Season 7 - Episodes 7 & 8 - A Horse Adventure

A Horse Adventure

Join Lauren, the Reading Bug, and the Spelling Bee on an amazing horse-riding adventure! But where (and when?) will your adventure be? Horses of all shapes and sizes are featured throughout history, but there's only one "horse capital of the world" - and that's in Kentucky!

Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
This Way, Charlie Cover Image
By Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419742064
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

From the award-winning team behind Ida, Always comes a story about a friendship that grows between a blind horse and a gruff goat.
All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn’t see Jack at all. He’s still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes. The two get off to a bumpy start. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field: this way, Charlie. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life’s storms—but will ultimately change each life for the better.


That Book Woman Cover Image
By Heather Henson, David Small (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416908128
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 7th, 2008

Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish—or is she braver than he ever thought?


Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Cover Image
By Jan Brett (Illustrator), Jan Brett
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399174582
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

Fritz was not beautiful. He didn’t have a braided mane or a glossy coat. He couldn’t prance with long, graceful strides like the elegant horses who carried lords and lovely ladies to the city—a city that allowed only the most beautiful horses within its walls. The citizens laughed at the short-legged pony’s attempts to be like their own horses.


Black Beauty (Puffin Chalk) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510990
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Published: Puffin Books - March 6th, 2014

The handsome horse Black Beauty begins his life in a happy home, until a change of circumstances leads him to learn about a crueler side of life. Black Beauty is the ultimate classic novel for horse fans of all ages.


Stallion by Starlight (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission #21) Cover Image
By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780307980441
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 23rd, 2014

Hold your horses! Jack and Annie must find four secrets of greatness for Merlin the magician. To start, they travel back in time to meet Alexander the Great. He should know all about greatness, right? But young Alexander is bossy, vain, and not great at all! How can they learn from him? It’s going to take a wild black stallion, magic from Merlin, and a lot of bravery to succeed. Are Jack and Annie clever and bold enough to complete their mission?


Billy and Blaze: A Boy and His Pony Cover Image
By C.W. Anderson, C.W. Anderson (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689716089
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Published: Aladdin - April 1st, 1992

Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson is one of a series of books about the adventures of Billy and Blaze that revolve around proper care of horses, while teaching a lesson. Anderson goes to great lengths to give accurate information. By the end of Anderson's life, he had written and illustrated over thirty-five horse books, including 10 about Billy and Blaze. Ages 6 to 8.


National Velvet Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780486838540
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Published: Dover Publications - October 16th, 2019

Generations of readers of all ages have thrilled to the tale of Velvet's grit and determination and its inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream. A richly atmospheric portrait of rural life between the World Wars, National Velvet was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club in the United States and the Book Society in England upon its 1935 debut. It also served as the basis for the popular movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. This charming new edition features the original drawings by Laurion Jones, the author's thirteen-year-old daughter.


Non-Fiction: 
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero Cover Image
By Patricia McCormick, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062292605
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 15th, 2020

The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine.
When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!


Who Was Seabiscuit? (Who Was?) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448483092
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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 20th, 2015

In the middle of the worst depression in U.S. history, one young racehorse lifted a nation's spirits. Seabiscuit was born in 1933 on a farm in Kentucky. Though bred for racing, he was weak and undersized. He slept too long and ate too much. Against the odds, he began to win local races. He was given a new coach who trained him to race in larger circuits. Soon enough, this scrappy horse began beating the best racehorses in the country. He became a media darling and won national competitions. In 1938 he was voted U.S. Horse of the Year. Seabiscuit's undying spirit and come-from-behind story made him a celebrity and hero for millions.


DK Eyewitness Books: Horse: Discover the World of Horses and Ponies from Their Origins and Breeds to Their R Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781465451743
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Published: DK Children - June 14th, 2016

This children's book shows how horses have played a pivotal part throughout human history. You will uncover the role of these majestic mammals, from the exploration of far off lands to their importance in wartime. Built for stamina and speed, horses have also been used to pull chariots, power engines, grind wheat, and spin cotton.


Other Great Books for You to Explore: 
Horse Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593095485
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 30th, 2021

Riding Lessons (An Ellen & Ned Book) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524718145
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Published: Yearling - March 5th, 2019

Horses & Ponies Cover Image
By DK
$19.99
ISBN: 9780744027556
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Published: DK Children - July 20th, 2021

Horse: Fun Facts on Farm Animals for Kids #3 Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9798540949354
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Published: Independently Published - July 20th, 2021

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