Polar Animals Books

Brrr! The weather outside is getting chilly! We can’t survive outside in the cold, but there are hundreds of animals who call the Arctic region their home. These animals are specially adapted to thrive in cold climates. Use the books on this list to introduce children to a few of these amazing creatures. We have included several fiction books, too, so children can laugh along as we explore these winter characters.

Hello, World! Arctic Animals Jill McDonald

Introduce your baby or toddler to Arctic animals with this board book. It features cheerful illustrations alongside toddler-friendly facts and details about polar animals. It’s a fun book for early learners!

Polar Bear Island Lindsay Bonilla

Polar Bear Island is a peaceful, predictable place until a new penguin shows up. Will the polar bear mayor be able to welcome this new visitor? Kids hear a gentle message of community and inclusivity in this book. It’s got adorable illustrations and heartwarming characters. Your preschoolers and early elementary kids will quickly fall in love with it.

Polar: A Photicular Book Dan Kainen and Carol Kaufmann

You won’t believe your eyes when you read this photicular book. Each polar animal is pictured with moving, three-dimensional images—very much like a movie playing right inside the book! Aside from the great graphics, there’s also a lot of information here. You’ll learn about each animal’s habitat, diet, behavior, and population. The pictures will amaze preschoolers and older children can learn more from the text.

If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! Kim Norman

There’s nothing cuter than happy animals playing in the snow! These critters have gathered to ice skate, catch snowflakes, and build a snow fort. It’s a playful book that encourages preschoolers to sing along and have fun. Snuggle up and read it in front of the fireplace!

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Bill Martin, Jr.

Kids will love to follow the animals and act out the sounds all the way to the end of this classic book. Eric Carle’s colorful illustrations make each page interesting. The repetitive language is great for toddlers and preschoolers to memorize and “read” themselves. You may just want to read it every night at bedtime!

Animal Bites: Polar Animals Laaren Brown

Get up close and personal with dozens of polar animals in this book. There are 200 gorgeous photographs and maps. There’s also easy-to-learn factoids and information about the animals’ habitat and special characteristics. You will even learn about how they interact with humans. This non-fiction gem is great for elementary students.

Sweetest Kulu Celina Kalluk

The words in this book originally appeared as a poem. Author Celina Kalluk is an Inuit throat singer, and her story beautifully describes the gifts given to a baby (Kulu) by the animals of the arctic. The book’s message emphasizes our connection to the animal world. It’s a sweet bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

The Three Snow Bears Jan Brett

It’s the polar version of Goldilocks and The Three Little Bears! The little girl, Aloo-ki, ventures into the igloo of a polar bear family. When the family returns home, they get quite the surprise from Aloo-ki. Detailed artwork adds to the story, too. Read this one on its own to preschoolers. Or, read it with older children and challenge them to compare and contrast this version with the traditional telling of the story.

Can You Say It, Too? Brrr! Brrr! Sebastien Braun

Toddlers will enjoy lifting the large flaps in this book and mimicking the sounds of polar animals. It’s a simple book with big, bright illustrations. It’s perfect for little animal lovers!

Over and Under the Snow Kate Messner

Nature is a beautiful thing, but we only see a small part of it. What goes on underneath the snow in winter? Find out in this book! The squirrels, snow hares, bears, and bullfrogs have tunnels and caves to explore. The lyrical text flows easily from page to page. The illustrations perfectly capture the snowy landscape and the mystery of what happens below. It’s a wonderful read-aloud for preschool and elementary children.

The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

In this classic winter story from 1962, a child spends the day outside in the freshly fallen snow. With a calming tone, the book follows the boy as he knocks snow off a tree, makes footprints with his boots, and goes on other adventures throughout the special day. The illustrations are the perfect touch to the story—watercolors and collage make them eye-catching. Read it with your preschooler as the snow falls outside your home! (Or as you play a video of snow!)

Reindeer: A Day in the Life Polar Animals Katie Marsico

Get the truth about reindeer in this nonfiction reader. No, they don’t fly or live at the North Pole! But the reindeer facts in this book are really interesting for young learners. Kids will enjoy seeing the real-life photographs, too.

Snow Erin Edison

What is snow and how does it form? Get the answers to these questions and more in this easy-to-read book. The pages also feature engaging images. With short sentences and straightforward explanations, this book is a useful resource for early learners in preschool and kindergarten.

Winter Babies Kathryn O. Galbraith

Introduce your little one to the sights and sounds of winter with this board book. The upbeat text and vibrant illustrations follow small children as they play in the park. It’s a quick read for babies and young toddlers.

Ten on the Sled Kim Norman

Caribou is kind enough to share his sled with the other animals, but as they speed down the hill, they simply can’t hold on! Count down as each animal slips and slides—and then gets back on again. Children can use the “Ten on the Bed” tune to sing the words, too. It’s a fun learning book for preschoolers.

Who Lives Here? Polar Animals Deborah Hodge

Take a closer look at nine polar animals in this book. You’ll learn more about the arctic fox, the walrus, the polar bear, and many others. The detailed illustrations give kids a look at the unique features of each creature. A few facts are given about each animal, which makes the book a great fit for early learners.

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