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Horses: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids 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.

Top 10 Books About Horses

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Little Horse: Finger Puppet Book
Written & illustrated by Chronicle Books and ImageBooks
Thoughts from Mom of Boys
We love the finger puppet books. It adds a fun element to the story for little ones. It definitely keeps them engaged and looking for more about what the little horse does throughout his day.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A new title in the bestselling finger puppet series! Watch Little Horse prance in the sun in this simple, comforting story. The book features a permanently attached plush finger puppet and peek-a-boo holes in every page, giving parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read together.
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Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum
Written by Dr. Seuss & illustrated by Andrew Joyner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-12
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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My Pony
Written & illustrated by Susan Jeffers
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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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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.
#7
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If I Ran the Horse Show
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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Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey
Written & illustrated by Alison Lester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8
Noni the Pony and her friends help a lost wallaby joey find his family in this jaunty follow-up to Noni the Pony and Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. Noni the Pony and her friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat are headed out to spend the day roaming the hills near Waratah Bay. But then they meet a lost wallaby joey who needs help finding his family. So Noni, Dave, and Coco ask all of their animal friends, from koala to wombat to possum, if anyone has seen the wallaby family. Will they be able to help their new friend find his way home?
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Horse Tales
Written & illustrated by Molly Fehr
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Lift the flaps for a tour of the most wonderful horse stable! Every double-page spread of this stable-shaped board book features stall doors that can be opened, one on the left, one on the right, to reveal the fascinating horses and ponies inside, including Cobalt (the champion show jumper), Buttercup (who walks in parades), Blue Jeans (who loves carrots after a long ride), and more. Full of thoughtful details and warm, inviting illustrations, this appealingly interactive book will capture the hearts and imaginations of young horse lovers.
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Clover Fields Fiasco
Written by Cari Meister & illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Princess is a show pony who is absolutely convinced that she is a cat and needs to hunt for her dinner, Blizzard (otherwise known as Snowy) is a Shetland pony who needs material for the book he is writing, and Sebastian is a draft horse who knows how to break out of the barn; so together the Tres Caballos Incognito set out for the clover fields looking for adventure--where Princess chases a squirrel and gets stuck in a tree.
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Books About Horses and Social Themes

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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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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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What Matters Most
Written & illustrated by Emma Dodd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
**A young horse discovers that whatever our differences, love connects us all.** _What matters most of all to you? What matters most to me? Let's take a look around us, and maybe we will see. _ A small horse and a large horse celebrate their unconditional love in a sweet story full of gentle rhymes and foil-embellished illustrations. Beloved children's book creator Emma Dodd explores important themes of identity and belonging in this warm and uplifting story of love.
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Thelma the Unicorn book
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Emma and Starfire book
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Mary's Song book
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Fritz and the Beautiful Horses book
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  1. Thelma the Unicorn - Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma’s wish comes true. She rises to instant international stardom, but at an unexpected cost. After a while, Thelma realizes that she was happier as her ordinary, sparkle-free self. So she ditches her horn, scrubs off her sparkles, and returns home, where her best friend is waiting for her with a hug. From award-winning author Aaron Blabey comes this joyful book about learning to love who you are…even if you don’t have sparkles.

  2. Emma and Starfire - Emma is a girl with one dream: to have a horse of her own. Her dream seems out of reach, and she only has an unwilling cow to ride. At school, Jane, who rides racehorses, bullies Emma about not being worthy enough to ride a horse. That night, Emma gazes at the sky and wonders why Jane is so mean. A white light streaks across the sky. The magical Duchess of the Stars appears and entrusts Emma with Starfire, a buckskin colt—the offspring of the Star Horses who rule the stars and the sun. With Starfire by her side, Emma gains the confidence to stand up to her bully.

  3. Mary's Song - Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?

  4. Fritz and the Beautiful Horses - Fritz was not beautiful. He didn’t have a braided mane or a glossy coat. He couldn’t prance with long, graceful strides like the elegant horses who carried lords and lovely ladies to the city—a city that allowed only the most beautiful horses within its walls. The citizens laughed at the short-legged pony’s attempts to be like their own horses. But Fritz was dependable and hard-working. He proved to the citizens that there are things more important than being beautiful. He earned a special place for himself in the walled city just as he’ll earn a special place in every reader’s heart. Jan Brett’s full-color artwork sparkles in intricate detail across every page of this exceptional picture book about Fritz, a sure-footed pony who finally gets the chance to shine in his own best way.

