Black, Sonia.  Plenty of Penguins.  Illustrated by Turi MacCombie.  Scholastic, 1999.
    Illustrations and brief text describe different kinds of penguins.

Jenkins, Martin.  Emperor's Egg.  Illustrated by Jane Chapman.  Candlewick, 1999.
    Describes the parental behavior of Emperor penguins, focusing on how the male keeps the egg warm until it hatches and how the parents care for the chick after it is born.

Lester, Helen.  Tacky the Penguin.  Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.  Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
    Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

Lester, Helen.  Three Cheers for Tacky.  Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
    Tacky the penguin adds his own unique touch to his team's routine at the Penguin Cheering Contest, with surprising results.

Murphy, Mary.  I Like It When.  Illustrated by author.  Harcourt, 1997.
    A little penguin shares its favorite things with the one it loves most.

Murphy, Mary.  Some Things Change.  Illustrated by author.  Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
    A little penguin finds that everything, from weather to water to feelings, can often change.



Pippa's Penguin




Antarctic Antics.  Weston Woods, 2000.  Based on the book by Judy Sierra.  18 minutes.
    A collection of poems set to music celebrating the habits and habitat of Emperor penguins.

I only show a portion of the video, approximately 5 minutes worth. 




In the Land of Ice and Snow--fingerplay

  In the land of ice and snow

    (shiver and say “brrr!”

  Where the freezing, cold winds blow


  Lives a bird who’s quite a sight

    (make circles with fingers and put to eyes like binoculars)

  With his suit of black and white.

    (run hands along side of body, then tummy)


  He can swim, but he can’t fly.

    (swim and shake head “yes”, fly and shake head “no”)

  The penguin is a funny guy!

Dancing penguin
Dancing penguin


How Much Is That Penguin?--song



I'm A Little Penguin--song



"Waddle Penguin"--song 

This song can be found on Animal Grooves sound recording by James Coffey.   Blue Vision Music, 1999.



One Little Penguin--activity/name tag activity


One little penguin in the snow

Waddles fast and waddles slow

Flaps his wings and calls, “Come on,

Join me in this winter fun!”


  1. I gave each of the children a penguin made from construction paper with a magnet on the back.  (I just reduced the size of the pattern I used for “Pippa’s Penguin,” the story I wrote.)  I use a magnetic board instead of a flannel board.  If you use a flannel board, you can put felt or Velcro on the back of the penguins.

  2. I put my penguin on the board before starting.  We stood up and acted out the verse.  After the last line, the kids could add their penguins.  We counted how many penguins were on the board and did the rhyme again with the correct number.  (You might want to have the boys come up first.  Then do the verse.  Count the penguins and have the girls come up next.  Or have them come up by ages.  Otherwise you might get all the penguins at once and can only do the activity twice.)

  3. Instead of making construction paper penguins, you might be able to find notepads in the shape of a penguin at a teacher supply store.  I tear off sheets and run them through the laminator before adding the magnet.  They are a great time saver and look really good.


Hidden Penguin--activity


1.  Make penguins from construction paper—at least 3 or 4.  Attach to the front of containers.  (I used cottage cheese containers.)

2.  Get a small stuffed penguin or make a paper one.

3.  Place the small penguin under a container.  Move the containers around and see if the kids can remember which penguin the baby is under.




Penguin Paper Craft


* "Pippa's Penguin," "In the Land of Ice and Snow," "One Little Penguin" and "Hidden Penguin," which were written by Susan M. Dailey, can be used freely in programs, but may not be re-posted, reproduced, or sold without prior permission.

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