I'll admit that I'm already a "that grandma who gives weird presents", at age 21, because here I am wanting to give my lesson kids books for Christmas.
But, I really feel like one can learn a lot from reading a book if they keep that book around. My first riding instructor gave me books that I still have and sometimes refer back to, so yknow. And reading books about a subject one loves can make all the difference between loving to read and hating to read...I am such a old lady (all of my friends make fun of me for this).
Anyway, I'm looking for books to "inspire" my lesson kids. I'm hoping for books that have pretty correct information (preferably non-fiction) while still being interesting to younger readers.
Last year I gave the 6 year old (now 7 year old) a book about horse and pony breeds which she LOVED. She's really into the whole "magical unicorn/horse, BFF's forever" thing right now. She's really great with Lacey, very firm, and doesn't put up with anything. She's almost a little too pushy with Lacey at times. A book with more pictures would be good for her since she loves to draw and is generally very visual. Any ideas?
The other girl (she's only been with me for maybe 9 months so I didn't give her anything last year) is 10 and she's really into facts, information, and asking tons of questions. She wants to know everything I can possibly think to tell her about anything and then she wants to ask questions about what I told her. She's a very quiet rider, kind of nervous but is becoming more confident as she realizes that her inner thoughts have an effect on Lacey's behavior. She's one of those kids that is so so good right off that I'm really not teaching her much anymore. Basically, her lessons are just supervised horse fun times. Actually though, she's one of those kids that's going to end up like me - relatively good from the start so no one actually "teaches" them beyond the basics so when they get to a more advanced point, they're just kinda like "um...what?"
If there's a book out there about the different actions one can perform on a horse and what they're good for, or something, she'd probably think that was really cool. Does anyone know of something like that?
Help me be a grandma-like person? Please?