Booklists: Horsing Around!

If you like horses, this booklist is for you!  The books on this list range from easy chapter books to middle grade fiction to teen fiction…the one thing they all have in common is a love of everything dealing with horses.


Doty, Jean. Can I Get There by Candlelight?
Gail and her pony, Candlelight, meet a young girl named Hilary who loves horses as much as Gail does. But Hilary is hiding a secret, which may change Gail’s life forever.

Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion
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. A classic horse series

Findlay, Jamieson. The Blue Roan Child
Syeira flees the stables of King Hulvere of Haysele with Arwin, a wild Arva horse who communicates through smells and breath, in a mysterious quest to recover her two colts from Lord Ran of Stormsythe.

Ghent, Natale. No Small Thing
Nat and his sisters find that owning, training, and caring for a pony they acquired for free makes it easier to cope with the changes in their home life.

Gibson, Sarah. The Truth about Horses, Friends and My Life as a Coward
As she fearfully begins learning to ride and manage the horses she never wanted her family to own, Sophie Groves also begins to acquire friends on the Maine island she calls home.

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Wild Girl
When Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

Grant, K.M. Blood Red Horse
A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin’s armies during the Third Crusades.

Greene, Constance. Beat the Turtle Drum
Joss wants a horse more than anything, so when she saves enough money to rent one for her birthday, her sister Kate is happy for her. Then tragedy strikes, and Kate is left to deal with her life after everything changes.

Haas, Jessie. Beware the Mare
Gramps gets a good bargain on an apparently perfect bay mare for Lily, but because the horse is named Beware he suspects that there may be something wrong with her.  Series.

Haas, Jessie. Chase
In the coal mining region of mid-nineteenth century eastern Pennsylvania, Phin witnesses a murder and runs for his life, pursued by a mysterious man and a horse with the instincts of a bloodhound.

Henry, Marguerite. Justin Morgan Had a Horse
An unusual work horse raised in Vermont and known originally as “Little Bub” becomes the sire of a famous American breed and takes the name of his owner, Justin Morgan.

Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague
Two youngsters’ determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction. A classic horse series.

Hurmence, Belinda. Dixie in the Big Pasture
In 1902, Dixie’s new life on the Oklahoma frontier is complicated by a war of nerves between her and John Three, a young Kiowa Indian who insists that his pony was sold to her without his permission.

Kelly, Bernadette. Naughty Norton
Molly loves her pony Norton, even though he is chubby, unkempt, and only interested in eating, but when Molly tries to take him riding, Norton has other ideas.  Series.

Lawrence, Caroline. The Charioteer of Delphi
Flavia and her friends go to Rome to celebrate the Festival of Jupiter at Senator Cornix’s town house, where they befriend the young charioteer, Scopas, and quickly find themselves embroiled in a campaign to sabotage one of the rival racing factions.

Lester, Allison. The Silver Horse Switch
In a rural Australian town, best friends Bonnie and Sam, who share a mutual love of horses, watch in amazement as a farm horse and a wild horse, identical in appearance, trade places.  Series.

Moeri, Louise. The Devil in Ol’ Rosie
Sent into the wilderness of eastern Oregon in 1907 to roundup the family’s escaped horses, Wart struggles against great dangers before gaining his father’s respect.

Morgenroth, Barbara. Impossible Charlie
A horse that seemed ideal when Jackie got him turns out to have too much of a mind of his own.

Platt, Chris. Willow King
Katie, who is herself physically challenged, saves a crippled foal from euthanasia and nurses him back to health and eventual championships.

Ryan, Pam. Paint the Wind
After her grandmother has a stroke, Maya leaves her restricted life in California to stay with her mother’s family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode.

Ryden, Hope. Wild Horse Summer
Alison spends her thirteenth summer on a ranch in Wyoming where she learns to ride a horse and makes a friend who helps her overcome an old fear.

Saunders, Susan. Lucky Lady
On a summer visit to her grandfather’s ranch in Texas, Jamie impulsively spends all her money on a wild filly and tries to figure out how to train her.

Savitt, Sam. Vicki and the Black Horse
The story of a surprising friendship between two horses begins when Vicki bought a half-starved pony. When the pony is accidentally sold, Vicki sets out on a year-long journey to track him down.

Smiley, Jane. The Georges and the Jewels
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family’s California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. Gib Rides Home
In 1909, after spending several months back at the Lovell House Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys, Gib returns to live on the Thornton ranch, where his natural way with horses helps to make him feel at home.

Snyder, Zilpha. Season of Ponies
Pamela found living with two old aunts dreadful until the moment a boy moved out of the mist with a flute and a herd of strangely beautiful ponies.

Thompson, Kate. Highway Robbery
On a cold day in eightheenth-century England, a poor young boy agrees to watch a stranger’s fine horse for a golden guinea but soon finds himself in a difficult situation when the king’s guard appears and wants to use him as bait in their pursuit of a notorious highwayman.

Wallace, Bill.  Beauty
Unhappy about his parents splitting up and moving with his mother to Grandpa’s farm, Luke finds comfort in riding and caring for a horse named Beauty.

Wedekind, Annie. A Horse of Her Own
At summer camp, Jane feels like an outsider among rich girls who board their horses. When the horse she has been riding is sold to another camper, she feels even worse until her teacher asks her to help train a beautiful but skittish new horse.

Wedekind, Annie. Wild Blue: The Story of a Mustang Apaloosa
After being captured by men, Blue the Appaloosa grabs a chance at freedom and tries to find her way home.

You might also try some of the Horse Series in the series section, by the Youth Services Desk. There you’ll find friends like Bella Sara, Keeker, the Thoroughbred horses, Pony Pals and The Saddle Club!

Kelly

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