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Suggested Reading

We are pleased to provide this list of horse and horse-related books, compiled by the Children's Services staff at the Louisville Free Public Library. Each is available with multiple copies from the Louisville Free Public Library.

Fiction - Juvenile

National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
Stealing Thunder by Mary Casanova
Little Freddie at the Kentucky Derby by Kathryn Cocquyt
Black Stallion
by Walter Farley
Beware the Mare by Jessie Haas
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
Kentucky Derby Champion by Mildred Mastin Pace
Lucky Lady by Susan Saunders
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Gib Rides Home by Zilpha Snyder
A Horse to Love by Nancy Springer
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Short Stories

Classic horse & pony stories: the world's best horse and pony stories in their real-life settings
A Horse for All Seasons: Collected Stories by Sheila Kelly Welch

Young People

Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James

Nonfiction

Riding for Beginners by Sibylle Binder
Horse by Juliet Clutton-Brock
World According to Horses by Stephan Budiansky
Riding Silver Star by Joanna Cole
The Young Equestrian by Caroline Davis
A Horse Named Seabiscuit by Cathy East Dubowski
Horseback Riding by Jeremy Evans
I am a Rider by Jane Feldman
Horses! by Gail Gibbons
The Young Rider by Lucinda Green
Horse and Pony Shows and Events by Carolyn Henderson
Improve Your Riding Skills by Carolyn Henderson
Album of Horses by Marguerite Henry
Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill
Horseback Riding in Action by Bobbie Kalman
Life on the Ranch by Bobbie Kalman
Horse Breeds of the World by Brent P. Kelley
Horse Care and Health by Brent P. Kelley
The True-or-False Book of Horses by Patricia Lauber
Working with Animals by Barbara Lee
Hoofbeats: The Story of a Thoroughbred by Cynthia McFarland
My Horse of the North by Bruce McMillan
Horses by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
First Riding Lessons by Sandra Ransford
Horse and Pony Breeds by Sandy Ransford
Horse and Pony Care by Sandy Ransford
The Random House Book of Horses and Horsemanship by Paula Rodenas
Wild Horses by Glen Rounds
Wild Horses I Have Known by Hope Ryden
Riding School by Catherine Saunders
Julie Krone, Unstoppable Jockey by Jeff Savage
Seabiscuit VS War Admiral by Kat Shehata
Perfect Timing by Patsi Trollinger

Easy Readers

A Horse Called Starfire by Betty Boegehold
Barney's Horse by Syd Hoff
The Horse in Harry's Room by Syd Hoff
Thunderhoof by Syd Hoff

Picture Books

The Thunderherd by Kathi Appelt
Goodnight Horsey by Frank Asch
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett
Old Thunder and Miss Raney by Sharon Darrow
The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie De Paola
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
On My Horse by Eloise Greenfield
Bronco Busters by Alison Cragin Herzig
Horsefly by Alice Hoffman
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses by Julius Lester
Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin
Chestnut by Constance by W. McGeorge
Cowardly Clyde by Pill Peet
Run with the Wind by Caroline Pitcher
Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco
All the Pretty Little Horses by Linda Saport (Illus.)
Horse in the Pigpen by Linda Williams

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