The Best Children’s Books About Horses

“What are the best Children’s books about Horses?” We looked at 209 of the top Kids Horse books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Horse” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 175+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 29 Best Children’s Books About Or Featuring Horses



29 .) Ancient Thunder written by Leo Yerxa

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

A colorfult art book that celebrates horses.



28 .) Cowardly Clyde written by Bill Peet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

For a war horse, Clyde is an abysmal coward, but he finally decides that even if he isn’t brave he can at least act brave.



27 .) Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse written by Rebecca Janni

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

Nellie Sue, who fancies herself a real cowgirl, wants a horse for her birthday, but she discovers that a brand new bicycle–her first–takes almost as much taming as a filly.



26 .) Firehorse Max written by Sara London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Keeps
  • Goodreads

When an old peddler needs a new horse to pull his heavy wagon, he buys one named Max from the firehouse auction. All’s well until one day Max hears fire bells clanging.



25 .) For Sale or Swap written by Alyssa Brugman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Keeps
  • Children’s Books Daily

Shelby is convinced her reliable but ugly pony, Blue, is holding her back at Pony Club. If only she had a beautiful horse, everyone would see what a great rider she is. But how can Shelby buy a new horse when her parents can’t even afford to pay her Pony Club fees? When she sees an ad for an eye-catching brown pony for sale or swap, Shelby thinks she’s found the answer to all her problems. Maxshine Celtic Copper – otherwise known as Brat – seems perfect. But swapping a pony who’s your best friend for a highly strung horse whose beautiful brown coat washes out with shampoo turns out to be a really bad idea. The race is on for Shelby and her friends to catch a horse thief, find her beloved Blue and return Brat to her rightful owners.…



24 .) Hush, Little Horsie written by Jane Yolen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Rhyming text assures foals that their mothers are watching over them while they leap on a farm, frolic on a beach, gallop on a plain, and sleep in a stall.



23 .) Little Black, a Pony (Little Black Pony, #1) written by Walter Farley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Carrieelle
  • Goodreads

When a small boy graduates from his little pony to a big horse, the pony is sad until the time comes when he is able to do something the big horse cannot do.



22 .) National Velvet written by Enid Bagnold

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Read Brightly

In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase.…



21 .) Riding Freedom written by Pam Munoz Ryan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Read Brightly

A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.



20 .) Robert the Rose Horse written by Joan Heilbroner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads

Robert’s allergic reaction to roses gets him in trouble repeatedly.



19 .) Rosie’s Magic Horse written by Russell Hoban

Lists It Appears On:

  • Children’s Books Daily
  • Goodreads

When Rosie’s popsicle stick turns into a horse named Stickerino, they have a lot of adventures.



18 .) Running with the Horses written by Alison Lester

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Nina is determined to save the horses at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the war.



17 .) Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse written by Meghan Mccarthy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

The true story of Seabiscuit, the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time. But he’d lost nearly every race he’d run. Automobile tycoon Charles Howard took a risk and purchased Seabiscuit for a bargain price. With a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, Seabiscuit began winning. But could he really beat the Triple Crown Champion?…



16 .) Silver Snaffles written by Primrose Cumming

Lists It Appears On:

  • Carrieelle
  • Horse And Hound

Silver Snaffles was a beloved pony book for many generations and is finally back in print via Fidra Books. Anyone who has learned to ride must have wondered quite what the horse thinks of her: children must long for the ponies they love to talk to them.



15 .) Spud & Charli written by Samantha Wheeler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Children’s Books Daily
  • Readings

Does your imagination ever run wild? Charli is at riding camp, where her dream is about to come true, she will finally learn to ride a real, live horse. But when show-off Mikaela picks the horse Charli wants, her heart bungees to her toes. Instead of the beautiful palomino Razz, Charli?s stuck riding the massive retired racehorse Spud. And what about the bats that fill the night sky. Don’t bats spread deadly diseases? Riding camp isn’t turning out the way Charli planned, especially when she finds herself in the middle of a life-threatening disaster. An action-packed adventure about horses, bats and getting carried away by your imagination.…



14 .) Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening written by Robert Frost

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Illustrations of wintry scenes accompany each line of the well-known poem.



13 .) The Gift of the Sacred Dog written by Paul Goble

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

In response to an Indian boy’s prayer for help for his hungry people, the Great Spirit sends the gift of the Sacred Dogs, horses, which enable the tribe to hunt for buffalo.



12 .) The Horse in Harry’s Room written by Syd Hoff

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Although no one else can see it, Harry is very pleased to have a horse in his room.



