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Penguin Picture Books

If winter starts to get you down, this collection of penguin-packed picture books is bound to be the perfect pick-me-up. But don’t take our word for it–grab a few of these books, waddle over to your favorite chair, and see for yourself!

Download our free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.

Penguin Picture Books - If You Were a Penguin

If You Were a Penguin
by Wendell Minor

This rhyming romp explores the habits and habitats of penguins in a fun and entertaining way. You’ll discover where penguins live, what they eat, and all the fun things they do. You’ll see penguins in a whole new way…just as if you were a penguin!

Penguin Picture Books - Little Penguin's Tale

Little Penguin’s Tale
by Audrey Wood

Grand Nanny Penguin knows a thing or two about how little penguins can get into trouble. While she spins a cautionary tale for a flock of young penguins, one of them sneaks away to find his own adventure and winds up getting more than he bargained for!

Penguin Picture Books - One Cool Friend

One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo

One day while visiting the aquarium, an extremely well-behaved boy named Elliot meets a penguin and decides that he has found the ideal pet. Surely having a penguin is worth the effort of caring for him. Now he just has to figure out how to keep his pet a secret…

Penguin Picture Books - The Emperor's Egg

The Emperor’s Egg
by Martin Jenkins

Emperor penguins are among the most devoted parents in the animal world. While mother penguin is away fishing for her young pup, the father penguin works to keep their egg warm. For two long months, come snow or come shine, he watches over the egg! It’s a hard job—can he do it?

Penguin Picture Books - Up & Down

Up & Down
by Britta Teckentrup

In this delightful interactive tale of opposites, readers tag along on Little Penguin’s journey to visit his beloved friend on a far-away iceberg. Lift the flaps to discover all the opposites that Little Penguin encounters along the way–ups and downs, ins and outs, and even a few overs and unders!

Penguin Picture Books - Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin
by Helen Lester

Tacky the Penguin isn’t like his friends. In fact, Tacky is a very odd bird. He doesn’t dress neatly, his song isn’t pretty, and when the other penguins march in straight lines, Tacky just turns somersaults! But when hunters arrive, Tacky’s friends realize that being odd may be a good thing after all.

Penguin Picture Books - Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly
by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Everyone knows penguins can’t fly–and that’s what a little penguin was told right before he crashed. But what can happen if Penguin believes he can fly? Read along as Penguin and his friends try to find a way to get him back into the sky–no matter what anyone else says!

Penguin Picture Books - A Penguin Pup for Pinkerton

A Penguin Pup for Pinkerton
by Steven Kellogg

When Pinkerton hears how penguins care for their eggs, he becomes convinced that the black-and-white football he found is going to hatch–and he thinks he’s the one to hatch it! Can this lovable Great Dane prove that he’s as good a parent as a penguin?

Penguin Picture Books - Flight School

Flight School
by Lita Judge

More than anything, Penguin wants to learn to fly. He knows he has the heart of an eagle! And although his teachers aren’t sure he can do it, Penguin knows he can fly. Will his teachers finally figure out a way to help the determined penguin realize his dream?

Penguin Picture Books - Lost and Found

Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers

When a little boy finds a sad-looking penguin on his doorstep, he’s sure the penguin is unhappy because he is lost. Surely sailing all the way to the South Pole to return him home will cheer him up! But what if the penguin is looking for something else?

Penguin Picture Books - Pierre the Penguin

Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
by Jean Marzollo

Pam is a biologist who takes care of penguins, and she’s discovered a problem—one of the penguins is losing his feathers! Without feathers, Pierre can’t swim, and the other penguins are afraid of him. How can Pam help Pierre until his feathers grow back?

Penguin Picture Books - Flora and the Penguin

Flora and the Penguin
by Molly Idle

When Flora meets a penguin on the ice, it calls for an impromptu ice dance–until Flora refuses Penguin’s gift. Can they make up and finish their ballet? Interactive flaps tell the story in this beautifully illustrated wordless picture book.

Penguin Picture Books - Where Is Home, Little Pip?

Where Is Home, Little Pip?
by Karma Wilson

Every night, Little Pip’s Mama and Papa sing her a song about home. But when Pip wanders too far away, she’s not sure she can find her way home again. The other animals try to help, but their homes don’t sound like Pip’s. Can Pip find her way back?

Penguin Picture Books -  A Mountain of Friends

A Mountain of Friends
by Kerstin Schoene

Penguin is sad. He longs to soar about up in the clouds, but how can a penguin possibly do that? When he tells the other animals how sad he is that he can’t fly, Penguin’s mountain of friends decide it’s time to work together to help their little friend soar.

