Books for Penguin Awareness Day

Preschoolers love penguins! Here are five amazing penguin books to read as you celebrate Penguin Awareness Day on January 20!

Penguins are a fascinating bird to introduce to preschoolers. They’re a bird which can’t fly.

They live in the cold and inhospitable climates of the south. And they look so charming in their black and white tuxedos.

Penguin Awareness Day is set aside as a day to raise awareness about flightless birds. It’s also the perfect time to add penguin activities for preschoolers to your lesson plans.

Preschoolers love penguins! Here are five amazing penguin books to read as you celebrate Penguin Awareness Day on January 20!

In addition to Penguin Awareness Day, these books are perfect for World Penguin Day!

On April 25, you and your children can celebrate all things penguin with these World Penguin Day activities for kids.

Books for Penguin Awareness Day

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books about penguins that will help your preschoolers celebrate winter!

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.

Penguin Problems (Animal Problems)Penguin Chick (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)Penguins (Smithsonian)


Penguin Problems – Penguin Problems is a funny book and made us laugh. It’s all about a penguin who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Nothing goes right. It’s too cold, he can’t fly, and he waddles too much. Is there anything good about life in Antarctica?

Penguin Chick – This book walks you through the life of an emperor penguin. First the mother lays a single egg, but not in a nest like other birds. Instead the father scoops the egg onto his feet. The book continues to describe the life of the penguin family until the penguin chick is strong and old enough to go to the journey to the ocean himself.

Penguins Full of stunning photography, Smithsonian’s book begins by explaining why penguins are birds even though they can’t fly and are wonderful swimmers. The delightful book moves on to give fascinating details about penguins and their lives in the antarctic. Preschoolers even learn about the tiny fairy penguins which are the smallest of all the types.

Emperor Penguin: The World's Biggest Penguin (More Supersized!)Pierre the Penguin: A True Story


Emperor Penguin: The World’s Biggest Penguin – Have you ever wondered how an emperor penguin stays warm during the coldest of cold weather? Why they have to walk a 100 miles to lay their eggs? Or how the fathers stay warm during the freezing winds in Antarctica? You’ll find all your answers and more in the book Emperor Penguin!

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story – Pierre the Penguin lived at the California Academy of Sciences with 19 other penguins. Life was good until Pierre lost his feathers. How is a penguin to stay warm without his feathers? How can he swim? What can be done for poor Pierre?


These penguin peg dolls are just the cutest! They are adorable on their own, and small enough to tuck in a pocket- who doesn’t need a baby pocket penguin?!?

Preschoolers will love counting with five Christmas penguins! These preschool counting mats are great practice for early math fun.

We love studying penguins in the winter! If you do, too, you HAVE to check out this great list of hands-on penguin activities for kids!

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