Books About Horses and Action And Adventure

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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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Clover Fields Fiasco
Written by Cari Meister & illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Princess is a show pony who is absolutely convinced that she is a cat and needs to hunt for her dinner, Blizzard (otherwise known as Snowy) is a Shetland pony who needs material for the book he is writing, and Sebastian is a draft horse who knows how to break out of the barn; so together the Tres Caballos Incognito set out for the clover fields looking for adventure--where Princess chases a squirrel and gets stuck in a tree.
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Hermes and the Horse with Wings
Written by Tracey West & illustrated by Craig Phillips and Tracey West
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Zeus and the Olympians are tasked with finding a magical horse in this Heroes in Training adventure. When Zeus meets a young boy named Hermes, he claims to have their next quest from Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi. But he wants something for the information: Zeus must hand over the winged sandals he took from Perseus after their last battle. What he doesn’t know is that Perseus had stolen those sandals from someone…Hermes! Could those sandals be another magical object? When Hermes starts to fly, Zeus knows they have found another Olympian for their group—and Hermes lets Zeus know their next adventure will be to “find the force that sings.” Since Pythia never tells them exactly the right words (her glasses tend to get a little foggy), they figure out that they are supposed to find “the horse with wings.” With the help of a reluctant Hermes and another new boy named Ron, the Olympians are off in search of a winged horse­—with a few surprises along the way!
Honorable Mentions
Black Beauty book
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Smoky the Cowhorse book
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A Whisper of Horses book
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The Rose Legacy book
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  1. Black Beauty - 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.

  2. Smoky the Cowhorse - Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants and to do what he wants. And he knows what he has to do to survive. He can beat any enemy, whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can’t imagine anything else. But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can’t beat this enemy the way he has all the others. But does he really want to? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something in return that’s even more valuable?

  3. A Whisper of Horses - A futuristic adventure fantasy in which an orphaned girl is on a quest to find the last horses on Earth Serendipity lives inside a walled city. Before her mother died, she gave Seren an old figurine of a horse. Horses no longer exist in Serendipity’s world, but when she discovers a map that may lead her to real horses, she starts on a journey that will take her far from everything she knows. Traveling with an orphan boy, Tab, and his beloved dog, she’s soon on the run from a powerful and dangerous man who will do anything to make sure Serendipity never leaves the walled city again.

  4. The Rose Legacy - This sweeping, emotionally-resonant fantasy from beloved author Jessica Day George is perfect for fans of Princess Academy and Black Beauty. When orphaned Anthea Cross-Thornley receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, she wonders if she will finally find a true home. But she is shocked to learn that her uncle secretly breeds horses—animals that have been forbidden in her kingdom for centuries. More alarming is Anthea’s strange ability to sense the horses’ thoughts and feelings, an ancient gift called The Way. Confused and terrified, Anthea is desperate to leave, but when her family and kingdom are put at risk, can she embrace The Way and the exciting future it might bring her?

Books About Horses and Sports And Recreation

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If I Ran the Horse Show
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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Horse Tales
Written & illustrated by Molly Fehr
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Lift the flaps for a tour of the most wonderful horse stable! Every double-page spread of this stable-shaped board book features stall doors that can be opened, one on the left, one on the right, to reveal the fascinating horses and ponies inside, including Cobalt (the champion show jumper), Buttercup (who walks in parades), Blue Jeans (who loves carrots after a long ride), and more. Full of thoughtful details and warm, inviting illustrations, this appealingly interactive book will capture the hearts and imaginations of young horse lovers.
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Jumping Jack
Written by Germano Zullo & illustrated by Albertine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
From award-winning Swiss author-illustrator team Germano Zullo and Albertine comes this unforgettable tale of Jumping Jack, a champion show-jumping horse whose partnership with his rider has earned him international fame. Victory is expected when Jumping Jack is on the course! Unfortunately, Jumping Jack's success has mysteriously stalled. He tumbles and struggles. What could possibly be wrong? Jumping Jack's loyal rider is determined to find out! What the duo discover will charm readers, not to mention reaffirm their faith in second chances, the power of friendship, and the potential for triumph despite stumbling blocks. A true winner!
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Lizzie Flying Solo book
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American Pharoah book
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The Horse's Haiku book
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Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers book
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  1. Lizzie Flying Solo - A lyrical, poignant middle grade novel about embracing change, accepting help from others, and finding a place to call home. Perfect for fans of Raymie Nightingale. Lizzie St. Claire wants to be invisible. Forced to move out of her home, she and her mom now live in a transitional housing shelter, Good Hope, until they can get back on their feet. Lizzie just wants to keep her head down at Good Hope and her new school, so she doesn’t have to admit the real reason she and her mom lost everything. But when Lizzie finds herself at the nearby Birchwood Stables, some new friends—along with the arrival of a frightened pony named Fire—help Lizzie to open up and accept help from those around her, even if it means she’ll have more to lose if things change again.

