Updated in 2019 with eight new images!
Celebrate Alaska, “A land so grand and wide and far…”
Mark Kelley and Nick Jans are at it again, and this time for the kid in all of us! With beautiful photography and rhyming verse that makes you smile, Mark and Nick express their deep passion for Alaska in a kid book that deserves a place on your coffee table.
- A Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient
- A Foreword’s 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist
- Honorable Mention, The Eric Hoffer Book Award, 2014
- Photography Annual 55 Winner – Book Category
29 full-page Alaska color photos with top-notch rhymes, plus four pages in the back of the book with Fun and Factoids that cover every image in the book.
Age Range: 3-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3rd Grade
Hardcover • Photos by Mark Kelley • Rhyming Verse by Nick Jans • Design by Heidi Reifenstein • Published by Mark Kelley, 1st Edition, 7th Printing • ISBN-13: 978-1880865200 • 64 pages • Size: 7.5 x 10.5 inches • 29 color photos - full page spreads • $15.95
“A stunning new book by my friends, photographer Mark Kelley and writer/poet Nick Jans. A wonderful gift for anybody with kids; a nice reminder that the greatest show on earth isn’t the circus, it’s wild nature. Thank you, Mark and Nick.” Kim Heacox, Author of “The Only Kayak”
“A mix of stunning Alaska photography, witty and descriptive verse, and top-notch design make this book a delightful read for children and adults alike.” Alaska Magazine
“This photographic book takes you on a journey through Alaska’s landscape. Along the way, you meet many of the animals living there as you explore the scenery. The rhyming verse on each page flows smoothly but actually acts as the backdrop to the detailed pictures. The vivid photographs are what truly tell the story of the wildlife and nature in Alaska. In the back of the book they have also included a fun fact section. In this section you can learn about every animal and landform that are pictured in the story as well as learn fun facts about them.” US Review of Books/The Eric Hoffer Award
An Alaska teacher reviews “Once Upon Alaska”
In the News
April 4, 2014
“Once Upon Alaska” local news feature on Morning Edition, KTOO Juneau.
March 27, 2014
“Once Upon Alaska” reviewed by the Juneau Empire