Saturday, September 22, 2012

Picture Book Saturday: Bears!

I don't know if this is the season of the bear or what, but picture books featuring bears just keep showing up in my mailbox. All five of these are adorable and worthy of a read! 

Bear Says Thanks is part of one of my all-time favorite series for kids. Author Karma Wilson and illustrator Jane Chapman have created this circle of animal friends that is just so incredibly charming and sweet that your child will love them and want to hear more and more of their stories.

This particular one focuses on Bear saying "thanks" to each of his friends as they bring him something delicious to eat. It teaches a really nice lesson on thanking people, the rhymes are great as always, and it just has an overall cozy feel to it. Perfect for fall!

Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrator Will Hillenbrand is equally charming. This bear reminded me a bit of Winnie the Pooh with his sweet, humble, and slightly dopey ways. 

Someone begins leaving sweet treats outside Bear's cave and soon, ge begins exchanging simple gifts with this secretive animal each day. Bear hopes he has a new friend, but he can't seem to figure out who the mysterious gift-giver is. The beautiful illustrations and quiet story make this a nice bedtime read. 

Bears in Beds is the sequel to Bears on Chairs which is a huge hit at the bookstore. We use it for storytime quite frequently and toddlers seem to love it. Author Shirley Parenteau and illustrator David Walker have created, in my opinion, an even cuter bear story than Bears on Chairs. This time, the bears are all snuggled up in their beds when the wind starts to loudly blow, frightening a few of them. Luckily, Big Brown Bear knows just how to help!

This one would be great for helping with small fears. 

Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson is a great spin on the classic. While on his usual stroll through the woods, this bear somehow ends up in a big city and he has no idea what to do! He heads into a nice apartment complex, trying to find a way out of the noise of the city, finding a great home with lots of yummy food and comfy furniture. It takes him awhile to find just the right bowl of porridge, the right chair to sit on, and the right bed to take a nap in though!

Older children who know the original Goldilocks and the Three Bears story will enjoy this silly take on it and the fun illustrations would be great for storytime entertainment. 

Finally, author Bonny Becker and illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton are back with A Birthday for Bear. Much like the Karma Wilson Bear series, these are also some of my favorite books to give as gifts. They're just so sweet and pretty!

This time, it's Bear's birthday and he just wants to forget all about it. Pesky Mouse, however, has other ideas of what the best way to celebrate would be, and none of those ideas include staying home alone! Though Bear always seems grumpy and annoyed with Mouse, he ends up coming around in the end and has a very nice birthday!

Originally published in Easy Reader format, it's now being sold as a picture book, which I love!

Thank you to Candlewick and McElderry Books for the review copies!

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