Monthly Archives: January 2012

And the winner is….


In case you haven’t already heard, the American Library Association has announced the 2012 Youth Media Award winners, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and Printz awards.  See the entire article here.

The John Newbery Medal, which is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, was awarded to “Dead End in Norvelt“, by Jack Gantos.  You can check out this selection at the Leesburg young adult section under the call number YA GANT.  Newbery Honor books are “Inside Out and Back Again” by Thannha Lai and “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” by Eugene Yelchin.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal, which is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children, was awarded to “A Ball for Daisy,” illustrated and written by Chris Raschka.  You can check out this selection at the Leesburg library children’s section under the call number E DOGS RASC.  Caldecott Honor books are: “Blackout” illustrated and written by John Rocco (available at Leesburg children’s section, call number E FAMILIES ROCC), “Grandpa Green” illustrated and written by Lane Smith (Leesburg children’s section, call number E FAMILIES SMIT), and “Me … Jane” illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell.

I’ll be reviewing these books here on LibrErin soon, so stay tuned.  Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?


Give audiobooks a listen!


I have to admit that I didn’t listen to many audiobooks before I went to library school.  However, in my young adult literature class I listened to one that was so amazing that I thought I might like to listen to more.  (For those who are interested, that book is “Story of a Girl” by Sara Zarr, read by Sara Zarr.  Love, love, love it!)

Fast forward to 2011–when I first got this job and was commuting nearly 4 hours a day, audiobooks not only made the drive bearable–listening to those stories made the drive enjoyable.  I began to actually look forward to listening to the next installment of my book rather than dread getting up early or driving so far.  I listened to (among others) The Giver, two Harry Potters, Ballet Shoes, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  It was great!  In fact, the only thing I miss about commuting is the opportunity to listen to audiobooks.

So you might be wondering–what is the benefit of audiobooks for children?  See this article to read more about the benefits of audiobooks for all children.

For me personally, listening to an audiobook is an experience quite apart from (yet equally enjoyable t0) reading the text of the same book.  For example, I listened to Harry Potter and the Sourcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, both of which I had read previously and enjoyed.  Both of these audiobooks are unabridged and masterfully portrayed by actor Jim Dale.  It’s difficult to explain, but I felt that identified with the characters in a deeper way through listening to Jim Dale’s performance.  It’s somewhere between reading the book and watching the movie–you have the benefit of interpreting the intonation of the spoken word while not losing any of the original text, and your imagination still gets to work at envisioning what the people and places look like.

Here I need to give a word of caution–the reader of an audiobook can DEFINITELY make or break it, in my opinion at least.  You’re usually safe choosing an author reading his or her own work.  Also see the Young Adult Library Services Association’s list of Amazing Audiobooks for teens.  The article I linked above also has some resources for reviews of audiobooks.

Lee County Library has a nice collection of audiobooks on CD (children’s are in the children’s section; young adults are in the adult section).  If CDs are too clunky for you, we also have a number of titles that you can download to your mobile device (cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, etc.) available on audiobook through Overdrive.  They are enormously handy for passing time in waiting rooms, during lunch hour, or–long commutes. 🙂



You may have noticed something new on the table in the children’s section…

For those of you who don’t know what this is, or what you do with it, this post is for you!  This brilliant little thing is a flannel board (or felt board), and it is used by teachers, librarians and parents for storytelling and creative play with their students/children.  The purpose of this post is to inform you of the benefits of flannel board play, as well as to encourage you to make your own!

What is a flannel board?

A flannel board is a flat surface (such as thick cardboard, an artist’s canvas, etc) that has been covered with flannel, felt, or other fabric with a nap.  To use the flannel board, cut shapes or images from felt (or paper that has been laminated with sandpaper or velcro adhered to the back).  The pieces will stick to the board for listeners to view while the story is being told.

What are the benefits of using a flannel board?

-Visual representation of a story helps some listeners understand better

-Interactive (oral participation–ask children to identify the piece you are about to put on the board; physical participation–children can place the pieces or take them away)


-Seeing the pieces prompts the storyteller’s memory of what comes next in the story

-Since flannelboard stories are told without a book, it allows direct contact with listeners

How can I make my own flannelboard?