  2. American Pharoah - From the author of Barbaro comes the triumphant story of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders Cup winner, American Pharoah. When American Pharoah won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015 he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing, by winning all four races. His story captured American’s imagination, and this inspired account will also feature the handlers who saw his promise: owner, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza. With American Pharoah, Shelley Mickle tells the story of this beloved horse’s life from birth to his historic achievement of becoming the twelfth Triple Crown winner.

  3. The Horse's Haiku - From field to stable, from rest to riding, poet Michael J. Rosen captures the nature of horses with spare and graceful haiku. Filled with Stan Fellows’s evocative artwork, this collection celebrates the beauty of horses while peacefully grazing or in all their powerful and dynamic action. Lovers of horses or haiku or those who simply appreciate the natural world will enjoy this contemplation of one of earth’s most beautiful creatures.

  4. Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers - Celebrate all things horsey with this sweet collection of poems that’s perfect for the little equestrian in your life. Calling all pony lovers! This poetry collection, chock full of horses, is sure to delight young readers, whether they dream of being a cowgirl or a knight, becoming an equestrian, or simply making a pony friend of their own. These short, rhyming poems are perfect for read-aloud sharing.

Books About Horses and Culture

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Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey
Written & illustrated by Alison Lester
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8
Noni the Pony and her friends help a lost wallaby joey find his family in this jaunty follow-up to Noni the Pony and Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. Noni the Pony and her friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat are headed out to spend the day roaming the hills near Waratah Bay. But then they meet a lost wallaby joey who needs help finding his family. So Noni, Dave, and Coco ask all of their animal friends, from koala to wombat to possum, if anyone has seen the wallaby family. Will they be able to help their new friend find his way home?
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Madeline in London
Written & illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.” Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years! Pepito has moved to England. To help celebrate his birthday, Miss Clavel and the girls pay him a visit. When his mother won’t let Pepito keep one of his birthday presents–a horse–Madeline is more than willing to help out.
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That Book Woman
Written & illustrated by Heather Henson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Offers the story of the Pack Horse Librarian who traveled to remote regions throughout the United States during the Depression to deliver books and a stubborn boy who refused to give reading a try. 50,000 first printing.
Honorable Mentions
Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins book
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The Island of Lost Horses book
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Steeds of the Gods book
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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses book
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  1. Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins - Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she’s only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their neat-and-tidy city life and travel to their new home out west-the Wild West. At first Lucky is excited, but during the long train ride to her new hometown of Miradero, she begins to worry. What if she doesn’t make any new friends? Everyone in the West rides horses, but she’s never been allowed to even sit on one. How can she possibly fit in? Anxious about the future, Lucky looks out the train window and sees a majestic wild stallion. When their eyes meet, she senses a connection. But when the stallion is caught by wranglers, Lucky’s heart breaks. And when she next sees the stallion, he’s tied to a post, refusing to be “broken in.” Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together? DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

  2. The Island of Lost Horses - Two girls divided by time, united by their love for some very special horses — an epic Caribbean adventure! On a remote tropical island, twelve year-old Beatriz is about to embark on an epic journey, through hurricanes and across the high seas and back to the time of Christopher Columbus… When Beatriz stumbles across a wild mare with strange markings in the jungle she can’t believe it is real. Yet from that moment on the strongest connection grows between them, and she begins to uncover an incredible history. For centuries ago, Felipa and her horse, Cara Blanca, were running for their lives. As the fates of Beatriz, Felipa and their horses become entwined, Beatriz realises that the future of the world’s rarest horses depends on her. Based on the extraordinary true story of the Abaco Barb, a real-life mystery that has remained unsolved for over five hundred years.

