From Unit Plan: Iditarod: Race Across Alaska

Professional Resource Book

by Shelley Gill
Grades 4-8

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.

Books for Reading With Students

Circle of Thanks
by Susi Gregg Fowler; illustrated by Peter Catalanotto
Grades Pre-K-2

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 Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
by Natalie Standiford; Illustrated by Donald Cook
Grades 1-3

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.

Iditarod Dream  
by Ted Wood
Grades 3-5

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.

Alaska (From Sea to Shining Sea series)
by Barbara A. Somervill
Grades 3-5

An indispensable source for state history instruction.

Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner
Grades 3-5

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 racer Stone Fox?

The Iceberg Hermit
by Arthur Roth
Grades 5-8

Based on a true story, a 17-year-old boy manages to survive alone on an iceberg for two years after his ship sinks.

Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George; illustrated by John Schoenherr
Grades 5-8

Thirteen-year-old Julie becomes lost on the tundra and is protected by a pack of wolves.

The Foxman
by Gary Paulsen
Grades 6-8

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.

by Gary Paulsen
Grades 6-8

The author's adventures in the wild and the harrowing account of his first Iditarod dogsled race across Alaska.


Official Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Website
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).

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic
Move your mouse over a Shockwave sled to find out more about the sport of dog sledding.