to purchase Rimfire. Everything is going well until Heather decides to take Rimfire to a competition without Nicholas’s permission. What will happen to the horse as he makes that final turn around the last barrel, and more importantly, has Heather jeopardized her friendship with Nicholas, all for the sake of a ribbon?

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  • Bramble and Maggie: Snow Day - “Haas does a particularly good job of expressing the horse’s point of view as fully as Maggie’s. . . . A beautifully crafted book for beginning readers.” – Booklist (starred review)The sky is white, the air is cold, and snowflakes are falling. By bedtime, Maggie and her family are ready for the storm. But Bramble is too excited to sleep; she wants to be out in the white, wild world. Luckily for Bramble, she has a shaggy coat to keep her warm. And luckily for Maggie and her family and friends, when morning comes, Bramble can help dig through the deep snow that has most of the neighbors stuck in their homes, turning the snow day into a block party complete with marshmallows, cocoa, and lots of friends.

  • Rusty: The High-Flying Morgan Horse - Rusty introduces readers to the exciting world of show jumping. As the story opens, Frosty has her foal and Heather is thrilled with the adorable gray filly. While Heather is kept busy training the foal, she also discovers the thrills of jumping with Rusty, her favorite gelding. Heather decides to enter a jumping competition and the duo have a fantastic time and win an impressive ribbon. Quickly making plans for more competitions, everything is going well until Heather suddenly begins to doubt her own abilities. At the same time, Heather notices that there is something wrong with her filly. Will Nicholas, a new friend, be able to help Heather overcome her fears and win the Tri-County Jump-Off? And what will happen to Shadow, Frosty’s foal? This is one journey you don’t want to miss!

  • Annie: The Mysterious Morgan Horse - The fifth book in the popular Morgan Horse series introduces a new horse, Annie. Uncertain of her origin, Chauncy decides to bring Annie home to Gallant Morgans, but he makes it clear she can only stay if he can locate her registration papers. When Heather discovers Annie’s true identity, she is afraid to tell Chauncy, knowing the horse may be returned to a cruel trainer. Will Chauncy send Annie back to her original owner? What will happen to Annie if she is returned? Heather hides the truth from her friend and soon events spiral out of control. In addition to the mystery, this book also includes the exciting Justin Morgan class, the famous class that re-enacts the amazing athletic feats of Justin Morgan, and the Morgan Trotting Races, held on the same dirt road that Justin Morgan raced over 200 years ago. Both events are treasured by Morgan Horse enthusiasts around the country.

  • Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum - This #1 New York Times bestseller is the perfect gift for the young artist in your life! A never-before-published Dr. Seuss non-fiction book about creating and looking at art! Based on an unrhymed manuscript and sketches discovered in 2013, this book is like a visit to a museum—with a horse as your guide! Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself. Discover full-color photographic art reproductions of pieces by Picasso, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Deborah Butterfield, Franz Marc, Jackson Pollock, and many others—all of which feature a horse! Young readers will find themselves delightfully transported by the engaging equines as they learn about the creative process and how to see art in new ways. Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s original sketches, acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner has created a look that is both subtly Seussian and wholly his own. His whimsical illustrations are combined throughout with “real-life” art. Cameo appearances by classic Dr. Seuss characters (among them the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and Horton the Elephant) make Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum a playful picture book that is totally unique. Ideal for home or classroom use, it encourages critical thinking and makes a great gift for Seuss fans, artists, and horse lovers of all ages. Publisher’s Notes discuss the discovery of the manuscript and sketches, Dr. Seuss’s interest in understanding modern art, the process of creating the book, and information about each of the artists and art reproductions in the book.

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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Written by Marcy Campbell & illustrated by Corinna Luyken
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A classic in the making, this heartwarming story about empathy and imagination is one that families will treasure for years to come.

Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse–the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.

But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?

The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn’t get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important.

Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.

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Harry and Horsie
Written by Katie Van Camp & illustrated by Lincoln Agnew
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a boy named Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie, to play with his Super Duper Bubble Blooper – an out-of-this-world adventure begins! Illustrated with retro-comic art, this is a charming story about the power of friendship and imagination from a talented new team.

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This Way, Charlie
Written by Caron Levis & illustrated by Charles Santoso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat

All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes.

The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.

