Horse Books for a Young Horse Lover

 Every coin my little girl can find she returns to me.  Why?  Each time she tells me, “This is for my pony.”  I tried to explain to her that horses are very expensive, but her little heart is still set on a pony so she has not spent her allowance for some time.  Rather than let this horse enthusiasm go to waste, I thought it best to provide a little education, while at the same time keeping it fun so as not to stifle her interest and excitement.  So here is a list of a few of the horse related books we’ve enjoyed together.

Horses (Wonder Books Level 2 Farm Animals)

We started with something simple so that my young daughter wouldn’t be overwhelmed with facts. Any of the variety of beginning reader books related to horses would be a good choice. The simpler reading level limits the number of facts that can be conveyed. For ourselves we chose Horses (a level two reader from the Wonder Books series). It introduced simple facts and terminology like foal, gelding, mane, mare, pasture and stallion. The book included a variety of simple horse photographs to illustrate those facts and terms.

My Horses Poster Book

For a little more fun and some beautiful photographs we bought My Horses Poster Book. It contains 30 pull-out posters each with a coloring page on the back. Each coloring page contains a one or two sentence fact about horses and some contain additional activities like dot to dot or hidden pictures. It proved to be an engaging way to continue my daughter’s education about horses.

Horses (Ultimate Sticker Books)

Another fun investment was the DK ultimate sticker book Horse. As with the other DK sticker books it includes a variety of stickers that you match with a corresponding shadow. Each shadow provides a brief description about that particular breed. The horses are divided into four groups: Horses from around the world; Horse power; All colors, shapes, and sizes; and Sport and speed. Each group begins with a description of that group. My daughter enjoyed matching the stickers with their shadows—though at times she was more interested in the stickers than the horse facts.

Horses and Ponies (Usbourne Beginners, Level 1)

After those books I thought it was time for a more detailed horse book. Horses and ponies (an Usborne Beginners book) was a wonderful choice. The information was more detailed including 14 sections, a glossary, website list and an index. The book included both pictures and illustrations. The website list is online with the site of the list written in the back of the book so that the list can be updated regularly insuring no outdated links. The glossary includes the words herd, foal, teat, grooming, trainer, stable and farrier. Each word is accompanied with a small illustration and no definition is more than two sentences. The text is divided in such a way that you can read only segments or the entire text depending on your child’s interest at that moment and your time schedule.

A Horse Named Seabiscuit (All Aboard Reading)

After absorbing all those facts it was time for a story. Rather than choose a fiction story we read A Horse Named Seabiscuit (an All Aboard Reading book). The book is mostly illustrations, however, a few photographs are included. The book is only 48 pages long and each page includes a picture or illustration that takes up at least half the page often more. Told in a simple way the story none the less managed to convey a number of facts about horses and even a bit about history.

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Sandpiper Books)

We also chose a couple of fiction stories. The first was Fritz and the Beautiful Horses. The book includes beautiful and detailed illustrations on every page. The story is only 31 pages long with many pages including only a sentence or two. The tale itself is a morality tale about not judging based upon appearances with a scruffy pony named Fritz as the hero of the tale. It was well written so that it did not sound preachy.  My daughter also enjoyed it.

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse

Our other fiction choice, Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse, is more about the girl than horses. Moreover, every time we read it my daughter wants to know why the little girl couldn’t have a real horse. That being said she does love to read the story. The illustrations, unlike in Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, are more cartoonish in appearance but, perhaps because of that, the colors appear more bold. The text is full of cowboy speak and the little girl’s imaginings are full equally full of cowboy images. My daughter relates to the little heroine particularly since she also seems to love the color pink.

Each book increased my daughter’s enjoyment and knowledge of horses. I hope that your little horse lover finds equal enjoyment should you choose to wrangle up any of these titles. Enjoy reading together.

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