Gibbons provides wonderful descriptions of penguins using illustrations to make specific distinctions. This is a fun nonfiction text to use as part of a penguin unit or to win over kids who are reluctant to read nonfiction.
The Emperor's Egg
Jenkins describes what life as an Emperor chick is like. I enjoyed the hybrid style of this book: the main text is written in a narrative format, while additional text is written in smaller italics and provides factual information.
If you plan to use either of these books with your students, you may want to check out my Let's Read About Penguins! Nonfiction Book Study pictured below. It's packed full of activities to accompany the books. Click on the picture learn more. :)
Let's Read About Penguins!
Vocabulary Cards and Recording Sheets
“Let’s Compare Books” Venn Diagram
Penguin Action Words Study
“Let’s Compare Birds” Venn Diagram
Penguins Can-Have-Are Chart
Penguin Report Mini-Book Template
If you are looking for more winter picture book ideas, visit Reading Toward the Stars for Book Talk Thursday. While you're there, you can link up a few of your favorite winter books too!