Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Penguins

A Guide for Children (Revised)

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of penguins.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what penguins are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of penguins, from the Adélie to the Rockhopper to the Emperor. An afterword provides details on the animals featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-743-4
Publication Date: 6/1/2009
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-741-0
Publication Date: 9/1/2013
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.5
GRL: J, Gr 1
Lexile: AD540L
Themes: Penguin Behavior, Penguin Characteristics, Penguin Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF003030 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JNF051050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Biology


“A pleasing entry in a dependable series.” ―Booklist

“With its simple text and lovely watercolors, About Penguins will appeal to a wide audience.” ―School Library Journal

“As part of a series of books about both animals and habitats, this book is an essential tool for capturing the attention of any elementary level student! Using 18 vibrant illustrations along with simple but clearly written sentences, this book serves as an outstanding resource to engage students in the topic–Penguins!” ―NSTA Recommends


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

Maryland Blue Crab Young Readers Award (Honor Book, Beginning Non-Fiction) ―Maryland Library Association, 2010

Keystone to Reading Book Award (Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2010-2011

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North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2010

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2011-2012

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.