  3. 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.

  4. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses - “There was a girl in the village who loved horses… She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way.” And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe’s horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations. Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free.

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Books About Horses and Ponies

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The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies
Written & illustrated by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
A must-have for every animal-loving child, this is the cutest introduction to everything kids want to know about horses and ponies. Do you dream about riding a horse and want to really get to know them? Would you like to learn how to take care of a horse, what equipment to use, or enter the world of equestrian sports? Discover the secrets of gorgeous horses and ponies in this fun, lively book. Packed with colorful photos, fur-tastic facts, and bite-sized information, The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies takes you into their fascinating world. Find out about favorite breeds from Shire horse to Shetland pony. Learn about horses and ponies from around the globe, and be amazed by their beautiful colorings and patterns. Young equine enthusiasts will be champing at the bit to read this wonderful treasury of horses and ponies.
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Paige the Pony
Written & illustrated by Lily Small
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Penelope is excited about the Pony Gala and her first chance to compete in the Prettiest Pony Competition, but is distracted by friends who need help. Includes activities.
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My Little Book of Horses and Ponies
Written & illustrated by Nicola Jane Swinney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
A photographic guide to horse breeds from around the world, this fun and colourful book will appeal to young horse lovers everywhere. Find out fascinating facts about each breed and the characteristics which make them desirable, be it the sleek coat of the Mustang or the strong legs of the Shire. With easy to follow facts on each page and a glossary of tricky terms at the back, this is an essential and accessible guide.
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Blaze and Thunderbolt book
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The Princess and the Pony book
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My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Book #3 book
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My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries: Peryton Panic book
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  1. Blaze and Thunderbolt - Billy and his loyal pony Blaze head west together in another exciting adventure from C. W. Anderson. When their new friend Jim is unable to tame the wild horse Thunderbolt, Billy and Blaze want to help. Fast and elusive, Thunderbolt is not easy to befriend. But with their kind and gentle approach, Billy and Blaze may succeed where the other cowboys have failed. C. W. Anderson’s story is one of friendship and adventure, and with his beautiful drawings of Blaze and Thunderbolt, it’s sure to be welcomed by young readers everywhere. Blaze and Thunderbolt is part of the classic Billy and Blaze series. Thoughtful drawings and easy-to-read words capture the warmth and understanding shared by a boy and his horse.

  2. 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.

  3. My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries Book #3 - Join the Cutie Mark Crusaders—Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo—as they read mysteries, legends, ghost stories, and every other kind of tale that makes a mane stand on end. From Ponyville School classmates to Rainbow Dash to the Princess of the Night herself, you never know who else…or what else…awaits as they set out to solve seeming supernatural mysteries around Ponyville. ©2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

  4. My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries: Peryton Panic - Join the Cutie Mark Crusaders—Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo—as they read mysteries, legends, ghost stories, and every other kind of tale that makes a mane stand on end. From Ponyville School classmates to Rainbow Dash to the Princess of the Night herself, you never know who else…or what else…awaits as they set out to solve seeming supernatural mysteries around Ponyville. ©2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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Books About Horses and Farm Animals

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A Horse for Kate
Written by Miralee Ferrell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
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.
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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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Ten Horse Farm
Written & illustrated by Robert Sabuda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Roan, speckled, dappled, gray -- how many different horses are playing on these pages? A new novelty delight from renowned pop-up master Robert Sabuda. Watch with awe as majestic horses leap off the page when you open this stunning full-color pop-up book. Glorious images of horses grazing, prancing, and galloping in an idyllic farm setting are inspired by everyday scenes in rural America as well as by the real Ten Horse Farm (now an art studio) owned by artist and designer Robert Sabuda in upstate New York. This 3-D gem will draw horse enthusiasts of all ages.
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Clip Clop book
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Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet book
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  1. Clip Clop - B is for Bookworm -

    This simple read is about a horse who takes his animal friends for a ride, and they just want to go faster. When the horse goes too fast and then stops so they don't fall off, the animal friends are plopped into a pile of hay and just want to ride again. This board book doesn't have a whole lot of a story line, so I'd say it's better suited for pretty little readers.

