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Penguin books for Penguin Awareness Day

The Not-So-Perfect-Penguin

It's Penguin Awareness Day, so, we've put together a booklist full of books about penguins, so you can get to know more about the flightless birds and love everything they're about.

There's also our Penguin Huddle game and cool penguin facts and our audio book Pengin goes on holiday/ Pengwin ar ei Wyliau in Welsh on offer as well.

  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home.

  • Penguin

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Polly Dunbar's illustrations are gorgeous and her palette stylish - from the endearing Ben's rosy cheeks to the magnificent turquoise lion who eats him up.

  • And Tango Makes Three

    Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Illustrator: Henry Cole
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. This is a really delightful story and the message behind it is subtle. It's a true story, and you can learn more about it in a note at the end.

  • Me

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    A baby penguin realises how small he is and on each page he compares himself to the world around him.

  • Monday

    Author: Anne Herbauts
    Publisher: Tate Publishing
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    Monday is a penguin who likes to stay warm. When winter comes, Monday's house is blown away in a snowstorm, and his friends go in search of him.

  • Penguin and Pinecone

    Author: Salina Yoon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Penguin would like to keep the pinecone he finds, but soon realises that it was lost and isn’t happy in the snowy land in which he lives.

  • Penguin in Peril

    Author: Helen Hancocks
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 4+

    Penguin hatches an escape plan to avoid becoming dinner for a group of cats, who have kidnapped him from the zoo.

  • The Not-So-Perfect-Penguin

    Author: Steve Smallman
    Publisher: QED
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Big, lively illustrations and a simple message make this book ideal for classroom circle times. Points for discussion are included at the back.

  • Penguin Problems

    Author: Jory John Illustrator: Lane Smith
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5-7

    A little penguin is out in the cold, and he doesn’t like it: the sun is too bright, the ocean is too salty, and he’s tired of whales and orcas trying to hunt him. A sweet and tongue-in-cheek story about remembering all the good things in our lives.