Watching the wet and sloppy Kentucky Derby this past weekend, I was reminded of how much girls love books about horses. Sorry to be so gender-specific here, but that’s just the way it is. We have a basket of horse books in the Inly Library and girls are drawn to it like a magnet. There are many adult books that examine this phenomena so I’ll leave the explanations to others, but watching the horse books come and go over the past few years, I do have a few favorites.
For early readers, here are five especially charming choices:
Little Horse and Little Horse on His Own by Betsy Byars
The Horse Crazy series by Alison Lester
Sophie in the Saddle by Dick King-Smith
Runaway Radish by Jessie Haas
Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas
A few years later – around the 4th grade – they’re ready to move on…
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The Horse Diaries series by Catherine Hapka
All of the timeless books by Marguerite Henry, including Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind
Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan
Wild Blue: The Story of a Mustang Appaloosa by Annie Wedekind
On to Middle School…
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, of course!