Spooky Season is here an we have the perfect reading list to get your cubs ready for Halloween! The Bear family dresses up, face their fears, and have lots of fun in all of these classic Berenstain Bears stories. Happy Reading and Trick or Treat!
It’s trick-or-treat season in Bear Country, and the whole neighborhood is getting together for the big Halloween party at the Bear family’s treehouse! There will be a big Halloween parade, ghoulish games, a monstrous costume contest, and trick-or-treating for everyone. Brother, Sister and Honey can hardly wait for all the ghostly goodies and fun!
The Tokyo Olympics kick off today, and to celebrate we’ve pulled together a companion reading list full of the Bear family’s favorite summer Olympic sports! From I Can Read storybooks for early readers, to chapter books for the more advanced, we’ve got options for all ages. We hope you enjoy the games this summer, and hopefully a few books!
From passing the ball to scoring goals, there’s enough excitement on the soccer field to fill a sunny afternoon! But when Mama starts getting too involved, it’s up to the cubs to remind her what playing soccer is really all about. The Berenstain Bears: We Love Soccer! is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
In this faith-based storybook Coach Papa Bear wants his team to play fair. But the other coach just wants to win. The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game shows that players and coaches should act in a way that is fair and sportsmanlike, following God’s word.
In this faith-based chapter book Sister Bear is eager to show off her soccer prowess. She is a super soccer player, so she should be a shoo-in at soccer tryouts … except for one little problem. Sister Bear is too small. Will Sister make the team despite her size?
The gradually increasing number of bears on wheels–unicycles, bikes, and trikes–engage in silly antics that will make beginning readers giggle as they learn beginning math skills. Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.
Small Bear has a new bike, but before he can ride it, his dad insists on a teaching him about bike safety. From learning how to stop and turn to going down a hill and traveling roads you know, Small Bear has a lot to learn. And Papa Bear has an unforgettable way of showing his son all the tricks of biking.
Brother Bear and Sister Bear love to ride their skateboards. When their usual skating park closes, the only place left to ride is a neighborhood spot where helmets are not the fashion! Will Brother and Sister forget Mama’s advice about putting safety first?
In this faith-based storybook Brother Bear is trying out for the Basketball team. The competition is stiff, and Brother soon discovers the lesson that God loves everyone because he made them, not because they’re successful.
In this faith-based chapter book, Brother Bear learns about the importance of choosing the right friends when he starts playing a pick-up basketball game out in the woods with Too-Tall and his gang.
In this Berenstain Bears chapter book the cubs get ready for the match-up of the season! Bully Too-Tall makes fun of Harry and calls him “Wheels” because he’s in a wheelchair. But Harry can handle it–he even challenges Too-Tall to a basketball game! See who comes out victorious, and if Too-Tall eats his words.
It’s time for baseball tryouts in Bear Country and Brother is feeling the pressure. Will he be any good? Will Sister make the team over him? See how the Bear cubs fare in this classic Berenstain Bears Storybook!
The Bear family is excited take in everything the ballpark has to offer, from the seventh-inning stretch to catching a fly ball, but will Papa Bear get a chance to actually enjoy the game? The Berenstain Bears: We Love Baseball! is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
In this Berenstain Bears chapter book there’s a brand-new pool at Bear Country School, and all the cubs are raring to try out for the swim team. No one is more surprised than Sister Bear when she outswims every cub in every event–even the butterfly stroke! With visions of Bearlympics gold dancing in Papa Bear’s furry head, he insists on being Sister’s personal trainer as she prepares for the big meet. It’s a decision that everyone in the Bear family will live to regret, for Papa–armed with his trusty clipboard, whistle, and stopwatch–will stop at nothing to achieve victory! Whoever said it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game . . . that sure wasn’t Papa!
It’s finally the Bear Family Big Track Meet! After years of training, Papa, Sister, and Brother are ready to race, jump, and climb their way to win gold. But there can only be one champion at the top of the podium. Who will it be? The Berenstain Bears’ Big Track Meet is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and read full sentences.
During the summers of his childhood, Mike Berenstain remembers the annual trips he would take with his family to his grandparent’s beach house in Brigantine, NJ. The Berenstains’ fondness for the beach comes up often in the bear books, and can even be seen in their early “All in the Family” cartoons published years prior to their children’s books.
