Preschoolers will enjoy learning about this snowy state, polar bears, and other wildlife native to Alaska. For a craft project make two red mittens by tracing your hands on red construction paper and attaching the two paper mittens with yarn after reading Jean Rogers’ Runaway Mittens. You can also use cotton balls or Styrofoam packing peanuts to make snow pictures.
Andrews, Jan. VERY LAST FIRST TIME. When the tide recedes, a girl learns to gather mussels on the ocean floor with ice above her.
Fowler, Susi. CIRCLE OF THANKS. A poetic tribute to Alaska’s tundra and animals.
George, Jean C. SNOW BEAR. Bessie plays with a polar cub.
Gerber, Carole. ARCTIC DREAMS. A mother lulls her child to sleep by describing the Arctic animals.
Joosse, Barbara. MAMA, DO YOU LOVE ME? Even when a child makes mistakes, his mama will still love him. The repetition in the story is perfect for engaging an audience.
Joosse, Barbara. WIND-WILD DOG. Ziva the sled dog must choose life with the pack, or with her human trainer.
Kroll, Virginia. THE SEASONS AND SOMEONE. A young girl learns about the seasons in Alaska.
Pinkwater, Daniel. AUNT LULU. Two children describe their Aunt Lulu’s experience living in Alaska and working as a librarian for the miners.
Rand, Gloria. SALTY SAILS NORTH and sequels. Salty the dog and his master sail to Alaska and encounter storms, an iceberg, and more!
Rogers, Jean. THE RUNAWAY MITTENS. Pica is always losing his mittens! One day, they turn up in the dog’s bed just as the dog is having puppies!
Scott, Ann Herbert. ON MOTHER’S LAP. The audience will rock along with David, his mother, and baby brother in this funny story of sibling rivalry, with repetition perfect for storytime.