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Iditarod: The First Ten Years
Landscape format, Hardcover, 424 pages, 50% photos/art and 50% text

A beautifully-designed hardbound book containing personal stories by many of the original people who started the Iditarod Race, hundreds of historical photographs and full-color original paintings.

If you're an Iditarod fan, you have to own this incredible book encompassing the early days of Iditarod. /jb


Backstage Iditarod Backstage Iditarod by June Price
Paperback / 148 pages / Published September 2007

Have you ever wondered what goes on before Iditarod teams take off from 4th Avenue in Anchorage?

Here's a fun, informative, detailed description of what the mushers, the ITC and the fans go through leading up to the big day!  Add this to your library...I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did!! /J Bergemann

Back of the Pack: An Iditarod Rookie Musher's Alaska Pilgrimage to Nome
Don Bowers  / Paperback / 396 pages 1 Ed edition
Don Bowers faithfully shows the joy and work and heartbreak and intensity of learning how to drive dogs, culminating in an incredible journey to Nome in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Champion of Alaskan Huskies- Joe Redington Sr., Father of the Iditarod
Katie Mangelsdorf / Paperback / 320 pages / First Edition published July 1, 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 the man whose love for the Alaskan husky and the Iditarod Trail evolved into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Joe's adventurous spirit, fierce perseverance, and creative heart burned strong within his character and enabled the impossible to become a reality.

Fan's Guide to the Iditarod
Mary H. Hood, Robert J. Berndt / Hardcover / Published 1996

Father of the Idtarod Father of the Iditarod : The Joe Redington Story
Lew Freedman / Paperback / 352 pgs / Published October 1999

The story of Joe's life from before he went to Alaska to his death in l999. It is a moving story of determination on Joe's part and paints the picture of sprint and distance racing in Alaska.

Following My Father’s Dreams, Journals From A Rookie Iditarod Run
James and Christopher Warren / Paperback / 166 pages / Published August 2005
This captivating book gives new insight into the intensity and struggle of both human and canine participants of what has been called the Last Great Race on Earth. Father and son chronicle the adventures with their dogs from training camp in Michigan to the Iditarod Trail in Alaska.

Iditarod Classics: Tales of the Trail from the Men and Women Who Race Across Alaska
Lew Freedman / Paperback / Published 1992

The Last Great Race Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome
Text by Bill Sherwonit. Photography by Jeff Schultz
Paperback / 144 pages / Published January 2002

One of the best-selling books on "the Big Trail." Sherwonit recounts the history and past three decades of the Iditarod and looks forward to its promising future, while photographer Jeff Schultz provides thrilling new photos, from the arctic landscape to the competitors and the dogs they rely on.

Iditarod Country: Exploring the Route of the Last Great Race
Tricia Brown / Hardcover / Published 1998

Iditarod Dreams : A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer Deedee Jonrowe
Lew Freedman, DeeDee Jonrowe / Published 1995 / Paperback

The Iditarod Fact Book Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race
Sue Mattson, Editor / Paperback - 128 pages /  Published February 2001

A must have for Iditarod enthusiasts, and classrooms across the nation that follow the progress of the mushers each March.

Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome
Bill Sherwonit, Jeff Schultz (Photographer) / Paperback / Published 1991

Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories
by Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator), Jona Van Zyle / Hardcover / 64 pages (October 2000)
A nostalgic look back at Jon's 25 years of Iditarod poster art.   Beautifully illustrated, with stories by Jona Van Zyle about each of the posters.

Lessons Lessons My Sled Dog Taught Me : Humor and Heartwarming Tails from Alaska's Mushers
Tricia Brown / Hardcover / 160 pages (September 1998)

No End in Sight: My Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer
Rachael Scdoris, Rick Steber / Hardcover / 288 pages / Published February, 2006
Twenty-year-old Scdoris, afflicted with a rare eye disorder that makes her 20-200 vision impervious to correction, recounts her journey to Alaska's famous sled dog race in this slow but straightforward memoir written with family friend Steber.

Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story
Libby Riddles, Tim Jones / Paperback / Published 1988

Running With Champions: A Midlife Journey on the Iditarod Trail
Lisa Frederic / Paperback: 221 pages / Published April 2006
Follows the quick progression of Lisa Frederic from innocent tourist - to volunteer - to musher - in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It also follows several puppies who grew up to become key members of the winning 2006 Iditarod champion team! Salem received the coveted Golden Harness Award for his outstanding performance in Jeff King's team.

Susan Butcher and the Iditarod Trail
Ellen M. Dolan / Paperback / Published 1996

The Last Great Race: The Iditarod
Tim Jones / Paperback / 288 pages / Published August 1988
Highly recommended.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Gary Paulsen / Paperback / Published 1995

Wrestling the Iditarod
by Paul Ellering / Paperback / 118 pages / 2005
Follow Paul Ellering and his marvelous dogs as they attempt to make their dream of finishing the Last Great Race come true. A humorous story that will appeal to animal lovers, Iditarod fans, pro wrestling fans and anyone who wants to take a trip and never leave home.


ski spot run Ski Spot Run: The Enchanting World of Skijoring and Related Dog-Powered Sports
By Matt Haakenstad & John Thompson, Illustrated by Jack Lunde
Paperback: 204 pages / Published November 2004

A complete guide for skijoring, canicross and bikejoring. Smart, attractive, well organized with lots of humor, illustrations, photos and excellent information on how to get started in skijoring, canicross or bikejoring. Lots of useful tips and suggestions mixed with sound knowledge of dog care, training and racing. If you're thinking of taking up skijoring, do yourself a favor and start here.

Skijor With Your Dog
Carol Kaynor, Mari Hoe-Raitto / Paperback / Published 1992

The definitive book on how to get started Skijoring--with YOUR dog! Covers equipment and training for different skijoring objectives (racing, recreational).

Skijor with Your Dog Second Edition Skijor with Your Dog: Second Edition
Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor / Paperback / Published July 15, 2012

A new edition of the classic "Skijor With Your Dog" with lots of new material (including a new section on dryland training).

Extensive details on dog care and equipment. A must read if you're interested in learning more about skijoring or training your dog for a variety of dog powered sports.

Veterinary Care

Musher and Veterinary Handbook, 3rd Edition (from LuLu Press)
Dirsko von Pfeil et al. / Paperback / 278 Pages  

This is the only comprehensive book on sled dog veterinary medicine available and a must read for all involved in mushing.

Topics covered include unique features of the racing sled dog, nutrition, general and orthopedic examination, specific diseases and traditional treatment, alternative treatment approaches, drugs and toxicities, practical tips and tricks for mushers and veterinarians on the trail, race organization and pathological findings.

UC Davis Book of Dogs: The Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies
School of Veterinary Medicine Staff, Mordecai Siegal / Hardcover / Published 1995

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffin / Hardcover / Published 1992

Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery
Mark S. Bloomberg, Jon F. Dee, Robert A. Taylor / Hardcover / Published 1998

Field Guide: Dog First Aid Emergency Care for the Hunting, Working, and Outdoor Dog
Randy Acker, Jim Fergus / Paperback / Published 1994


Arctic Storm (Watch Eyes Trilogy - Book 1)
Joanne Sundell / Hardcover / 296 pages / September 24, 2014 / Historical Fiction

The year is 1908, and Anya and the gentle Chukchi sled dogs she has raised have been traded away from their native Siberia and set on a perilous course across the Bering Sea to the gold-rich territory of Alaska - landing them in a fight for survival they didn't start.


Benson's Race Benson's Race
Marilyn Clements / Paperback / 28 pages / Published February 2009
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Addressing family, work ethics, responsibility, and tolerance of others, this touching, yet action-packed story teaches valuable lessons we all must learn.


