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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 …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 49. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want to thank …

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 teh trail. Woodsong Gary Paulsen …

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 …

Primary Grades Fiction

Primary Grades Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod Robert J. Blake (1997) Akiak is running her last Iditarod, but she is hurt on the fourth day.  Will she be able to help her team? Picture book or independent readers. Grades:1-4 Lexile: 590 Alaska’s Snow White and Her Seven Sled …

Middle Grades Nonfiction Books

Middle Grades NonFiction Books Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Champion of Alaskan Huskies: Joe Redington, Sr., Father of the Iditarod Katie Mangelsdorf (2011) Joe Redington Sr. was an ordinary man with extraordinary dreams—and buckets of determination! His vision was as vast as the majestic Alaska landscape he loved to explore. This firsthand account is of …

Middle Grades Fiction

Middle Grades Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Black Star, Bright Dawn Scott O’Dell (1988) Bright Dawn encounters the challenges of the Iditarod sled dog race alone when her father is injured.  Grades 5-7 Lexile: 670 /  F&P: V Diamond Willow Helen Frost (2008) Twelve-year-old Willow convinces her parents to let her take a dog …

Elementary Nonfiction Books

Elementary Nonfiction Books   Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: The Adventures of Balto Patricia Chargot (2006) Chargot allows the reader to gain a richer understanding about Balto and the role he played in the 1925 Serum Run. Ages 9-11 Born to Pull Bob Carey (1999) With illustrations by Gail de Marcken, author Carey introduces dog …