Penguin Storytime

Kansas has seen quite a bit of winter weather recently with last week’s Blizzard of Oz. Lots and lots and lots of snow. The library was even closed a couple of days due to the weather, so storytime was organized last minute, but it turned out nicely. The arctic temperatures (it was -2 degrees this morning!), the snow, and the ice were my inspirations to have a penguin storytime. I even dressed the part in black pants, a black blazer, and a white button down. I was tempted to dance like Dick Van Dyke, but restrained myself for the sake of the children.

Penguin Storytime Lineup:

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Everyone loves Tacky. The storytime kids instantly knew this book about a very odd penguin named Tacky an his very proper companions. Tacky was also the inspiration behind the storytime craft.

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner

Simple, colorful, and informational book about penguins. This is a great non-fiction picture book especially for preschool aged children.

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Perhaps the favorite of the bunch. Penguin had the kids laughing and laughing. I was in a bit of a bind looking for penguin books last minute and was so happy to stumble upon this one. You can enjoy the story in it’s entirety by watching this animation, but I highly recommend checking out the book if you have the chance.

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

This week, the storytime kids were in on a very special treat. I read a book to them that hasn’t even been published yet. I was given an advanced readers copy of Penguin on Vacation by the publisher and decided to test drive it at storytime. It was a success. A story of friendship between two animals.

Penguin Walk: After the last book, I had all the kids stand up and I taught them how to walk like a penguin: Knees together, arms straight and pointing down, with extra waddle.

Penguin Craft:

When I decided to do a penguin storytime, I found a lot of great craft ideas (like the ones here and here and here) inspired by Tacky the Penguin. The concept made a great last minute craft for this storytime, but I couldn’t find a template large enough, so I made my own. I pre-cut all the pieces for the penguin and the mismatch shirt and bow-tie beforehand using cardstock and scrapbook paper. The kids glued all the pieces together along with a pair of large googly eyes. Very Tacky, indeed.

Here is how my little L’s penguin turned out:

I’ve included a template to use as a guide for making this craft. Print a few of these puppies out and cut the shapes needed for making your own penguin. (Hopefully, you can decipher my awful handwriting.):

Printable Penguin Template

We’re supposed to be hit with another winter storm this week. Might have to consider more arctic animals for next week’s storytime… Polar Bears? Seals? Abominable snowman?

Stay warm out there!


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