  2. Patch And Ruby - Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding out where you belong.

  3. Owls are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet - A delightful book of curious, little-known “facts” about animals—one for each letter of the alphabet! Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you’d never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O’Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line “fact” about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that—just like them—narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It’s a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world—worth many, many rereads.

  4. Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm - Sibley the horse lives on Stony Meadow Farm and is a hard worker the whole year round. Then Tractor Mac arrives at the farm, and suddenly, everything that Sibley used to do, Tractor Mac does, too. Sibley wonders if there is any room left for him—but when Farmer Bill and Tractor Mac get stuck in a soggy field, Sibley is the one who comes to their rescue, and Sibley and Tractor Mac learn that there’s plenty for both of them to do at the farm.

Books About Horses and Magic

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The Sea Pony
Written by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Grace works to save her beloved sea ponies from the evil Lady Cavendish in this sixth book in the adorable Secret Rescuers series. Grace loves the beautiful sea ponies that live in the warm, clear waters around her village. So when she finds out that cruel Lady Cavendish is sailing out to catch the ponies, Grace needs her new friends, Maya and Sophy, to help her save them. But will their rescue plan work? And will Grace ever be able to talk to her favorite sea pony?
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Miniwings: Whizz's Internet Oopsie
Written by Sally Sutton & illustrated by Kirsten Richards
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Sshh... not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, whizzie-whooshy, flying horses - and they're real! It's true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought a computer game could lead to such classroom chaos!
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Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to bring us a sparkly, magical sequel to Uni the Unicorn! The Land of Unicorns is in trouble -- it has been raining and raining for what seems like forever. This is a big problem because there are only three ways that unicorns can get their magic: from the golden sun, from magnificent rainbows, and from the sparkle of believing. Luckily, Uni the Unicorn has always always always believed...that little girls are REAL. Join this very special unicorn and the little girl who believes right back as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and all who live there! Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager reunite to revive this world glowing with possibility and hope that is the stuff of childhood fantasies.
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Miniwings: Glitterwing's Book Week Blunder book
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Princess Ponies 11: Season's Galloping book
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Princess Ponies 12: An Enchanted Heart book
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Tales of Sasha 9: The Disappearing History book
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  1. Miniwings: Glitterwing's Book Week Blunder - Sshh… not for parents! You can keep a secret, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, glitter-twinkly flying horses - and they’re real! It’s true! Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much trouble. Who would have thought Book Week could end up such a magical mess!

  2. Princess Ponies 11: Season's Galloping - Enter a land of magical ponies in this chapter book series that features illustrations throughout and comes with a collectible charm! The enchanted island of Chevalia, where ponies rule, has finally had its magic restored, thanks to human Pippa and pony Princess Stardust. Her task complete, Pippa has returned to our world . . . but her friends in Chevalia are never far away. On Christmas, Pippa receives a surprise visit from flying pony Cloud, who shares bad news—someone has stolen the beautiful silver horseshoes from Chevalia’s big Christmas tree! Pippa rushes to Chevalia and teams up with her best friend, Princess Stardust, to track them down. But when the search for the thief starts to make Stardust suspicious of her own friends and family, Pippa realizes that listening to and helping others might be more important than the missing decorations. Can the friends come together to return the true spirit to the holiday? Pippa’s adventures in magical Chevalia continue, brought to life with delightful illustrations—and the book includes a special collectible charm. Collect all of the books in the Princess Ponies series: A Magical Friend A Dream Come True The Special Secret A Unicorn Adventure! An Amazing Rescue Best Friends Forever! A Special Surprise A Singing Star The Lucky Horseshoe The Pumpkin Ghost

