A young Adélie penguin on Coronation Island, Antarctica © Liam Quinn. CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Classification: Bird

Groups can be encouraged to choose animals of different classes (reptiles, amphibians, mammals, etc.).

E-books and some videos are available free-of-charge for teachers via a one-time subscription at the Epic! website.

Consider using websites like SafeShare.TV and ViewPure to remove ads from websites.

  • Websites

    Basic Facts About Penguins

    Information about penguins, along with fast facts.

    Emperor Penguin

    Interactive website with basic information and links to more in-depth offerings about this species.

    Penguins for Kids

    Brief descriptions of different types of penguins with cool facts. [Contains ads.]

  • Videos

    All About Penguins

    Curated list of videos about penguins.

    Scroll down the page to find the links to videos, games and more!

  • Portal Texts

    If You Were a Penguin

    by Wendell Minor

    ISBN-13: 978-0061130977 (F&P level: J)

    The Emperor’s Egg

    by Martin Jenkins

    ISBN-13: 978-0763618711 (F&P level: O)
  • Research Books

    Penguin Chick

    by Betty Tatham and Helen K. Davie

    ISBN-13: 978-0064452069 (F&P level: L)

    Penguin Facts for Kids (Facts About Animals)

    by Joseph Eleyinte

    ISBN-13: 978-1981985272


    by Seymour Simon

    ISBN-13: 978-0064462211 (F&P level: Y)


    by Gail Gibbons

    ISBN-13: 978-0823415168 (F&P level: N)

    Penguins (Explore My World)

    by Jill Esbaum

    ISBN-13: 978-1426317019 (F&P level: M)

    Penguins! (National Geographic Readers)

    by Anne Schreiber

    ISBN-13: 978-1426304262 (F&P level: M)

    Penguins (Our Amazing World)

    by Kay de Silva

    ISBN-13: 978-1519103444

    Penguins! (Step into Reading)

    by David Salomon

    ISBN-13: 978-1524715601 (F&P level: L)

    Penguins: 101 Fun Facts and Amazing Pictures

    by Janet Evans

    ISBN-13: 978-1630222253

    Penguins and Antarctica (Magic Treehouse)

    by Mary Pope Osborne

    ISBN-13: 978-0375846649 (F&P level: P)
  • E-books on

    Discover Penguins

    by Helen Foster James

    (F&P level: N)

    From Egg to Penguin

    by Jennifer Boothroyd

    (F&P level: N)


    by Wendy Perkins

    (F&P level: M)

    Penguin Chicks (Water Babies)

    by Ruth Owen

    (F&P level: N)


    by Gail Terp

    (F&P level: N)

    Penguins (Explore My World)

    by Jill Esbaum

    (F&P level: Q)

    The Life Cycle of a Penguin

    by Colleen Sexton

    (F&P level: N)
  • Virtual Field Trips

    Live from Behind the Scenes

    Your class can schedule a 50-minute program with members of the animal care team at the Shedd Aquarium. Each session is unique because it is happening in real time as Shedd’s experts do their daily work—with your students alongside them. Each program includes in-class activities such as identifying animals from X-rays and designing shark identification tags, and Q&A with a member of the animal care team. [Program pricing is $125 each.]

  • Skype a Scientist

    Scientist: Melissah Rowe

    Schedule a skype session with Melissah Rowe, who studies birds in the wild!

    Skype A Scientist matches over 2000+ scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists skype into your classroom for 30–60-minute Q&A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist. Multiple topics are available.