The Alaska State Library has compiled an extensive list of books about Alaska from 1999 -2000. It is an outstanding resource.

The list of books set in Alaska is as big as the state itself!

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Lucy's Dance by Deb Vanasse

Lucy helps her grandfather demonstration the traditional Yup’ik arts such through dance.

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press (June 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1602231265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602231269

Mukluks For Annabelle by Dianne Barske (1999)

Annabelle the Elephant needs help to adapt to the cold weather in her new Anchorage home.

Togo by Robert Blake (2002)

Award-winning story of the sled dog that led in the race to bring medicine to Nome, Alaska (the event commemorated by the Iditarod).

Williwaw! by Tom Bodett (2000)

This story is a family-friendly action adventure about a brother and sister living in rural Alaska who fry the family’s radio, their only means of communication.

Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier (Tom Bodett Adventure Series) by Tom Bodett (2006)

A group of stories about an awkward boy growing up in Alaska.

The Great Alaska Adventure!by Jeff Corwin (2010)

Middle grade fiction written by a wildlife biologist.

Fevering For Gold : A Historical Novel About the 1900 Rush To Nome, Alaska by Douglas De Vries (may be out of print) (1999)

Sven and his sister Frieda seek their fortune during the Alaska gold rush in 1900.

The Gift by Kristine L. Franklin, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (1999)

Jimmy Joe catches a salmon and then gives it away in this picture book illustrated with lovely watercolors.

Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor (2003)

In this picture book Bessie plays with a polar bear cub on the Arctic ice.

Arctic Dreams by Carole Gerber, and illustrated by Marty Husted (1999)

A journey with words about the Arctic makes this a lovely bedtime book for little ones.

Under Alaska's Midnight Sun Jeremiah Trammell (2005)

Can you imagine a day when the sun never sets? This picture book for preschool to grade 2 takes the reader far above the Arctic Circle in Alaska to celebrate the summer solstice.

Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs (2000)

15 year old Jason travels north to find his older brothers, look for gold and meet young Jack London.

Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs (2003)

An adventure about a teenager stuck on an island in Alaska.

Big Jim and the White-Legged Mooseby Jim Arnosky (1999)

Aronsky's song tells about the time Big Jim dropped his pencil and sketchbook when he climbed a tree to avoid a huge bull moose


Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights by Debbie S. Miller and illustrated by Jon Van Zyle

Glorious acrylic paintings track the changes in daylight and night at the Arctic circle, from one summmer solstice to the next. Includes map of Alaska.

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (January 23, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0802796362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796363

Moose Racks, Bear Tracks, and Other Alaska Kidsnacks : Cooking With Kids Has Never Been So Easy! by Alice Bugni and illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (1999)

Snack recipes with Alaska names like Arctic Animal Crackers, Denali Peaks, Iditarod Trail Mix, Kayaks (potato wedges), Muskox Morsels, Sea Otter Biscuits, and Tundra Turf. What a cute idea.

Born To Pull: The Glory of Sled Dogs by Bob Cary and illustrated by Gail de Marcken

Information about sled dogs, such as how they are trained, how they communicate, etc.

After the Spill : The Exxon Valdez Disaster Then and Now by Sandra Markle

A photo-essay of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its impact on the environment and people of Prince William Sound (from 1999).

This Place Is Cold (An Imagine Living Here Book) by Vicki Cobb and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (2013)

Alaska by Shelley Gill

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0881062936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881062939

L Is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet (Discover America State by State) by Carol Crane and illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 13, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 1585360201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585360208


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Roberta Gibson 2015