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My Pony
Written & illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Thoughts from The Goodfather
The illustrations in My Pony are beautiful and are sure to thrill any young (or old!) reader who loves horses. The story is a touching, almost bittersweet tale of dreams and reality. I love the young narrator's powerful imagination.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I want a pony./DIVDIV I want a pony more than anything in the world. A little girl who longs for a pony draws pictures of a dappled mare she names Silver, then rides her through a magical countryside in her dreams. At the heart of Susan Jeffers’s exquisite picture book lies the idea that in her imagination, a child can journey anywhere and do anything— even fly through the stars on her very own pony…

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Cinders
Written by Kate Klimo & illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

In this Horse Diaries-meets-Dog Diaries Special Crossover Edition, a horse with a bad reputation meets his match in a no-nonsense fire dog and the biggest, hottest flames Chicago has ever seen! In the 1800s, firefighters needed horses to pull the fire trucks. But horses spook easily and run away from fire–so they needed fire dogs. Cinders is a dappled gray horse with a bad reputation. When he first arrives at the firehouse, he refuses to even enter his stall. But a kind man, his daughter, and a smart dalmatian named Sparky convince him he’s made to be a firehouse horse. Will he learn to brave the flames in time to stand up to the biggest, fiercest, most frightening fire the city has ever faced? Get the dog’s side of the story! Read Dog Diaries Special Edition: Sparky.

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  • The Sea Pony - Move over Junie B. Jones! Get to know Piper Green as she discovers the ordinary magic right outside her front door. Piper Green is in for another adventure when she finds an unusual whistle hidden inside the Fairy Tree in her front yard. But Piper doesn’t want a whistle… she wants a pony! On a trip with her dad to check the family’s lobster traps, the whistle attracts the attention of an unexpected friend. Could the fairy whistle be working its magic after all? “Following in the fine tradition of spunky girls - Ramona, Amber Brown, Judy Moody, Clementine - Piper Green is set to make some friends in the early chapter book world.” –School Library Journal 100 Scope Notes ★ “Skillfully blending humor, pathos, and warmth with an atmospheric setting, Potter has created an honest, empathic slice-of-life story, laced with a touch of magic.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • The Princess and the Pony - Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author/illustrator of #1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams… From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

  • Through the Untamed Sky - The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from the author of the Guardian Herd series. After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd. Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch. As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.

  • Horse Diaries: Bell's Star - Vermont, 1850s Bell’s Star is a brown Morgan colt with a white star and two white stockings. He was bred for hard work, yet he longs to run free with his human friend, Katie, on his back. But when Star helps rescue a runaway slave girl, his ideas about freedom may change forever. Here is Star’s story . . . in his own words. With exciting and knowledgeable text and lovely black-and-white art throughout–both by real horse owners–Horse Diaries are the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history!

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The Whole Sky
Written & illustrated by Heather Henson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

When a devastating sickness spreads through a thoroughbred farm community, a young horse whisperer is determined to find out why all the foals are dying in this tightly woven, tender coming-of-age novel from award-winning author Heather Henson. Twelve-year-old Sky and her father are horse whisperers—their preternatural tenderness and understanding of horses, and Sky’s uncanny ability to actually understand what they’re saying, become their livelihood during the foaling season at multimillion dollar horse farms. They’re sought after by the most prestigious farms in the country to keep pregnant horses calm and stress-free until they give birth. But this spring, something awful is happening…foal after foal is a stillborn, and no one knows why. And worse for Sky, who lost her mother only months earlier, her most beloved horse is about to have her first foal. In agony, Sky takes it upon herself to figure out what the vets are missing, and stop it before even more foals are lost.

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The Girl Who Rode the Wind
Written by Stacy Gregg
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

An epic, emotional story of two girls and their bond with beloved horses, the action sweeping between Italy during the Second World War and present day.When Lola s grandmother Loretta takes her to Siena, Italy, for the summer, Lola learns of her family s history of heartbreak and adventure, stretching back to the Second World War. In 1945, Loretta s nickname was The Daredevil due to her fearless competing in the town s famous Palio horse races until war broke out and led to sadness and loss for Loretta.Lola jumps at the chance to enter the modern-day Palio on a beautiful horse called Nico can she win, in honour of her beloved grandmother? And solve a mystery that will bring happiness and hope to Loretta?”

