The Berenstain Bears

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The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

As far back as I can remember, I have had at least one Berenstain Bears Book in my library collection. I remember being in 2nd or 3rd grade, running errands with my mom, who was a schoolteacher at the time. When she took us to a teaching resource store, The Teacher’s Pet, we would be allowed to sit in the back by the newest publications of the Berenstain Bears and read until she was ready to leave.

I have a hard time imagining my boys acting like that in a store, but sometimes they surprise me. My eldest Snazzy Lad loves to read, and he is happy reading for hours at a time. We recently came across some of the Berenstain Bear Cub Scouts chapter books at the library, and he was excited about getting started on them. Snazzy Lad 2 still prefers to have someone read with him, even just to listen to him as he reads. We often pick out the Berenstain Bears mini-stories for him at the library.

A little history…

Stan and Jan Berenstain first began publishing stories about the Berenstain Bears in 1962. Originally the family consisted of Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Small Bear. With the arrival of a sibling, Small Bear became Brother Bear and the baby was named Sister Bear. After a few decades, another baby arrived on the scene named Honey Bear. Along with their son Michael, the Berenstains have published over 300 books. The Berenstain Bears are celebrating their 55th year in publication.

Their stories take us on a ride through the many avenues of life we walk daily. The Bears tackle subjects like moral responsibility, sibling rivalry, telling the truth, and hundreds of other lessons. The books range in complexity from beginning readers to big chapter books, aimed at ages 4 through 11. They even have “Do-It!” books focused on cooking and drawing.

If you are looking for some holiday-themed stories to read, here are a few from the Berenstain Bears that you can’t go wrong with.

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks

The Berenstain Bears: Thanksgiving All Around

A Lift-the-Flap Book!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas

The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear


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