Thematic Reading List: 10 Beary Good Books for Ages 4 to 8


If your child loves reading about bears, have you picked up any of these from your local library? These are great for bear lovers ages 4 to 8. All books were published between 2008-2018.

1404866728 Believe me, Goldilocks Rocks!: the story of the three bears as told by Baby Bear
By: Nancy Loewen

Baby Bear, who wants to be called Sam, tells the true story of what happened when he and his parents went for a walk while their porridge cooled.

9780823416035 Kite Day: a Bear and Mole story
By: Will Hillenbrand

Bear and Mole build a kite and take it out on a windy day, but when the weather suddenly turns stormy there are unexpected consequences for some birds.

9781435147638 Bumble: the little bear with big ideas!
By: Marni McGee

Grandma is ill, so bumble decides to help out. But when Bumble starts picking flowers and painting Grandma’s front door, she’s in for a big surprise.

9780061552052 Old Bear
By: Kevin Henkes

When Old Bear falls asleep for the winter, he has a dream that he is a cub again, enjoying each of the four seasons.

9780763641016 A Bedtime for Bear
By: Bonny Becker

A small but effervescent overnight guest tries the patience of a curmudgeonly bear who needs absolute quiet to fall asleep.

9780062241726 Baby Bear
By: Kadir Nelson

As Baby Bear tries to find his way home through the forest, he asks many different woodland creatures for help and finds that much of their advice is more comforting than helpful.

9781481405065 Bike on, Bear!
By: Cynthea Liu

Bear is an extraordinary, genius bear, who can do anything except ride a bike. Can Bear figure out how to get on two wheels?

9781894965972 Jack the Bear
By: Christina Leist

When Brainy Owl tells Nosy Fox that Jack the bear is making the world a better place by sitting under a tree sharing his honey with Grumpy Squirrel, Nosy Fox wonders how it is that a humble bear can make a difference in the world.

0316282839 Horrible Bear!
By: Ame Dyckman

When Bear breaks a little girl’s kite, she thinks he is a “HORRIBLE BEAR!”–until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying “I’m sorry.”

9780810983984 Bear in the Air
By: Susan Meyers

When a teddy bear is lost by the child who loves him, the bear begins an adventurous journey to get back home again.


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