March is always an odd month, as Winter sees itself out and Spring comes strolling in. The warming weather gets us all itchy to get out of our houses, but there’s still the threat of a late season snowstorm to trap us all inside. In Alaska, March means the world’s most famous sled-dog race is soon to begin. This year’s Iditarod kicks off on the 3rd in downtown Anchorage before trekking nearly 1,000 miles to the finish line in Nome. We have a great book about the race for you to share with your children, Robert J. Blake’s Akiak. We’re also highlighting the hit family film “Balto”, about a wolf-dog mix trying to save his friends in Nome. Of course, March also contains Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so we’re including him too. Rather than try to pick one of his many incredible children’s books to feature, we are instead highlighting the great website Seussville.com. Kids can engage in all sorts of fun activities inspired by his work, and learn more about the stories themselves. We will have all of these great books available to check out in our special Children’s Choice display, along with more titles about sled dogs and Alaska, so come into the library and see what other great adventures you can head out on with your little “musher.”
Akiak by Robert J. Blake
When she hurts her paw on the fourth day of the race, Akiak can no longer compete in the Iditarod?the famed dogsledding race through 1,151 miles of Alaskan terrain. Her musher has no choice but to leave her behind. The rules say once a dog is dropped from the race, it may not rejoin the team. But ten-year-old lead dog Akiak doesn?t know the rules, and nothing will stop her from catching up to her team. Akiak has never won the race before. Will she be able to help her team win this time?
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An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
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