Book Guides

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  • A is for Alaska Written by children participating in the Boys and Girls Clubs Alaska.
  • Alone Across the Arctic “Exciting memoir recounts Flowers’s 2,500-mile journey across the North American Arctic.” —PW
  • Betty Builds It “A female character with robotic engineering skills will be a welcome addition in classrooms and library collections.” —Kirkus
  • Berry Magic “This charming pourquoi tale of an Eskimo girl and her magic.” —SLJ
  • Big-Enough Anna “A true story of how the runt of the litter became leader of the pack.” —SLJ
  • Blueberry Shoe “A baby’s lost shoe occasions a story about the cycle of life.”—PW
  • Bobbie the Wonder Dog “Dog lovers of any age will find his amazing journey irresistible.” —Kirkus
  • Bristol Bay Summer “Bringing details of characters’ experiences to life… delivers action and suspense in a realistic, organic way.”—Kirkus
  • Charlie and the Blanket Toss “Immersive look at modern Iñupiat village culture.” —Kirkus
  • C is for Colorado “Fresh way to reinforce alphabet skills while opening kids’ eyes to the everyday things around them.” —Foreword
  • Children of the First People “The stories tell of the day-to-day activities of each child, how they engage with their families, their traditional culture, and their aspirations.” —Kirkus
  • Coyote in Love “Appealing tale, this is a worthy addition to collections.” —SLJ
  • Dance on a Sealskin “Combines powerful writing and vivid illustrations to capture the joy of giving and sharing among Yup’ik Eskimos.”—SLJ
  • Denni-Jo and Pinto “The determined cowgirl has to use all she’s learned to navigate her way around dangerous situations, follow the right trail, and help an animal in trouble.” —Cowgirl
  • Dream Flights on Arctic Nights “The rhyming text is characterized by rich, evocative vocabulary and dramatic rhythm, matched by spectacular linocut illustrations. . . This stunning interpretation of a fascinating region soars with polished poetry and striking, memorable art.” —Kirkus (STARRED)
  • Glacier on the Move “An adorable addition to any library’s picture book or science/STEM collection.” —SLJ
  • Groucho’s Eyebrows “The droll-looking cat, the child’s colorful layers of outdoor wear, and the scary and sweet forest scenes give pleasure at every turn.” —SLJ
  • Hank and Gertie “Images feel both vintage and modern in a perfect complement to Kimmel’s instantly engaging prose.”  —Oregonian
  • How Raven Got His Crooked Nose ALSC Notable Book “Gently laced with Dena’ina vocabulary, readers learn not only a cautionary tale, but also facts about the culture. . . Both entertaining and instructive, a refreshing breath of air from the far north.” —Kirkus
  • Hungry Giant of the Tundra “Combines rich, lively language that reads aloud well and colorful, detailed illustrations.” —SLJ
  • I Want a Real Bike “The perfect book for the young cyclist who is ready for a new bike.” —CBC “Hot off the Press”
  • Iditarod Adventures “23 mushers — men, women, Natives, seasoned veterans and some new to the sport — also administrators who organize the event and make sure it happens every year, volunteers and others.” —ADN
  • It’s Only the Wind “Useful for established readers to share aloud with beginners… a traditional choice for bedtime.” —Kirkus
  • Itchy Little Muskox “Enjoyable story with a lesson about the value of appreciating one’s own abilities.” —First Alaskans
  • Jabber the Steller’s Jay “The first year in the life of a Steller’s jay is recounted, with a focus on the Southwest ponderosa pine forest and other animals that live there.” —Kirkus
  • Kumak Dog Mushing Coloring Page
  • Kumak’s River “Ice on the frozen river jams up at a river bend, flooding the community… lovingly depicted story of a people who live in harmony with nature.” —SLJ
  • Little Puffin’s First Flight NSTA Notable “A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers.“ —Kirkus
  • Oregon Reads Aloud “A staggering wealth of local authors and illustrators telling stories about everything from Bigfoot to the Pendleton Round-Up.” —Portland Monthly
  • Pam Flowers’ 10 Tips for Happy & Healthy Dogs
  • Pedro’s Pan “A sweet little nugget of a story.”  —Kirkus
  • Pup the Sea Otter National Outdoor Book Award winner, NSTA Notable “Conveys plenty of intriguing facts about sea otters, along with a bit of drama to hold children’s attentions.” —Booklist
  • Rattlestiltskin “Grimm’s familiar tale gets a Southwestern rendering.” —Booklist
  • Recess at 20 Below “Through minimal text, a girl describes dressing for and enjoying recess in Alaska, even when it is 20 degrees below zero.” —SLJ
  • Seldovia Sam series “Sam is a delightful young person who will draw beginning chapter book readers into his rugged life in the Alaskan wilderness.” —ForeWord
  • Sweet Dreams Polar Bear “This bedtime confection presents several arctic animals.” —SLJ
  • T is for Texas “Fresh way to reinforce alphabet skills while opening kids’ eyes to the everyday things around them.” —Foreword
  • Ten Rowdy Ravens “Not only teaches numbers, but cleverly showcases the impish nature of Corvus corax.” —SLJ
  • The Runaway Tortilla “Text is energetic, and the baked-in Spanish avoids feeling dumbed down; it’s placed so well in context that non-Spanish-speaking readers won’t feel lost. The illustrations evocatively convey the cacti, sand-beached rubble, and reptilian fauna of the Southwest.” —Kirkus
  • The Seasons of Little Wolf “A chronicle of a cub’s first year… Respectful and informative, with dashes of humor and drama.” —Kirkus
  • Tino the Tortoise  “Delves into the geography, geology, and animal diversity of the region.” —Horn Book
  • Where Does a Cowgirl Go Potty?  “Potty humor―not instruction―with goofs and gaffes galore.” —Kirkus
  • Where Does a Pirate Go Potty? “A hilarious adventure filled with playful anticipation and fun . . . guarantees a good time and laughter.”—Children’s Bookwatch
  • Why Worry “Excellent book for all children and especially those experiencing anxiety and stress.” —Klaybor & Klaybor Psychotherapy
  • Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates “Rich in history, culture, and legend, set in the heart of the Chinese immigrant community amid the craze of the California gold rush.” –Foreword
  • Z Lit Classics Strong female protagonists navigate difficult situations in this collectible series.