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Children's Items

The City Museum has a range of books and toys to delight. Many of the books are written and/or illustrated by locals.



The Alaska Joke Book

The Alaska Joke Book for Kids! by Jeff Brown

Everyone loves a good riddle! And it's fun to learn more about where we live when we can share a laugh at the same time. Collected within are over four dozen riddles guaranteed to tickle your funnybone. Every one of these riddles has a local connection. And if that connection is not too obvious, also included are lots of facts and fun bits about Alaska for good measure.


$3.00, Staple Bound

Have You Ever Seen book

Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish? An Alphabet Book by Sarah Asper-Smith

Explore the alphabet and animals in a playful and delightfully unusual way - through their collective nouns. This bright and whimsically illustrated book is sure to charm and captivate kids and grown-ups alike.


$16.95, Hardcover

I Would Tuck You In book

I Would Tuck You In by Sarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell Watley

Meet the animals of the northern wilderness as they tenderly show how they love and care for their young. Along the way, discover interesting facts about these fascinating animals.


$16.99, Hardcover

The Salmon Princess book

The Salmon Princess: An Alaska Cinderella Story by Mindy Dwyer

In a small southeast Alaska village, Cinder works hard helping her family clean fish. But what she really wants to do is wear a beautiful dress and dance at the Silver Salmon Festival. With some magical help from Eagle, Cinder's adventure begins! Richly illustrated with colorful details, The Salmon Princess puts a uniquely Alaskan spin on the classic Cinderella tale.


$9.95, Paperback

Patsy Ann of Alaska book

Patsy Ann of Alaska: The True Story of a Dog by Tricia Brown with illustrations by Jim Fowler

This is the true story of an English bull terrier who wanted to be nobody's dog...and ended up being everybody's dog. Patsy Ann arrived in 1930s Alaska with an independent streak as big as the territory. Follow this canine free spirit as she makes her way from tethered pet to official town greeter at the docks for every ship making a port of call. Today, a bronze statue stands at the docks of Juneau commemorating everybody's dog, Patsy Ann.


$10.95, Paperback

Benny's Flag book

Benny's Flag by Phyllis Krasilovsky with illustrations by Jim Fowler

Benny was an Aleut Indian boy living in an Alaskan mission home many years before Alaska became a state. One day his teacher told the class about a contest to make a flag for Alaska. That night the boys and girls of the mission house made many designs for the flag. Benny thought about what he loved most about Alaska. Benny knew what he wanted his flag to be like.... A month later the teacher announced: "Children, the flag contest is over. From all over Alaska children sent in designs for the flag. And Benny's design has won the contest!" Benny's Flag is a true story.


$8.95, Paperback

Black Wolf of the Glacier book

Black Wolf of the Glacier: Alaska's Romeo by Deb Vanasse with illustrations by Nancy Slagle

In 2003, Alaskans fell for a dog-friendly wolf named Romeo. For years he remained a familiar and sociable presence in their lives. Black Wolf of the Glacier tells the story of this beloved wild animal through the eyes of Shawna, who with her dog learns to love him. When Romeo goes missing, Shawna begins a determined search to find him.


$12.95, Paperback

Meet Lydia book

Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska by Miranda Belarde-Lewis with photographs by John Harrington

In this third book in the series, My World: Young Native Americans Today, join Lydia, a Tlingit girl in southeast Alaska, as she makes and wears ceremonial clothing, dance in the region's biggest Native festival, plays soccer on the beach, and learns the Tlingit language by helping kindergarteners learn it, too. Whether hunting for beach glass at low tide or learning her clan's way of dancing, Lydia shows what a Tlingit kid's life is really like in the coastal rainforest of southeast Alaska.


$15.95, Hardcover

Children of the Gold Rush book

Children of the Gold Rush by Claire Rudolf Murphy & Jane G. Haigh

Children of the Gold Rush describes, in individual stories, vintage photographs, and historic memorabilia, what life was like  for these indomitable kids a century ago. Gold rushes in Alaska and the Yukon Territory attracted thousands of people from all over the world to strike it rich. For thirty years they streamed into new towns like Dawson, Fairbanks, and Nome, and hundreds of thrown-together mining camps. In the midst of all this activity lived children, too. Some left after only a few years, while others stayed and eventually raised their own children in an Alaska that had changed dramatically since the gold rush days. None would ever forget their childhood adventures in the Far North.


