Martha Dobson

Book Reviews–Iditarod, Tricia Brown; The Mystery on the Iditarod Trail, Carole Marsh; Dogteam, Gary Paulsen

Get your facts and your fiction here, from young readers to adult, with these three books. Iditarod™ is new, coming out in February, 2014. Carole Marsh adds to her mysteries for children with a mystery set on the Iditarod Trail, and Gary Paulsen’s picture book, Dogteam, isn’t just for the young readers.

Book Reviews: Iditarod Dream & Woodsong

Two books for your reading pleasure this month; Iditarod Dream, a photo essay of Dusty Whittemore’s championship run in the Jr. Iditarod, and Woodsong, Gary Paulsen’s memoir of his experiences learning to run dogs and his first Iditarod race.With the Jr. Iditarod running the last weekend of February and the Iditarod starting the first weekend …

Educators! Get Ready for Iditarod 2014!

Now is the time to prep for Iditarod 2014. Read more here for ideas and plans.

Book Review–Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant A new book review is on the Education Portal. Find out about this realistic fiction book by author and illustrator Robert J. Blake. It’s another book to add to your school or classroom library to increase students’ knowledge of the race.

Service Learning Opportunity–Blankets for Dogs

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Read this to find out about making blankets for the Iditarod race checkpoints to use for dogs staying there who have been dropped from their teams. Students can apply a host of educational skills while working on this project.

Book Review–Foxy’s Tale: The True Story of A Champion Alaskan Sled Dog

An elementary level, true story of an Alaskan sled dog who overcomes size, injury, and more to win the Junior World Championship Sled Dog Race. The author is available for Skype presentations, too. Read more here.  

Book Review–Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

A recent, narrative nonfiction account for middle school age and older, through adults, about a part of WWII kept secret for decades. Find out more here. 

The 2013 Jr. Iditarod Champion Is…

Noah Pereira of Clarkson, NY is the 2013 Jr. Iditarod Champion. Training with Dallas Seavey since his December…

How Does It Start?

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant How does it start? This dream of running sled dogs, running teams in long distance races. Is it in your family, like the Mackeys, or in your culture, like John Baker, Paul Johnson? Did you move north and fall in love with the land, the dogs, their abilities? Or, did …

Volunteers Make the Iditarod Run!

By Martha Dobson Working in the Nome dog lot, greeting mushers at the burled arch on Front Street, Iditarod 2012 volunteer Vivian Coleman was there when Justin Savidis arrived, a bit later than he intended. Coleman, of Charlotte, North Carolina, helped Savidis and his wife settle the team in the dog lot at Nome, putting …