Yellow Dog
Miriam Körner / Paperback / 296 pages / Published October 26, 2016
Reading level: Grades 6–9

With little to do in a small Canadian town, it is easy to drift into trouble, and that is where 13-year-old Jeremy is headed. His friend Justin constantly eggs on his acts of mischief, as on the day he dares Jeremy to pull off the tail of a yellow dog that they spy outside a cabin at the edge of town. Anxious to please Justin, Jeremy complies, but he finds himself conscious-stricken at hurting the friendly dog. To make reparations, Jeremy begins hanging around the dog, offering him food and friendship. The old man who owns the dog notices Jeremy and reaches out with small overtures of friendship. Although Jeremy's widowed mother orders him to stay away from the old man, the boy is drawn to the dog and the old man's stories about running a dogsled team. When Jeremy adopts three of the many stray dogs roaming the town and starts training his own dog team, his friendship with Justin is tested as the other boy reacts jealously to Jeremy's new interest.


When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline
Ida Tremblay & Miriam Körner / Hardback / 32 pages / Published May 1, 2019
Reading level: Ages 9-12

When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline takes readers young and old on a journey into the past when dog teams were part of the traditional way of life in Northern Saskatchewan. Inspired by Elder Ida Tremblay’s childhood memories, and told in English with Woodland Cree words and phrases, the story follows the seasonal cycle of trapline life. “Ida’s story ... should be shared with all—our connection to our natural environment is so important to our identity and will bring out anyone’s love ... for our lands we all call home.”
—Chief Tammy Cook-Searson


Danger: The Dog Yard Cat
Shelley Gill, et al / Paperback / Published 1995
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Dashing Through the Snow : The Story of the Jr. Iditarod
Sherry Shahan / Paperback / Published 1997
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Grade 3-7. An interesting, informative look at the Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race, in which mushers between the ages of 14 and 17 compete in a two-day version of the race.

Dogsled Dreams
Terry Lynn Johnson / Paperback: 148 pages / Published 2011
Reading Level: 8-16
12-year-old Rebecca dreams of becoming a famous dog sled racer....
"A captivating and exciting debut novel."-- Superior Outdoors Magazine

Elim: The Determined Athlete
Joan Jackson, Robert F. Gilmore (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1998
Reading level: Ages 4-8
A story about goal setting and finding your place in life.

Foxy's Tale : The True Story of a Champion Alaskan Sled Dog
Ed White, Donna Freedman, Charles Lindemuth (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1997
Advanced 2nd graders through remedial reading 6th graders will enjoy Foxy's Tale.
Selected as one of the books for the 1997 Alaskan Statewide 3rd and 4th grade Battle of the Books. It was required reading for every 3rd and 4th grader in the State.

Iditarod Dream : Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod
Ted Wood  / Hardcover /  Published March 1996
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Relates the story of the fifteen-year-old Alaskan boy and his dogs as they prepare for and then run the 158-mile course of the Junior Iditarod Race

Kiana's Iditarod (Last Wilderness Adventure)
Shelley Gill, Shannon Cartwright (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1992
Out of Print--Limited Availability

Kimmick Come Home [Kindle Edition]
Beverly Stevens / File Size: 3344 KB / September 2012

Kimmick Come Home is a story of a young puppy who runs away because she thinks she is too funny-looking to be a famous sled dog like her Mom. But what can she be? Kimmick’s journey takes her on many adventures, from outrunning a moose to rescuing herself from a rushing river—all under the watchful eye of “Magpie,” a wise bird who encourages Kimmick to go back home where she belongs.

Miki's Challenge: One Sled Dog's Story
Jackie Winkowski / Paperback / Published 2011
Age Level: 4 and up
What challenge did Miki, a young Alaskan husky face? Could she conquer it?

Miki's Race - Quest for the Finish Line
Jackie Winkowski / Paperback / Published 2011
Age Level: 6 and up
What happened the first time Miki entered a sled dog race? Would she ever race again?

Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled Dog Race
Patricia Seibert, Jan Davey Ellis (Illustrator) / Paperback - 32 pages / Reprint edition (August 1994)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
A heavily illustrated, easy-to-read explanation of the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race.

Nigel's Choice
Nancy Yoshida / Paperback / 100 pages / Published 2011 / illustrator Jon Van Zyle
Age Level: Middle School
This book is the true story of Nancy Yoshida and her 2009 Iditarod Race. It begins before the race and concludes after the race. It is told by Nigel, one of her dogs, who made a choice that changed the outcome of the race for not only Nancy but the entire team

Promise of the White Dog
Jackie Winkowski / Paperback / Published 2011
Age Level: 8 and up
Jeanne was overjoyed when a white puppy was born at Glacier Ridge, her sled dog kennel. She had always wanted a white dog! Then she met Liz, who needed one . . . .

