Ipellie was born in the small hunting camp of Nuvuqquq near Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, now known as Iqaluit, Nunavut on Baffin Island. His father, Joanassie, died in a hunting accident before Ipellie's first birthday, and his mother, Napatchie, moved with him to the hamlet of Frobisher Bay. "He spent his childhood and early teenage years adjusting to the transition from the traditional nomadic Inuit way of life to life in government-sponsored Inuit settlements." 
Three illustrated poems by Alootook were published when he was 17 called 'Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold'. It begins ...
- The mosquitos are at large today
- As the wind stills, as the sun heats,
- And we walk the rocks under,
- Searching the hills for the meat
- And hide of the useful caribou
- that feeds and clothes my family,
- Through four different seasons
- When the winds change from
- Hot to warm, and cool to cold.
Awards and honors
|1980||Paper stays put: a collection of Inuit writing edited by Robin Gedalof ; drawings by Alootook Ipellie. Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers||0888301812|
|1993||Alootook Ipellie. Arctic dreams and nightmares. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books. This publication is the first to exclusively feature Alootook Ipellie's stories and his pen and ink drawings.||0919441475|
|2005||Blohm, Hans, Alootook Ipellie and Hartmut Lutz. The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press||978-0-7766-0602-6|
|2007||Lutz, Hartmut, Kathrin Grollmuß, Hans Blohm and Alootook Ipellie. Abraham Ulrikab im Zoo: Tagebuch eines Inuk 1880/81. Wesee (Germany): vdL:Verlag. German translation of The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab.||978-3-9263-0810-8|
|2007||Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald. The Inuit thought of it : amazing Arctic innovations. Toronto : Annick Press.||9781554510887|
|2008||Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald. Innovations inuites : il fallait y penser. Toronto : Éditions Scholastic.||9780545992299|
|2009||Alootook Ipellie and Anne-Marie Bourgeois. I shall wait and wait. [Oakville, Ont.] : Rubicon. In association with Scholastic Canada.||9781554487332|
- "Alootook Ipellie's work lives on in Europe: A fitting legacy for Ipellie". Nunatsiaq News. Iqaluit, Nunavut. 13 December 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
- Aboriginal Affairs (2009). "Alootook Ipellie, Inuit storyteller".
- Joyce MacPhee (29 October 2007). "Remembering Alootook Ipellie". The Epoch Times. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- Theytus Books (2007). "biography".
- north May–June 1971 Volume XVIII, Number 3, pages 34 to 37 (north was a scarce publication by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa.)
- MacDonald, Heidi (23 April 2019). "Inuit cartoonist Alootook Ipellie and FIona Smythe are joining the Giants of the North Hall of Fame". The Beat.
- Alootook Ipellie (1993). "Arctic dreams and nightmares". Theytus Books.