Short & Snappy Happy Book Blog: Little Penguins

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrator: Christian Robinson

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books

Themes: winter, snow, family

Age Range: 3-7

Word Count: 65 words

Teaching Tools:

Winter Fun activities from Scholastic

More Fun Picture Books about Snow

Why I Love It: With just 65 words, Little Penguins is short, snappy, and simply delightful. Little Penguins experience the joy of a first snowfall. I love the enchanting shape of the penguins, and they perfectly match the charming, spare text. They end the day with some of my favorite things: warm cookies and pajamas!



One for each foot.

What about boots?

Red ones.

So how’s the snow?



Very Deep.

From School Library Journal: “Robinson's utterly enchanting acrylic and collage illustrations, relying on blocky shapes, pair splendidly with Rylant's straightforward yet enthusiastic text, conveying the pure joy of a winter excursion as well as the simple pleasure of the familiar bedtime routine.”

Author Tidbit: Many of Cynthia Rylant’s favorite things are reflected in her work. She grew up in the mountains – in a large coal-mining family in West Virginia. This influence shows up in many of her books, including When I Was Young in the Mountains, The Relatives Came, and Snow.

Illustrator Tidbit: Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. Robinson, based in San Francisco, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.

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