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Dogs of the Iditarod Dogs of the Iditarod
Dogs of the Iditarod showcases the athleticism of Alaska’s sled dogs, animals capable of maintaining speeds of 12 miles per hour over the 1,100-mile Iditarod trail. The 75 memorable images from renowned photographer Jeff Schultz highlight a number of champion lead dogs and capture the beloved creatures at work, at rest, and at play. 80 pages.

Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher
Miki and Julie Collins explain the technicalities of the sport, from foot care to harness designs.

Fan's Guide to the Iditarod
A complete reference guide (412 pages!) to all races up to 1996, by Mary H. Hood and Robert J. Berndt.

The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race
by Sue Mattson (Editor)
Issued in February 2001, this entertaining and informative guide to the Iditarod reveals the dramatic history of distance racing, listing the breeds of dogs used, the rules that have been refined over many years, the rigorous training regimes of mushers and dogs, the equipment, and the village checkpoints.

The Joy of Running Sled Dogs
Noel K. Flanders takes you through the steps he learned the hard way - and describes the pleasures of winter travel with your dogs.

My Lead Dog Was A Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod, the World's Most Grueling Race
Brian Patrick O'Donoghue brings both the humour and the fearful aspects of the race alive, based on his running of the 1991 Iditarod.

Mush: A Beginner's Manual of Sled Dog Training
This highly-rated book was written by Bella Levorsen, with input from many of the members of the Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers. From harnessing to building a dog house and mushing gear, you'll find an enormous amount of information.

Mushing Magazine
A rapidly-expanding Web site is bringing more and more of Mushing's excellent articles on-line each month.

Running North: A Yukon Adventure
Ann Mariah Cook's highly-rated book tells the story of her family's determination to run the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest.

Skijor With Your Dog
Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor have written the most comprehensive guide to this rapidly-growing sport. Hook up your husky once, and you'll be hooked too! The techniques are also applicable to teaching your dog to pull a sled.

Sled Dog Trails
Mary Shields' book was my introduction to mushing literature, and her sensitivity to the land makes it still one of my favourites.

Sled Dogs of Denali
Only 16 pages, and designed to be an introduction for tourists, but beautifully illustrated by Donna Gates and concisely written by Sandy Kogl.

The Speed Mushing Manual: How to Train Racing Sled Dogs
Jim Welch offers great tips on how to take your sled dogs to "the next level" - racing in local or more advanced competitions.

Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
Alastair Scott decided that he needed an adventure, so he left Scotland and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he leased a sled team. Scott has a relaxed writing style, and his tales of how huskies took over his life are wonderful!

An exciting tale of Gary Paulsen's life with huskies and wolves in Minnesota and Alaska.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
Told as only someone who has actually run the race can, by Gary Paulsen.

My Life in Dog Years
Gary Paulsen reveals bits and pieces of his own life story through his experiences with eight of his dogs. For ages 9-12, 144 pages.