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A Dream Come True
Written by Chloe Ryder
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Enter a land of magical ponies in this chapter book series that features illustrations throughout and comes with a collectible charm! On an enchanted island far, far away, princess ponies can talk and play. Eight golden horseshoes give the ponies their magic, but when the shoes go missing from the castle, only a true pony lover can save the princesses and their home. It’s field day on pony island and Princess Stardust’s best friend Blossom is competing. Stardust wants to cheer her on, but she knows she and Pippa should keep looking for the missing horse shoes. Will Stardust have to choose between her old friend and her new friend? Or is it okay to have two best friends? Brought to life with illustrations, this story also comes with a collectible charm! Don’t miss all of the books in the Princess Ponies series: A Magical FriendA Dream Come TrueThe Special SecretA Unicorn Adventure!An Amazing RescueBest Friends Forever!A Special SurpriseA Singing Star

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Unicorn Uproar
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The Great Unicorn Caper! Sparkle the unicorn has gone missing from the town’s medieval festival. Did third-grade diva Destiny Delgado or the mischievous Toby Leo steal Sparkle? Or did the wand Nancy bought from the fortune-teller make Sparkle disappear? Once again it’s up to Nancy, Bess, and George to look for clues and find the culprit. Follow the Clue Crew as they solve this magical mystery!

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If I Ran the Horse Show: All About Horses
Written by Bonnie Worth & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Accompanying Nick and Sally to a horse show, the Cat in the Hat explains the longtime relationship between people and horses, introduces the work of a farrier, identifies basic horse anatomy, and shares facts about popular breeds.

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  • Princess Lessons - In book four in the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha has to pass the Princess Test. . . . But is she princess material? Sasha has just discovered that she is a princess of the flying horses! But before she can attend to any princess duties, she has to pass a Princess Test. In order to pass, she’ll have to learn how to act regal, and she’ll have to learn all about the history of the flying horses. But Sasha struggles with these things, and she isn’t sure what to do. Will she find a way to pass the Princess Test?

  • From the Mist - Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are special girls. They know how to travel to Never Land, and this time Kate is craving an adventure. She gets her wish when mysterious mist horses arrive in Pixie Hollow and one takes her on a journey through the magical island. Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies star in a magical early chapter book series for readers ages 6-10–The Never Girls!

  • A Horse for Kate - When Kate’s family moves, she leaves behind her friends and the riding lessons she loves, but when she meets Tori and they find a mysterious thoroughbred, her new life might just mean her biggest dream comes true. Simultaneous eBook.

  • Steeds of the Gods - Demon is getting used to his role as the official Beast Keeper to the gods on Mount Olympus. The gods are getting used to him, too–until Helios and Poseidon decide to involve him in a feud! The two gods are planning a race to see which of their steeds are the fastest. Both vengeful gods have requested Demon’s help, but he can choose only one.

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O'Sullivan Stew
Written & illustrated by Hudson Talbott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Someone has stolen the witch of Crookhaven’s horse, and there will be no peace in the village until it is returned. So bold, brassy Kate O’Sullivan takes matters into her own hands. But instead of saving the day, she manages to land herself–and her family–in trouble with the king. So Kate sets out to save their hides the only way she knows how–with a good story. Filled with imagination, wit, and a healthy helping of good old-fashioned Irish blarney, this is a hilarious tale that will keep readers coming back for more.

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Risky Chance
Written by & illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

For all lovers of horses and history, it’s the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey’s young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory. Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse’s own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.

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Eva and the Lost Pony
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Elliott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! In the eighth book in this USA Today bestselling series, a big storm is coming to Treetopolis! Eva and her classmates are also getting ready to take their very important Owl Oath – a promise to protect the other animals in the forest by being brave and wise and kind. Eva needs to come up with a project that proves she is ready to take the oath. When the storm hits, Eva tries to help a lost pony. But it’s so rainy and windy that she gets caught in the storm, too! Will Eva be brave and wise and kind enough to save the day?

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Clever Hans: The True Story of the Counting, Adding, and Time-Telling Horse
Written by Kerri Kokias & illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The true story of the incredible horse whose smarts stumped all of Berlin and changed science, brought to life by New York Times #1 bestselling illustrator, Mike Lowery.

Clever Hans was a horse who could do math problems, tell time, read, spell, and more . . . or could he?

Even after seeing Hans answer questions correctly, some people thought it must be a hoax. Scientists began to investigate. Eventually, one scientist had a groundbreaking aha! moment and realized Hans was clever in a way no one had even imagined.

