Jessie Haas

award-winning children's horse books

BOOKS

The Horse Lover's Encyclopedia
Bramble and Maggie books
Four early readers about a horse and her girl
Early Readers
Help beginners onto that tall horse called Reading. Easy chapter books including Bramble and Maggie
Picture Book
A picture book about the sweet science of maple sugar. Illustrations by Jos. A. Smith
History for children and adults
history for children and adults
Nonfiction horse books
Nonfiction horse books for children and adults
Poetry
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.
Middle-grade and YA novels
Saige, American Girl of the Year Chico's Challenge, Chase
My Stable
e-books and out-of-print editions

My Books


Bramble and Maggie Books
Three books for beginning readers about a horse and her girl--and coming November 3, Snow Day!

Mounting Block to Reading:
Help beginners onto that tall horse called Reading

Fall is here. Geese are honking, acorns are dropping, and Bramble is having fun pretending to be afraid. Soon Maggie is really afraid. Why DO they call it Fall?
Then comes Halloween, with scary costumes and the neighborhood transformed. Will it be Trick, or Treat, for Bramble and Maggie?

Spooky Season is now a Candlewick Sparks paperback!


SUGARING
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

History
History for children and adults, including Fire!, and the Westminster town histories

horses
Nonfiction books about horses for children and adults, including Horse Crazy and the Horselover's Encyclopedia

Hoofprints; Horse Poems
Horses from prehistory to today, our ecstatic and tangled relationship with them, and their powerful effect on history, explored in many kinds of poems.

A world history told in poems about horses, from their beginnings as small spotted forest creatures, through the Ice Age, the first encounters with man, the wars, invasions, races, and intimate moments of our tangled lives together.

A VOYA Poetry Pick

The electronic edition, from Open Road Integrated Media
In poems of all kinds, from very light to very serious, HOOFPRINTS explores the story of horses, from their beginnings as small spotted forest creatures, through the harsh Ice Age, the first encounters with early man, the first riders, the great invasions from central Asia, and the cultures that have grown up around this most romantic and practical of animals.

a VOYA Poetry Pick

A favorite, back in print
Beware has been a first chapter book for many readers. I'm delighted to bring it back, with a great cover and illustrations by my sister, Martha Haas.

Back In Print!
A boy, an elderly logger, and a draft horse named Nip find ways around their problems in rural Vermont. A Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee.

novels
Saige, and Saige Paints the Sky, the story of Saige Copeland, an Albuquerque fourth-grader who loves art and horses, and finds out she has to fight for both. In Book One, Saige trains her grandmother's horse Picasso to do tricks--including painting!--as part of an arts fundraiser. In Book Two, she organizes a school protest. Saige also deals with a changing friendship, and an accident that changes life for her beloved artist grandmother, Mimi.

hardcover and paperback




Horse Crazy!
Pure fun for horse lovers; horse crafts, horse lore, book and movie reviews, horse history, horse sports, horse breeds, and lots of ways for the (temporarily) horseless to use their horse models--well, models!--as they learn to draw, paint and photograph their favorite animal.

My Stable
These books are no longer in print. Many are available directly from me, from used book stores, or in your library.

JIGSAW PONY
(easy chapter book)
Jigsaw is an old pony who's trained many girls. But his latest has moved away and Jig is neglected, until he's noticed by a kind mail man with twin daughters. Is he a black pony with white spots? A white pony with black spots? And why won't he do everything Fran and Kiera ask? This chapter book for second grade readers was a Gryphon Award Honor Book, a prize given for books for readers transitioning into reading on their own. Third in the series that begins with RUNAWAY RADISH.
Kirkus Editor's Choice "...one of the masters at the top of her game."
New York Public Library 100 Books to Read and Share
Gryphon Award Honor Book
Parents' Choice Recommended
Beverley Cleary Award Nominee

