Iditarod Books and Resources
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
From Unit Plan: Iditarod: Race Across Alaska
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Circle of Thanks by Susi Gregg Fowler; illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
As an Alaskan boy and his mother walk through the slushy tundra, a baby otter pup slides into the icy river. The mother rushes in to rescue her, a selfless act that prompts a chain reaction of rescues from other animals.
The Foxman by Gary Paulsen
A town boy sent to live on a remote wilderness farm forms a friendship with an elderly, disfigured man who teaches him many things. This book is for mature readers.
The Iceberg Hermit by Arthur Roth
Based on a true story, a 17-year-old boy manages to survive alone on an iceberg for two years after his ship sinks.
Iditarod Dream by Ted Wood
This photo-essay details the story of a 15-year-old Alaskan boy as he prepares for and runs the 158-mile course of the Junior Iditarod.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; illustrated by John Schoenherr
Thirteen-year-old Julie, an Eskimo girl, becomes lost on the tundra and is protected by a pack of wolves.
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
The author's adventures in the wild and the harrowing account of his first Iditarod dogsled race across Alaska.
Alaska by Shelley Gill
From avoiding the perils of the icy Iditarod in a History and Hazards board game to charting the sizes of big bears and other giants of the Alaskan wilderness, this learning-packed resource includes everything about Alaska.
From Sea to Shining Sea - Alaska by Barbara A. Somervill
An indispensable source for state history instruction.
Teaching with Gary Paulsen (six books)
An in-depth study of award-winning adventure author Gary Paulsen's most captivating novels: Woodsong, Dogsong, Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter.
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The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford; Illustrated by Donald Cook
The dramatic true story of the sled dog who led his team through 53 miles of snow and ice to deliver medicine during a 1925 diphtheria outbreak.
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Willy enters a dogsled race in hopes of winning the prize money to pay taxes owed on his grandfather's farm. But is the family dog any match for the magnificent team owned by the mysterious Indian Stone Fox?
Official Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Web Site
Find musher biographies, historic facts, daily race statistics, and more.
Iditarod: Northern and Southern Routes
Explore checkpoints for the southern route (raced in odd-numbered years), and for the northern route (raced in even-numbered years).
Take an inside look at Alaska's Iditarod from the mushers' perspectives.
Check this source for breaking Iditarod news.
Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic
Move your mouse over a Shockwave sled to find out more about the sport of dog sledding.