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Mush You Huskies, Dogsledding in Minnesota  1999 PBS Anyplace Wild, Season 3,             Episode 8, with Arlene Burns and Arleigh Jorgenson

Dave and Kristen are our good friends, homesteading at the mouth of the
Hoarfrost River, on the northeast arm of Great Slave Lake, in the
Northwest Territories of Canada.  Dave's books are personal, honest, and well-written. 
They are great pre- or post-trip reading and great for your mushing library.

North of Reliance: A Personal Story of Living Beyond the Wilderness by Dave Olesen, Kristen Olesen (Photographer)
Cold Nights, Fast Trails:  Reflections of a Modern Dog Musher by Dave Olesen


Born to Pull by Bob Cary, Gail de Marcken (Illustrator)  Beautifully illustrated and written, providing the feel of the bond between modern day mushers and their sled dogs. 


The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford,
Donald Cook (Illustrator) reading level:  4-8
Balto and the Great Race by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Nora Koerber (Illustrator)
reading level: 9-12
Balto  VHS  Outstanding animated video for children.

If you do not know Gary Paulsen, you should, or, I should say, the child in you should.  Children of all ages love his books.

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen  reading level: 9-12   Newbery Honor Book. My personal favorite.
Dogteam by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator)  reading level: 4-8
Puppies, Dogs & Blue Northers:  Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator)  young adult
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen 
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator)  young adult


Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod by Libby Riddles, Tim Jones
Iditarod Dreams:  A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer Deedee Jonrowe
by Lew Freedman, Deedee Jonrowe
Iditarod Dream:  Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod
 by Ted Wood  reading level: 9-12
Iditarod:  The Great Race to Nome by Bill Sherwonit, Jeff Schultz (Photographer) great photos
Father of the Iditarod:  The Joe Redington Story by Lewis Freedman, Lew Freedma


Yukon Alone:  The World's Toughest Adventure Race by John Balzar


Everything I Know About Training and Racing Sled Dogs  by George Attla, edited by Bella Levorson.  This book is kind of like the Bible to me, each time I read it, something more is revealed or confirmed.  George Attla, the "Huslia Hustler", is the "guru" of  modern sled dog racing, in my opinion, and a must read. 
The Speed Mushing Manual:  How to Train Racing Sled Dogs  by Jim Welch
Winning Strategies for Distance Mushers by Joe Runyan, Iditarod Champion
Dog Driver:  A Guide for the Serious Musher  by Miki Collins, Julie Collins


Skijor With Your Dog  by Carol Kaynor, Mari Hoe-Raitto


North to the Pole  by Will Steger, Paul Schurke
The Last Place on Earth  by Roland Huntford   Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, on December 14, 1911, became the first to reach the South Pole.  This is his story. 
Endurance:  Shackleton's Incredible Voyage  by Alfred Lansing
Endurance:  Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition  by Caroline Alexander,
Frank Hurley (Photographer)
South:  Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition   VHS silent film of expedition
film maker and photographer, Frank Hurley
Mawson's Will:  The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written  by Lennard Bickel


Arctic Adventure:  My Life in the Frozen North  by Peter Freuchen  collector's item
The White Dawn  by James Houston
The White Dawn  VHS  directed by Philip Kaufman   *This is my all-time favorite movie!***

WOLVES  by L. David Mech

The Wolves of Minnesota: Howl in the Heartland  by L. David Mech
The Arctic Wolf: Ten Years With the Pack by L. David Mech
The Way of the Wolf  by L. David Mech
The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species  by L.David Mech
Wolves of Denali  by L. David Mech

JIM BRANDENBURG  photographer

Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise  by Jim Brandenburg
White Wolf: Living with an Arctic Legend  by Jim Brandenburg
To The Top of the World: Adventures With Arctic Wolves  by Jim Brandenburg
Chased by the Light  by Jim Brandenburg


Of Wolves and Men  by Barry Lopez
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape  by Barry Lopez


A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd Olson  by David Backes
The Singing Wilderness  by Sigurd Olson, Francis Lee Jaques (Illustrator)
Reflections From the North Country  by Sigurd Olson, Leslie C. Kouba (Illustrator)
Runes of the North  by Sigurd Olson
Of Time and Place  by Sigurd Olson


Dorothy Molter, Root Beer Lady  by Bob Cary
Tales of the Old North Shore  by Howard Sivertson
Up North  by Sam Cook
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