BIRTHDAY PONY
(easy chapter book)
Grandma Aggie always meant Popcorn to be Jane's pony, but Jane lives far away and Popcorn is a handful. So Grandma Aggie sells him--and then Jane comes to live nearby. When Grandma Aggie gets him back--just in time for Jane's birthday--he's still a handful. It some lessons from Tish and Radish (RUNAWAY RADISH) to teach Jane and Popcorn how to make each other happy.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Beverley Cleary Award nominee
Maryland Blue Crab Award Honor Book (Transitional Fiction)
South Dakota Prairie Bud Award nominee

SCAMPER AND THE HORSE SHOW
(picture book)
Molly and Anna have the perfect costume for the July 4th horse show costume class--but it depends on Scamper staying sparkling white, and both Scamper and nature are conspiring against them. When the skies open up on their patriotic crepe-paper costume, Molly and Anna learn to keep their chins up, and reap a big reward. "You smile at the good things, and you smile at the bad," Mom says, and readers will smile too. Back matter tells more about horse shows.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Maryland Blue Crab Award nominee

Orphaned Harriet must go live with her stern aunt Sarah on a hill-farm in Vermont. How is she going to get to school, when Aunt Sarah doesn't believe school is necessary for girls? Can she train the excitable colt that is her only legacy from her mother? A sad, but ultimately uplifting story.

"A beautifully written novel..." ALA Booklist
"A finely tempered, compelling novel...especially notable for its powerful articulation of moments of despair and, ultimately, transcendence." Cooperative Children's Book Center
"An emotionally rich and powerful tale of love, reconciliation, and healing." School Library Journal, starred review.
"Haas's exquisitely crafted prose is the driving force in this heartfelt story of family ties..." Publisher's Weekly, starred review.
"The powerful story of a resilient girl's moral awakening, UNBROKEN is set in 1910 in the Vermont towns and hill farms that Jessie Haas knows to her marrow, but it reverberates with universal meaning."
The New York Times Book Review

Parents' Choice Gold Award
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Publisher's Weekly Best Book
School Library Journal Best Book
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Masterlist
A White Raven Selection
CCBC Choice 2000

Coming Soon


Bramble and Maggie, Snow Day, November

Horselover's Encyclopedia, March 2017


WHAT'S IN PRINT

Sugaring
grades pre-K-2nd
HarperCollins
0-688-14200-1 TR

BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE, HORSE MEETS GIRL
grades 1-2
Candlewick
(distributed through Random House)
978-0-7636-4955-5 hardcover
also available in paperback

bramble and maggie, give and take
grades 1-2
Candlewick
978-0-7636-5021-6 hardcover
also available in paperback

bramble and maggie, spooky season
grades 1 and 2
Candlewick
978-0-7636-6450-3 hardcover
available in paperback October 2016

Jigsaw Pony
grades 2 and up
Harper/​Collins
0-06-078245-5
saige
grades 3-6
American Girl
978-1-60958-167-1 hardcover
also available in paperback

saige paints the sky
grades 3-6
American Girl
978-1-60958-169-5 hardcover
also available in paperback

HORSE CRAZY
grades 4 through 7th
Storey Publishing
(distributed through Random House)
978-1-60342-154-6

Revolutionary Westminster
adult
The History Press
978-1-60949-166-6

Westminster, Vermont, 1735-200
adult
The History Press
978-1-60949-475-9




To find an out of print book, mail me--kjh@​sover.net--to be sure the title is available. After we've made contact, mail me a check with the price of the book plus shipping. I'll sign the book and mail direct to you, or to the address of your choice.


The Sixth Sense and many other titles now available as e-books from Open Road Media.


Me and my girl

Read aloud-2nd Grade
Appaloosa Zebra
Sugaring
Mowing
No Foal Yet
Hurry
Scamper and the Horse Show

Early Readers
(1st-3rd Grade)
Runaway Radish (Runaway Pony)
Birthday Pony
Jigsaw Pony
Clean House
Bramble and Maggie

Early Mid-Grade
(3rd-5th Grade)
Beware the Mare
A Blue for Beware
Be Well, Beware
Beware and Stogie
Fire!

Mid-Grade
(4th-6th Grade)
Keeping Barney
A Horse Like Barney
Uncle Daney's Way
Horse Crazy!

Mid-to-Young Adult
(5th-8th Grade)
Unbroken
Hoofprints
Chase
Shaper