I was able to make two small flannelboards very quickly and easily with things I had lying around my office.  I followed the directions here and they worked very well.  You can also go here for instructions on how to use a clean pizza box to make a clever flannel board with a place to carry your pieces.

What you need:

thick cardboard (I had two 11″ x 14″ sheets of about that I glued together) or artist’s canvas

felt (pick a neutral color so that all pieces will show up well.  I used gray)


spray adhesive

glue gun

packing tape

What to do:

1.  If you have two pieces of cardboard like I did, spray one with spray adhesive and lay the other one on top.  Use packing tape to reinforce the edges on all four sides.  If you are using artist’s canvas or a single sheet of cardboard, proceed to step 2.

2.  Lay felt out flat and place the cardboard or canvas on top.  Cut around the cardboard, leaving a bit of room on the edges so that you can fold it up onto the back.

3.  Pick up the cardboard and spray the felt with spray adhesive.

4.  Place the cardboard in the center of the felt and press down firmly.

5.  Use glue gun to place lines of glue on all four sides of the back of cardboard.  Leave corners up without glue–you will cut them later (see the link above for very helpful pictures).

6.  When you have glued all four sides with glue gun, go back and cut the corners with scissors, leaving a mitered corner (again, see the link above–you’ll know what I mean when you see her picture.)

7.  Use packing tape for extra reinforcement along the back like so:

Now, what do I do with it?

For my first set, I just cut basic shapes out of different colored felt.  However, the possibilities are endless.  You can also make pieces by printing out or copying a picture (or using one from a coloring book!), cutting it out, and laminating it with clear contact paper (see my Silly Sally post for a how-to on this inexpensive way to laminate!)  Then, place one or more velcro dots on the back to make it stick to the flannelboard (see my Soup-er Storytime post to see the one I did for the vegetable soup song!)  You can make felt pieces for songs, stories, or just making pictures.  You can tell your child stories using the pieces, then they can tell you a story using the pieces.

Polar Bears mini-storytime


  I had a special request for a storytime on polar bears, due to the recent birth of Siku.  I was asked to prepare two books and some coloring pages, so here’s what I did.

As you see, we have an adorable polar bear puppet (see left), so I decided to use him for a quick little rhyme.

Marco the Polar Bear, white as snow.

Sat down on the ice near the cold water’s flow.

“I’m hungry,” he said, and he made a wish.

He stuck out his paw and pulled up a fish!

(for the last line I printed out a clip art fish, laminated it with clear contact paper, and attached a velcro dot to it.  I put the other velcro dot on Marco’s paw).  The students also loved greeting and snuggling with Marco!

The first book we read was Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr., Illustrated by Eric Carle.  Most of you are probably very familiar with this book, so isn’t a very surprising choice.  However, the bright, bold pictures and invitation to make different animal noises were the perfect icebreaker!  It’s so versatile and fun to read.

The second book we read was Panda & Polar Bear, by Matthew Baek.  (See photo, above).  I have to say that I found this book absolutely precious!  The illustrations are so soft and sweet, and the concept is just too cute for words!  Polar bear lives in white, wintery place, but he becomes curious about a steep cliff at the edge of his home.  One day he is just a little too curious and slides all the way down into a giant mud puddle!  As he gets his bottom, arms, and eyes dirty with mud, he begins to assume the appearance of a panda bear.  He finds himself in a strange, green land where a beautiful “splotchy bear” greets him.  They play together and become fast friends.  It is only after Polar Bear dives into the water to catch a fish that Panda realizes Polar Bear is different.  While describing his home to a fascinated Panda, Polar Bear becomes homesick.  But how will he get back up that steep, steep cliff?  The new friends work together to get Polar Bear home again, realizing along the way that they are not as far apart as they once believed.

This story worked very well with one of the coloring pages I chose, which was a simple outline of a bear.  I told the students that they could color on the muddy patches that made Polar Bear look like a panda bear.  Or, they could just color them in as they wished.  The other two were a mother polar bear and cub and a polar bear with ice that I found by just Googling “printable polar bear coloring pages.”

Soup-er Storytime!


  I used a soup theme for this week’s pre-k storytime.  We also had a daycare group visit, so I got to do it for them, too!  My friend Al A. Gator (pictured left) accompanied me, wearing a napkin around his neck.  He insisted that he was hungry and wanted Alligator Soup!  Here is the full poem, Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee; Al and I just did the last verse because it fit our theme:

Alligator soup, alligator soup

If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna droop

Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop

But don’t give away my Alligator Soup.

