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.

CoverTitle & InfoSummaryAge GroupFormat ReviewedGenre
Arctic Aesop's Fables: Twelve Retold Tales

Author: Susi Gregg Fowler
Illustrator: Jim Fowler
Publisher: 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.

Primary (K-2)Picture BookFolktale
Fatty Legs: A True Story

Author: Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrator: Liz Amini-Holmes
Publisher: Annick Press 2010
This is the true story of Olemaun Pokiak's time in a residential school in Aklavik.

Intermediate (3-5)Chapter BookBiography
My Coyote Nose and Ptarmigan Toes: An Almost-True Alaskan Adventure

Author: Erin McKittrick
Illustrator: Valisa Higman
Publisher: Little Bigfoot 2016
A small child imagines himself as different Alaskan wildlife on a family outdoor expedition.

Primary (K-2)Picture BookRealistic Fiction
The Smell of Other People's Houses

Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Illustrator: N/A
Publisher: 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."

High School (9-12)Chapter BookHistorical Fiction
Little Whale

Author: Peratrovich, Roy
Illustrator: N/A
Publisher: 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.

Intermediate (3-5)Chapter BookHistorical Fiction