Penguin Picture Books - Grumpy Pants

Grumpy Pants
by Claire Messer

Even penguins can be grumpy pants! Penguin wakes up all out of sorts and no matter what he does, he just can’t seem to shake his case of the grumps. Maybe he can wash the grumpiness away in the tub! Hopefully THAT will help him feel better.

Penguin Picture Books - Blown Away

Blown Away
by Rob Biddulph

All it takes to start a wild arctic adventure is one kite, three penguins, two extra friends, and a great big gust of wind! Blown away on the tail of a kite, these castaways find themselves stuck on a jungle island far from their icy home. Can they find a way back?

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Christine M

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This is perfect! I was just looking for some ideas for penguin books!

Sherry

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I always enjoy your reading suggestions! Thanks for all your blog posts with fresh reading ideas!

Erin

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Oh, this is great! We just started Mr. Popper’s Penguins today, so these will be great to add in over the next few days.

Robin E.

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Oh, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is such a fun book! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did, Erin.

Crystal

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All my kids loooove penguins! These are great!

Alicia

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Penguins are such a fun winter theme. We love our Tacky books!

Angela Luka

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What a great list! I’m going to check my library for some of these titles.

Kathy

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Thank you for organizing this lovely penguin-themed list of books and the free downloadable set of activities. I am preparing this to use with my grandson.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Kathy. I hope your grandson has a lot of fun with these!

Judd

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Pictures are detrimental to providing background knowledge and connections with reading and writing.

Brianna Parks

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These books look adorable! My kids live penguins! I’ll have to check a few of these out!

Lori Anderson

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Thanks for the book list! Our theme right now is penguins.

Robin E.

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If you are doing a penguin theme, you might enjoy our Penguin Pack review activities as well, Lori!

Sarah M.

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Thanks for this list! I’ve been reading animal picture books to the preschool and kindergarten students at the school where I volunteer as librarian, and I think we’ll now be doing penguins this month! I appreciate the recommendations!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sarah. I hope your little students have a lot of fun with penguin stories!

Nicole

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I appreciate the library book lists! This one is great, as my daughter and her friend love penguins and are always drawing penguin pictures for each other!

Robin E.

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Nicole,
Isn’t it sweet how kids will keep to one subject for their art? My son and his friend share dinosaur pictures back and forth the same way. 😊

I hope you can find lots of penguin books here that your daughter will enjoy!

Mary M.

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My son loves Tacky! And Little Pip was a hit too. I will have to look for the rest of these at my library, thank you!

These books are great. Best of luck.

Sharon

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Thank you! Great ideas!

Ada

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Lists like these are what revive our troops to the library. With seemingly endless shelves of picture books, I often find myself returning to the same books and authors time and again. This is a wonderfully wintry set of books to brighten our January!

Merry

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Hi Ada–and what a great time of year to return to the library too! So glad the books can brighten your January. Have fun!

Emma

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Adding these to our library list! Thank you for sharing!

Karwn Osborne

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Penguin themed Learning was always a big hit in my kindergarten classroom. Kiddos to you for encouraging Winter fun with your great resources.

Kay Ling Ng

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Thanks for this list! I’ll be looking out for these books at our local library.

DaniNado

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My boys love penguins! i am adding some of these to our winter library hold list. Thank you for the suggestions!

Merry

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You’re welcome, DaniNado!

Heather O

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Thanks for the list!

Rebecca

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Great suggestions!

Amy Springer

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This is a great thematic resource with some of our family’s favorites!

Christina

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This is such a great list! Thanks for providing information about each book.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Christina!

Cindy Seitter

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So cute!

Meeghan

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Thank you! We love penguins!

Elizabeth Summers

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Looks like a wonderful book

Danielle P.

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Just the list I needed for my penguin lovers!
Thank you!

Sarah

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Looking forward to reading some of these with my kiddos this winter! Thanks for this list!

Angela Haynes

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Great ideas!

Denise Leffell

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My boys love penguins!

Erica

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What a great list! Thanks!

Staci Moses

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Wow! Thanks for all these penguin book options and the pdf list! This will work great for a winter unit study 😁

Merry

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Oooh, fun idea, Staci! Enjoy your unit study. 😊

Becky Flegal

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What exciting children’s books!! So colorful and engaging!

Lisa McLaren

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My girls will love these! I had no idea all these were available

Brooke

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What a great program. I have used it in the past with my older children. Looking forward to using it with my younger 4

Merry

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Have fun with your little ones, Brooke!

Jessie

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So many penguin books! My kids love all things penguin. Thanks for the list.

Rachel

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Up and down is one of our favorites.

