So far our winter hasn’t been too cold yet. Chilly yes, but sometimes downright warm. Well, if the forecast is correct, this week will be VERY cold (brrrr!). And when such cold weather hits, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a book. And, coincidentally enough, today just happens to be Penguin Awareness Day–which makes it the perfect time to enjoy a book about our chilly, cool, and very cute friends: the penguins! So, to help you get in the right frame of mind, here is a list of some of our favorite books about penguins.
1. 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and illustrated by Joelle Jolivet. This clever book actually makes learning math fun. I realize that some of you may already find math fun, but I certainly never did–though had this book been around 20 years ago, I just might have. When a penguin mysteriously arrives on their doorstep each day of the year, the family in this book soon find that to control the chaos they need a way to organize all the penguins. For instance, if they were going to store them in egg cartons, how many cartons would they need? While the math can get a bit tricky for really young children, the story is fun for all, and really a great way to practice or introduce math concepts.
2. A Penguin Story by Antionette Portis. Edna the Penguin is stuck in a world with only three colors: the white ice, black night, and blue sea that goes on forever. And while it is a perfectly nice world, Edna can’t help but wonder what else might be out there. So, Edna goes out in search of more color, with the hope of finding something different. She is not disappointed, and her find inspires her with the desire for making new discoveries. A great read for dreamers and explorers of all ages.
3. Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon. This book celebrates the special bond between two unlikely friends. When Pinecone has to return to the warm forest far away from Penguin, will they be able to stay friends? A sweet and charming story about keeping in touch with the ones you love.
4. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. When a boy finds a penguin on his front step he naturally assumes the penguin is lost. He decides to return the penguin to the South Pole by traveling in his row boat–a long, and perilous journey as one might imagine. But during their trip, the boy and penguin become friends, and the boy realizes maybe the penguin wasn’t so lost after all, rather he had found a friend.
5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater with illustrations by Robert Lawson. This was one of the first chapter books I read, and it will always be my favorite book about penguins. Mr. Popper is a house-painter, but part of him wishes he would have had the chance to be a great explorer. So, when a Penguin arrives from the great Admiral Drake, Mr. Popper is thrilled (Mrs. Popper less so). Mr. Popper names his guest Captain Cook and after the arrival of Gerta from the zoo, the Poppers soon find themselves in a house filled with penguins. While fun and amusing, a house full of penguins isn’t exactly practical, so Mr. Popper sets out to find a solution to keep everyone (human and penguin alike) happy. A delightful classic!
Stop by the store and check out these penguin books and others in our front window for a fun way to spend a chilly Penguin Awareness Day!