Animal lovers will love these horse books for tweens. They’re perfect for readers ages 8-12. Use them for read-alouds or independent reading.
I love to fill my shelves with a wide variety of children’s books. I fill them with both fiction and nonfiction books. Chapter books and picture books abound.
If you’ve got an animal-lover in your home, or specifically a horse-lover, be sure to one or more of these horse books to your bookshelf.
Horse Books for Tweens
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of chapter books that are perfect for horse-lovers between the ages of 8 and 12.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
War Horse – In 1914, Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of World War I on the Western Front. When Joey is dragged away, his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he is forced to leave behind…
Mary’s Song – Twelve-year-old Mary falls in love with a foal that is lame, just like her. The expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem. Still Mary plots and conspires to raise money to save the horse, even as time runs out
Annie: The Mysterious Morgan Horse – Uncertain of her origin, Chauncy decides to bring Annie home to Gallant Morgans, but he makes it clear she can only stay if he can locate her registration papers. When Heather discovers Annie’s true identity, she is afraid to tell Chauncy, knowing the horse may be returned to a cruel trainer. Will Chauncy send Annie back to her original owner?
Arrow the Sky Horse: The Discovery – The story of a girl, a wild stallion and a magical amulet.Adventure begins for thirteen-year-old Meadow when her family moves from Oregon to Arizona. During the long journey, her father spins the tale of Arrow, the Sky Horse, a Native American medicine woman and her magical amulet.
Pinto! – In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey… Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.
Misty of Chincoteague – Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white “map” on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.
The Black Stallion – When the steamer Drake is shipwrecked off the Spanish coast, only two passengers survive. One is Alec Ramsay, a young American boy. The other is the Black Stallion, the wildest of all wild creatures. Stranded together on a desert island, boy and stallion develop a deep and wonderful understanding.
Snow: Phantom Stallion of the Poconos – Bullying? Dallis Parker knows all too well what that means. Dallis doesn’t make friends easily. At the age of six, she fell off her pony and broke her leg. Now seven years later, she walks with a squeaky leg brace and struggles with rejection.
A Horse for Kate – A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with.
Stormy, Misty’s Foal – In the midst of the storm, Misty—the famous mare of Chincoteague—is about to give birth. Paul and Maureen are frantic with worry as the storm rages on. Will Misty and her colt survive?
Black Beauty – Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty.
The Island of Lost Horses – Two girls divided by time, united by their love for some very special horses – an epic Caribbean adventure!
The Horse and His Boy – On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.
Mystic and the Midnight Ride – Issie loves horses more than anything!
And she especially loves her pony Mystic at Chevalier Point Pony Club. So when the unthinkable happens, Issie is devastated.
Riding Freedom – Charlotte Parkhurst was raised in the mid-1800s and was expected to live her life without the freedoms she dreamed of. But Charlotte was smart and determined, and she figured out a way to live her life the way she wanted. She became an expert horse rider, a legendary stagecoach driver, and the first woman ever to vote – at a time when such things were outlawed for women.
Which of these chapter books about horses will you read first?
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