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Laura Bannon (1895 – 1963) was born in Acme, Michigan, and studied at the Michigan State Normal School, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught. In all, she wrote (or illustrated) over twenty books, her first being published in 1939. She received numerous awards, including the Children’s Reading Round Table of Chicago. Several of her books were about animals, ranging from the unusual (Gregorio and the White Llama) to the more mundane (Hip-Hip the Goat). She wrote about horses and donkeys too, with three books aimed at the younger reader.

Finding the books: relatively easy to find.

Links and sources

Laura Bannon on Wikipedia

Laura Bannon’s illustrations are held at the Newberry Library

Laura Bannon

Bibliography - horse books only

Horse on a Houseboat

A Whitman, Chicago, 1951, illus the author

Junior Literary Guild, 1951

Gill has a retired circus horse called Scalawag. When he has to leave his stable temporarily,
he needs somewhere to live, so Gill and his Uncle Pete sort out an old houseboat as his new

The Contented Horse Trader

Whitman, Chicago, 1963, illus the author

Horse Trader Cage does all his trading through the phone. One of his trades takes off in odd
directions when he manages to trade his saw horse for a blind mule, at least temporarily.

Burro Boy and His Big Trouble

Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1955, 47 pp, illus the author