Nonfiction Books About Penguins

Kids will love these fun and fact-filled nonfiction books about penguins! They’re great for teaching and learning about these adorable animals.

Winter is a great time to teach kids about everyone’s favorite Antarctic animals: the penguin! Everyone loves to watch them waddle around in their black and white tuxedos.

Use these nonfiction books for kids to teach about their habitats, their lives, and fun facts about them.

Nonfiction Books About Penguins

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of nonfictions books that will help your children learn about penguins.

You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.

All About Penguins: Discover Life on Land and in the SeaPenguins (Smithsonian)About Penguins: A Guide for Children


All About Penguins: Discover Life on Land and in the Sea – Packed with incredible detail and delightful illustrations, this book takes an expedition to South Georgia Island and beyond to teach you everything there is to know about every penguin species. Discover what penguins sound like, how they stay warm on land and while swimming, why they can’t fly, and how penguin families raise their chicks.

Penguins – With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about these unique birds in this informative picture book!

About Penguins: A Guide for Children – This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of penguins.

PenguinsPenguins! (Step into Reading)National Geographic Readers: Penguins!


Penguins –  In Explore My World Penguins, curious kids ages 3 to 7 will be excited to learn about the delightful world of penguins: the extreme lengths they go to to care for their young and the relationship between baby penguins and their parents.

Penguins! – Did you know that penguins have feathers but don’t fly? Or that their eggs are guarded by the daddy penguin? Or that they dive in the ocean for their food? Discover these facts and more, along with brilliant photographs of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica, in this captivating nonfiction leveled reader. 

National Geographic Readers: Penguins! – They waddled into stardom in National Geographic’s March of the Penguins film. These guys are now nature’s ROCK STARS! If you’re age 5, you’re probably as tall as an Emperor. But why do they throw up so much? March this way, and find out all! 

Penguins Like Warm Climates Too! Animal Books for Kids 9-12 | Children's Animal BooksI Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly: And Other Questions About Polar LandsPenguin Chick (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)


Penguins Like Warm Climates Too! – Did you know that there are penguins surviving near the equator? Contrary to popular belief, there are penguins living in hot climates too. 

I Wonder Why Penguins Can’t Fly: And Other Questions About Polar Lands – Readers will learn about animals that live at the Poles, such as polar bears, penguins and seals; and also discover how plants survive at the Poles, why the polar ice caps are in danger of melting, and how scientists gather important information about the climate and more in the harshest environment.

Penguin Chick – An emperor penguin lays an egg on the Antarctic ice. In the bitter cold, miles away from the only source of food, how can the chick survive? A father penguin keeps his mate’s egg warm by balancing it on his feet for two entire months. Learn how penguin parents take care of their babies in one of Earth’s coldest, most desolate environments. 

Which of these books about penguins will you read first?

Teaching Resources

Everyone’s a winner with this super fun, non-competitive game to practice colors and shapes vocabulary! Spin the spinner, match the fish and collect them in your net. But, wait! You might have to feed a fish to the Hungry Penguin

Stack and sort five brightly-colored wooden rings, topped with an adorable penguin. The base of this wooden penguin stacker is curved for additional fun rocking movement!

Spark your Kiddo’s creative interest with this Penguin Pals Dough Kit! Sensory play and loose parts play rolled into one, this kit gives kids the unlimited ability to play, create and learn.

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