11 .) The Quicksand Pony written by Alison Lester

Lists It Appears On:

  • Children’s Books Daily
  • Readings

After her pony Bella, trapped in quicksand, is rescued by a mysterious unseen person, ten-year-old Biddy follows the trail into the Australian bush and discovers the solution to a disappearance that happened years ago.



10 .) The Winter Horses written by Philip Kerr

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read Brightly
  • Readings

In the midst of another freezing winter, Max, the devoted caretaker of a wildlife reserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overrun his land. He must also learn to keep secrets, for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park. Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings ? everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski’s horses that wander the reservation. Apart from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good. Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey through the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses ? and herself. This sensitive, inspiring tale captures the power of sacrifice, the endurance of the human spirit and the astonishing loyalty of animals.…



9 .) Thoroughbred Series written by Joanna Campbell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Carrieelle
  • Not Consumed

After disease wipes out her family’s breeding farm, Ashleigh determines she will never care for a horse again until a small, sickly foal is born at the new farm that her family manages.



8 .) Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa written by Erica Silverman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.



7 .) My Friend Flicka series written by Mary O’Hara

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Horse And Hound
  • Read Brightly

Through his intense devotion to the colt Flicka, a young boy living on a Wyoming ranch begins to learn about responsibility and gain a better understanding of his brusque father.



6 .) Noni the Pony written by Alison Lester

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Children’s Books Daily
  • Readings

Introduces Noni the pony, who is friendly and funny and lives at Waratah Bay, where her best friends are Dave Dog and Coco the cat.



5 .) One Horse Waiting for Me written by Patricia Mullins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Carrieelle
  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

A rhymed counting book from one to twelve celebrates horses, real and imaginary.



4 .) War Horse written by Michael Morpurgo

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Keeps
  • Read Brightly
  • Readings

World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer’s son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again.…



3 .) Misty of Chincoteague written by Marguerite Henry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Carrieelle
  • Not Consumed
  • Read Brightly

Paul and Maureen Beebe’s determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the elusive Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.



2 .) The Black Stallion written by Walter Farley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Carrieelle
  • Not Consumed
  • Read Brightly

Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.



1 .) Black Beauty written by Anna Sewell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Carrieelle
  • Children’s Books Daily
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Readings

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.




