Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse, written by Rebecca Janni and illustrated by Lynne Avril, is the winner of the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse is already a hit in my library. Any picture book with even a small mention of horses is sure to fly off the shelves, and this is no exception.

Since I work in a rural school, many of the girls that visit the school library really do live around horses, so this appeals to them. Then again, since the main character does not end up with a “real” horse, the story could be a bit disappointing.

Students who love to pretend and have vivid imaginations will definitely enjoy this book. Students who are extremely literal, however, will question every single page. (But that’s fun sometimes.)

The illustrations in this book are extremely vibrant and engaging and will encourage readers–boys and girls alike–to find out if this cowgirl does indeed get her horse.


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