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Penguins: Board Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about penguins?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to penguins. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about penguins.

Our list includes board books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about penguins, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Penguin Says “Please” to popular sellers like Tacky the Penguin to some of our favorite hidden gems like Penguin and Pinecone.

We hope this list of kids books about penguins can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Penguin and Pinecone
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon introduces readers to a beloved character in Penguin and Pinecone—a picture book about friendship that will warm your heart!

When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary! But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can’t live in the snow—they belong in the warm forest far away. Can Penguin help Pinecone get home? And can they stay friends, even if they’re miles apart?

Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found, and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love.

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Tacky the Penguin
Written by Helen Lester & illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Tacky’s perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

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My Pet Penguins
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Penguins make the best pets! Follow a little girl and her pet penguins as they flip pancakes, spin on the ice, and read a story before catching some zzz’s!

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Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written & illustrated by Melissa Guion
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins?

One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all.

Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

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Bob and Flo and the Missing Bucket (Board Book)
Written & illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

“Bob and Flo “is now in board book format! In this irresistible story about penguins at preschool, a lunch bucket is mysteriously lost—and a funny new friend is found!

And Tango Makes Three book
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Kisses and Cuddles book
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Penguin Says "Please" book
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Baby Penguins Love Their Mama book
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  • And Tango Makes Three - The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

  • Kisses and Cuddles - A little penguin loves to do many things during his fun day, but nothing beats getting kisses and cuddles from his mama! Follow a little penguin as he spends his day doing everything he loves—such as eating pancakes, playing with his toys, drinking hot chocolate, spotting rainbows, and more. But what does he love the most? Kisses and cuddles from his mama!

  • Penguin Says "Please" - Penguin learns to say please in different situations throughout this sturdy board book. With simple text and vibrant photos, this is an excellent way to start teaching manners.

  • Baby Penguins Love Their Mama - A mother penguin stays very busy taking care of her many babies and teaching them important lessons about such things as sliding, waddling, preening—and love.

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Chilly Penguin
Written & illustrated by Constanze V. Kitzing
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

How can a chilly little penguin get warm? Themes of perseverance, problem-solving and friendship give caregivers and children lots to talk about, while the penguin’s amusing antics and the story’s sweet ending make for a fun storytime for toddlers.

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What's Up Penguin?
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What are the animals up to? There are lots of clues to help us decide, and we can lift the flap to see if we’re right. A playful way to exercise reasoning, prediction and memory skills, featuring colourful, high-contrast illustrations.

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Love, Mama
Written & illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.

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Penguin on a Scooter
Written by Caspar Babypants & illustrated by Kate Endle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet a roller-skating bunny, a disco-dancing philly, a penguin on a scooter, and other playful animals in this silly and adorable board book from indie collage artist Kate Endle and children’s music star Caspar Babypants. Toddlers will love this fun board book, featuring beautiful and playful collage art by indie artist Kate Endle and the clever word play of Seattle songwriter Caspar Babypants. Nothing is as funny as a roller skating bunny. Nothing is as crazy as a zebra wearing daisies. After meeting a variety of silly and colorful creatures, toddlers learn: Nothing is as true as the love I have for you.

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Baby Penguin: Finger Puppet Book
Written by & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Meet Baby Penguin! How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as she experiences her world, from playtime to bedtime. The simple, comforting stories in this go-to baby gift series have made it a multimillion seller. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet, each volume offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read as they build a lifelong love of books together.

Five Christmas Penguins book
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Where Is My Butt? book
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The Steves book
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  • Five Christmas Penguins - Kids can practice counting and get in the holiday spirit in this festive story about five playful penguins! Get ready for some counting fun with five spunky penguins as they prepare for the best Christmas party ever! Whether zooming through the snow, decorating the tree, wrapping presents or singing, artist Steven Lenton’s adorable, playful penguins will get kids in the holiday spirit and help them improve their counting skills! Perfect for holiday gifts, Five Christmas Penguins features a foil and embossed cover treatment with shiny foil throughout.

  • Where Is My Butt? - Do you know where your butt is? Morty the penguin has no idea! He’s pretty sure he has one, but where IS it? So he does what any reasonable penguin would do: ask. But no one around him can help, so he goes on a wild trip—all the way to outer space— to find the answer. Morty’s crazy adventures will make kids laugh their butts off!

  • The Steves - When puffin Steve meets puffin Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest of Steves… The claims of each bird become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling—until both Steves realize there’s really no need to fight over a name.

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