The 175+ Additional Best Children’s Books About Horses



# Books Authors Lists
30 16 Hands Between Your Legs Julian Seaman Horse And Hound
31 A Field Full of Horses: Read and Wonder Peter Hansard Goodreads
32 A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion Charlie Cantrell Goodreads
33 A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me: A Book of Nonsense Verse Wallace Tripp Goodreads
34 A Horse Called Wonder Joanna Campbell Bustle
35 A Horse Story: Sami and Thomas meet Pascal James McDonald Goodreads
36 A is for Amos Deborah Chandra Goodreads
37 A Pony for Jean Readings
38 Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse Ursula Moray Williams Goodreads
39 All the Pretty Little Horses Linda Saport Goodreads
40 Amy’s Three Best Things Philippa Pearce Goodreads
41 Animal Ark: Not Consumed
42 Animal Stars: The Horse Who Bit a Bushranger Jackie French. Children’s Books Daily
43 Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover’s Alphabet Jessie Haas Goodreads
44 B is for Buckaroo Louise Doak Whitney Barnes & Noble
45 Battle of the Jade Horse Alison Lloyd. Children’s Books Daily
46 Being Bindy Books For Keeps
47 Breyer Horse Collection Not Consumed
48 Breyer Stablemates Series: Not Consumed
49 Calico the Wonder Horse, or The Saga of Stewy Stinker Virginia Lee Burton Goodreads
50 Call the Horse Lucky Juanita Havill Goodreads
51 Carrie and Bandit Sonrise Stable
52 Catch a Winner Leaves the Ranch Pat Eytcheson Taylor Goodreads
53 Circle C Adventures Not Consumed
54 Circle C Beginnings Not Consumed
55 Clarence Goes Out West & Meets a Purple Horse Jean Ekman Adams Goodreads
56 Clip-Clop Nicola Smee Goodreads
57 Clothed With Thunder Sonrise Stable
58 Coming Home Lauren Brooke Bustle
59 Cowboy Small Lois Lenski Goodreads
60 Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race James Moloney. Children’s Books Daily
61 Donkey’s Kite (Horse Valley Adventure #2) Liana-Melissa Allen Goodreads
62 Encyclopedia of the Horse Elwyn Hartley Edwards Carrieelle
63 Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo Rebecca Janni Goodreads
64 Everything but the Horse Holly Hobbie Goodreads
65 Facts About Horses: 50 Amazing Illustrated Facts for Kids Amy Lyons Goodreads
66 First Book of Horses and Ponies Readings
67 Flutterby Fly Stephen Cosgrove Goodreads
68 Fly-by-Night Books For Keeps
69 Follow Our Leader Sonrise Stable
70 For Horse-Crazy Girls Only: Everything You Want to Know About Horses Christina Wilsdon Barnes & Noble
71 For Love of a Horse Books For Keeps
72 Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Jan Brett Goodreads
73 From Appaloose to Zebra Jessie Haas Carrieelle
74 Giddy Up! Let’s Ride! Flora McDonnell Goodreads
75 Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Softonic
76 Hello, Horse’ Children’s Books Daily
77 Hiding that Horse David Metzenthen Children’s Books Daily
78 Hoofbeats Not Consumed
79 Horse Malachy Doyle Goodreads
80 Horse Crazy Bonnie Bryant Bustle
81 Horse Crazy: The Complete Adventures of Bonnie and Sam Alison Lester Children’s Books Daily
82 Horse Diaries Not Consumed
83 Horse in the House Ben M. Baglio Bustle
84 Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia Ted Lewin Goodreads
85 Horse With the Easter Bonnet Jane Thayer Goodreads
86 Horsefly Alice Hoffman Goodreads
87 Horses! Gail Gibbons Goodreads
88 I Believe in Genevieve Jenny Craig Goodreads
89 I Want a Pony Jeanne Betancourt Bustle
90 If I Had a Horse Jonathan London Goodreads
91 Jerry Ursula Dubosarsky Children’s Books Daily
92 John and Tom Willem Lange Goodreads
93 Justin Morgan Had a Horse Marguerite Henry Bustle
94 Keeping Secrets: Timber Ridge Riders (Book 1) Maggie Dana Barnes & Noble
95 King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian Marguerite Henry Bustle
96 Ladybird Classics: Black Beauty Readings
97 Leonardo’s Horse Jean Fritz Goodreads
98 Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One Kate DiCamillo Barnes & Noble
99 Lightning Jack Glenda Millard Children’s Books Daily
100 Little Red Cowboy Hat Susan Lowell Goodreads
101 Loyal Creatures Morris Gleitzman. Children’s Books Daily
102 Magnus at the Fire Jennifer Armstrong Goodreads
103 Mercenary (Longsword Saga, #1) R.J. Connor Goodreads
104 Mi Reino Por Un Caballo/ My Kingdom for a Horse Ana Maria Machado Goodreads
105 Midnight Mark Greenwood Children’s Books Daily
106 Milkman’s Boy Donald Hall Goodreads
107 Mister Penny’s Race Horse Marie Hall Ets Goodreads
108 Mrs. Mack Patricia Polacco Goodreads
109 Mumkin Stephen Cosgrove Goodreads
110 Mustang Canyon Jonathan London Goodreads
111 My Australian Story: The Phar Lap Mystery Sophie Masson. Children’s Books Daily
112 My Farm Alison Lester Goodreads
113 My Pony Susan Jeffers Goodreads
114 Mystic Horse Paul Goble Goodreads
115 Nitter Pitter Stephen Cosgrove Goodreads
116 Nobody’s Horse Books For Keeps
117 Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach Readings
118 Old Thunder and Miss Raney Sharon Darrow Goodreads
119 Operation Christmas Spirit Sonrise Stable
120 Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm Alice Provensen Goodreads
