Classic pony books

Available again

There are over 40 titles out now. Coming soon:

Joanna Cannan

Another Pony for Jean (out now)

More Ponies for Jean (on pre-order now) released 29 July 2021

They Bought Her a Pony – to be released September 2021

Many titles are also now available on Kobo.

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Book Spotlight

Joanna Cannan
More Ponies for Jean

Did you want to work with horses? Were you disappointed when Jill tried it and then meekly accepted the idea of a secretarial course? Well, an earlier pony book heroine, Jean, did fulfil that dream. Not that the circumstances in which she starts her career were in any way ideal.

Joanna Cannan based this book on the experiences of her daughters, the Pullein-Thompsons, who started a riding school during the war so they could keep their ponies and keep them fed.

And so More Ponies for Jean is set during World War II. Jean Leslie has had to leave school – not something that she regrets for one moment.

But will Jean have to sell one of her beloved ponies? Wartime means animal feed is expensive and hard to find. Jean’s father has joined the Army, and the family don’t have as much money. Two ponies are more than they can afford.

After a chance encounter with a child who has been bought a pony she can’t ride, Jean finds herself with a pupil. And so, as more children clamour for tuition, Jean starts a riding school with her friend Judy – perhaps this will be the way she can save her ponies.

A warning: there is some hunting in this book.

Authors A–Z is where you’ll find information on pony book authors: the encyclopaedia part of the site

Not all authors have yet been moved over to this site, particularly American authors. You can still find my old site here.

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Author Jane Badger

Heroines on Horseback

The pony book galloped onto the children’s book scene with a flick of its rosetted bridle, and has remained a fixture ever since. Brave girls and nervous ones, scruffy ponies and ornaments of the show ring cantered through pony tale after pony tale, all fallen upon by an audience desperate to read anything that reflected their own passion for the pony.

Books, Mud and Compost. And Horses. Read my blog here.

Lights! Camera! Action! The joys of the photo shoot.

Lights! Camera! Action! The joys of the photo shoot.

by Janet Rising For many years I taught riding. I also used to run riding school pony weeks – five…

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Pony Tales and Puffin Books III

Pony Tales and Puffin Books III

Eleanor Graham retired as editor of Puffin Books in 1961. Her place was taken, briefly, by Margaret Clark (who was…

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Pony Tales and Puffin Books II

Pony Tales and Puffin Books II

Puffin Picture Books to me had it just right. Their illustrations were things of simple beauty. They weren’t in any…

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Pony Tales and Puffin Books I

Pony Tales and Puffin Books I

When I wrote Heroines on Horseback, I looked briefly at the impact that the development of paperback publishing had on the…

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About Jane Badger

I’m a freelance writer, editor and proof reader. I’ve written Heroines on Horseback (2019), a gallop through the pony book in children’s fiction, and have written the world’s largest website on equine literature.

I’ve now started a publishing company to bring back the classics of pony fiction.

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