Heather

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Great book suggestions!

Carol

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Thank you for your Panquin book list. Good reading!

Rhonda Wilson

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What fun little books!

Alfred Johnson

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These look cool!

Heather

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Love all the penguin books, especially for my little one who loves them!!

Kat

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My kids love penguins!

Faye

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The Penguin theme is a great excuse for children to play in the snow or “snow” while learning about them with story books.

Tanika

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Lots of fun story options!

Carla

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This program comes highly recommended by a 1st grade teacher. Look forward to checking these out!

Laura

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So cool! My son loves penguins.

Melanie

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This is my first year using All about Learning and my kindergarten daughter loves it! I love how easy it is to use with everything being laid out for me each day.

Merry

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Hi Melanie! I’m so glad you and your daughter are enjoying All About Reading! Thanks for your note. 😊

Kerri Bennight

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So many penguin options!

Stanton

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We are excited to see our girls become readers!

Merry

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What a joy, Stanton! Congratulations!

Mandy Smith

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Thanks for sharing! These looks great

Amy

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This looks like a great selection for my daughter!

Stephanie Tharp

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Thanks for all these tips and tricks! I love checking back for great ideas!

Melissa

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We love everything All About Reading does!

Merry

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Aw, thanks, Melissa! 😊

Jessica

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I would love to try these.

Amanda

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Love these suggestions!

Sara Pirolo

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Sweet books! Great list.

Laura

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These all look so cute! I like all the penguins. My son would enjoy them!

Melissa

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We love those books!

Gillian

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We loved Tacky and the Olympics at the beginning of the year! Such a great character

Marie B

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We’ve read (and loved!) a few of these books. I’ll put the other ones on our library list. Thank you for putting this together!

Kristie

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Great list! Can’t wait to share with my 7-year-old who loves penguins!

Merry

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I hope your little one enjoys them, Kristie!

Kasie

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These look so precious!

Nema

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Love this list, propabbly will get some of them for my son.
Thanks for sharing the list.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Nema!

Nema

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Love this list, propabbly will get some of them for my son.
Thanks for sharing them

Lindsay

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I have friends who have used this prouand would love to try it!

Megan

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I wasn’t aware you had book lists, really cool thank you! We love our All About Reading and All About Spelling programs, after starting homeschooling 2 years ago with a different English program and really struggling with it I was wondering whether I was in fact able to homeschool at all. After doing some more research we opted to try AAR and AAS and we haven’t looked back! What a pleasure thank you!

Robin E.

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Megan,
I’m very happy to hear that All About Reading and All About Spelling helped to alleviate your doubts about your ability to homeschool. Thank you for sharing this.

Brandee Fendrick

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We love penguins!! Excited to see all the new colored books!

Brandee Fendrick

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I am so excited to see the new book!! They look great!!

Angie

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My kids love penguins books.

Connie

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Great list! Thank you!

Sarah Houser

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Tacky the Penguin books are family favorites!! Looking forward to checking out some of these new to us titles!

Heather

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Penguins are awesome.

Liz

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Love these!

Amy

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Penguins are a family favorite around here! Thanks for sharing this great reading list.

Tammy

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We love penguins!

Mary

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I love sharing awesome literature with my kids!!

Tessa

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These look cute!

Marie

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My kiddos love penguins!

Christy

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This is an awesome list of books.

Nidhi Chauhan

says:

Awesome list of picture book. Kids would enjoy them

Deanna Marissa

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These are the great collation of picture books. Love them for my toddler nephew.

Elina

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What a great list! We will have to check them out next time we’re at the library.

Hannah Sholes

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What a great list! We will have to check them out next time we’re at the library.

Kim

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Thank you. You offer a list of suggestions which means I should be able to find at least one of them.

Tia

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Such a great list!

Billie L.

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I really love to read to children and also love to teach them how to read, reading is such a valid tool and so many of our children are not able to read therefore I try to teach all the children that I can and help them to enjoy reading books etc. This book and list a will make a nice addition to my collection.

Britni

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I love this list! My daughter absolutely loves penguins and requested “penguin stuff” for her birthday so this is perfect.

Robin E.

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How sweet that your daughter wants “penguin stuff” for her birthday, Britni. And what better gift than a book to enjoy again and again!

Deanna Marissa

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love all these picture books. They are great to keep kids entertained and fun learning.

Jenni L.

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The penguin are so cute! I love illustrations in children’s books!

Wendee

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Thank you so much for all of these great ideas. I’m downloaded this list!

Brandi

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How adorable. We will be reading some of these adorable books.

Cori

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Have loved AAS. Looking forward to trying AAR.