  3. Princess Ponies 12: An Enchanted Heart - Enter a land of magical ponies in this chapter book series that features illustrations throughout and comes with a collectible charm! The enchanted island of Chevalia, where ponies rule, has finally had its magic restored, thanks to human Pippa and pony Princess Stardust. Her task complete, Pippa has returned to our world . . . but her friends in Chevalia are never far away. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Pippa is so excited to get a surprise visit from her best friend, Princess Stardust. But Stardust needs Pippa’s help. . . Troublemaker Divine has cast a spell, and the ponies of Chevalia have forgotten how to love and started fighting! Together, Pippa and Stardust must search the forests, fields, and volcanoes of Chevalia for a way to break the curse. Can they remind the ponies how to be kind before Valentine’s Day is ruined? Pippa’s adventures in magical Chevalia are brought to life with delightful illustrations, and the book includes a special collectible charm. Collect all of the books in the Princess Ponies series: A Magical Friend A Dream Come True The Special Secret A Unicorn Adventure! An Amazing Rescue Best Friends Forever! A Special Surprise A Singing Star The Lucky Horseshoe The Pumpkin Ghost Season’s Galloping

  4. Tales of Sasha 9: The Disappearing History - In book nine of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha has to figure out what to do when the recorded history of the flying horses disappears! The History Day celebration is coming up in Crystal Cove, and Sasha has to pick her favorite story to read aloud. But when she unrolls the magical fabrics with the flying horse history on them, she discovers that all the words have disappeared! Can Sasha figure out what happened and find a way to return the stories to the fabrics in time for the celebration?

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Books About Horses and Human-animal Relationships

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Spirit Riding Free
Written by Suzanne Selfors
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The second exciting installment in the new adventure series! Lucky Prescott and Spirit, the wild stallion, have an unbreakable bond. Along with their new best friends, Abigail and Pru, Lucky and Spirit set off on daring adventures, push their limits, and discover what it means to be truly free. DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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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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True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn't
Written by Artie Bennett & illustrated by Dave Szalay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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!
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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up book
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A Cowgirl and Her Horse book
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If I Had a Horse book
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  1. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up - Forging an instant bond with spaghetti-loving horse Maybelline, horseless cowboy Leroy Ninker inadverently risks eternal loneliness when he forgets a vital rule about Maybelline’s care.

  2. A Cowgirl and Her Horse - A young cowgirl demonstrates her unique way of caring for her horse, from feeding him hay sandwiches to helping him pick out new shoes.

  3. The Queen’s Secret - Bestselling author Jessica Day George continues her heartfelt fantasy series about a girl who can communicate with horses and a kingdom on the brink of collapse. Anthea knows the truth about horses. They’re not carriers of deadly disease like everyone in their kingdom thinks; they’re majestic creatures who share their thoughts and feelings with her through The Way. Anthea has convinced the king of this, but at a cost—he demands that horses and riders with The Way do his bidding. But when a deadly plague breaks out, the people believe that horses are the cause. As more fall ill, it’s up to Anthea and her friends to transport medicine, all while keeping out of reach from Anthea’s wicked mother. And when Anthea discovers a secret that could change the kingdom forever, she must risk everything to reveal the truth before it’s too late. Continuing the sweeping storytelling of The Rose Legacy, bestselling author Jessica Day George delights readers—especially horse lovers—once again.

  4. If I Had a Horse - If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me. But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend. I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me. And together, we could do anything. Gianna Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Books About Horses and Mythical Creatures

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Riders of the Realm #2: Through the Untamed Sky
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
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.
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Tales of Sasha 7: The Royal Island
Written by Alexa Pearl & illustrated by Paco Sordo
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
In book seven of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha, Wyatt, and Kimani travel to the royal island of flying horses! Sasha, Kimani, and Wyatt are flying to the island of royal flying horses where the King and Queen are waiting to meet Sasha! The journey is going well until a powerful storm forces them to take shelter on a small island until the next morning. But the King and Queen have to leave the royal island in a few hours, and the trio is off course and without their map! Will Sasha find a way to get to the island before the King and Queen leave?
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The Pegasus Quest
Written by Jordan Quinn & illustrated by Robert McPhillips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
"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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Tales of Sasha 8: Showtime! book
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Tales of Sasha 10: A Mystery Message book
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Wings for Wyatt book
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It's Okay to Be a Unicorn! book
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  1. Tales of Sasha 8: Showtime! - In book eight of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha throws a party for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! The King and Queen have put Sasha in charge of planning a Summer Solstice celebration for the horses of Verdant Valley and Crystal Cove! Sasha has never planned a big party before, and there are so many details! Will she find a way to pull this party off?

