❃ National Velvet, by Enid Bagnold
Velvet Brown, a horse-crazy 14-year-
old, becomes the new owner of “The Pie”
through a village lottery. She decides to train
him for England’s Grand National steeple-
chase, but on race day, an unexpected rider
must step in as a replacement jockey.
❃ Misty of Chincoteague, by
A brother and sister have their
hearts set on adopting a Chinco-
teague pony on Pony Penning Day,
but they’re in for a surprise: The
mare they have their eye on has a
colt at her side. The siblings learn
a valuable lesson while trying to
keep both ponies.
❃ The Red Pony, by
Encompassing four short stories
about a young man named Jody, each
work features a horse in their telling
and focuses on Jody’s growing up and
learning about life on a ranch.
❃ The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
A young boy traveling on a ship around the coast of North Africa meets a
black Arabian stallion also bound for America. The ship is destroyed, but Alec
and “The Black” escape to a nearby island. When rescued, Alec is insistent that
the horse come with him.
❃ The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
Shasta, a young man about to be sold into slavery, runs away with Bree, a
talking horse, in an attempt to find a new home in Narnia. Their journey to the
fabled city is filled with danger and soon becomes a race against time.
❃ The A Circuit, by Georgina Bloomberg
In a world with its own lifestyle, The A Circuit recounts the lives and chal-
lenges of three competitors riding on the elite show circuit who come from
vastly different backgrounds and their quests to be the best in the show ring.
❃ Headed for the Wind, by Rachael Eliker
Nadia Wells’ attempts to convince her parents she needs her own horse have
fallen flat, but she gets a job working in a local barn. The book takes an unex-
pected twist as Nadia’s wish to better understand her horse is granted in a very
❃ Ambition, by Natalie Keller Reinert
❃ Dancing with Horses, by Toni Mari
An event rider who has always had to work to ride, Jules Thornton heads to
Ocala, Fla., to make a name for herself. With no intention of making friends and
focusing only on her horses, Jules soon learns that she might need a helping hand
from the close-knit eventing community.
Jane has found the horse of her dreams—or so she thinks. A big, black talented
dressage horse, Jane questions her ability to ride the Swedish Warmblood to his
potential and compete on the national stage.
❃ Summer of the Redeemers, by
Bekkah Rich is willing to risk any-
thing to spy on a horse-crazy young
woman and a secretive religious sect,
both newcomers to a rural Mississippi
town. Suddenly, seemingly innocent
acts have deadly consequences.
❃ The Horse Whisperer, by Nicholas
Tom Booker is the real deal: He
is able to calm wild horses with
words and heal broken spirits with
his touch. Soon he meets his greatest
equine challenge, Pilgrim.
❃ The Longest Ride, by Nicholas
Two unlikely couples, one young
and one old, have their lives con-
verge in an unexpected way. The
older man recounts his lifetime with
his beloved wife, while the younger
man, a cowboy, fights for his spot
in the rough-and-ready bull riding