Monday, January 28, 2013

Perfect Penguin Picks

School was closed today due to icy conditions.  It's the perfect reason to share my favorite penguin book picks and a word sort freebie.  

Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood
Little Penguin is a delightful bird who wanders off on an adventure  while his Grand Nanny is telling a story.  He learns an important lesson along the way. 

Penguins by Gail Gibbons
This is the perfect non-fiction companion to Little Penguins Tale.  Students can learn all about where penguins live, how they grow, and what they eat.

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Tacky isn't your average penguin.  This story illustrates the advantages of being an individual.  If you enjoy this story, try reading Three Cheers for Tacky, too.  Your students will love this odd bird!

Penguins by Emily Rose Townsend
This book is another great non-fiction choice, written in simple words that young students can grasp.

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Mr. Popper is one of my favorite chapter book read-alouds for the primary classroom.  Old fashion fun and laughter fill the pages. 

And now for a freebie...

Making Words is a great activity to use in a whole group setting or at a center.  You can download a little penguin word sort here.  I'm just starting to post files, so I would love to hear what you think about this sort.  Please leave feedback.  :)

Time for you to share...What are your favorite penguin picks?  I'd love to know!


  1. I seriously read all those Penguin books to my students as well... And I think your penguin word sort it great. I really like that the students can cut out each letter to they can move it around and see which words they can make. I also like how you unlined those tricky letters that if turned upside down make a different letter. Great job!

    Lovely Literacy & More

    1. Hi Brittany,
      Thanks so much for the feedback! :)

  2. Great ideas for books! I can't open the sort, but I think it's just my computer giving me a hard time...
    O.k., I HAVE to get back to my work!!!

  3. HI Wendy,
    I tried to leave you feedback earlier, but then I had to log back into google (long story)...anyway, looks good! I always love your book ideas. Do you remember Precious and the Boo Hag from our class? I am reading that to my class right now :). I am off to do homework. I will get back into the swing of blogging when my class is over. I am on overload!!!!