April 25th – World Penguin Day

It’s World Penguin Day, and when we were brainstorming ways to celebrate with books, we easily came up with 5 amazing penguin books that we love and are in regular reading rotation around here.  Who knew penguins were so popular?  So without further ado, here are our top 5 penguins.  Who are yours?

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Before this was a movie with Jim Carey (urgh!), it was a delightful book that kids and adults alike love to read and giggle over.  Mr. Popper always wished he’d gotten to travel – especially to the Poles.  So he is thrilled when Admiral Drake sends him a gift.  A penguin (named Captain Cook).  But when one lonely penguin needs another suddenly the two become a dozen and the Poppers are kept quite busy.  It’s a lovely read aloud for the whole family.

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Tacky in Trouble by Helen Lester
Tacky is not equally beloved by kids and adults, but the amount that your little one will chortle over Tacky and his many, many exploits makes up for his slightly elevated annoying factor.  Tacky is not a normal penguin.  He’s not quiet, he’s not well behaved.  But he does always manage to save the day, just by being himself.  Which is actually a pretty good message.

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365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental
Rather like Mr. Popper’s penguins, the penguins in this book seem to multiply.  Actually they do increase by one a day for a whole year, and this book manages to teach math, ecology, art and rhymes all in one charming (oversized) package.

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Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister
This is a lovely first book of penguins from the author and illustrator of The Rainbow Fish books.  A light story, it’s really the charming pictures of fluffy Pete which draws kids to the book over and over again.

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
We discovered this book when writing up a piece on banned books.  Shockingly, this story of two parents who love their baby is THE MOST challenged book in the last 5 years.  Seriously?  People are that threatened by the true story of two (male) penguins who hatched an egg and have been raising a baby girl penguin together in a loving family?  It’s a lovely story, and important to let kids know that families can look like anything at all, as long as there is plenty of love.

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