Penguins never fail to amuse both adults and children, but it’s often children who are truly overjoyed by seeing these flightless birds. One great way to get children interested in reading is through some excellent children’s books featuring penguins. Since penguins are such an admired and loved animal, and provide much amusement and laughter to children as well as their parents, there is in fact a never-ending array of children’s books with penguins.
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner
The award-winning author and illustrator Bob Barner makes use of his praised skills to produce this beautiful book filled with full-page comical illustrations and creative yet informative rhymes about penguins and the activities they get up to in their day to day lives. The book is presented in a clever and entertaining way to keep the attention span and interest of young children. This book is recommended for those in the pre-school age of grade one and over.
The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins and Jane Chapman
This penguin book is from the “Read and Wonder" series that combines science with wonder. It tells young readers in an informative and kid-friendly way how male penguins are the most devoted dads in the whole of the animal kingdom, and describes how the male Emperor penguins spends winter protecting the laid baby egg, out in the cold and with nothing to eat. He does this for two whole months while his female companion goes off to sea and catches lots of fish. It’s an amusing book that will give children something to talk about and be amazed at.
Antartic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra, Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
This book is great for those aged three and older and is a nice book to cheer up any child or family gathering. It’s chock-full of funny poems about penguins and their lives from the viewpoint of a penguin. The rhymes are educating and entertaining and catchy paired with nice pictures to amuse any child. Some poems revolve around penguins regurgitating their own food to feed their young and the motherly care of father penguins among other actual habits of penguins.
Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
This book was awarded an honorary award in the late 1930s – which is when it was first released, and ever since, it has been an absolute must-have classic of children’s literature. It’s a story book that can be read to by adults for younger children or read by older children.
The story is about an unsatisfied Mr. Popper who is a painter, who wished he had seen more of the world before meeting and settling down with his wife, Mrs. Popper. One of his passions and whenever he gets time between doing various jobs consists of reading all he can about the Poles and polar explorations. Everything changes when Admiral Drake replies to Mr. Popper's fan letter and sends him an actual penguin. It starts with one penguin and grows to become many more. The story is about this adventure and how the family copes with all the penguins and their needs. Mr. Popper then finds himself without much money to provide for them and decides to act as their choreographer and teaches the penguins how to perform. They end up traveling to various places and performing on tour, yet the penguins never fail to cause a scene as they disrupt the performances of others and invade people’s rooms at hotels. Mr. Popper's Penguins is a very amusing story that should be a staple among any set of books for children.
Due to the fact that penguins are a popular and admired animal by most children, there are many children’s books with penguins in that haven’t been mentioned in this article. This article has covered some of the most popular children’s books about penguins that are guaranteed to provide many moments of wonder, fun and laughter.