Parker the Purple Penguin cover with award

Book Two Coming Fall 2024!

It’s almost time to join Parker, your favorite purple penguin, again as he meets new friends in his Arctic home.

Parker the Purple Penguin books delight children and adults with adorable hand-painted illustrations while exploring important themes, such as embracing differences, being supportive, and believing in others and yourself.

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About Marybeth

Marybeth Wishart is a retired special education teacher of over 34 years who taught at both the elementary and high school levels. She is a Connecticut native now living in South Carolina.

Parker the Purple Penguin is her first published children’s book and is a story she told her own children over 30 years ago. Marybeth has discovered its messages are timeless and important to children and adults everywhere. She is a member of SCBWI and KidLit411 and loves writing children's stories, along with sharing her book with children throughout the world.

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Author Marybeth Wishart
Parker the Purple Penguin cover with award

About the Book

Parker, a very purple penguin, does not understand why he is not accepted by his peers. How can they not like him, especially when he loves to do all the same things they do? Why does he get excluded by all the other penguins just because of the color of his coat? What can Parker do that will make the other penguins become his friends?

Follow Parker’s adventures as he faces the challenges of being different. What finally changes the other penguins’ perception of Parker? Read the story and discover all the things Parker did and what it took for the other penguins to understand the truth.

Winner of the Silver Feathered Quill Award (2021), Purple Dragonfly Book Award (2021), and Story Monsters Approved Award (2020), Parker the Purple Penguin explores themes that are relevant to all children-and even adults-such as embracing each other’s differences, empathy, and bravery.

Book Details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wishart Books
Published: December 8, 2020
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 30 pages
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.08 x 10 inches

Paperback: 979-8990432109
Hardback: 978-1645433309
Ebook: B0CW18Q6H4


Marybeth Wishart has written a timeless children’s book that conveys an overwhelmingly positive message, which proves to be as relevant now as ever. Children will be drawn to Parker the Purple Penguin for the lively narrative, but will also be growing into more empathetic people as they absorb the deeper meanings found in his touching story. —Indies Today  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Parker the Purple Penguin is the perfect book for peace, the love of friendship, and for never judging anyone by the color of their coat. Well done, Parker! —Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kids love penguins and they will root for Parker the Purple Penguin. Marybeth Wishart has addressed bullying in a way that kids will understand…. I loved that Parker had to make a decision that was not in his best interests but would help someone else. It is such an important message to impart to kids that they need to stay true to themselves even when it is hard to do! —Reader’s Favorite ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, reads Parker

Contact Marybeth

Contact Marybeth


Parker has been read to children around the world by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and in person by Marybeth Wishart at schools, libraries, and book signings.

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