beautiful bear books for two-year olds

December 28, 2009

My friend Kerry was talking to me the other day about how there are so few good bear books out there. She mentioned a few that her daughter loves to read over and over again, but that she cannot stand. I made it my mission to go out and find some bear books that both kids and mommies will be sure to love. Here's what I found:

I love this twist on the Goldilocks and the three bears story. An Inuit girl named Aloo-ki takes the Goldilocks role and three polar bears stand in for the usual forest-dwelling bears. Igloos, dog sleds, and furry blankets made this book utterly captivating to Juliet.

We found this "how to build an igloo" from the BBC and were even more enchanted by the prospect of living in an igloo.

Looks easy enough, doesn't it?

If you don't want to actually go out and build a real igloo, try this fun igloo sticker activity I found at Frugal Family Fun.

Bruna by Anne Cottringer

This was an amazing find. I love the story and the illustrations are quite lovely. Bruna is a little girl who is always cold--even in the summer, she is bundled up. One morning, she saves a bear (Ursa) from drowning in the river. She brings her home and piles on all her blankets to warm him up. She makes, soup, reads her a story, and all the while begins to peel off layer after layer of her own outerwear. (Seems having a friend in her life warms her right up!) They go outside and play and eventually, she is running around in her sundress and barefeet.

The last page says, "Bruna never felt cold again. Now, on very cold winter days, it's Ursa who sometimes gets the shivers. Then Bruna snuggles up close to keep her warm. "Who would have thought I could ever be anyone's hot water bottle!" says Bruna, as she smiles and snuggles up even closer."

Do you have any favorite bear books to share?


Chels said...

I've seen The Three Snow Bears before but have yet to check it out- now I will! Bruna isn't at my library. We have lots of bear books that we like but here's two:
Big Kicks

Chels said...

Oops! Here's the right link for
Big Kicks!

Zoe said...

Yes, The Three Snow Bears sounds great. Will look out for that. I'm just writing a post about Snow Bear by Piers Harper (tho not sure when it will go live!).
Hope you had a really wonderful Christmas, Vanessa. We certainly did - low key, full of playing and eating and (especially nice!) sleeping :-)

Raising a Happy Child said...

We love Bear books here - I am surprised that someone thinks there is not enough of good bear books out there. One book that we read right now and totally love is Good Job, Bear by Marin Waddell. There is also, of course, Bear series by Karma Wilson, Corduroy (original), Care Bears, etc.

Infant Bibliophile said...

I also thought of Corduroy, in terms of a stuffed bear. And of Winnie the pooh. Another one we like is Never Ask a Bear (very cute - our review is here: And there is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See - but they have many animals and the bear just happens to be the one on the cover.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids like We're Going on a Bear Hunt and The Teddy Bears' Picnic. A couple of my favorites are Leaves by David Ezra Stein (great for discussing hibernation and the seasons with spare text) and A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker (appropriate for preschoolers and older).

vanessa said...

Wow! Thanks for all the great recommendations! I have read some, but definitely not all of the ones you mentioned! I'll be looking for these the next time we hit the library!

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