Penguin books for Penguin Awareness Day

Penguin Problems

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.

  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    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+

    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.