We tried several different kinds of soup to soothe Mr. Al A. Gator’s craving:

Stone Soup, Told and Illustrated by Jon J. Muth.  Sorry about the bad picture of the cover.  This retelling of the classic story of stone soup is actually illustrated very beautifully.  Three monks, Hok, Lok, and Siew, come upon a village where they are not welcomed by the villagers.  Determined to teach the villagers about happiness, the monks begin to make stone soup.  One by one, the villagers’ curiosity overcomes their selfishness and they begin to add ingredients to the soup.  The end result is a village-wide feast, and the lesson that “sharing makes us all richer.”  As an aside, this is one of my daughter’s favorite books, and has been since we got it from a book fair at her school a year or two ago.  I love it, and I think it has an important message.  That said, it was a little on the long side for my groups (3-5 years).  If you use it for a storytime, make sure you mix it up with some other activities.  I would also recommend commenting about certain things as you go along, to make sure they’re still with you.  For example, once I asked the kids if they ever put stones in their soup, which they thought was funny.  We also noted that one woman said she only had a few carrots, but the picture showed lots of carrots.

Making Minestrone, Stella Blackstone & Nan Brooks.  “What do you do when you’re feeling lonely?  You ask all your friends around to make a minestrone!”  The adorable illustrations in this book depict a group of friends assembling ingredients and cooking a minestrone soup.  Because of time constraints at pre-k, I only used this one for the daycare group.  I can’t say that it knocked my socks off, because it didn’t.  However, it is cute and it fit into our theme.  You might be able to “spice it up” by giving each child a picture of a minestrone ingredient and having them come up to the front to add it while you read the story.

Feltboard song:  Vegetable Soup Song (Sung to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”

NOTE:  (The original lyrics are “the soup is boiling up,” but for some reason I found it easier to sing “the soup is bubbling up.”

I made the broth can from grey and green cardstock.  The other vegetables are clipart that I printed out and laminated using clear contact paper.  The pot I drew freehand on dark blue cardstock and cut out a black oval for the top to simulate the interior of the pot.  I glued these together and laminated them using clear contact paper.  Then I used velcro dots on the back of the pot and on the back of each ingredient.  We sang the song together, wiggling our fingers up each time we said “the soup is bubbling up,” and doing a stirring motion with our arms each time we said “stir slow, around we go”.  When we were finished, we let Mr. Al A. Gator take a taste.  He said it was good, but it was no Alligator Soup.

Perfect Soup, by Lisa Moser, Illustrated by Ben Mantle.  Have you ever eagerly started cooking a favorite recipe only to discover that you are missing a key ingredient?  Just as he begins to make Perfect Soup, Murray the mouse is dismayed when he finds that he is all out of carrots!  He goes to the farmer for a carrot, but he says that he needs Murray to haul some logs for him before he will give Murray the carrot.  This begins a series of quid pro quo that leaves Murray tired and frustrated.  Each time Murray passes by the Snowman, he tries to get Murray’s attention, but “Murray is in a hurry.”  When the Snowman is finally able to flag Murray down, he gives Murray a gift that eventually makes his dreams of Perfect Soup become reality.  Children will love the surprise ending–Murray’s perfect soup does not have a carrot, but it is perfect just the same.  The final picture of the book shows Murray sharing his soup with his new friend Snowman, who is sporting a new carrot nose!  I really love this book, and I think it goes nicely with Stone Soup.

When we finished this one, Mr. Al A. Gator was crying!  I had to wipe his eyes with his napkin.  He thought it was very moving how Murray shared his carrot and his soup with his new pal, Snowman.  When we asked if any of the kids had any Alligator Soup to share with Mr. Al A. Gator, they all said yes!  He went through and ate so much Alligator Soup that he fell asleep!

What do you say?—Do you read fairy tales?


