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Which Bear Is Best?

Two toy teddy bears

Who doesn’t love a soft, sweet teddy bear?  Or, better yet, a funny, sardonic Grizzly?  I can’t seem to resist these children’s picture books featuring bears… 

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen 

This is one of those books that is just as fun for the adult as for the child.  A simple yet clever book with illustrations that just add to the funny.  A bear loses his hat and goes on a comical journey of asking various woodland creatures if they’ve seen his hat  Well, he finds his hat…and you’ll be surprised what happens next.

Corduroy by Don Freeman 

This classic tale makes us all love Corduroy, the department store teddy bear.  Corduroy thinks that because of what he sees as his flaw – a missing button on his jumper – that no one wants him.  What he learns is that he was actually just waiting for the right person who accepts him, “imperfections” and all.  A timeless story for all  ages, for sure.

Bearnard’s Book by Deborah Underwood 

First off, the illustrations in this book are so cute; the facial and physical expressions are endearing.  More important, though, is the underlying message in this one.  Bearnard is invited to be the star of his own book and while he tries to figure out what type of character he should be, he finally comes to the conclusion that he should be himself.  Because he is good enough just as he is.  🙂

The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies by Stan and Jan Berenstain 

Who can resist the Berenstain Bears?  Even when they get the gimmies, the coolest bears in Bear Country always have an interesting story, with a small helping of humor (usually provided by Papa).  In this tale, Brother and Sister get a little too selfish and whiny.  But, as always the kids learn their lesson that being polite and grateful for what they already have is the most rewarding.

That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle 

This enjoyable tale follows an adventurous evening of babysitting by a slightly underprepared bear.  With all good intentions, he trusts his seven charges to tell him what their Mom and Dad usually let them do.  Well, you can imagine how that turns out.  Bear brings it around in the end, though, much to the surprise of Mom and Dad when they arrive home.

Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson 

Illustrator Jane Chapman creates one of the most loveable (and my personal favorite) bears in children’s literature.  Featured in a variety of his own picture books, in this edition, Bear makes a new friend.  Accompanied by his usual gang of Badger, Wren, Hare, Raven, and Mole, they stumble upon a new friend to add to the group.  In my opinion, these books are all the best bear books.

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker 

In this book series, we have two friends with opposite personalities.  Bear is cantankerous, rigid, and resistant to change.  Mouse is an easy going, open-minded extravert.  As in a lot of friendships, these two bring out the best in each other.  In this particular episode, Bear is grumpily trying to get his good night’s sleep when mouse comes over to join, much to Bear’s dismay.

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman 

This one-off book by the author of the Ladybug Girl series (one of my faves, btw) is about three adventurous bears who break their mother’s special blue seashell.  Instead of coming clean, they take their boat on the high seas to find a replacement, only to be met with obstacle after obstacle.  Along with the beautiful illustrations, this book has a great message.

Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea 

What can I say?  This is one of my favorite books of all time.  If I’m being honest, I’m pretty sure I enjoy it more than my kids.  But, they get enjoyment out of seeing me laugh so hard.  Reuben the Bear realizes his pants have become wet and he blames all of his friends individually, and then collectively.  Reuben eventually realizes his “accident”.  A light-hearted look at accidents and owning up… and, did I mention it was  funny?

Winnie the Pooh Storybook Treasury 

I chose this storybook collection mainly because I love these types of compilations.  Winnie the Pooh, what can you say? It’s a classic.  Although I’ve never been Pooh’s biggest fan, these stories are always a soothing throwback to childhood, no matter your age, and still resonate today with the illustrations and storylines.

Hugless Douglas by David Melling 

This book series featuring Douglas the Bear is another popular one in recent years.  Hugless Douglas wakes up from hibernation in desperate need of a hug.  He tries hugging some different objects and animals.  Nothing quite satisfies.  But, he finds the perfect hug in the end.  It’s a sweet, satisfying read.

What’s your favorite Bear?