Promise of the White Dog [Deluxe Edition] [Hardcover]
Jackie Winkowski / Hardcover - 46 pages / 1st Edition (2011)
Age Level: 8 and up

Deluxe hardcover edition, 8-1/2" X 11" features stunning photography of sled dogs, puppies, and winter scenes. Touching story for dog lovers young and young at heart.

Running with the Big Dogs: A Sled Dog Puppy Grows Up in Denali National Park, Alaska
Lori Yanuchi, Wendy Brown / Paperback, 32 pages / July 1999
Reading level: ages 4-8

"Running with the Big Dogs" invites children of all ages to mush along with the sled dogs in the heart of Denali National Park, Alaska

Signs of Winning
Scott Miller /
Paperback, 192 pages / November 2002
Reading level: Young Adult fiction
A wonderful story of a young deaf girl and her passion for sled dog racing.  The sled dog information is as accurate as the emotional turmoil Kaitlin is going through after her mother's death compounded by fear of losing her father to emotional distance.

Storm Run
Libby Riddles, Shannon Cartwright (Illustrator) / Hardcover / Published 1996
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Storm Run is the true story of Libby Riddles, who came north to Alaska to live with nature and, after battling a killer storm on Arctic ice, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
Natalie Standiford, Donald Cook (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1989
Reading Level: Grade 1-3
A compelling account, told in easy-to-read format, of Balto, a sled dog who led his team through snow and ice of northern Alaska wilderness to deliver medicine.

To See the Moon
Ethel Bacon, David Ray (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1996
Reading level: ages 4-8
Special order.

Wiggle-Waggle Woof: Counting Sled Dogs in Alaska (PAWS IV)
Chérie B. Stihler / Michael Bania / Paperback / 2009

Wiggle Waggle WOOF! is a non-fiction counting book that counts from 1 - 15 following along as a team hooks up for a race. It was awarded the Forget-Me-Not award by the Alaska

Wiggle-Waggle Woof 1, 2, 3: A Counting Book (PAWS IV)
Chérie B. Stihler / Michael Bania / Board Book / 2015

Wiggle Waggle 1-2-3 is the BOARD BOOK version that counts from 1-12.
Count with Alaska’s cutest sled dogs—in a toddler-friendly board book format! A team of frisky huskies introduce counting and parts of the body (noses, paws, ears) in this fun and educational board book. This adaptation pairs simple text with the visual excitement and doggy delight of original illustrations from Wiggle-Waggle Woof! Counting Sled Dogs in Alaska.

Yukon Quest

Honest Dogs : A Story of Triumph and Regret from the World's Greatest Sled Dog Race
Brian Patrick O'Donoghue / Paperback / Published 1999

One Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team
John Firth / Paperback 330 pages / 1st Edition (2010)

Newton Marshal, an impoverished, illiterate Jamaican is the first black man in history to complete the international 1000-mile Yukon Quest, "the world's toughest race" and Alaska's Iditarod, "the last great race."

The story of him accomplishing that unlikely achievement is about visionaries...who believe in challenging boundaries and stereotypes to overcome adversity and impact society.

The Lure of the Quest : Yukon to Alaska by Dog
John Balzar / Hardcover / scheduled for publication on July 15, 1999

Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race (Images of Sports)
Elizabeth "Libbie" Martin / Paperback 128 pages / Published January 7, 2013
The Yukon Quest is more than just a sled dog race. It was the dream of two Fairbanksans recreational musher and an amateur historian who conceived of a race closer to the roots of Alaskan dog sledding. The Yukon Quest is a 1,000-mile slog through trails used only for this race that cross mountains, rivers, and lakes in some of the harshest weather on the planet. It celebrates the history of the dogs that carried freight and delivered mail, dogs that many times over saved lives before the advent of aviation and snowmachines made them obsolete.

Yukon Quest. The 1,000-mile dog sled race through the Yukon and Alaska
John Firth / Paperback / Published 1998

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