Okay, I have a confession to make.  When I was in college, I hated fairy tales.  Yup, hated them.  That’s what I would have told you, anyway.  In fact, I remember taking a class in persuasion, and my semester-long project was to get the class to agree with my proposal that fairy tales were harmful for girls.  You see, I thought that (and I cited plenty of scholarly sources) fairy tales were too often about weak girls being victimized in some way, often by (ugly) older women in addition to everyone else.  I thought that it just wasn’t a good message to send to children in general, but especially girls.  Even though I remember reading them myself as a child (maybe 9 years old?), as a college student I also found the level of violence in the old fairy tales distasteful and couldn’t imagine reading them to my children (if I ever had any).  I viewed them as relics of a crueler time and assured myself that our society had most certainly evolved past them.

So, in modern times Disney and others have attempted to make the tales more palatable to us.  These sanitized versions of the old fairy tales led a resurgence in their popularity.  Sort of.  But I’ll bet that many of the little girls wearing Cinderella dresses have no idea what really happened to her wicked stepsisters at the end.  (I include my own daughter in this, by the way!  I have, wisely or unwisely, shielded her from the real stories.  My only defense to this, if it indeed needs defending, is that I have the undeniable urge, which I assume is common in most parents, to protect her from unnecessary exposure to unpleasantness.)

I am again confronting this issue because of something I read in the fabulous book “Reading Magic” by my new hero Mem Fox.  (Go ahead and place your holds, I’ll be done soon!)  My BFF Mem (hehe) relates that, when someone asked Albert Einstein how to make her son more intelligent, he earnestly told her to “Read him fairy stories.”  Fox goes on:

“Fairy stories require the mind to be attentive to detail, to be highly active in problem solving, to roll through tunnels of prediction and meaning making, and to tumble down hills of emotion and run back up again.  Fairy tales often appear collected in fat books with few illustrations.  This lack of pictures makes fairy tales particularly special because children’s imaginations have to work a little harder when they hear the stories.  As children listen spellbound to the words, they have to use their brains actively to create their own pictures, thereby developing the all-important imagination that Einstein was so keen to promote.”  p. 138-9.

Fox insists that it’s okay to read the scary old fairy tales to kids, as long as they “feel deliciously safe with us while the story is being read.”  It is cathartic for us to read about other people’s difficulties, and thereby try to learn from what they have been through.  The distance of being the reader makes us feel safe as we navigate troubled waters and contemplate difficult issues.  We know this is true for ourselves as adults, so should it be any different for children?  Are we doing them any favors by not reading fairy tales at all, or by reading only the sanitized versions?

****NOTE:  Parents, I need to be clear on something. I am NOT saying to go out and read the scariest fairy tales you can find to your 2 year old who is afraid of his or her own shadow.  As the parent, you know your child better than anyone, and if you think your child isn’t ready, he or she probably isn’t.  My purpose in writing this post is to open a dialogue about the issue, because I don’t think there are any absolute answers.

So I want to know from you–do you read fairy tales to your children?  Why or why not?  What do you think is an appropriate age to introduce them?  Do you have a particular favorite book or tale?  Do you agree or disagree with Mem Fox’s assertions? 

Paper chain collage


In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this week’s craft was a paper chain collage.  I got the inspiration and the original template from Danielle’s Place.  However, the original template made a chain with only three people, and I wanted more.  I basically just cut out the original template, taped it onto a regular sized sheet of copy paper placed horizontally (landscape) and cut across the bottom.  I tried to draw dotted lines for folding, but it didn’t really work out.  I would suggest making the folds freestyle, using the first ones as a guide.  Or, of course you could just use it as-is.  What’s neat about this paper chain is that when you cut between the arms and legs it makes a heart shape, so I used those at the top.

What you need:

template (see link, above)


construction paper (some for clothing, and one whole piece for gluing the chain onto)

glue stick

markers/crayons/colored pencils

yarn for hair

What to do:

1.  Prepare template as directed above.

2.  Fold fan-style along designated lines.  Remember to make the folds match as closely as possible, or the chain won’t work.

3.  Cut around the outline, saving the hearts.

4.  Glue the chain onto a sheet of construction paper.

5.  Decorate the people as desired using markers, construction paper, yarn, and any other materials you can think of (you could even use scraps of cloth for the clothing).  One girl did a Disney princess chain and another did a Pokemon chain, both which were absolutely amazing!

