The Best Penguin Books for Preschoolers

Penguins are my favorite animals. Most kids I know love them, too. Don’t miss this collection of the best penguin books for preschoolers!

This winter, teach your kids all about penguins! Fill your themed book basket with this collection of fiction and nonfiction books about penguins. 

Preschoolers will learn fun facts and meet new characters they’ll be sure to love!

Penguins are my favorite animals. Most kids I know love them, too. Don't miss this collection of the best penguin books for preschoolers!

Penguin Books for Preschoolers

Fill your book basket with a great collection of penguin books for preschool. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.

National Geographic Readers: Penguins!Penguin SaysPenguins


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!

Penguin Says Please – Penguin must learn to say please.

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.

Baby Penguins Love their MamaPenguins! (Step into Reading)How Do Penguins Play?


Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! – When you’re a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones to take care of, the days can melt together in a blur. Monday: swimming lessons. Tuesday: sliding. Wednesday: waddling. And on and on. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much?

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.

How Do Penguins Play? – Children will delight in watching bear cubs, seals,  penguins, monkeys, and other animal friends frolicking joyfully with each other.

Penguin ProblemsBaby Touch and Feel: Little PenguinTacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin)


Penguin Problems – Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?

Little Penguin – This perfect holiday board book for babies and toddlers features snowy photographs of little penguin and his festive baby animal friends. 

Tacky and the Winter Games – Tacky and his fellow penguins Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the athletic competitions. After rigorous training, they’re ready – but are the games ready for Tacky? Will his antics keep Team Nice Icy Land from winning a medal?

Baby Penguins Everywhere!Tacky the PenguinNational Geographic Readers: Hello, Penguin!


Baby Penguins Everywhere! – One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone.

Tacky the Penguin – Tacky’s perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

Hello, Penguin! – Meet amazing penguins from all around the world! Young readers will learn about penguins big and small in this new pre-reader from National Geographic Kids. 

Little Penguin: Finger Puppet Book (Little Finger Puppet Board Books)Little Penguin Gets the HiccupsBe Brave, Little Penguin


Little Penguin – Little Penguin and friends play hide-and-seek on the ice, and invite the smallest readers to play, too!

Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups – Poor Little Penguin has a major case of the HIC! hiccups. It all started last week on chili night. Since then he’s tried everything to get rid of them, but nothing HIC! works.

Be Brave, Little Penguin – Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem . . . he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement — and a whole lot of heart — to finally make that leap and be BRAVE!

Pip the Little Penguin (An Alphaprints picture book)If You Were a PenguinPenguin and Pinecone


Pip the Little Penguin – Pip is a little penguin with a big imagination! Dissatisfied with being black and white, he asks his dad why he can’t be colorful, like orange orangutans, or pink flamingos, or red foxes. Through his discussion with his dad, follow Pip on his journey of discovery, meeting different animals and learning about color along the way, until he finally concludes (after meeting some pretty cool black-and-white creatures) that he’s fine just as he is.

If You Were a Penguin – The short text by Florence Minor pairs perfectly with the gorgeous, detailed illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Wendell Minor. Fun facts about penguins are featured at the back of the book.

Penguin and Pinecone– When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary! But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can’t live in the snow–they belong in the warm forest far away. Can Penguin help Pinecone get home? And can they stay friends, even if they’re miles apart?

Penguins are my favorite animals. Most kids I know love them, too. Don't miss this collection of the best penguin books for preschoolers!

Round Out Your Penguin Unit with These Activities

This penguin finger puppet would make the perfect addition to story time, quiet time, car rides and appointments perfect to slip into a purse diaper bag or child’s back pack.

This handprint penguin is the perfect Winter craft! And you’ll love that it double as keepsakes that you can gift or keep yourself!

Grab the cotton balls and make this adorable cotton balls penguin craft. Your little ones will love it!

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