$14.95, Paperback

Raven A Trickster Tale Book

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott

Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he sneak into the house of the Sky Chief and find out where light is hidden? It seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!


$7.00, Paperback

Transformation Masks Coloring Book

Transformation Masks: A Coloring Book by Pamela Rae Huteson

Native peoples' connection with the drum, dances and masks is deeply rooted. From ancient times, in their Big Houses (longhouses), Northwest Coast Native cultures have conducted ceremonies that included masks. Masks continue to be used in ceremonies, potlatches, and even a Tlingit version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. This coloring book, in bringing awareness of these ancient traditions to children, is a celebration of masks of both past and present, and honors the lives and dances of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.


$6.95, Paperback

Growing Up in Juneau book

Growing Up in Juneau by students in the Marie Drake Middle School Language Arts Challenge Program, 1994

Growing up is an indelible passage each of us experiences, a defining odyssey common to us all. Childhood in Juneau has been transformed from village life in a virgin landscape to virtual reality and videos. How has growing up transcended the last century or so in our community? Middle school authors have brought to life some entertaining and fascinating accounts. One thing is clear: all kids want to have fun. We hope you have fun reading this collection -- no matter what your age!


$10.00, Spiral Bound

*Published with funds provided by the Juneau History Grant Program


Finger Puppets

Red Squirrel finger puppet

Red Squirrel Finger Puppet




Fawn finger puppet

Fawn Finger Puppet




Raven Finger Puppet

Raven Finger Puppet

An important figure in folklore, mythology and literature from various cultures all over the world, this finger sized Mini Raven finger puppet is a perfect representation of the iconic bird.


Hummingbird Finger Puppet

Hummingbird Finger Puppet

A velvety-soft emerald green body compliments the ruby throat of this nearly life-sized Hummingbird Finger Puppet.



Woodpecker Finger Puppet

Woodpecker Finger Puppet

Rat-a-tat-tat! This woodland noisemaker is a bird with special skills.


Black Bear Finger Puppet

Black Bear Finger Puppet

A tiny Black Bear finger puppet wanders through forests of the imagination, prowling and growling and sniffing the air, all at your fingertips.


Brown Bear finger puppet

Brown Bear Finger Puppet

This Brown Bear cub looks poised awaiting the salmon run!



Bat Finger Puppet

Bat Finger Puppet

This little bat puppet spreads skin-thin wings, ready to take to the sky on the tip of your finger. With silk-screened detailing and beady black eyes, this aerial "rodent" will make a fine specimen to add to your finger puppet collection.



Porcupine Finger Puppet

Porcupine Finger Puppet

Look sharp with this miniature Porcupine finger puppet! Put him on your finger and you'll find he's just the guy to poke around with.


Bald Eagle finger puppet

Bald Eagle Finger Puppet

The power to fly like an eagle is at your fingertips, and your imagination. All you need now is this Eagle finger puppet and you're ready to soar!




Vintage Inspired Toys

Clay Marbles

Colorful Clay Marbles

Set of colorful hand-rolled clay marbles. Includes 12 clay marbles in assorted colors and one clay shooter. Also includes complete instructions for shooting and directions for two classic marble games.



Sock Monkey Kit

Make a Sock Monkey Kit

A classic. Includes materials and instructions to make a 20-inch original red-heel sock monkey.



Fish Toss Toy

Little Fish Toss Toy

Traditional early American toss toy. Swing the fish in the air and catch it on the rod.



Wooden Dominoes

Wooden Dominoes

Complete set of 28 double-six wooden dominoes with traditional playing rules, all contained in a wooden box with a sliding lid. Rules included.



Tin Tea Set

Uniquely Yours Tin Tea Set

Set Includes:

1 Tin Teapot

4 Tin Plates

4 Tin Saucers

4 Tin Cups

1 Tin Serving Tray

12 Brightly Colored Paints

1 Paintbrush

1 Instruction Sheet



50% off


For more information about items for children, call 907.586.3572 or email the Museum Store.


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