From polar bears to penguins, Arctic animals fascinate young students. This fiction and nonfiction book list is a must-have resource for any Arctic lesson plan. It includes fact-packed nonfiction titles with leveled text and engaging photos, as well as winter and Arctic-themed fiction stories on everything from snowflakes to a baby polar bear looking for a friend. Use these books to bring the animals of the Arctic to life in your classroom.

Take, for example, Scholastic Reader!® Level 1: Polar Animals — a nonfiction book (for grades K-1) about all types of Arctic animals, ranging from walruses to seals! The rhyming text and close-up photography will help your students learn the material while having fun. 

There's also Who Would Win?: Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear, an educational book that puts these two bears head-to-head in a hypothetical battle to teach kids about animal biology. Through comparing and contrasting, your students can learn about the two bears' hunting skills, sense of smell, speed, and more. 

Shop books about polar bears and other arctic animals below! You can find all books and activities at The Teachers Store