Winter is here, and it is time to feel cozy, just like bears. I love bears and bear stories. Children do too. While stories about animals are always popular, bear stories are favorites, year after year.
Here are my favorite bear books:
There are old ones and new ones, stories to make you laugh, stories of history, books with rhyming, holiday messages, and adventure. There are books that are just good. They make me want to read them again, and I do.
Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick
This is the true story of Winnie the Pooh, the bear that became famous in WWI before he went to the London zoo. It is captivating, with real photos and beautiful illustrations. The reader is immediately drawn to the soldier Harry Colebourn on the train in Canada to fight in the war, and finding a bear cub.
Those Pesky Rabbits, by Ciara Flood
The bear lives alone, and suddenly a family of rabbits move in next door. He is annoyed at his unwanted new neighbors, despite their many efforts to be friendly. Humor and persistence win over a grumpy old bear who finally finds friends.
Iver & Ellsworth, by Casey W. Robinson
This book has the same wonderful feel and text as A Sick Day For Amos McGee. Iver takes care of his good friend Ellsworth, a factory rooftop bear. When Iver retires and moves, the bear must go in search of Iver. The text is full of love, hope, and adventure, written in soft ways that draw in the reader.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr.
The rhythm and verse of the text, combined with the excitement of what animal and color will appear next, has made this book a classic. Children never tire of this book. They look forward to page after page with anticipation. It was Eric Carle’s debut as an illustrator of children’s books.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
The repeated chant of “We’re going on a bear hunt” follows five children and their dog as they travel through grass, river, mud, a snowstorm, and a forest before arriving at the bear’s cave. And then, they have to go back through the same obstacles, with the bear chasing them. Repetition, excitement, and of course a bear, make this book a winner.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.