A Baby Animals Lunch and Reading Activity For Kids

by Tonya Staab
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Make this fun lunch and download the free activities inspired by the children’s book Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day by author Karen B. Winnick.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Karen B. Winnick.

Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day follows the true-to-life antics and adventures of young animals in the wild as they, eat, play, tumble, romp, and explore their natural habitats and meet other animals who share their surroundings. Just like our children do. Which makes it such a wonderful story to share with them. And I’ve paired with the perfect lunchtime treat too. Something to eat, the perfect bedtime story, and your kids will be down for an afternoon nap in no time.

Tip: The trunk is made using a Christmas stocking cookie cutter.

This 64-page, beautifully illustrated story book, authored by Karen B. Winnick and illustrated by Laura Watkins, is the perfect bedtime story for little ones.  Children will learn fun and accurate facts about the animals featured: tigers, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, pandas, and gorillas.  

Download these free printable activity and coloring pages and create a themed day of learning and fun.

About Karen B. Winnick, children’s author, artist, and animal enthusiast:

Karen B. Winnick introduced this month two new books on animals that will both teach and positively delight young readers.

Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day is a treasury of six original stories that  follows the true-to-life antics and adventures of young animals in the wild as they, eat, play, tumble, romp, and explore their natural habitats and meet other animals who share their surroundings. Children will learn fun and accurate facts about the animals featured: tigers, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, pandas, and gorillas. Filled with action-packed pages, sound effects, and patterned text, Good Night, Baby Animals, You’ve Had a Busy Day is the perfect bedtime story for toddlers and preschoolers.

While Karen’s books entertain children and parents alike, her stories offer her readers far more. Winnick’s picture books, Gemina, The Crooked-Neck Giraffe and the just-released How Lucky Got His Shoe honor those who are differently-abled. Her stories help children to feel better about themselves and are an important reminder to show compassion and respect for others.

In How Lucky Got His Shoe tells the story of a Humboldt penguin born at the Santa Barbara Zoo who was having difficulty walking. The zookeepers worried his foot was not growing properly. Teva, a local shoe company, was asked to make him a shoe. If a big elephant with a foot problem could wear one, so could a small penguin. This is the true story, told with affection and illustrated with oil paintings of how Lucky got his shoe, his name and his ability to walk and swim like all the other penguins.

A reader favorite, in Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe Karen tells the story of the very famous Gemina who stood out from the other giraffes at the Santa Barbara Zoo because of her crooked neck. Everyone who saw her wondered if she was ok! Did her neck hurt? As months passed, Gemina’s neck leaned more and more to the side but it never seemed to bother her. Gemina didn’t let her difference stop her from doing anything the other giraffes did. Told with affection and illustrated with oil paintings, Gemina’s story is a celebration of the life of a very special giraffe.

President of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, Winnick supports many animals charities including Best Friends Animal Society, the Lange Foundation, the Los Angeles Zoo, WildAid and Wild Earth Allies to name a few.

For more on her books and some fun & games to download, visit karenbwinnick.com.

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Lisa Frame February 10, 2017 - 10:03 am

This is just perfection. I love it!

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