Alaska Books for Alaska Kids is a collaborative project by librarians and educators to compile an up-to-date, accessible, and useful bibliography of accurate, culturally relevant, recommended books for youth about Alaska and the North. This resource is intended to assist children, parents, teachers, librarians, college students, and early literacy professionals in identifying age-appropriate, accurate and culturally relevant books for youth in Alaska.
|Cover||Title & Info||Summary||Age Group||Format Reviewed||Genre|
|Arctic Aesop's Fables: Twelve Retold TalesAuthor: Susi Gregg FowlerIllustrator: Jim FowlerPublisher: Sasquatch Books 2013||Juneau writer Susi Gregg Fowler and her husbad, artist Jim Fowler, transform a dozen traditional Aesop's tales into a beautifully rendered picture book of fables with universal themes set in Arctic and sub-Arctic landscapes.EVALUATION (PDF)||Primary (K-2)||Picture Book||Folktale|
|Fatty Legs: A True StoryAuthor: Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-FentonIllustrator: Liz Amini-HolmesPublisher: Annick Press 2010||This is the true story of Olemaun Pokiak's time in a residential school in Aklavik.EVALUATION (PDF)||Intermediate (3-5)||Chapter Book||Biography|
|My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes: An Almost-True Alaskan AdventureAuthor: Erin McKittrickIllustrator: Valisa HigmanPublisher: Little Bigfoot 2016||A small child imagines himself as different Alaskan wildlife on a family outdoor expedition.EVALUATION (PDF)||Primary (K-2)||Picture Book||Realistic Fiction|
|The Smell of Other People's HousesAuthor: Bonnie-Sue HitchcockIllustrator: N/APublisher: Wendy Lamb Books 2016||Publisher's summary: "Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn't like growing up anywhere else: Don't think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation."EVALUATION (PDF)||High School (9-12)||Chapter Book||Historical Fiction|
|Little WhaleAuthor: Peratrovich, RoyIllustrator: N/APublisher: Snowy Owl/Univ. of Alaska Press 2016||When 10-year-old Keet, a Tlingit boy from Sitka, stows away in his father's canoe to join a party of men traveling 200 miles to settle a dispute with another clan, his courage is tested by bad weather, high seas, and the potential for violence when they reach Ketchikan.EVALUATION (PDF)||Intermediate (3-5)||Chapter Book||Historical Fiction|