Classic pony books

Available again

There are over 40 titles out now. Coming soon:

Joanna Cannan: They Bought Her a Pony – to be released 23 September 2021

Jane Badger: Jill and the Pony Club – autumn 2021

Many titles are also now available on Kobo.

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Book Spotlight

Joanna Cannan
They Bought Her a Pony
They Bought Her a Pony is a completely different animal to More Ponies for Jean. Written just a little later, it doesn't mention the war at all. Heroine Angela is the only daughter of a wealthy family who have decided what they need is a grand country house, with all the trappings. The trappings include a pony, Flash. Angela has only ever ridden Flash at the London riding school where he lives, and where he is bullied into submission by the staff before he ever gets anywhere near the delicate offspring of the wealthy Londoners who ride there.
Away from the strict confines of the riding school, Angela can't even catch Flash, let alone ride him.
She doesn't have any friends, but meets the bohemian Cochrane family. They're not exactly on their uppers either, with the usual ponybook-poor accoutrements of several ponies and a large house,  but they do have to work for what they want, and I think that's what Joanna Cannan was stressing in this story. Too much handed to you on a plate is not good: independence and an acquaintance with failure are.

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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