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!

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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?

Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone
by Salina Yoon

When a penguin discovers a cold and lost-looking pinecone, an unlikely but wonderful friendship is born. And although friendships don’t always make sense, Penguin and Pinecone prove that when you give kindness and love, friendship always grows.

I Am Small

I Am Small
by Emma Dodd

I Am Small is a small story with a big message. In a world filled with deep oceans, strong winds, and steep mountains, little people sometimes feel really small. But this precious picture book is the perfect reminder that even little ones are big when they are loved!

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Christine M


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



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



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.



All my kids loooove penguins! These are great!



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

Angela Luka


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



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!



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

Brianna Parks


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

Lori Anderson


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.


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!



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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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.


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.



Thank you! Great ideas!



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!


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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!



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

Karwn Osborne


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


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



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


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You’re welcome, DaniNado!

Heather O


Thanks for the list!



Great suggestions!

Amy Springer


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



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


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You’re welcome, Christina!

Cindy Seitter


So cute!



Thank you! We love penguins!

Elizabeth Summers


Looks like a wonderful book

Danielle P.


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



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

Angela Haynes


Great ideas!