You’ll love reading winter working animal books for a new spin on winter-themed reading in your homeschool. Plus, the topic adds a unique layer of science to read aloud or read-alone time. Not to mention, several of the books are inspired by true stories, too!
I love pulling together stacks of themed books for my children. Whether it’s for seasonal fun or to take us through unit studies, reading several books about a certain topic is an easy way to look at it from multiple viewpoints.
For any given topic, I usually gather plenty of historical fiction, fiction, and nonfiction picture books and chapter books. We might not always read every single one of them, but I like having a lot of choices for whichever direction our interests or studies might take us.
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About Winter Working Animals
What is a winter working animal? Well, a working animal is a domesticated (or tame) animal that is kept by humans in order to do specific tasks. Think back to the pioneer days when animals pulled wagons and plowed fields. The animals were necessary to help the pioneers complete some work and even travel places. Believe it or not, there are modern-day working animals, too!
In the winter, working animals had (and still have) different tasks than in the warmer months. Pulling sleighs and sleds through the snow helped pioneers and plenty of other people throughout history. While we have more technology these days and most people use motorized vehicles and machines, animals still sometimes pull sleighs and sleds for farming and other tasks. They are often used for pleasure riding these days, as well.
You can learn more about winter working animals in a special No Sweat Nature Study video lesson. The class is located in the video library for members. Membership is inexpensive and provides hours and hours of in-depth science lessons through the lens of nature study!
Winter Working Animals Books
A large chunk of this list of winter working animals books contains living books about horses and sled dogs. Mules, oxen, and even reindeer are considered to be working animals, too. However, more authors have written about horses and sled dogs than other animals. I think you’ll enjoy any or all of them!
- Akiak by Robert J. Blake
- Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
- Born to Pull by Bob Cary
- Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Horse-Drawn Days by Jerry Apps
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Sherpa, In Search of Snow by Ellie Adkinson
- Sled Run for Survival by Marianne Hering
- Snow Dog by Jim Kjelgaard
- Snow Horses by Patricia MacLachlan
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
- Storm Run by Libby Riddles
- The Finest Horse in Town by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
- True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
- True Tails of Togo the Sled Dog by Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes
- Winter Pony by Jean Slaughter Doty
- Yukon: Sled Dog by Judith Janda Presnall
I hope that you enjoy several winter working animal books and are encouraged to learn more about them! If you’re looking for a wholesome tv show to watch, consider Little House on the Prairie. Many episodes highlight the importance of working horses in the everyday life of pioneers.
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