|Penguin Picture Books--Top Ten Recommendations|
|Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester|
|Cuddly Dudly, by Jez Alborough|
Unlike most penguins, Cuddly Dudley isn't very social. He would rather be by himself, but Dudley is so cute that his family just loves to tackle and cuddle him. One day Dudley wanders off, and eventually gets lost. When his family finds him, he loves being cuddled. There are some other twists and turns--but needless to say the illustrations are wonderful--it is a wonderful book to talk about story organization.
|Antarctic Antics: A Book Penguin Poems, written by Judy Sierra|
As I started researching penguins, I really enjoyed reading nonfiction books about penguins. They truly are an interesting bird--a force of nature--miraculous in their adaptive characteristics for survival. Sixty percent of my recommendations are informational book: nonfiction.
|Penguins, by Seymour Simon|
|Penguins, by Gail Gibbons|
Gail Gibbons, another wonderful nonfiction writer, has written and illustrated this book. If you were to ask me which is my favorite illustration, I couldn't name one. They are all wonderful!!! It explains different mating rituals of many of the penguins, identifies penguin's body parts, and of course presents information in an interesting manner. We are lucky, that both Gibbons and Simon wrote books on penguins. Both can be used as a read aloud in primary grades and a resource for upper grades!
|National Geographic Kids Penguins!|
I have always enjoyed National Geographic Kids books. The book has photographs and disseminate information in a fun clear manner. My own children always want to buy these books for their jokes--and become very excited when they have new jokes to tell. Love this book and love that independent readers can read and learn about penguins on their own.
|March of the Penguins, by Jordan Roberts|
In 2005, many of us watched the long march of the emperor penguins across the ice of Antarctica. This book is based on the 2005 movie, March of the Penguins. Emperor penguins are one of the few penguins that mate during their winter. Their ability to mate and produce penguins in the harsh antarctic winters is incredible and unique. This is a great choice to read before or in place of watching the movie. The photographs and writing is, as always, top notch. I wouldn't expect anything less from National Geographic.
|Animals Close-Ups The Penguin: A Funny Bird.|
This book looks up close at the king penguin. It was very interesting to read and learn about the king penguin. Their breeding cycle, nesting grounds, and care for the chicks is unique. The pictures and captions are very informative. My only reservation in recommending this book is their ambiguity in word choice. When speaking about the king penguin, the book refers to them simply as penguins. I had to do further research and learn that although king penguins mate every other year, most penguins mate every year. A great book to teach students the importance of research and finding many different sources.
|Penguins! Strange and Wonderful, by Laurence Pringle|
|Penguins at Home: Gentoos of Antarctica, by Bruce McMillan|
I loved this book about the gentoo penguins--but would not use it as a read aloud for young primary children. It is very long and in-depth. That being said, I feel I learned the most about penguins, and particularly this type of penguin from this book. For that reason alone, I recommend the book.
There might be the next 10 favorite penguin picture books post coming soon--and I would be remiss if I didn't mention Mr. Popper's Penguins a a great read aloud book in the classroom, but for now this is my list.