Turns out Hans was so smart, he changed science!

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Some Kind of Courage
Written by Dan Gemeinhart
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with an extraordinary novel about a boy’s life-defining, death-defying journey.Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he’s ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he’s lost his pony–fast, fierce, beautiful Sarah, taken away by a man who had no right to take her.Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn’t about to give up. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left.Because Joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything. But he hasn’t lost hope. And he hasn’t lost the fire in his belly that says he’s getting his Sarah back–no matter what.The critically acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with a poignant, hopeful, and action-packed story about hearts that won’t be tamed… and spirits that refuse to be broken.

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  • Blaze Finds the Trail - Billy and Blaze Are Lost Billy and his pony Blaze love to explore the forest. So one day they set out on an old woodland road that is new to them. They have a wonderful ride, but their adventures soon lead them off the trail and deep into the woods. Before they know it, the sky grows dark with a coming storm, and Billy can’t find the way out of the woods. Can Blaze find the trail and get them safely home again? Blaze Finds the Trail is part of the classic Billy and Blaze series. Sensitive drawings and easy-to-read words capture the warmth and special understanding between a boy and his horse.

  • Billy and Blaze - Billy was a little boy who “loved horses more than anything else in the world.” Imagine how happy he was when he got his very own pony for his birthday! From that day on, Billy was seldom seen without his new friend, Blaze. Riding through fields and woods, Billy and Blaze learned to trust and understand one another - and to jump fences and fallen trees with ease. They were a great team, but were they good enough to win the gleaming silver cup at the Mason Horse Show? This is the first book in the classic Billy and Blaze series. Sensitive drawings and easy-to-read words capture the warmth and gentle understanding between a boy and his horse.

  • A New Friend - In book three of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha makes friends with one of the flying horses, but will she forget about her better-than-best friend Wyatt? Sasha and her better-than-best friend Wyatt have successfully made the journey beyond the trees that line their valley to discover Crystal Cove, a land where other flying horses live! Sasha is very excited to get to know these flying horses, and she makes friends with a spunky flying horse named Kimani. But Kimani is unsure of Wyatt since he doesn’t have wings, and Wyatt is anxious to get home to Verdant Valley. Can Sasha figure out a way to make her friends get along?

  • All That Glitters - Welcome to the Enchanted Pony Academy, where glittery ponies learn how to use their magic!Daisy is thrilled to be attending the Enchanted Pony Academy, where glitter ponies learn to use their magic. But she’s nervous, too. Daisy’s hooves are sparkly, just like every other magical pony’s, but they don’t give off glitter. And worse, she has no idea what her magical power might be!Will the Academy help Daisy discover her magic and make all her dreams come true . . . or will she learn that there’s been a huge mistake?

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Out of My Heart
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Melody faces her fears to follow her passion in this stunning sequel to the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind. Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own–the dream! By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is.

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The Pegasus Quest
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

“As Lucas and Clara set out to investigate some mysterious happenings in Wrenly, they discover a young horse with wings that is lost and in danger”–

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Tennessee Rose
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead. She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then coming back to her comfortable stall and her friend Levi, the slave boy who is her groom. But as the Civil War approaches, Rosie begins to question plantation life. Is slavery fair? Could Levi be free? Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse’s point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about Tennessee Walking Horses and the Civil War.

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Blaze Shows the Way
Written & illustrated by C.W. Anderson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Billy and Blaze are back in another exciting tale of their adventures. This time they’re showing their friends Tommy and Dusty how to be as great a team as they are. Tommy and Dusty are eager learners, for they know that Billy and Blaze are the best teachers anybody (or any pony) could ever ask for. Soon, Tommy and Dusty are good enough to enter the pairs jumping class with Billy and Blaze. Now they can show everyone just how much they’ve learned! Blaze Shows the Way is part of the classic Billy and Blaze series. Thoughtful drawings and easy-to-read text capture the warmth and understanding shared by a boy and his horse.

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Merhorses and Bubbles
Written by Asia Citro & illustrated by Marion Lindsay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

A Mighty Girl Book of the Year With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure – the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the third book of this series, Zoey and Sassafras head to the stream only to make a terrible discovery. Things get even more urgent when they learn that the magical creatures living in the stream are in danger! Can Zoey and Sassafras solve the mystery of the stream and save the Merhorses? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used. The series highlights child-led inquiry science and the topics covered align with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

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