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Penguins: Chapter Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about penguins is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about penguins, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets
Written by Alex T. Smith
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Meet Mr. Penguin—Adventurer (And Penguin!)

When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there shadowy figures lurking about? And will Mr. Penguin conquer his fear of flying?

This second installment in the humorous, page-turning series from Alex T. Smith, the author-illustrator of the popular Claude series, is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure.

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Planet of the Penguins
Written by David LaRochelle & illustrated by Mike Gorman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Math meets sci-fi in this clever chapter book—the second in a new series—about two numbers-loving friends and their alien adventures.

Lamar and Lexie head off on another math-related adventure to help their new space alien friend, Fooz! It seems Fooz’s planet has been overrun with penguins—and the inhabitants are terrified of these adorable creatures. In fact, they’re so frightened they turn to stone whenever they see even the tiniest baby penguin. To rescue Fooz and his fellow aliens, Lexie and Lamar must solve a series of equations, including reading map coordinates, determining area, interpreting Roman numerals, and understanding percentages. Can they do it all and save the day?

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The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan
Written & illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Meet Ace and Bub, the flying beaver brothers! Ace loves extreme sports and is always looking for a new adventure. Bub loves napping and, well, napping. But when penguins threaten to freeze Beaver Island for “resort and polar-style living,” the brothers put their talents to work saving their tropical island paradise. Can they save Beaver Island from environmental destruction? And can they do it in time to still win the annual Beaver Island Surfing Competition?

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Spy Penguins
Written & illustrated by Sam Hay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Two young adventure-loving and gadget-obsessed penguins dream of joining the FBI (Frosty Bureau of Investigation) in Sam Hay’s hilarious new illustrated chapter book series, Spy Penguins. Adventure-loving penguin Jackson dreams of being a secret agent like his Uncle Bryn, who works for the Frosty Bureau of Investigation. Jackson and his gadget-inventing best friend Quigley might officially be too young to join the FBI, but they aren’t going to let that stop them! They just need to come up with the right plan to prove that they are worthy. But when one of Q’s inventions goes dangerously wrong, Jackson suddenly finds himself dropped right in the middle off an FBI stakeout. There’s fishy business afoot at the city’s aquarium; rare fish are vanishing and not even the FBI can work out what’s going on. It’s up to Jackson and Quigley to solve the crime!

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  • Chilly da Vinci - While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet! Chilly ties into the popular “maker” movement with humor and imagination. While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!

  • The Curse of the Werepenguin - If Mel Brooks directed a gothic satire about evil werepenguins, it would be this wacky and hilarious middle-grade novel! Orphaned as a toddler by parents who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, all Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria abruptly sends for Bolt, he wonders if he’s getting closer to finding his parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn’t get any worse…until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn’t get worse…nope, wait, they get a lot worse. A plucky girl who just might be the world’s greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can’t stop cackling are just a few of the characters who help (and hinder) Bolt on his journey to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest—and funniest—middle-grade novel you’ve ever read.

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