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Baby Book Club: Bears!
My toddler has recently become obsessed with bears – she calls herself a bear, she likes to growl, and she frequently tells me that bears are her favorite animal.
Fortunately, it’s not too hard to track down books about bears. And even better, they mostly fall on the sweet side, rather than the scary side, because one of the last things Ella asks me at bedtime is, “Are there any bears in our house? I’m nervous about bears.”
Baby Book Club: Bears!
Here are eight books, a couple of snacks, and an activity for sharing with your own little toddler!
Red Sled by Lita Judge
This nearly-wordless book tells the story of a bear who discovers a sled left propped against the side of the house. He and his friends take a little ride of their own through the cold winter night
Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Matt Phelan
I love this rhythmic little book about a bear who isn’t bothered by almost anything (not wet paws when he fishes, not squirrels tossing acorns at him, not bees buzzing around him). But when it’s time for his winter nap, there IS something that bothers him!
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram
This sweet, colorful story about a bear who needs to be tucked into bed, but won’t let his mom leave without giving him a kiss!
Paddington by Michael Bond and R. W. Alley
Armed with several jars of marmalade, this famous bear stows away on a ship and, in London, finds a family ready and willing to take in a lost bear.
Jamberry by Bruce Degan
This silly rhyming books is one of my favorites of all time. Hearing my toddler recite it just about kills me!
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
I remember reading this when I was a very little girl, so it’s fun for me to share it with my daughters now. It has great opportunities to try out your sound effect skills!
Corduroy by Don Freeman
I love that this bear, with his missing button, finds a friend to take him home and care for him. A true classic.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
Another gorgeous book from the Brown Bear series, this one is sure to be a favorite, featuring sweet baby animals.
Go on a Bear Hunt!
Make some easy binoculars and let your child hunt for a bear (a stuffed teddy works great!) in different spots around the house.