  2. Tales of Sasha 10: A Mystery Message - In book ten of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha must solve a riddle to discover the contents of a special message! When flying horses from the Royal Guard arrive in Crystal Cove to deliver a message for Sasha, she can’t imagine what it could be! But in order to open it, Sasha must first solve a riddle, which requires her to find the petals of rare and different colored flowers. Will Sasha be able to solve the puzzle to reveal what the mystery message is all about?

  3. Wings for Wyatt - In book 6 of the Tales of Sasha series, Sasha and Wyatt try to find a way to get Wyatt to the Island of Royal Flying Horses. Sasha’s better-than-best friend Wyatt wants to come along once he finds out about her trip to visit the island where royal flying horses live. But the island is far away and Wyatt can’t fly. Can Sasha come up with a way to take Wyatt with her?

  4. It's Okay to Be a Unicorn! - An inspiring picture book, Jason Tharp’s It’s Okay To Be A Unicorn features a unicorn pretending to be a horse―until he learns to embrace his true self. Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is known among all the other horses in Hoofington for his beautiful and creative handmade hats. But Cornelius is hiding a secret under his own tall, pointy hat: He’s really a unicorn. Hoofington is a friendly place, but its horses pass on lots of mean rumors about unicorns. When Cornelius is chosen to perform for this year’s Hoofapalooza, will he find the courage to show everyone his unicorniness? It’s Okay To Be A Unicorn is an inspiring story about the rainbow magic of kindness.

Books About Horses and Friendship

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Uni the Unicorn
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Brigette Barrager
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's New York Times bestselling story of friendship, unicorns, and the power of believing! Uni is just like all the other unicorns . . . except for one thing: she believes that little girls are REAL. This magical story by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author of I Wish You More) illuminates Uni’s not-so-fantastical dream and celebrates the sparkle of believing. Uni the unicorn is told there’s no such thing as little girls! But no matter what the grown-up unicorns say, Uni believes that little girls are REAL. Somewhere there must be a smart, strong, wonderful, magical little girl waiting to be best friends. In fact, far away (but not too far away), a real little girl believes there is a unicorn waiting for her, too. This magical story of friendship reminds believers and nonbelievers alike that sometimes wishes really can come true.
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Dream of Night
Written & illustrated by Heather Henson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh, a sarcastic eleven-year-old foster child. By chance, Dream of Night and Shiloh both find themselves under the care of Jessalyn DiLima. Just in time—it’s a last chance for them both. Jess fosters animals and kids like Dream of Night and Shiloh for a reason—she’s a little broken, too. And as the three of them become an unlikely family, they recognize their similarities in order to heal their pasts—but not before one last tragedy threatens to take everything away.
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Pony in the City
Written & illustrated by Wendy Wahman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Otis wants to know about the kids who ride at his stables. Do they sleep in stalls? Do they also get brushed and braided? The older ponies ignore his questions, so Otis heads to the city to see for himself. And he finds answers, but he gets lost, too . . . until some of his favorite friends come to the rescue. Kids will relate to this sweet story about an adorable, inquisitive little pony.
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Unicorn Day book
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  1. Unicorn Day - Hooray! Hooray! It’s Unicorn Day! When unicorns come out to play. The most important rule of Unicorn Day is to have fun, fun, fun! The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it’s revealed there’s an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt… Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory? A clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns, celebrations, and most importantly, friendship.

  2. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa - A Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book Hold on to your hats! Two new pals have arrived on the scene: Cowgirl Kate and her stubborn, but devoted cowhorse, Cocoa. Together they count the herd, ride the range, and, of course, argue till the cows come home—as only best friends can do. With its spirited text and bright, humorous illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Betsy Lewin, this first book in the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series is bound to be a hit with young wranglers everywhere. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories)

  3. Noni the Pony - When Noni’s not racing and chasing with her best pals Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, she’s busy making sure they feel cozy and loved. Because Noni isn’t just heaps of fun—she’s a great friend, too. With its jaunty rhyme and bright, bold illustrations, this delightful Classic Board Book is sure to capture the imaginations and hearts of readers of all ages.

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