Penguins are an especially popular choice of character in children's books! They are endearing, different from other birds because they can't fly, live on ice and can dive and swim in a way that humans envy.Why then do we need to have an Appreciation or Awareness Day for penguins? It really is just a time to celebrate penguins, but it is also a good time to reflect on the fact that some of the 17 species of penguins are being threatened by climate change.
What to read? Here's some fiction and non-fiction that is enjoyed in my library:
• Cuddly Dudley by Jez Alborough
• The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out by Jill Tomlinson and Paul Howard
• Solo by Paul Geraghty
• Nanu, Penguin Chick by Theresa Radcliffe and John Butler
• Emily and Alfie by Meredith Hooper and Emma Quay
• Little Penguin by Patrick Benson
• The Emperor's Egg by Martin Jenkins and Jane Chapman
• The Emperor's Kingdom; Living on the Ice by Roger Kirkwood
• Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra and Ariane Dewey
• The Penguin Book: Birds in Suits by Dr Mark Norman
and of course there's always the Atwater's Mr Popper's Penguins and the myriad of movie
s and DVDs about penguins and Jeanne Willis' new book Penguin Pandemonium.