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Light Up The Night!

Last year, as a finalist for the position of 2023 Teacher on the Trail, I visited Alaska from February 26 through March 7, 2022. I fielded many questions about the experience, but one that always seemed to crop up was, “How much daylight did you have? Because it must have been pretty dark up there …

SEL Snack: Representation Matters

Crossing the finish line in the early morning hours of March 15, 2022, Brent Sass was crowned champion of the 50th Iditarod. I immediately texted my oldest daughter to let her know “her musher” had won the Iditarod. My family became Iditarod Insiders a decade ago and each year we each select one musher to …

Getting Started – Iditarod Style

Teachers are returning to the classroom and setting the stage for a year of engaging learning. Some of us have used Iditarod for years, and have a plan to integrate the race into the curriculum. Others are new to using the race in the classroom, and are unsure of how to proceed.   Do you start …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 50. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs and jpeg for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want …

Updated Friday Speaker Event – Book Signing/Author Meet and Greet

We are beyond thrilled and thankful for the overwhelming acceptance of our author meet and greet and book fair event Friday, March 4 from 11:00 – 11:50 in the Redington Room at the Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage. We couldn’t ask for a more iconic line up of Iditarod authors and are hoping a few more …

Summer Reading – Dog Days of Summer

As we get closer to halfway through summer, students often need serious inspiration to be motivated to read.  The books we have on our Elementary Fiction and Elementary Nonfiction lists are bursting with tales of inspiration, daring, adventure, and acceptance.  With beloved characters like Balto and Togo and inspiring new stories like Sled Dog School, …

Summer Reading – Sizzling Reads About Cool Dogs!

Summer is ticking along and kids have all kinds of activities going on, but there are always those moments for relaxing, filling time between the water park and the summer movie series, and riding in the car to the next great vacation destination.  Or use reading goals to incentivize reading for your student; they will …

Teen Nonfiction Books

Teen Nonfiction Books Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Jon Van Zyle’s Iditarod Memories: 40th Anniversary Edition of Official Race Art Stories by: Jona Van Zyle Art by: Jon Van Zyle (2016) A celebration of Jon Van Zyle’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race posters. Includes posters, lithographs, and stories from the trail. Togo and Leonhard …

Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Sixteen in Nome Max Brand (1930, 1995) Sixteen-year-old Joe May comes to Alaska to stake his claim during the Gold Rush of the 1890’s.  He meets two mining partners who clash over a dog named Alec and a mystery woman.  Young Adult. The Call of the Wild    …

Primary Nonfiction Books

Primary Nonfiction Books   Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Alaska’s Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines Shelley Gill (2014)    True canine stories from Alaska including Balto, Togo, Tekla and more. Ages 6-9 Big-Enough Anna: The Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic Pam Flowers with Ann Dixon (2003) A true story about how …