6.  If desired, decorate the hearts and glue them on as accents.

I just let the kids decorate their people however they wanted to, but if you wanted a more organized activity specially dedicated to MLK day, you could use this wonderful idea from No Time for Flash Cards.  Basically, she wrote physical attributes (green eyes, blue eyes, brown eyes, light skin, dark skin, brown hair, etc.) on strips of paper.  Divide them into groups: eyes, skin, hair.  Then have each child draw a strip from each pile to decorate each one of the people on their chain.  Love that!

Do You Have a Hat?–Hats storytime


I noticed on one of those weird-holidays-type calendars that Sunday was Hat Day.  Even if this isn’t an official holiday, it makes for a fun storytime theme nonetheless.  So I got my black velveteen bowler hat and my hat stories and headed on to pre-k.

When I read at pre-k, there are five groups, with two classes each.  I have each group for about 20 minutes, and there is often some down time when one class has arrived but the other hasn’t.  To that end, I have decided to prepare a finger rhyme or song to occupy us while everyone gets in and settled.  The one I decided on goes like this:

My hat has three corners (put fingers up into a triangle)

Three corners has my hat (hold up three fingers)

If it doesn’t have three corners (hold up three fingers and shake head no)

It wouldn’t be my hat (put fingers into a triangle and place on top of head)

Source: unknown

This is a pretty simple rhyme, so it was easy for them to learn quickly.  It also flowed nicely into the first book, which is “Do You Have a Hat?”  In some of the groups that I didn’t do the rhyme with, they kept saying “no” each time the book said “Do you have a hat?” which, if you’ve read the book–is A LOT!  This way, I told them, they could make their own hat whenever they needed one.  The finger rhyme added an interactive element to the storytime, and I think I’ll keep doing it.

So, on to the first book!

Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio.  What a great book!  I just loved the large, colorful illustrations, as well as the excellent introduction to historical figures such as Francisco de Goya, Abraham Lincoln, and Igor Stravinsky.  The book might be a little inaccessible for young children, if not for the funny, rhyming text and excellent illustrations (which went a long way in explaining who the historical figures were and what they did) .  The historical vignettes make hats seem fantastic and glamorous (example: Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat, which the kids thought was HILARIOUS), but the book reminds us that they can be used by people today to keep your head warm or shield your eyes from the sun.

Caps for Sale, told and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina.  This one is a classic!  It is the story of a peddler who sold caps by carrying them all on his head in a huge stack.  One day was particularly slow for cap-selling, so he settled down under a shade tree and took a nice, refreshing nap.  When he woke up, however, the caps were gone!  This is a pretty simple story, but it is great fun to read aloud.  There are patterns that are repeated throughout the story (For example, the hats are always listed in the following order: gray caps, brown caps, blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps.  Also, the peddler always says “Caps!  Caps for sale!  Fifty cents a cap!”) and the kids loved to participate and predict what was coming.  When we came to the part where the peddler is demanding the return of his caps from the monkeys, I had the kids act out the part of the monkeys by imitating monkey sounds.  I did this mostly because I have absolutely no idea how to pronounce “Tsz, tsz, tsz”.  It worked out so well, though, that I think I would always do it that way.

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke.  Minerva Louise would love to go exploring in the beautiful, snowy landscape, but it is too cold for her!  She decides that she must have some winter clothing to keep her warm.  In typical Minerva Louise fashion, she mistakes a green garden hose for a scarf and a flower pot for a hat.  This story was a nice one to follow Caps for Sale, since we did get a little rowdy and needed calming down.  My only issue with Minerva Louise is that it is very dependent upon the reader seeing and understanding the illustrations.  Either because of the smallish size of the book and the large groups or some other reason, I found myself frequently having to explain (or, more often, ask leading questions about) what Minerva Louise was seeing.  However, all of the groups loved the final illustration, featuring silly Minerva Louise with a  pair of mittens–one perched on her head and the other on her tail feathers!

