Sometimes you come across a book and you just get excited looking at the cover. This was one of those times. I stumbled across Sasquatch Books, and even more so than their intriguing name, I found their books an absolute delight in every way. In light of the recent attention on Alaska (no matter what your political bent or preference) I found these books on the state, and I just simply adore them. Yes, I adore them. Check these OUT!
Alaska’s 12 Days of Summer can be sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas if you so desire. (I don’t know about you, but I desire it. My son loves it when we have the opportunity to sing through our books. But two year olds often do.) In this book we have:
12 Dall sheep leaping,
11 wolves a-howling,
10 caribou running,
9 salmon flashing,
8 mosquitoes buzzing,
7 cranes a-dancing,
6 grizzles splashing,
5 trumpeter swans,
4 wood frogs,
3 bald eagles,
2 twin moose,
and a black bear in a spruce tree
Beautifully illustrated by Shannon Cartright, this book is a feast for the eyes and gives you a reason to tap your feet and feel festive about…….Alaska! It’s unique and I like that. Have I also mentioned that it is beautifully illustrated? (Just checking.)
Want to have some fun learning about Alaska? Well, we can make a lesson out of anything – including the food upon our plate. Now, technically, this is a book about food snacks to serve hungry kids who like sweets. But it’s charming, fun and creative! Moose Racks, Bear Tracks and other Alaskan Kidsnacks is a must-have book simply because it is. There are recipes for Denali Peaks, Eagle’s Nest, Last Frontier Cereal, Log Jam, and Glacier Ice (just to name a few). Depending on which way the election goes in November, you might want to have a few of these treats on hand. Quite a novel idea, this book.
Lastly, The Cabin That Moose Built: An Alaskan Tale is based on The House that Jack built, of course. However, I liked it even more because my husband and I just completed building a log home to live in and so we found this book particularly amusing.
All of these books are just plain Alaskan fun. Sasquatch Books publishes books that pertain to the Northwest but that shouldn’t limit their ability to be enjoyed in other parts of the country. If you are learning about Lewis & Clark or are planning or have taken a trip to the Northwest, you might want to surround yourself with some of their books. Their collection of authors and illustrators are outstanding and I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce them to you (if you have not already met!) or reacquaint you. Yes, I’m giddy with excitement about these books. But I really think giddiness ought to be allowed from time to time.
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.