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Penguin Books for Preschoolers - The Educators' Spin On It

January 21, 2023
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Penguins can be a fun topic to learn about with your preschooler. They’re fun, playful and make for great characters in these adorable books about penguins.

This list of the best penguin books for preschoolers is full of fiction, non-fiction, and even penguin book series with tons of adorable penguins.

Penguin Books for Preschoolers

Did you know that Penguins are only found in the Southern Hemisphere? In fact, the greatest concentrations are on Antarctic coasts and sub-Antarctic islands.

There are 18 species of penguins, 5 of which live in Antarctica. Another 4 species live on sub-Antarctic islands. Penguins usually inhabit desertic regions and rocky islands where there are not a large number of land predators, so their incapacity to fly is not an issue.

Once you start reading these penguin books with your child, they may have some questions. You can learn more about where penguins are from Penguins

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Fiction Books About Penguins

There are so many adorable picture books about penguins for your child. I put together a collection of over 45 Penguin Books to choose from. They are a perfect fit to go along with our collection of 101+ Penguin Learning Activities and Crafts to make fun book extension activities.

What’s your favorite penguin book? If I missed your favorite please let me know in the comments below so we can add it to our ultimate list of penguin books for preschoolers.

If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor

Penguin Problems (Animal Problems) by Jory John

Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

How Do Penguins Play? by Diane Muldrow

Spike: The Penguin With Rainbow Hair by Sarah Cullen

I Am Small by Emma Dodd

Penguins Love Colors by Sarah Aspinall

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental

Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion

Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodrigue

Baby Penguins Love their Mama by Melissa Guion

Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica by Jonathan London

Polar Bear Island by Lindsay Bonilla

Go Jojo Go! A Little Penguin on a Big Swim by Tessa Bickford and Jennifer Castles

One Day On Our Blue Planet: In The Antarctic by Ella Bailey

Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of Antarctica by Mary Batten

The Penguin Lady by Carol A. Cole

Penguin Themed Book Series

For some reason, penguins make the best for a book series. Here are 5 different books series where the main character is a penguin.

Why should kids read series? It can be easier for your child to read when they have an idea and understanding of the setting, characters, and plot of a book series. Kids have more comprehension support in book series: each new book in the series follows and builds on the first, making it easier for kids’ comprehension.

Penguin and the Pinecone by Salina Yoon

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon

Penguins Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Penguin’s Big Adventure by Salina Yoon

Tacky and the Emperor by Helen Lester

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Tacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin) by Helen Lester

Where is Home Little Pip by Karma Wilson

Don’t Be Afraid, Little Pip by Karma Wilson

What’s in the Egg, Little Pip by Karma Wilson

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers

Penguin Journey by Angela Burke Kunkel

Penguin Pete, Ahoy! by Marcus Pfister

Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister

Penguin Pete’s New Friends by Marcus Pfister

Penguin Pete and Little Tim by Marcus Pfister

Penguin Pete and Pat by Marcus Pfister

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Non-Fiction Books about Penguins

Here is a collection of non-fiction Penguin books for your child.

Did you know that Non-fiction books can help your child develop critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to read and understand complex texts?

Non-fiction books can help a child develop knowledge of their environment and society –crucial in later grades your child begins reading more content-specific textbooks.

Penguins! by Gail Gibbons

A Mother’s Journey by Sanda Markle

Penguin Chick by Betty Tathem

National Geographic Readers: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber

All About Penguins: Discover Life on Land and in the Sea by Dyan deNapoli

Penguins by Jill Esbaum

Baby Penguin Slips and Slides by Michael Teitelbaum

Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo

Safari Readers: Penguins (Safari Readers – Wildlife Books for Kids) by Tristan Walters

Learning about the Artic with your preschooler too? Explore these Polar Bear Books and Activities.

The ultimate list of penguin books for kids

Penguin Book Extension Activities

Here are several fun ideas to do with these adorable penguin books with your preschooler.

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