Penguin Reads and Rhymes

"The Not-So-Perfect Penguin" book coverOne of the best things about the library is that you and your child can learn anything you want! Recently I’ve become fascinated with penguins. I learned that these flightless birds have flippers that allow them to swim in the ocean. I also learned that the emperor penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly four feet tall. The smallest is the fairy penguin, which is only about 18 inches tall. To learn more fun facts about penguins, check out “Penguins” by Penelope Arlon.

I also love to read fictional stories with penguins in them. One of my favorites is “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” by Steve Smallman. This story is about Percy — a lovable, silly penguin who was not so perfect. “The Not-So-Perfect Penguin” is a heartwarming book about acceptance of who you are even if you don’t act like everyone else. 

There are tons of other great penguin books at the library as well. Here’s a list of our best penguin stories.

After you read some penguin stories with your child, sing this silly rhyme to the tune of “I’m a little Teapot.”

I’m a little penguin,
Black and white.
Short and wobbly,
An adorable sight.
I can’t fly at all,
But I love to swim.
So I’ll waddle to the water
And dive right in!

Want to celebrate with fellow lovers of penguins? Come to Celebrate Penguins at the Southern Boone County Public Library. Join us for stories and activities about this flightless bird. This penguin program will be on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and is for ages 3 and older.