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Since the invention of the teddy bear (and perhaps before), kids have loved these cuddly creatures. I’m sure classic stories like Winnie the Pooh and A Bear Called Paddington have helped endear bears to our hearts.

These picture books about bears for preschoolers (and up) are sure to be favorites.

 Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is a fun, rhythmic story told with repetition and sounds. It’s fun to read. It’s fun to act out. The more you get into it, the more your child will love this book.

 Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is one of my absolute favorite picture books. It’s a classic with simple pen and ink drawings, but it is full of humor and surprise. You won’t mind reading this one again and again to see Little Sal and Little Bear get mixed up with each other on Blueberry Hill.

 The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson is a book I can recite by heart. Maybe it’s not meant to be read rhythmically, but I can’t help it. My kids and I love this poetic book about a bear who sleeps through a whole party in his den (well, almost a whole party). What will happen when he wakes up?

 Little Bear by Maurice Sendak is another classic book. It’s meant to be an early reader, but your preschooler will enjoy these sweet stories about a little bear.

 Little Bear’s Little Boat by Eve Bunting is a wonderful book about growing out of things as we grow up. Little Bear grows out of his boat and must find a new little bear who will enjoy it. This would be a great book for kids who need to outgrow a blankie or crib.

 Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett is such a sweet, simple board book. Literally, the four words on the cover (plus one more) are the only words in the book. But Emily Gravett plays with them in such clever ways and such sweet, watercolor illustrations that you and your child are sure to be delighted.

 Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy is a classic poem about the one day a year the teddy bears all picnic in the woods. The version I have seems to be out of print, but this one looks lovely too. Your child will love imagining their teddy bear picnicking out in the woods (and sneaking out to watch them).


 Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead is a sweet book about a bear who wants to tell a story but ends up helping his friends get ready for the winter instead. The illustrations are lovely.

And since we’re talking about bears, here’s a cute song about them for you and your kids to enjoy. It’s called Bears, Bears, They’ve Got No Cares by Slugs and Bugs. Enjoy!

What books about bears for preschoolers (or older) do you and your children love?

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