5 Arctic Animal Books for Preschool: Roaring Adventures & Cozy Tales

Embark on a captivating journey into the Arctic realm with these enchanting Arctic animal books for preschoolers. Your toddlers will discover the charm of Arctic animals through tales about polar bears, the comical escapades of a penguin, and the heartwarming story of a musk ox. These stories entertain and nurture lessons about friendship, courage, and being yourself, making learning an adventure.

Arctic animals books for preschoolers include Polar Bear Island by Lindsay Bonilla, Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, Cozy by Jan Brett, and Are You a Polar Bear? By Andrew Gabriel.

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Are You a Polar Bear?

by Andrew Gabriel

Are You a Polar Bear? by Andrew Gabriel is one of our first Arctic animal books for preschool, and you’ll see why.

It is a captivating Arctic animal tale that follows the journey of a young polar bear in search of his mother. Awakening to her absence, he embarks on a quest through the Arctic landscape, encountering many other fellow Arctic animals along the way – the perfect introduction to polar animals and our theme!


Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Arctic Animal Books for Preschool

We all know that one person. The one who dresses in the wackiest outfits and says the corniest jokes at parties. 


In Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, prepare to meet the quirkiest, wackiest, and downright uncool penguin in the Antarctic! While all the other penguins are elegant, Tacky is clumsy. When they sing beautiful songs, Tacky belts out cheesy tunes instead; he even wears colorful Hawaiian shirts that are anything but “cool” in the icy wilderness. 


But when a group of not-so-friendly hunters threatens the penguins, Tacky’s oddball antics and unconventional charm save the day! 


Get ready for a wild ride filled with belly laughs, unforgettable characters, and a heartwarming lesson that celebrates embracing your true, unique self – no matter how tacky you may be!


The Walrus and the Caribou

by Maika Harper

The Walrus and the Caribou by Maika Harper is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that tells the story of how a woman’s imagination created animals when the world was new, but she didn’t quite get it right the first time.


The walrus started with antlers, and the caribou started with tusks, but it caused some real problems for the hunters. Guk has to problem-solve to figure out what will work for everyone who lives in the Arctic.


Cozy by Jan Brett

Arctic Animal Books for Preschool

Cozy by Jan Brett is a delightful children’s book that follows the heartwarming journey of a musk ox calf named Cozy. In the Arctic tundra, Cozy’s warm fur attracts the attention of various Arctic animals seeking shelter from the cold. 


As more animals snuggle close to Cozy, his fur becomes a cozy haven for them all. 


However, when a fearsome wolf approaches, the animals must work together to protect themselves. 

With a blend of stunning illustrations and a touching storyline, Cozy teaches young readers the value of unity, friendship, and finding strength in numbers.


Polar Bear Island

by Lindsay Bonilla

Polar Bear Island by Lindsay Bonilla is a charming children’s book about a polar bear named Parker who lives on a snowy island. Parker’s peaceful life is disrupted when other animals arrive, seeking refuge from the heat of their homes.

At first, Parker is hesitant about sharing his island, but as he gets to know the newcomers, he realizes the value of friendship and unity.


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In the pages of these Arctic animal books for preschool, the polar regions of the world come alive for preschoolers. These tales introduce the captivating creatures of this icy realm and instill important values in playful ways. As the books close, the Arctic’s allure lingers, reminding us of its beauty and the lessons it holds about embracing uniqueness and appreciating the bonds of friendship.

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