During college, I worked at children’s bookstore (lucky me!). We always kept book lists to help customers. One of the most popular requests was for children’s books about horses.
At the time, there were not a lot of books for young children that were about horses. Well, that has changed!
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Children’s Books About Horses
Horse Books for the Little Kids
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee is for the youngest crowd. It’s a rhythmic tale of all the farmyard animals climbing on the horse’s back for a ride.
I like that Busy Horsies by John Schindel uses photographs of real horses. The text is simple and great for babies and toddlers!
Ten Horse Farm by Robert Sabuda is an amazing pop-up book that showcases all the things horses can do such a galloping and grazing on the farm. All horse lovers will want this one.
Horseplay! by Karma Wilson is a favorite in our house. Well, really any Karma Wilson book is a hit in our household! In Horseplay! the farmer investigates why his horses are always so tired during the day. He soon discovers that there is too much horseplay going on in the barn at night and he is determined to put a stop to it!
We have a few horses that live near us. Anytime, my boys can’t see them when we drive by, they immediately say, “They must be in the barn doing some horseplay!”
Also, check out our Sight Word Horseplay Game! to accompany this fun book.
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett is the story on an excluded pony who becomes a hero. Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing by Patricia Hubbell is about all the things that horses do. The book also identifies many different kinds of horses. Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski is a vintage book from the 1940’s. It’s a story about Cowboy Small and his horse, Cactus, and all the work they do on the ranch.
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni is about a cowgirl at heart who wishes for a horse for her birthday. Will she get her wish?
Winnie the Mini Horse by Andra and Morgan Ebert takes us to a miniature horse farm where a new horse has arrived. Soon after, the horse is taken to a new farm where she has to make new friends and adjust to a new environment.
Why Can’t Horses Burp is an informational text full of questions and answers including Do any horses still live in the wild? How often should you feed your horse? Can a horse win a medal at the Olympic Games? and of course Why can’t horses burp?
Horse Books for the Bigger Kids
For more fun and informational stories about animals, check out our big list of Animal Books for Kids.