Picture books about polar bears

A Dot in the Snow

We love polar bears! Here is a selection of brilliant picture books that celebrate polar bears, whether in their natural icy habitat or having fun with other animals.

Books about polar bears for older readers

  • Where Björn Belongs

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Mirna Imamović

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Where Björn Belongs

    Author: Samuel Langley-Swain Illustrator: Mirna Imamović

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Arthur finds a real polar bear in his garden – but can he keep it? A heart-warming Christmas story.

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  • Iris and Isaac

    Author: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Iris and Isaac

    Author: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    This gorgeous story from an award-winning picture book- maker is a classic tale of friendship between two quarrelling polar bears.…

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  • The Bear

    Author: Raymond Briggs

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Bear

    Author: Raymond Briggs

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Young Tilly is delighted when a polar bear clambers through her bedroom window one night - but are mischievous polar bears really …

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  • A Dot in the Snow

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • A Dot in the Snow

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Miki the polar bear cub is bored: mum is fishing on the ice, but he wants to play. He sees a red dot, far in the distance: what co…

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  • You’re Snug with Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • You’re Snug with Me

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Poonam Mistry

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Mama Polar Bear tells her cubs about what lies outside their den, and reassures them not to worry or be frightened: ‘hush now, you…

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  • Where Bear?

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Where Bear?

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

    When a little boy's pet polar bear grows up, he's too big for the house, and has to be found a new home. But where?

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  • The Rainbow Bear

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Rainbow Bear

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    The white snow bear, wandering in his arctic homeland, sees a rainbow and longs to catch it for himself.

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  • Ice Bear

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Ice Bear

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Facts about polar bears are woven alongside the lyrical text in this sumptuously illustrated picture book.

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  • The Moon Keeper

    Author: Zosienka

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Moon Keeper

    Author: Zosienka

    Interest level: 4-5

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    This lyrical picture book introduces children to the concept the lunar cycle through the eyes of Emile the polar bear, helping the…

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  • Polar Bear's Underwear

    Author: tupera tupera (Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa)

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5

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  • Polar Bear's Underwear

    Author: tupera tupera (Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa)

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5

    A comical, colourful, cut-out picture book which will appeal to small children everywhere.

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