It’s been a hot one here in Colorado this summer, so I thought I’d cool things off with a storytime featuring penguins and polar bears. I have a great penguin puppet given to me by a coworker, and he introduces our storytime.
- Brett, Jan. The Three Snow Bears. A three bears retelling, set among polar bears.
- Rodriguez, Edel. Sergio Makes a Splash.
- Song: Penguins and Polar Bears (in which we learn that they do NOT live in the same place).
- Ward, Jennifer. Way Up In the Arctic. A story to sing! If we have time, and the group is old enough, we go through the book a second time trying to find the number on each page. I ask the kids to use descriptive words to tell me where the number is, rather than saying “right there!”
- Flannelboard/fingerplay: 5 Baby Penguins.
- Munsinger, Lynn. Tacky The Penguin. I mean, come on. The gold standard of penguin books. I adore Tacky. “WHATS HAPPENING!?”
Other books I love:
- Barner, Bob. Penguins, Penguins Everywhere. A good option for the younger crowd.
- Dodd, Emma. I Am Small. Another good one for the youngers, with a nice refrain, “And I am small,” for them to repeat.
- Portis, Antoinette. A Penguin Story. A penguin goes in search of something that’s not black, white or blue – and finds an Antarctic Science Station!
- Murphy, Yannick. .
- Bloom, Suzanne. A Splendid Friend Indeed. Okay, so not a Polar Bear story exactly, but I LOVE his expressions. And Goose’s enthusiasm.
What are you doing to beat the summer heat?