Aren’t arctic animals fascinating? The idea that they can possibly stay warm in such freezing temperatures is amazing and can make for such fun lessons! My girls love animals in general, but books about arctic animals always pique their interest a little more than others. I compiled a list of 25+ Arctic Animal Books for Kids to use with your arctic animals preschool theme! They are bold, colorful and so many of them have pictures straight from the wild. Each book is an opportunity to provide knowledge and background and extend the learning from there (or not).

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Learning About Animals That Live in The Arctic in Preschool

ARCTIC ANIMALS ACTIVITIES AND BOOKS

BOOKS ARE EXCELLENT STARTING POINTS FOR LEARNING ON ANY TOPIC. THEY DRAW KIDS’ INTEREST, PULL THEM IN WITH BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS, AND GIVE THEM INTERESTING INFORMATION.

Arctic animals books for preschool cover a wide variety of animals. Your students can learn about beluga whales, the arctic ground squirrel, the snowy owl, snowshoe hare, polar bears or musk oxen!

Whether you are doing an Arctic Animal unit or planning to add animals into a different unit, these books are fun & factual. Books are an excellent way to explore the unknown or different and arctic animals are no different.

In addition to learning animals facts and behaviors, you can extend learning to arctic habitats. Kids can learn about arctic waters in books about the Arctic Ocean, or the arctic tundra that extends across North America.

One way I love to extend learning in preschool is with a sensory bin. Create an arctic-theme bin with plastic arctic terns, musk ox, polar bears, or wolves for children to explore and play.

Sensory bin play expands kids’ knowledge and allows them creativity and freedom to use language and vocabulary they just learned in the book.

In addition to learning about specific arctic animals, you can pose additional questions to young learners. Depending on the ages of the children, there could be additional questions for thought:

  • Which arctic animal from the book do you find the most interesting? Why?
  • How do you think the animals in the Arctic stay warm in such a cold environment?
  • What special abilities or adaptations do these animals have that help them survive in the Arctic?
  • Can you name some similarities and differences between the Arctic animals we read about in this book?
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What Can Preschoolers Learn While Listening to Books About Arctic Animals?

ARCTIC LAND MAMMALS

LEARNING ABOUT ARCTIC ANIMALS THROUGH BOOKS IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.

You can use the books to introduce important vocabulary and concepts:

  • Characteristics
  • Adaptations
  • Habitat
  • Survival
  • Migration
25+ Fun and Factual Arctic Animal Books For Kids: Learning all about Arctic Animals is easy with these fun, colorful and life like books for children. These are perfect for the classroom, school library or home.

Why Is It Important To Read Aloud To Children?

Whether you’re reading about saving Christmas on a trip to the North Pole on “The Polar Express,” or about Jesus walking on water, the value of any read-aloud should not be underestimated.

Language

Reading aloud exposes children to a richer vocabulary and enhances language skills, improving their speaking and comprehension abilities.

Bonding

Reading aloud creates a special bonding experience between the child and the reader, nurturing a sense of security and emotional connection.

Cognitive

Listening to stories stimulates imagination, creativity, and critical thinking, fostering cognitive growth and problem-solving skills.

Love for Learning

Regular exposure to books through reading aloud cultivates a love for reading and learning, setting the foundation for a lifelong passion for knowledge.

Arctic Animal Books For Kids

We love using books as a way to reinforce what we are learning. These books are a balanced cross between fun and facts. Each book is filled with a way for kids to explore the arctic world through the lives of these animals. If you’re doing an Arctic Animal unit or if you’re using arctic animals as part of a different unit, these books are sure to please!

 Arctic Animals (Cold Feet) Arctic Foxes (Nature's Children) (Nature's Children, Fourth Series) Hello, World! Arctic Animals Over in the Arctic: A polar baby animal counting book (Our World, Our Home) Amazing Arctic Animals (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3)

 

 In Arctic Waters (Arbordale Collection) Polar Animals (Scholastic Reader, Level 1) Who Lives Here? Polar Animals Mama, Do You Love Me? Board Book: (Children's Storytime Book, Arctic and Wild Animal Picture Book, Native American Books for Toddlers) (Mama Do You Love Me, MAMA) Arctic Animals Sound Book (Sound Books)

 

 An Arctic Story: The Animals of the Frozen North Arctic Fox (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals: Heinemann Read and Learn: Level K) Are You a Polar Bear? The Arctic Fox’s Journey (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Polar Bear Island

 

 National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? My First Reader Animals in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) National Geographic Readers: Arctic Animals (L2) Look Closer: Into the Arctic: [With Transparent Pages]

 

 Over and Under the Snow If I Knew A Polar Bear I'm a Narwhal (Little Golden Book) The Frozen Worlds: The Astonishing Nature of the Arctic and Antarctic (The Magic and Mystery of the Natural World) The Big Adventures of Little Arctic Fox: Making Friends

 

arctic animals book list for preschool and kindergarten

Do you have a favorite arctic animal book that didn’t make our list? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

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  1. I teach a unit on Arctic/Polar Animals in January. The Emperor’s Egg is a great book about Emperor Penguins. I also use some of the Jan Brett books: the Three Snow Bears, Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve, and The Mitten.

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