Winter is the perfect time to read and learn about polar animals. Whether you’re looking for fiction or nonfiction, chapter books or easy readers, here’s a great list of books about polar bears for kids of all ages.
Polar Bear Books
- Hush Little Polar Bear | Jeff Mack – Readers follow a baby snow-white plush polar bear that has been brought to life by his owner’s imagination from the back of a whale with the sea spray surrounding, to a land of tall grass where butterflies float by up into the sky itself…and happily right back through the window into the loving arms of his owner asleep in bed.
- On the Night You Were Born | Nancy Tillman – On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you!
- Little Polar Bear: Finger Puppet Book | ImageBooks – Spend a day at play with Little Polar Bear in this fun and interactive reading experience for parent and child.
- Snowy Bear | Little Bee Books – Snowy Bear doesn’t like the dark. When Dad wants to take him outside and show him the moon, Snowy Bear is very afraid. But when Grandad leads Snowy Bear outside to face his fears, Snowy Bear sees how beautiful the stars are, and everyone says how brave he is!
- That’s Not My Polar Bear | Fiona Watt – A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little, white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
- The Three Snow Bears| Jan Brett – Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That’s because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap. Meanwhile, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear see her dogs adrift, swim out to rescue them and return home to find Aloo-ki fast asleep in Baby Bear’s bed.
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? | Bill Martin, Jr. – What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They’ll make the sounds the animals make. And they’ll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book– look at the last page!
- Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear | Hans de Beer – Lars is accidentally scooped up in a fishnet and put into a ship. How is he ever going to get home?
- The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale – 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.
- Little Polar Bear and the Husky Pup | Hans de Beer – One day Lars, the Little Polar Bear, rescues a husky puppy from a deep crack in the ice. Instead of thanking Lars, the puppy snarls and yaps at him. Disgusted, Lars heads off toward the sea. The little dog follows him and soon finds himself in trouble again—stranded on a floating piece of ice. “Please don’t leave me!” he calls to Lars. “I’m hungry and I want my mother!” So once again, it’s Lars to the rescue. But can he get the impetuous pup back safely to the rest of the husky team??
- The Bear Report | Thyra Heder – Sophie does not want to do her homework, a research report on polar bears. Bor-ing. They’re big. They eat things. They’re mean. What else is there to say about them anyway? As it turns out, plenty. And when a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, she soon learns all about the playful bear’s habits and habitat—from glacier mice to the northern lights—and, despite her first reservations, she finds herself not just interested but excited about the Arctic. When the two are swept out to sea on an iceberg, Sophie’s new knowledge and knack for creative thinking pay off in a big way: she calls a whale to their aid! Inspired by her journey, she’s ready to return home and take another swing at her assignment, this time with gusto.
- Polar Bears | Mark Newman – Full of fascinating information, this book explores the world of the polar bear on land and under water. Get ready to be wooed by adorable baby cubs and impressed by majestic adult bears captured in stunning photographs by renowned wildlife photographer Mark Newman.
- National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears | Laura Marsh – With their beautiful white fur and powerful presence, polar bears rule the Arctic. These majestic giants swim from iceberg to iceberg in chilling waters, care for their adorable cubs, and are threatened by global warming. In this level 1 reader you’ll learn all you ever wanted to know about polar bears and so much more.
- Polar Bears | Gail Gibbons – The polar bear is the biggest and most powerful of the animals that are able to survive the hostile climate of the Arctic. Cubs are born during the cold dark winter, even though they start out with only a thin coat of fur and weigh a little over one pound. The mothers raise and teach them so they may grow and survive in the wild. Here is information about how polar bears swim and hunt, how they keep warm and dry, and the many other ways they adapt to their environment.
- Polar Bears | Emily Rose Townsend – Photographs and text introduce the characteristics and behavior of polar bears and their habitat in the Arctic.
- Where Do Polar Bears Live? | Sarah L. Thomson – The Arctic might be a bit too chilly for humans to live there, but it is the perfect home for polar bears. But the earth is getting warmer and the ice is melting. Where will the polar bears live? How can we help protect their home?
- Polar Bear | Katie Marsico – Follow a polar bear through its day as it eats, sleeps, and cares for its young.
- Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue | Jennifer Keats Curtis – Follow the rescue of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) from the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English) to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage to his new home at the Buffalo Zoo in New York with Luna, a female polar bear. This photographic journey beautifully captures the remarkable development of the cub, who initially drinks from a baby bottle, sucks his paw for comfort, and sleeps with a “blankie” as he rapidly grows into the largest land carnivore on earth.
- Polar Bears Past Midnight | Mary Pope Osborne – It’s icicle city when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners?
- Polar Bear Express | Debbie Dadey – Kiki Coral is thrilled beyond words when she meets a brand-new friend: a baby polar bear! The problem is, the little bear, whose name is Nestor, has floated away from home on a patch of ice and now he’s lost, hungry, and all alone!
- Polar Bears and the Arctic | Mary Pope Osborne – Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.
- Polar Bear Patrol | Judith Stamper – Hi, I’m Tim — one of the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class. When Ms. Frizzle announced that we’d be studying the North Pole, I never thought it would lead us to the top of the world. I also never thought I’d get to see seals, caribou, musk oxen, and polar bears in person, but that was just the beginning. Find out all the bone-chilling facts of our Arctic adventure!
- Glitter Polar Bear Stickers – It may be ice-cold in the Arctic, but these playful polar bears know how to make the most of it. Some go sledding, build a snowman, or eat ice cream; others dance on their toes, rest on an igloo, or win a beauty contest. Sprinkled with glitter, all 12 stickers will brighten notebooks or envelopes.
- Explore the World! Giant Coloring and Activity Book – Let’s explore with the adorable animals of our Preciout Planet. This book is filled with hours of totally wild coloring & activity fun!
- Little Polar Bear Coloring Storybook – Fans of Hans de Beer’s beguiling Little Polar Bear can now enjoy helping to illustrate this new storybook. Line drawings of Lars and his friends and their exciting adventures invite young artists to fill them in color. As an added bonus, the book boasts full-color stickers.