Don’t Touch My Hat! by James Rumford.  Sheriff John is one of the best there is.  Bad guys don’t have a chance ‘gainst him as long as he has his trusty ol’ ten gallon hat.  But one night, in a rush to straighten out a series of calamities in town, Sheriff John unknowingly grabs his wife’s hat instead of his own!  By the time he discovers his mistake, he has already righted all wrongs in his town, thereby learning that “It’s your heart, not your hat” that is really important.  I really like this book, but it didn’t go over quite as well as I expected.  It is told in a cowboy dialect that would be really effective for most people.  (I say “most people” because, if you’re like me and have a pretty thick Southern accent and you’re reading to children who are accustomed to thick Southern accents, they might not notice much of a difference!)  The only potential difficulty I can see is that the illustration depicting his wife’s hat is relatively small, so that the kids didn’t recognize it when Sheriff John is wearing it later in the story.  Also, I think the dialect got in the way when it was explained that Sheriff John had to get dressed in the dark: “No time for lantern lightin'”  I eventually was able to highlight important moments in the story so that the kids noticed them later on.  If you were reading this with a child one on one, I feel that they would probably notice immediately that Sheriff John was wearing the wrong hat.  Sometimes you just have to make adjustments for reading to a large group, and I’m still learning how to do that!

The Hat storytime was a lot of fun!  I’ll definitely continue incorporating songs and finger rhymes, and try to find ways to get more props involved, too!

Snow storytime


This week at pre-k I decided to do a storytime about snow.  Now, in south Georgia there isn’t a whole lot of snow, but I thought this was all the more reason to read stories about it.  Here’s what we read:

Elmer in the Snow by David McKee.  When his fellow elephants complain of being too cold, Elmer the multi-colored elephant takes them for a walk to warm them up.  While his friends play in the snow and ice-skate, Elmer sneaks off.  Has he been frozen solid, or is he just up to his old tricks again?  This book was a nice beginning to this week’s topic.  They were convinced that Elmer actually had been frozen solid, then were as amused as the elephants in the story when they discovered that he was merely hiding out so that he could ambush them with snowballs!

The Mitten retold and illustrated by Jan Brett.  Based on a Ukranian folk tale, this story is beautifully retold and illustrated by Jan Brett.  The clever addition of a mitten shape on the right side of the page foreshadows what is to come, which the kids really enjoyed.  We talked about why Nicki’s grandmother might think that a white mitten would be difficult to find in the snow.  (One girl actually said “it would be camouflaged” which really impressed me!)  After Nicki drops his mitten, an assortment of animals come along and decide to snuggle into it for warmth.  Finally, after a great bear squeezes in and a mouse perches on top of his nose, he sneezes a great sneeze and the mitten is empty once again.  The kids and I really enjoyed re-enacting the sneeze AAAAAAAAA-CHEEEEEWWWWW!!!

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, illustrated Barbara Lavallee.  One snowflake–that’s all you need for a snowflake.  EXCEPT…  This book is so fun to read aloud!  It’s a nice, big book, so the illustrations show well.  And the gentle, rhyming text flows along until the words on the lower right hand corner–“EXCEPT” “BUT”–which keep you wanting to turn the pages.  One minor comment is that the snowmen did not have mouths, which bothered a few of the classes, but not too much.  They still really enjoyed the book, and so did I!

Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka.  I finished with this one because it is short and sweet.  It is actually an illustrated poem about the different articles of clothing one wears especially for cold weather.  Since it is quite simple, I worried that it might bore the four- and five-year-olds, but I don’t think it did.  They seemed to be engaged with the girl in the story and her dog, who prepare for an outing in the snow.  They also loved the snow angel on the very last page.

Toilet paper roll penguins


Today’s craft was a toilet paper roll penguin from DTLK!  These turned out SO cute!

What you need:

Toilet paper roll

Printable template

Markers/crayons/colored pencils

Black construction paper (optional)

White construction paper (optional)



Additional construction paper for accessories (optional)

What to do:

1.  Cut out body, wings and belly to use as templates.  Trace body and wings onto black construction paper using pencil.  Trace belly onto white construction paper.  Or, color these pieces with markers/crayons/colored pencils.  Cut out body, wings, and belly.

2.  Glue black rectangle around toilet paper roll to form the penguin’s body.

3.  Glue a wing to each side of the body.

4.  Glue belly to front of penguin’s body.

5.  Color eyes, beak, feet, and bowtie/hairbow.  Cut them out.

6.  Glue bottom part of beak onto penguin’s belly.  Glue eyes on either side of beak.

7.  Apply glue to white part of feet.  Glue these tabs to the inside front of the roll.

8.  Glue on hairbow/bowtie or any other desired accessories.  Top hats were popular with the kids today.  One kid made a quarterback penguin holding a football!  I just love seeing how creative they are when they elaborate on our craft each week!