Best Kids Books About Horses

24 Kids Books About Horses

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse book
#1
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.

Black Beauty book
#2
Black Beauty
Written by Anna Sewell and illustrated by Ruth Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Discover the magic of Anna Sewell'sBlack Beautyin this picture book, retold and stunningly illustrated by Ruth Brown for the very youngest of horse lovers. Black Beauty's story improved the lives of horses all over the world. Seen through his own eyes, young horse lovers will be swept up in his incredible journey from a peaceful paddock to the streets of London. No matter what he encounters, nothing can break Black Beauty's spirit. 'A real treat for young horse-lovers' Irish Times

Hello, Horse book
#3
Hello, Horse
Written by Vivian French and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy isn’t sure if he likes horses, but his friend Catherine assures him that her horse will like him. Shannon is very big, but she’s beautiful, throwing her head up and looking at him with her dark eyes as if she knows everything there is to know. Catherine patiently teaches the boy how to talk to a horse quietly, how to feed her carrots, how to lead her across a field, even how to blow at her softly to show that he likes her. But is he really ready to climb up on Shannon’s back and take a ride? Facts about horses are sprinkled throughout to satisfy inquisitive readers.

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses book
#4
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Decorated Horses book
#5
Decorated Horses
Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and illustrated by Jeannie Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

Yokki and the Parno Gry book
#6
Yokki and the Parno Gry
Written by Katharine Quarmby, Richard O'Neill and illustrated by Marieke Nelissen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

When a Traveller family experiences a run of bad luck, an imaginative boy called Yokki lifts their spirits with tales of a magical white horse. A traditional Traveller-family folk tale which inspires hope and celebrates creativity. Told by a Romani storyteller together with a picture book author to positively reflect Travelling cultures.

Do You Believe in Unicorns? book
#7
Do You Believe in Unicorns?
Written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Is that a horse wearing a hat? It’s definitely not a unicorn in disguise— that would be ridiculous, right? It’s probably just a horse that’s having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you’ll finally know for sure. Or will you? It’s all a matter of perspective in this cheerful, cheeky story about seeing magic in the everyday.

Madeline in London book
#8
Madeline in London
Written and 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.

Polonius the Pit Pony book
#9
Polonius the Pit Pony
Written by Richard O'Neill and illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

When Polonius the pit pony escapes from the coal mine he's worked in all his life, he joins a family of Travelers. Although he enjoys the freedom and the fresh air that their lifestyle offers, he wishes he could give something back to the family in return. When the chance arrives for him to do something to help, he rises to the challenge, and uses his intelligence and skills to save the day. Based on true events and retold by a master of the oral tradition, this story bears witness to the Traveler values of independence, initiative, courage and hard work.

The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse book
#10
The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There’s a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there’s imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle’s career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.

Pony in the City book
#11
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.

Henry Goes West book
#12
Henry Goes West
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Henry the Duck takes a trip out to the Wild West where he finds himself up to his feathers in merry mis-adventure in this fresh and lively picture book from beloved author Robert Quackenbush! Henry the Duck sure gets himself into some sticky situations! When he finally goes out to the wild, wild West to visit his friend Clara, he finds out that he has another surprise waiting for him back home. Children and parents alike will love following disaster-prone Henry through his adventures in travel, cleverly written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush.

Favorite Stories from Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House book
#13
Favorite Stories from Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House
Written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Knock! Knock! Horses belong in barns, right? Not Cocoa. He nudges his way into Cowgirl Kate's house and decides he'd rather live there than his barn! What's a cowgirl to do? Beginning and newly independent readers will quickly giggle their way to the happy ending in this Green Light Reader edition. Lovable characters, short sentences, and simple dialogue encourage repeat readings.

Ten Horse Farm book
#14
Ten Horse Farm
Written and 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.

The Horse's Haiku book
#15
The Horse's Haiku
Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Stan Fellows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Roller Coaster Ride book
#16
Roller Coaster Ride
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Three Horses are off on another zany adventure! Snowy, Princess, and Seb make plans to head to the amusement park. Snowy believes he will get great material for his book, Seb can ride the upside-down roller coaster, and Princess? Well, she heard there's a posh cat spa near the park. The plan is set. But can the three friends escape the barn? And how are they going to get into the Amusement park? Download the Capstone 4D app to access a variety of bonus content.

Seaside Escape book
#17
Seaside Escape
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Seb is sad. Betty, a horse from the neighboring farm moved away. Princess and Snowy try to cheer him, but nothing works. Snowy decides Seb needs an adventure. The three plan to escape to the seaside. There, Seb can swim in the ocean (a dream of his), Princess (the horse who believes she's a cat) can catch fish, and Snowy can get some inspiration for his book. But can they outsmart the barn's new security system? And can they make it to the sea before Tony discovers they are gone? Download the Capstone 4D app to access a variety of bonus content.

Movie Madness book
#18
Movie Madness
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Stephen Park Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

It's Snowy's birthday! Seb and Princess plan a special surprise trip to the movies. But how will they get in without anyone seeing them? And what happens when the three horses get scared in the theater? Let's just say, it could be a stinky situation! Download the Capstone 4D app to access a variety of bonus content.

Clover Fields Fiasco book
#19
Clover Fields Fiasco
Written by Cari Meister and 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.

Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies book
#20
Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies
Written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Jessie Sima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From Christian Trimmer and bestselling illustrator Jessie Sima comes an adorable and imaginative twist on the tale of Snow White…with lots more ponies! Sweet Snow Pony is loved by all for her beautiful coat as white as snow and her mane as black as ebony. Children come to her farm from all over just to have her braid their hair and teach them line dancing. But not everyone loves Snow Pony. Jealous Queenie hatches an evil plan to make Snow Pony run away from the stable by planting a trail of apples into the woods and before long Snow Pony is lost! Full of delicious apples but all alone in the woods, Snow Pony stumbles upon the home of seven miniature ponies. The mini-ponies couldn’t be cuter, especially with Snow Pony’s braids, but they don’t have quite the same moves as the kids back on the farm. Will her new friends help her find her way home? Or will the evil Queenie get her way?

Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers book
#21
Pony Poems For Little Pony Lovers
Written by Cari Meister and illustrated by Sara Rhys
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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.

The Lost Horse book
#22
The Lost Horse
Written and illustrated by Mark Nicholas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When the sculpture of a horse disappears from the gallery, everyone is panicked! The police start a countrywide search--where could he be? Has he been stolen? Did he run away? In a village outside the city, young Lyra dreams of having a friend of her very own. So when she hears a knocking at her window and sees the face of a horse peering through the glass, she cannot believe her luck! Their friendship blossoms as Lyra and the horse spend a wonderful few days together, playing games and picking flowers in the garden. But then, a figure arrives to take the horse home--back to where he belongs. And before she knows it, Lyra is whisked off on an unexpected adventure. This inspiring picture book is a celebration of friendship and reminds us all that the power of dreaming means we'll never be alone for long!

Emma and Starfire book
#23
Emma and Starfire
Written by Lauren Marie and illustrated by Jenna Leigh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

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.

The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies book
#24
The Everything Book of Horses and Ponies
Written and 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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