Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

by | Jan 13, 2021 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner | 0 comments

Today come and teach your baby about penguins with these fun books and activities.

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play


We often build our on our children’s curiosity but don’t always know the answers to their questions. We can often discover in the answers together in books. Knowledge about the world, even in young children, is key to understanding. Combining a story and a factual book on nature or science helps expand children’s scientific knowledge.

- Lambert


Read aloud “Five Little Penguins Slip on the Ice” by Steve Metzger and a nonfiction book about penguins like “I’m Just a Little Penguin”. then do the fingerplay, “Two Little Penguins.”

Books Presented

I'm Just a Little Penguin by Oakley Graham

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way. On board pages.

If You Were a Penguin by Wendess and Florence Minor

In this simple, rhyming picture book, the youngest readers will learn about penguins. This is the perfect read-aloud for teachers and parents to share with young children as they imagine what life as a penguin is like!

Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger

A counting book in which one by one the little penguins fall and hurt themselves, to the dismay of their mother and doctor.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Two Little Penguins

Two Little Penguins sitting on the hill. (2 Fingers Up, pointer on each)

One named Jack. One named JIll.

Waddle* away Jack (put one behind your back), Waddle away Jill (Put other behind your back)

Come back Jack (bring one out), Come back Jill (bring the other out).

*Swim, Slide

– Adapted from

Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky

Snowflake snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by

Down you fall upon the ground
Down you fall without a sound

Snowflake snowflake in the sky
Love to watch you floating by

– Jbrary

The Penguins in the Sea

The penguins in the sea, go…

Swish, swish, swish!
Swish, swish, swish!
Swish, swish, swish!
The penguins in the sea go swish swish swish all day long.

The penguins in the sea swim…
‘round and ‘round!
‘round and ‘round!
‘round and ‘round!
Penguins in the sea swim ‘round and ‘round all day long.

The penguins in the sea slide…
up and down!
up and down!
up and down!
The penguins in the sea slide up and down all day long.

– Adapted from

Sensory Activity

Contrast Activity

Baby’s eyes are still developing, so high contrast objects with black and white are intriguing to them. Penguins, zebras fall into this category. They love this “Black and white” sensory activity. Put some chocolate and vanilla pudding in a ziploc bag on different sides, or on a high chair tray. Let baby squish the pudding between their fingers and “draw” in the two contrasting colors.

Additional Books

Kisses and Cuddles by Aly Fronis

Follow a little penguin as he spends his day doing everything he loves–such as eating pancakes, playing with his toys, drinking hot chocolate, spotting rainbows, and more. But what does he love the most? Kisses and cuddles from his mama.

I Like It When... by Mary Murphy

A little penguin shares its favorite things with the one it loves most.

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