Books About Horses

No horsin' around: This list has surefire suggestions for horse lovers of all ages, from picture books for preschoolers to middle grade classics for kids ready to read on their own and compelling contemporary stories for tweens and teens. To find more animal-friendly media selections, check out our lists of Children's Books About Animals and Best Animal Movies for Kids.

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One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book Poster Image

One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book

age 3+

Great for counting, adding, detail-seeking, and giggling.

By: Gianna Marino (2010)
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Crankee Doodle

age 4+

Yankee Doodle refuses to go town in silly takeoff.

By: Tom Angleberger (2013)
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The Princess and the Pony

age 4+

Silly, sweet princess tale is an offbeat delight.

By: Kate Beaton (2015)
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Keeker and the Sneaky Pony

age 5+

A great choice to keep new readers in the saddle.

By: Hadley Higginson (2006)
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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

age 6+

Silly cowboy adventure perfect for new chapter-book readers.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2014)
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Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

age 7+

Horse guides kids on fun trip through art history.

By: Dr. Seuss (2019)
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Paint the Wind

age 7+

Horse tale shines with rich plot and characters.

By: Pam Munoz Ryan (2007)
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Riding Lessons: Ellen & Ned, Book 1

age 8+

Kind, horsey story spotlights adoption and empathy.

By: Jane Smiley (2018)
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A Hundred Horses

age 8+

Magical, emotional adventure story great for tween girls.

By: Sarah Lean (2014)
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Album of Horses

age 9+

An informational book for horse lovers of any age.

By: Marguerite Henry (1993)
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A Horse Called Hero

age 9+

Exciting, moving WWII tale a gem; not only for horse lovers.

By: Sam Angus (2014)
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Misty of Chincoteague

age 9+

A must for every horse lover's library.

By: Marguerite Henry (1947)
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The War That Saved My Life

age 9+

Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.

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Wild Girl

age 9+

Horse tale with more depth and a strong girl lead.

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Black Beauty

age 10+

Classic horse novel has be-kind-to-animals message.

By: Anna Sewell (1887)
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National Velvet

age 10+

Inspiring horse story has small but mighty heroine.

By: Enid Bagnold (1935)
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Riding Chance

age 10+

Horse helps city boy heal in moving self-discovery tale.

By: Christine Kendall (2016)
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Ride On

age 10+

Tweens, horses, sci-fi form relatable coming-of-age tale.

By: Faith Erin Hicks (2022)
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War Horse

age 10+

Moving story of a horse and boy has anti-war message.

By: Michael Morpurgo (2007)
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Catch Rider

age 12+

Riveting story of determined teen who can ride any horse.

By: Jennifer H. Lyne (2013)