Every Penguin in the World tracks author-photographer Charles Bergman's forays around the southern hemisphere.

Every Penguin in the World: The Quest to See Them All

About the Book

Both a love letter and a call to action, this narrative and photographic book chronicles the author and his wife in their quest to see every penguin species on the planet. In the process, he muses about adventure, conservation, and what it is about penguins that captures our hearts.

Every Penguin in the World tracks author-photographer Charles Bergman's forays around the southern hemisphere--from the Galapagos to South Africa to the Antarctic--in his quest to see all 18 species of penguins in the world. The sections of the book are organized around themes of adventure, science and conservation, and pilgrimage--in which stories of each penguin species will be touched upon.

This endearing and thought-provoking book beautifully combines narrative and photography to capture the plight and the experience of penguins worldwide. The author and his wife developed a passion after seeing their first penguin species and have since spent years traveling far and wide to see each variety of penguin in its natural habitat.



Young Adult / Non-fiction Category




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Animals & Nature Category


A king penguin and a wedding anniversary inspired a couple to see all 18 species – an article featured in The Washington Post:

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Outdoor Photographer magazine in England did a beautiful feature on the book:

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Through powerful stories and beautiful photographs, Every Penguin in the World is a celebration of these delightful birds and a call for their conservation. This is a book of joy, love, and hope for penguins and the world.

– Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

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About the Author

A writer and photographer, Charles Bergman has lived nearly his whole life in the Pacific Northwest.  He’s a long-time teacher of English at Pacific Lutheran University and the author of four books, including Wild Echoes:  Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America. He’s written extensively on wildlife and animals in national magazines, including Audubon and Natural History and National Geographic.  His article on wildlife trafficking in Latin America was the cover story in Smithsonian.


His work springs from a wild dedication to the Earth and its creatures.  His writing and photography have won several awards, including the Washington State Book Award, Southwest Book Award, Ben Franklin Book Award, and he was a PEN USA Literary Award finalist.  He has a particular love for the Southern Hemisphere and has completed two Fulbright Fellowships, in Mexico and Ecuador.  He has taught study tours in Antarctica six times. 

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