Posts Tagged ‘kids’ books’


If you are looking for an easy craft to entertain your kids, here’s a fun, free idea! Plus, you probably have all the materials you need already at your fingertips (and if not, simple substitutes can be found around the house).

Don’t forget to remind your young crafters that their finished ponies can be customized with spots, brands, or braids in their manes and tails!

See below for a quick visual guide of materials and instructions, or CLICK HERE to download the Pony Pencil Holder page from our book HORSE FUN: FACTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR HORSE-CRAZY KIDS by Gudrun Braun and Anne Scheller, with art by Anike Hage.



HORSE FUN is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order.


HORSE FUN is full of real, fact-based knowledge about horses, as well as crafts and games!

Every order publisher-direct from TSB supports a
small, independently owned business!


Trafalgar Square Books, the leading publisher of equestrian books and videos, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.

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My Horse My Friend“…It is essential to establish trust with a horse if force is to be eliminated and cooperation gained,” writes reviewer Mary Daniels in the November 2013 issue of Dressage Today Magazine. “Well [MY HORSE, MY FRIEND] is where that begins, with the next generation…there is a great deal included in the few pages of this book, which I strongly recommend as a gift for a young person in your life whose interest in horses is awakening.”

You can read the complete review in the November issue of Dressage Today, which is on newsstands October 22.

MY HORSE, MY FRIEND is available from the TSB online bookstore.



Already pre-thinking about the beating the pre-holiday rush? TSB has other great titles for youngsters who love to ride, want to ride, or just always choose horses over everything else. Check out these popular books, some of which are ON SALE this fall!


HowtoSpeakHorseHOW TO SPEAK HORSE (Ages 6 to 9)

Natural horsemanship for kids, with a focus on groundwork that is safe and fun for children.




Tex Final Front

TEX (Ages 2 to 5)

“This introduction to working ranch life will captivate and inform young readers. It also paves the way for valuing jobs well done.” –Horses All

“If you have a kid who is a little bit Western, or a little bit horsey, this book is for you. Recommended as the best kid’s Christmas gift!” –Horse Radio Network





*A selection of the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club

“With a myriad of horse facts written into the story, adolescent readers will find these books not only entertaining but educational as well.” –Equine Journal

“These are special books…engaging in their action, authentic in their detail, and firs-rate in their direct appeal to the reader’s emotions.” –Maine Sunday Telegraph


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Dorie McCullough Lawson, wife of painter T. Allen Lawson and daughter of historian David McCullough, will be sharing the story behind her new children’s book TEX and signing books tomorrow, November 17, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at NEST in Dedham, Massachusetts.

TEX is a wonderful, colorful book that inspires children's imagination and teaches them the value of hard work (and sleep!)

Come hear the story behind TEX and get all your favorite kiddos the perfect holiday gift—a wonderful, colorful book with a message that instills work ethic, photographs that inspire the imagination, and a main character who goes to sleep at the end (VERY important!)

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Trafalgar Square Books just released its new children’s book TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson, and my two-and-a-half-year-old son can’t get enough of it. Of course, I willingly participate in his game of pretend, as we page through the book and talk about the adventures of one very small cowboy….and not once do I doubt that Western hat, boots, and horse can come vibrantly to life in our Boston apartment.

I admit my heart does a little pitter-patter when my son dons his own cowboy hat and assumes a “tough” stance, his feet slightly apart, a slight bow in his legs, and a serious crease to his brow. I probably should be wishing for medical school or computer wizardry, but honestly, I’d be awfully proud if he grew up to be a cowboy.

This got me to pondering—what IS it about the “cowboy” mystique that women love so much? Here are 10 reasons I think cowboys hold our attention, whatever their age:

1  They can fix things and heal things, usually without much fuss.

2  They use words that mean something, only when they need to be used.

3  Their eyes crinkle in the corners.

4  They can drive a rig, a tractor, a digger…even backward when need be.

5  When they fall down, they get back up again.

6  They like dirt, sky, and wind…and a little rain doesn’t hurt, either.

7  Those jeans. Usually Wranglers.

8  They’re willing to dance when the music is right.

9  They listen to their mothers….most of the time. 

10  They love horses as much as we do.

Have a look at my little cowboy in the video below…I admit, I’m a pretty lucky lady, but with a little help from TEX, you can raise one of your very own!

TEX by Dorie McCullough Lawson is available now, just in time for the holidays, at the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is always FREE.

Rebecca Didier, Senior Editor (and proud mother of a cowboy-to-be)

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