Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
This is my very favorite bird, maybe one of my all-time favorite children's book series. Did you know there is a series? There are, in fact, seven books about Tacky. I won't summarize all of them for you, so you'll just have to take my word for it and assume they are all wonderfully fun and entertaining! Helen Lester is a favorite author and has several delightful non-Tacky stories as well. Here's the Tacky Stories list:
Tacky the Penguin
Three Cheers for Tacky
Tacky in Trouble
Tacky and the Emporer
Tacky and the Winter Games
Tacky Goes to Camp
*Her website says she's working on a Christmas Tacky book. I can't wait!
Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood
Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister
(There are a few more Penguin Pete books in this series as well)
The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood
This is the story of a little penguin who gets separated from his parents as they travel to the sea. Worried as he begins to lose his soft gray "baby" feathers, he searches for his mother and father, not realizing he is just growing into his adult feathers. This book has sweet and reassuring text, but the real reason I love it is for the beautiful illustrations. The pages are embossed with details to add even more depth to the pictures.
The Emporer's Egg by Martin Jenkins
This is a perfect non-fiction penguin book for younger children. It is written in a casual, easy to understand voice with simple penguin facts. It explains how the Emperor Penguins take care of their eggs and then the babies that hatch.
Penguins ABC by Kevin Schafer
Great alphabet book featuring penguins. Each page has a photograph and a simple sentence using the letter and accompanying word. For example, "D is for dive" and "M is for Macaroni Penguins." There is also a nice list of fun facts at the end of the book for those who want to learn more about penguins- a fact to explain each letter page.
Waddle on over to your favorite library or bookstore and pick up a penguin book or two!
*All images found on barnesandnoble.com*