Our Favorite 6 Books to Read With Your Kids About Horses

Updated Apr. 9, 2019

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.

Little Horse: Finger Puppet Book book
Little Horse: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by ImageBooks, Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

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.

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse book
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Written by Marcy Campbell and 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.

My Pony book
My Pony
Written and illustrated by Susan Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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...

If I Ran the Horse Show book
If I Ran the Horse Show
Written by Bonnie Worth and illustrated by Joe Mathieu, Aristides Ruiz
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.

Clip Clop book
Clip Clop
Written and illustrated by Nicola Smee
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from 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.

Every child adores getting twirled and tossed by Mommy and Daddy. Again! Again, they squeal. That’s the rapturous joy Nicola Smee captures, in simple rhythmic text and charming pictures. One after the other, a group of barnyard friends climb aboard Mr. Horse for a ride. Faster, they beg…faster! But will “faster” lead to disaster? No…just a satisfying ending that toddlers will love.

Pony in the City book
Pony in the City
Written and 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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