Candace A

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I had no idea all of this was available! I have a little one that has discovered books and is IN LOVE!!

Cara

says:

So many wonderful reading ideas!!

Rebecca

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A lot of these are new to me! We love your reading lists! I’m putting a bunch of these on hold from our library for January.

Christine Martinez

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We love penguins!!

Mel

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Perfect for winter! My kids love Pip!

Melissa

says:

Looks like a wonderful booklist!! Thank you!!

Nicole Becraft

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We love penguin! Thanks for this :)

C. Hawrot

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Very excited to start using AAR for homeschooling!

Mattie

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We love AAR! Thank you for all the great resources! 😃

Dara S.

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Love the list for a quick library trip! :)

Michelle

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New to this blog and resources. These are amazing and I love love love the reading list and downloadable books. Look forward to learning more from your site and this awesome curriculum. Thank you for all of this😁

Anne Cooper

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Love the list of book. My aonnloves animals and will appreciate these.

Jessica

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We love Little Pip and Lost and Found!

Charlene Crowder

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Thanks for the list. My son loves penguins. We do have a couple of those, but I’ll look into the others.

Ashley Morgan

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Your spelling program has been great for my classroom and these books look wonderful!

Abby W.

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Nice! Thanks for the book list!

Angel

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Thank you for the book list. I like the detailed description of each title.

Emily

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I love using your books lists, we will have to use this for January!

Jill Shoemaker

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These are great penguin book lists, I will use them with my kids during our Polar/Snow unit when we get to it. Thanks!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Jill. We have a blog post on Polar Bear Picture Books that may go along with your Polar and Snow unit study as well. I hope you have lots of fun with it!

Terri Shaw

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These sound great. What a great list.

Annette Withrow

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Thank you for the library book lists! They are super helpful!

Marie

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We are be to AAR, and it is helping our struggling reader a lot.

Christine

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Can’t wait to check these out!!

Mia Kelley

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Penguins!!!!!

Danielle

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How fun—I didn’t know Karma Wilson has a penguin book. We love all her books!

Robin E.

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Danielle,
Yes! Karma Wilson has such beautiful books that are well worth loving. 😊

Joy Yuasa

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Thank you for the recommendations!

Misty Dawn

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Thank you for the list to find these at the library

Sam

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I think these are great ideas..I’ve been surprised at how my emerging reader is picking up his younger siblings (his old) picture books and starting to decode..He is so proud of himself for bits reading these well-known books, it is such a confidence booster!

Robin E.

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How exciting, Sam! I love it when kids can revisit the old favorites that I read to them and enjoy them for themselves. 😊

Maria L.

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Penguins are so cute!

Amber

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So glad I found this!

Erin

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Thanks for the list, I always need good book ideas!

Julie

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Thank you for sharing this library list. My daughter will love it!

Betsy Birulkin

says:

Thank you for taking the time to brighten up our dreary winter days with some fun reading!

Dawn Wagner

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We love penguins!

Staci

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Love these..

Melissa Bell

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I love these book suggestions.

Mia Hicks

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These look so fun!

Abbie Bennis

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Thank you for taking some of the leg work out of my thematic planning!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Abbie. Have fun with penguins!

Janelle Hitchcock

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So fun!

Maggie

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My students love Tacky the Penguin!

Colleen

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Off to the library! We love AAR!!

Mandy

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These are so fun! We love penguins at our house. :)

Jennifer

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One Cool Friend is my son’s favorite! I’m more of a Tacky fan. :) I’ve noted a few others to check out from the library. Thanks for the great list!

Jessica W

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My son absolutely LOVES penguins! Thanks for a great list.

Bette Digiovanni

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Such cute penguin books!

MArlena

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This goes well with the nature documentary we watched about Penguins!

Robin E.

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Which one, Marlena? My family loves a good documentary!

Christina

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This looks fun and engaging! I would love to try this with my child!

Jenny

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We’ve read some of these and are looking forward to trying the others!

Natalie in Indiana

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My son LOVES Little Pip! Thanks for the other ideas!

i am curious to get more info on this reading curriculum.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hi, Winter!
All About Reading is designed to take the struggle out reading!

All About Reading is multisensory. This means AAR approaches learning through sight, sound, and touch. This helps kids remember what they learn because they take in information in various ways and also interact with it in various ways. It includes research-based instruction in decoding skills, fluency, automaticity, comprehension, vocabulary and lots and lots of reading practice.

The program is laid out in an orderly form for the teacher so that each day you can simply open and go. It is easy to do at home without special training or previous experience.

