Children's Topic Books about Frozen Worlds and Polar Regions

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Balthazar the Great 

by Kirsten Sims

Bathalzar used to be the world's greatest violin-playing polar bear. Now he's the only polar bear left in all the world's circuses. He greatly misses his Grandpa, who gave him his first violin. One day, Balthazar is set free. He sets off on an epic journey home, and eventually, he sees a familiar face...

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

This is the story of Ben, who is delighted to find a penguin inside his present. "Hello, Penguin!" he says, but Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance ... but still Penguin says nothing. It isn't until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks - and Ben discovers that some things are worth the wait.

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Blue Penguin by Petr Horacek

"I feel just like a penguin," says Blue Penguin. "But you're not like us," said the other penguins. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story about friendship and belonging. 

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.

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Poles Apart by Jeanne Willis

Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole - but what would happen if a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless family find themselves at completely the wrong pole, they need Mr White, the friendly polar bear, to guide them all the way home. . .

The Emperor's Egg

by Martin Jenkins

The Emperor penguin is the only large animal to remain on the Antarctic mainland throughout its winter. Once the female has laid her egg, she heads back to the sea, leaving the male to incubate it. This is his story!

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The Polar Bear Son 

by Lydia Dabcovich

A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.

The Journey Home 

by Frann Preston-Gannon

The ice is melting so Polar Bear sets off in search of a new home. Join him on his adventures across the seas and discover the many friends he meets along the way. This beautifully illustrated story has a powerful message of conservation and is full of things for adults and children to talk about. 

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Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer

It's a big day for polar bear Lars! His father takes him hunting for the first time, and that night he is so tired that he falls fast asleep. He sleeps so soundly that he doesn't hear the ice crack AND doesn't feel himself slowly drift away - he doesn't realise that his adventures have just begun.

The Polar Bear 

by Jenni Desmond

A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the polar bear, this is a factually accurate as well as a poetic exploration of polar bear bodies, habits and habitats. This book tells a story about bears that engages interest with amazing facts as well as their deep sense of wonder.

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Yeti and the Bird

by Nadia Shireen

Yeti lives alone in a wintery landscape. Well, maybe not quite alone, but no one is brave enough to go near big, scary Yeti. No one apart from Bird, who gets lost on her way south, makes a special friend, and opens up a whole new world for our Yeti…

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Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

by Jon Nelson

How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered inside this exploration of snow, featuring photos of real snow crystals in all their beautiful diversity. 


Sophie Scott Goes South

by Alison Lester

Nine-year-old Sophie is going on voyage to Antarctica, with her dad, the captain of an icebreaker. Sailing the frozen seas round-trip from Australia to Mawson Station in the South Pole, Sophie recounts the adventure of a lifetime in her own words, illustrations, and colour photographs. 

All about the North and South Poles

by Christina Mia Gardeski 

What can you find at the North and South Pole? With icy land and cold-loving creatures, Earth's poles are cool places! Discovering facts about both polar regions will delight beginning readers. 


One Day On Our Blue Planet: In The Antarctic by Ella Bailey

In this picture book exploration of the daily lives of baby animals, we head to the ice shelf to meet a young penguin chick. What does she and her family eat? How many brothers and sisters does she have? What do they do for fun? 

The Rainbow Bear

by Michael  Foreman

The polar bear is bored of his white environment. He dreams of soaking himself in all the luminous colours of the rainbow. But when his wish is granted, he realises that his arctic camouflage no longer works and needs the advice from others to escape his prism...

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Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner 

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs and many other animals making their winter home. Explore how animals survive throughout the winter in this fabulous non fiction picture book.

A Dot in the Snow 

by Corrinne Averiss

Miki, a baby polar bear, comes across a little girl. He has never met a human before.They discover more about each other as they play in the snow. But the perils of the landscape impel Miki to take the little girl home before undertaking the long journey to find his own mother. 

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