Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Penguins Are Cool


Bibliographic Information: Penguins are Cool!, written by Connie and Peter Roop, published by Sterling Children’s Books, New York,  2012

Lexile Level: 250

Synopsis: This easy to read non fiction book is filled with fun facts about penguins.  It includes information about their life stages, their relationships, and the adaptations that allow them to live.  Color photographs are used throughout to show the details of penguin life.

Rationale for Classroom Use: Because of the simple nature of this text, it is ideal for guided reading groups, where it could be used to build accuracy and fluency.  This book could also be used as an introduction to nonfiction text and text features.  Students could gather information both from the print and visual images in the text, in order to share about penguins.

Common Core Connection:

1.RI.5. Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.

1.RI.6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

1.RI.10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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