Each lesson time is simple and explicit and will include 3 simple steps: review of what was learned the day before, a simple new teaching, and a short practice of that new teaching. The program is designed for you to move at your child’s pace, so you can go as quickly or as slowly as your child needs through each step.

Lessons are Incremental. AAR breaks every teaching down into its most basic steps and then teaches the lessons in a logical order, carrying the students from one concept or skill to the next. Each step builds on the one the student has already mastered.

AAR uses specially color-coded letter tiles. Working with the All About Reading letter tiles can make the difference between understanding or not understanding a concept. The lessons are scripted so you can concentrate on your child. The script is very clear, without excess verbiage. We also have a Letter Tiles app that can be used in addition to or instead of the physical tiles.

AAR has built-in review in every lesson. Some children need lots of review in order to retain concepts, while others don’t need as much–so you are free to adjust this to your child’s need. Your child will have a Reading Review Box so you can customize the review. This way, you can concentrate on just the things that your child needs help with, with no time wasted on reviewing things that your child already knows. One of the things that Marie, the author, noticed when she was researching reading programs is that few programs have enough review built in for kids to gain fluency.

I hope this gives you an idea of All About Reading’s focus and approach. However, I’d love to help you with any further questions you may have.

Abbie

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It’s a wonderful list. Thanks! We’ll use it on our library website.

Derek Miller

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Thanks for all the great books you offer. Having a kid that likes penguins that list will help tremendously to find the right books for his age.

Carrie Sutt

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Absolutely love the list of books!! Makes it so easy when at the library!!

Christina

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These books look like fun for the whole family! Thanks for pulling this list together and sharing.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Christina! I hope your family enjoys them.

Christina Helm

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These books are so cute!!! I can’t wait to add them all to our library.

Heather G Rey

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I was suggested this website by a homeschooling blog I keep up with and so far I like it. I will have to get some of these books for my daughter from the library. She loves to read and is starting to use her imagination to “read to me.”

Robin E.

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What special memories you are making with your daughter, Heather! I love the stage when they want to “read” stories before they can actually read. Sometimes the stories little ones tell from the pictures are better than the actual words! 😊

Stephanie

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I will have to check them out. I have a little one that is finally getting into reading and some up and coming kiddos that this would be great for.

Morgan Kluck

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All About Reading is a great curriculum! My daughter is finishing level three and about to start level four. Can’t wait until the color edition comes out!

Hazeline

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Live their other program, this sounds good too

Hazeline

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Sounds great

Lori C

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I’ve only read a few of these. Will have to check the others out!

Melissa Saavedra

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Love all the book ideas to cover a 🐧 unit with my little ones.

Robin E.

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I love that little penguin emoji, Melissa!

Jessica Laughlin

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Brrrrr, that’s some chilly reading! Thanks for the book suggestions.

Robin E.

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Thanks for the laugh, Jessia! 😀

Kathleen

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These books look great! My son will love them!

Candie M

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These look wonderful! My daughter is having a penguin themed birthday party and this is a great list of books for prizes! Thanks

Robin E.

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Ooo, a penguin themed party would be so much fun, Candie!

Eth

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Oh fun. We love penguins and picture books

Laura B

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My kids love penguins! These are great!

Brenda

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These sound fantastic!

Dandi D

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Penguins are so fun to read about, so I know my children will enjoy these books!

Christine

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Wow! What a extensive list of great books. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Christine!

Christine

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This looks great!

Felicia B

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These look really cute will definitely have to check them out!

Nicole R

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These look like fun!

Sue

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Hoping to help my struggling reader with allaboutlearning.

Melissa

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Awesome!

Belinda Tyner

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I can’t wait to check books out from this list!!

Desirae Flores

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My daughter loves penguin. Thank you for the list

Hannah Le Chat

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So good

Rachel Smith

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We were just doing a unit study on the Arctic, so these are perfect!

Robin E.

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I love that this post was timely for you, Rachel! ❤

Sarah Laskowski

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what a lovely way to get ready for January!!! I am so excited to read these books with my kids!!! thank you!!!

Ashley

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My kids love penguins! Thanks for the suggestions!

My kids love anything to do with penguins and we have actually rented a couple of these books at our local library. Lost and Found is my daughter’s favorite. Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World by Rey is another favorite book of hers about a penguin.

Robin E.

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Ooo, thank you for the recommendations, Falon!

Melanie Novakovitch

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Looks good

Crystal

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We have Tacky the Penguin and the kids have lived listening to us read it too many times to count. The illustrations are really well done and the story is original and funny.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I completely agree, Crystal! Tacky the Penguin is so cute and funny and I love the illustrations.

JESS B

says:

My youngest daughter loves penguins!

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