Family Reading Crate – Alaska: The Last Frontier

Thank you for purchasing our January Family Reading Crate – Alaska: The Last Frontier!

As stated in the enclosed booklet, the following page contains all of the extras that you could use to further enhance the experience of going through this month’s offering. You will find a PDF of activity printables, helpful links of other related topics, movies or documentaries you could watch, or additional books to purchase or borrow from the library.

Happy Reading!

BYL Alaska Sub Box Printables

Helpful Links:

Learn more about the state of Alaska here:
http://alaska.gov/kids/learn/facts.htm

and here: http://www.alaskakids.org/

Learn more about the Great Depression of the 1930s:
http://www.history.com/topics/great-depression

Learn more about the Bowhead Whale:
https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/bowhead-whale

Learn more about Alaskan natives here:
https://alaskatrekker.com/alaska/alaska-natives/

Learn more about the umiaq boats used in the story here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umiak

Learn more about Alaskan animals.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=animals.main

Watch a video about Bowhead whales here:
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/whale_bowhead

Movies to watch:

Kid-Friendly movies:

White Fang (Alaskan Gold Rush)

Big Miracle (efforts to save grey whales trapped in Arctic ice in Barrow, Alaska)

Balto (an animated film based on a true story about a courageous dog that saves the people of Nome, Alaska from an epidemic)

Disneynature Bears (Disney documentary following a family of Alaskan bears)

Rugged Gold (In 1950s, a widowed mother falls for an Alaskan gold miner, so they move to the Alaskan wilderness and try to find gold and happiness)

Alaska (two teens journey through the Alaskan wilderness to rescue their father)

Wild Alaska (documentary about the landscape and animals of the Alaskan wilderness)

Teens and Adults:

On the Ice (In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend)

Into the Wild (a young man gives up all his money and possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness)

Grizzly Man (Documentary about grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell who was killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska)

Books to enhance the Alaska unit:

Once Upon Alaska: A Kid’s Photo Book

Alaska

Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

A Child’s Alaska

The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale

Travels in Alaska (Teens/Adults)

Two Old Women: An Alaskan Tale of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival (Teens/Adults)

Mentioned in the Unit booklet:

What Was the Great Depression

Children of the Great Depression

Little House in the Big Woods

Farmer Boy

Let’s Read and Find Out: From Seed to Pumpkin

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

The Inuit

Whale Snow