Crazy About Horses!

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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!

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