Hogner, Dorothy Childs

About the author

Dorothy Childs lived in Connecticut most of her life, though she studied at the University of New Mexico (where she met her husband, Nils Hogner) and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. She married Nils Hogner in 1932, and the two worked on many books together. He illustrated most of her books, many of which were aimed at the younger child reader. She and her husband specialised in growing culinary herbs, about which she wrote a book, as well as several travel books.

Finding the books
All are reasonably easy to find in the USA. Only Stormy had a UK publication, and it is very easy to find.

Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Education of a Burro

Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1936, illus Nils Hogner

Lady Bird

Oxford University Press, New York, 1938, 47 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Stormy, the First Mustang

Oxford University Press, 1941, 151 pp, illus Nils Hogner
Hutchinson, London, hb, 1944, 127 pp

An historical story: when the Spaniards had to release their horses on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, most of them could not cope. Stormy, who was just a baby, was able to adjust and survive.

Reward for Brownie

Oxford University Press, New York, 1944, 28 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Brownie is a police horse, entering retirement.

Daisy, a Farm Fable

Oxford University Press, New York, 1949, 48 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Daisy’s mother was a work horse, and Daisy was determined she was not going to work as
her mother did. She tried to turn herself into an elegant horse.

Dusty’s Return

Oxford University Press, New York, 1950, 190 pp, illus Nils Hogner, 190 pp

Disney made a film based on the book:  Wild Burro of the West

Non fiction

Our American Horse

Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1944, 114 pp, illus Nils Hogner

This book covers the American horse from Eohippus to the horse in 1940s America, taking in the introduction of the horse to North America by Cortez, the horse in the opening up of the West, and a gallop through Morgans, police horses, the Pony Express and much more.

The Horse Family

Oxford University Press, New York, 1953, 70 pp, illus Nils Hogner

This I think is non fiction.