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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Picture Books

Way Back Then by Neil Christopher and illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok

Inuit-inspired tale told in both English and Inuktitut. Kudlu tells his children a series of stories his mother used to tell him.

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Publisher: Inhabit Media; Bilingual edition (November 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1772270210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1772270211

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)

Bessie plays with a polar bear cub on the Arctic ice.

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

Lovely bedtime book for little ones describing a journey acoss the Arctic.

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 1580890741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580890748

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.

Lucy's Dance by Deb Vanasse

Lucy helps her grandfather demonstrate the traditional Yup’ik arts 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).

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; 1st Impression edition (October 14, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0399233814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399233814

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

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

  • Age Range: 4+ years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0688108644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688108649

Middle Grade and Young Adult

Bristol Bay Summer by Annie Boochever

In this coming-of-age story, thirteen-year-old Zoey Morley deals with her parents divorce and the ensuing changes. Settting is the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (May 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0882409948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882409948

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.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (October 10, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0375806873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375806872

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Forcibly sent away to a boarding school during the early 1960s, Luke struggles with being forced to learn a new language, eat unfamilar food, and endure no one being able to pronounce his name.

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape; Reprint edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477816291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477816295

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.

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.


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 2020