121 Outward Appearances Sonrise Stable
122 Phantom Stallion Not Consumed
123 Phar Lap The Wonder Horse Jackie Kerin Children’s Books Daily
124
Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 1)
Readings
125 Pocket Genius: Horses Read Brightly
126 Pony Club Camp Josephine Pullein-Thompson Horse And Hound
127 Pony Pals Not Consumed
128 Pony Problem Readings
129 Race with Midnight Rob Sauber Goodreads
130 Rejoice With Me Sonrise Stable
131 Rosie and Scamper Sonrise Stable
132 Run with the Wind Caroline Pitcher Goodreads
133 Saddle Club Bonnie Bryant Carrieelle
134 Scamper and the Horse Show Jessie Haas Goodreads
135 Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague Marguerite Henry Bustle
136 Seneca Karen Lee Baker Goodreads
137 Sheltie the Shetland Pony Peter Clover Horse And Hound
138 Silver Brumby Centenary Edition Readings
139 Smoky the Cowhorse Read Brightly
140 Snow Ponies Cynthia Cotten Goodreads
141 Snowy Berlie Doherty Goodreads
142 Sonrise Stable Series Not Consumed
143 Splish-Splash Nicola Smee Goodreads
144 Stable Ted Lewin Goodreads
145
Stallion by Starlight (Magic Tree House #49)
Read Brightly
146 Star Horse Readings
147 Stay Well Soon Readings
148 Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness Donna Janell Bowman Goodreads
149 Sugaring Books For Keeps
150 Tender Mercies Sonrise Stable
151 That’s Not My Pony Fiona Watt Children’s Books Daily
152 The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Eric Carle Goodreads
153 The Best Book of Ponies Jackie Budd Goodreads
154 The Biggest Horse I Ever Did See Susan Couture Goodreads
155 The Black Horse Marianna Mayer Goodreads
156 The Black Stallion Anna Sewell Barnes & Noble
157 The Book of Horses and Unicorns Readings
158 The Bride’s Farewell Books For Keeps
159 The Damage Done Books For Keeps
160 The Finest Horse in Town Jacqueline Briggs Martin Goodreads
161 The Georges and the Jewels Books For Keeps
162 The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Paul Goble Goodreads
163 The Glory Lauren St. John Goodreads
164 The Good-Luck Horse Chih-Yi Chan Goodreads
165 The Heartland series Lauren Brooke Horse And Hound
166 The Horse and Pony Creativity Book Children’s Books Daily
167 The Horses Didn’t Come Home Pamela Rushby. Children’s Books Daily
168 The Ice Horse Candace Christiansen Goodreads
169 The Island Horse Susan Hughes Goodreads
170 The Jill series Ruby Ferguson Horse And Hound
171 The Jinny series Patricia Leitch Horse And Hound
172 The Kids’ Horse Book Sylvia Funston Goodreads
173 The little horse bus Graham Greene Goodreads
174 The Little Unicorn That Had No Horn James McDonald Goodreads
175 The Little White Horse Readings
176 The Mare on the Hill Thomas Locker Goodreads
177 The Mud Pony Caron Lee Cohen Goodreads
178 The One Dollar Horse: Book 1 Readings
179 The Palomino Pony Comes Home Readings
180 The Palomino Pony Rides Out Readings
181 The Perfect Pony Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Goodreads
182 The Polka Dot Horse Elizabeth Theil Goodreads
183 The Princess and the Pony Kate Beaton Barnes & Noble
184 The Red Pony John Steinbeck Bustle
185 The Silver Brumby Readings
186 The Silver Horse Switch (Horse Crazy, #1) Alison Lester Goodreads
187 The Smallest Horse Lorie List Goodreads
188 The Snake Who Wanted To Be A Horse Valerie Harmon Goodreads
189 The Snow Pony’: Children’s Books Daily
190 The Storm Marc Harshman Goodreads
191 The Team Books For Keeps
192 The Thunderherd Kathi Appelt Goodreads
193 The Wild Little Horse Rita Gray Goodreads
194 The Wild One Terri Farley Bustle
195 The Wish Pony Children’s Books Daily
196 The Word on the Yard Books For Keeps
197 Thinking Racehorse Jimmy Tudeski Goodreads
198 Tilly’s Horse, Magic: Team Spirit: Book 1 Readings
199 Treasured Horses Collection Not Consumed
200 Twenty Heartbeats Dennis Haseley Goodreads
201 Uni the Unicorn Readings
202 Warhorse Michael Morpurgo. Children’s Books Daily
203 We Go In A Circle Peggy Perry Anderson Goodreads
204 When Wishes Were Horses Sharon Hart Addy Goodreads
205 Who Was Seabiscuit? Read Brightly
206 Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? Jean Fritz Goodreads
207 Winter Shoes for Shadow Horse Linda Oatman High Goodreads
208 With All You Are Sonrise Stable
209 Wonder Horse Softonic


12 Best Kids Horse Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes & Noble 11 Books for the Horse-Obsessed
Books For Keeps Children’s Books – Articles – Ten of the Best Horse and Pony Books
Bustle 15 Books About Horses Every ’90s Kid Definitely Read In Their
Carrieelle 10 Horse Books for Kids
Children’s Books Daily Top Twenty Horse Books for Children
Goodreads Best Picture Books About Horses
Horse And Hound The books that every horsey child needs to read
Not Consumed Good Horse Books for Girls
Read Brightly Giddy Up, Readers! The Best Horse Books for Kids Ages 8 – 12
Readings Children’s books about horses, ponies and unicorns
Softonic 12 Best picture books about horses 2019
Sonrise Stable Horse Books for Girls | Christian Horse Books
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