Jessie Haas

Award-winning Children's horse books


Early Readers
Which of my books to give beginning readers, and in what order.
Picture Book
Gramp and Nora make maple syrup, and Gram makes a surprise Nora can share with the horses. A story about the sweet science of maple sugar. Illustrations by Jos. A. Smith
Nonfiction for Adults and kids
Nonfiction horse books and history for children and adults
Horses from prehistory to today, our ecstatic and tangled relationship with them, and their powerful effect on history, explored in many kinds of poems. YA and As of all ages who love horses and histlry.
children's fiction
A two-book series for children age 9-up who love horses, art, and hot-air ballooning.
middle-grade nonfiction
Horse crafts, lore, book and movie reviews, sports and more; for kids who have horses and kids who don't (yet).
My Stable of older books
Horse books no longer in print. Ask me about availability

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. . . explores the bond between people and horses in books for horse lovers of all ages.

It's Fall. The air is crisp, and Bramble the horse has fun pretending to be afraid of every crinkling leaf. Pretty soon that stops being fun for Maggie. (Why do they call it Fall?)
Then comes Halloween. Will their costume be pretty, or scary? And can Bramble and Maggie handle a trick-or-treat ride full of pumpkins and ghosts?
Spooky Season explores pretend fear and real fear, and the power of treats over horses and humans, in an easy reader format. Full color illustrations on every page, from the talented Alison Friend.
"Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story." Horn Boo, 2014

"...shows young readers that you can be a little afraid as you face your fears. Readers will be able to easily connect to Maggie as they have to be patient with the many new things in their lives as well. They will also relate to Bramble, who likes to be contrary until she feels comfortable with a situation. This fits beginning readers to a T. They can be a bit squirrelly on occasion too." Jeff Berger,

A Junior Library Guild selection

Free Bramble and Maggie CCSS curriculum guide!
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and print your own free Bramble and Maggie bookmarks.


ALL my early novels and horse stories are newly available in e-book format from Open Road Integrated Media. Horse-lovers, if you grew up on these books, now is your chance to introduce them to a new generation.
The four Beware books are easy-to-read novels for readers at the third grade level.

Keeping Barney
Working Trot
The Beware books
A Horse Like Barney
Uncle Daney's Way
Westminster West

And check out the rest of Open Road's horse library.

Saige loves art, horses, and her grandmother Mimi. But on the first day of classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she discovers that this year her school won't have art. Mimi, an artist, is planning a fundraiser to help raise money for after-school-classes, but when Mimi is injured in an accident, Saige has to carry on with the fundraiser, with the help of old and new friends and a wonderful artistic horse named Picasso.

Gramp, a wily old horse-trader, beings home a little bay mare, Lily is sure she's the perfect horse for a girl who's outgrown her mom's pony. But why is the sweet little mare named Beware? Could she be dangerous? Gramp and Lily set out to find out.

Set in rural Vermont, BEWARE THE MARE is a gentle, realistic horse story for readers just getting comfortable with chapter books. It's been a first novel for many young horse lovers. Illustrations by my sister, Martha Haas, as is the cover art.

A Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee back in print

Daney's Way is a middle-grade novel about a boy, an elderly logger, and a draft horse named Nip. It was on the Texas Bluebonnet Award list in 1997.

Available in fall 2014 as an ebook.

The second Saige book from American Girl.
Saige misses the daily painting sessions with her grandmother Mimi, who's still recovering from her accident. Trying to reconnect, she discovers an unused art room in the rehab facility, and helps start weekly art classes there. But there is still no art in school, and even worse, it looks like Mimi needs to sell Georgia, Saige's favorite horse. Saige spends as much time as she can with Georgia, and out on a ride one day she dreams up a way to get the school to start moving on the after school classes--if she has the nerve to carry it through! The story ends with Saige's birthday, during the annual International Balloon Fiesta, and with the absolute perfect birthday present.

Book and model set of Chico's Challenge

A Quarter Horse who's afraid of cows? How can Chico ever become a cutting horse? His new girl Sierra has lots of patience, and Chico has plenty of courage and cow sense, but when he shifts from fearing cows to gleefully chasing them, Sierra's father says he has to go. A night-time coyote attack on the young calves changes everything.

Available as a paperback, an e-book, and as a book and model set. Published by Feiwel and Friends, a division of McMillan Publishing.


A Junior Library Guild Selection

"...hits all the right notes." Kirkus

"The narrative voice in this early chapter book is superb—direct, succinct, and easy to read for younger horse lovers, but slyly slanted conceptually to encompass both horse and human perspectives." The Horn Book

"...will instantly find an audience." Library Media Connection

"...expressive, colorful gouache artwork on every page." SLJ

"An engaging horse story for young chapter-book readers and a good read-aloud choice as well." Booklist

A Bank Street Best Book 2013

Bramble is bored with giving riding lessons. When she goes on strike, Mrs. Blenkinsop decides she needs a person of her own. Good idea--but not just any person. Bramble knows she'll have to be picky.
When horse-crazy Maggie meets Bramble, she isn't picky at all. "Bramble is the horse for me," she says. But can Maggie live up to Bramble's high standards? Can Maggie reassure Bramble about the strange new creatures in a suburban back yard? An easy chapter book, with full-color illustrations by Alison Friend. (Candlewick, 2012, 52 pgs.)

Now in paperback
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available in bookstores and at the Westminster Town Hall


The history of my hometown, a project of the Westminster Historical Society, with an introduction by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Westminster got its first charter from Massachusetts in 1735, making it the oldest chartered town in Vermont. It was the site of the Westminster Massacre, the first fatal conflict of the American Revolution. Vermont declared independence form New York at Westminster, which also hosted the first Vermont printing press. Our first newspaper was printed here, as well as our first paper currency; later the same afternoon, Vermont's first counterfeiting case commenced. Through the centuries Westminster has produced silk, tobacco, wool, fruit and vegetables, and Vermont's first aged sheeps' milk cheese.

2009 Teacher's Choice Award, Children's Category
2009 American Horse Publications Award

How horse-crazy are you? Would you crochet a saddle blanket? Knit a curry comb? Do you like to draw horses, read horse books, watch horse movies, and of course, ride ride ride? HORSE CRAZY is for you. Over 400 pages of facts and fun, with pictures on nearly every page.

Georgia Children's Book Award Master List 2010

"...a thrilling ride."
New York Times Book Review

A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
Kliatt (starred review)says, "(Haas) really outdoes herself with this one. Scary and challenging...This is fine historical fiction, with suspense on every page and a courageous young man who is quite a hero.
ALA Booklist says, "Haas writes gracefully and evocatively of boy, horse, and desperate men...a thrilling tale with many opportunities for discussion.
SLJ says, "...the story moves at the same fast pace as the horse and unknown rider...Dialogue and characterization are tops here."
Kirkus says, "...the action and nuanced writing carry the reader pell-mell to a wholly believable end. Haas's best yet for older readers."

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List (Vermont)
New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award Master List
Georgia Children's Book Award Master List

Jessie Haas
367 Lettieri Road
Westminster West, Vt. 05346


Ask me about work-for-hire. If it's writing, I'm interested. I've done projects ranging from advocacy pamphlets to corporate blogging, to town history, to children's fiction.

Saige and me at the American girl store in Dallas

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With my good dog Arrow

More Books for Newly Independent Readers

Gryphon Award Honor Book

RUNAWAY PONY (paperback)

Parents' Choice Gold Award

Appaloosas, Belgians, Quarter Horses, Yakut ponies, and a cameo appearance by Xenophon!

History of horses in poetry