Although the Bear’s beach house has evolved over the years from the tiny bungalow seen in “Bears’ Vacation” to the roomier family home seen in “Pirate Adventure”, all of the Bear books that take place at the beach reference the Berenstain family experience in Brigantine.
To get ready for the summer, we have pulled together a reading list of our favorite Berenstain Bear books that take place at the Beach! We have them in chronological order, so you can see how the characters, the location, and the Bears’ activities evolve over the years!
This Valentines Day more than ever is a great time to send some valentines in the mail! We’ve pulled together some special valentines that you can print out on your own, or save and send via e-mail! We recommend right clicking and saving before you do either.
Family time, lots of yummy food, giant pumpkins, what could be better? Here in Bear country we will be fitting as much Thanksgiving in as we can this November. So, to celebrate we have pulled together a reading list of our favorite Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving stories to get your family ready for the holiday. Enjoy, and we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving!
In The Berenstain Bears’ Thanksgiving, The Berenstain Bear family prepares for a special Thanksgiving celebration, unaware that the legendary monster of all monsters, Bigpaw, is coming to Bear Country.
In The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings, the Bear family is on route to Gran and Gramps’ house. It’s Thanksgiving Day and the cubs could not be more excited for pie, roast turkey, and all the trimmings. But Mama reminds them that there are more important things to be thankful for beyond the feast.
The Berenstain cubs act out the first Thanksgiving complete with costumes, props, and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear’s pet turkey play the part of dinner? The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks teaches how God provided for the pilgrims and reminds children of God’s many blessings.
In The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin The Bear family might not win the blue ribbon for their entry in the pumpkin contest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival, but they do gain a new appreciation of the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to be thankful for.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and the folks of Bear Country are looking forward to everything the season brings. So when the Chapel in the Woods holds its first ever Harvest Festival, people gather at Farmer Ben’s for a wonderful time of family, friends, fun, and praising God for his gifts.
Invite your kiddos into the kitchen and create new seasonal traditions by cooking together. Children of all ages will enjoy the 40 easy-to-follow recipes for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, fall holidays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook.
Grandparent’s Day is September 13, and to celebrate we’ve pulled together some of our favorite stories featuring the Berenstain Bears and their beloved Gramps & Gran! Check out some of our favorites below, and be sure to thank the grandparents in your life this month!
In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps and Gran, it’s almost Grandparents Day and the Bear family has never celebrated this special day before. So working as a team, the cubs, with a little help from Mama and Papa, come up with a fun and creative way to show Gramps and Gran just how much they are loved and appreciated.
Brother and Sister’s visit to Gran and Gramp’s house takes an unexpected turn when they help clean up the attic and discover a dusty old family album. With Gramps, they look through old photos of Papa and Mama and learn fun, interesting stories about their family history.
In The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s, Mama and Papa have to go out of town, Brother and Sister get to go and stay with their grandparents. There the cubs have a fun-filled visit filled with eating cookies, exploring the attic, fish, and even attending a hoedown!
Mama and Papa Bear are stunned when they receive a letter from Brother Bear’s teacher. Even though Brother Bear sits down diligently every night with an open notebook, he has “not” been completing his homework assignments. A visit to Gramps and Gran’s house shows brother where he should be focusing his attention.
The Bears are having a family reunion, and all their relatives are invited. The tree house is ready, the tables are set, and the fun is about to start!
In The Berenstain Bears Love is Kind, good manners have been wearing a little thin in the Bear family’s tree house. Maybe the bears just woke up on the wrong side of bed. Maybe they’re all so busy that they’re getting grouchy and cranky. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that things are on the wrong track in the politeness department. Grizzly Gran does not approve and aims to get things in the tree house back on the right track.
While out of school for a few days with a cold, Brother Bear ignores his
make-up work. And when he returns to class, he discovers the consequences of
neglecting his responsibilities: he fails his division test. Grizzly Gramps
helps Brother learn that it’s never too late to correct a mistake.
After months at home you and your little ones may be itching for a new adventure. While travel is limited right now We’ve pulled some of our favorite stories that take readers on a journey, and make learning fun! Go with the Bear family under the sea, around the world, and even back in time with this end of summer reading list.
From the plains of Africa to the Great Wall of China, there are more sights to see than points on a map! Professor Actual Factual takes the Bear family on an incredible journey around the world in this I Can Read story, perfect for new readers.
The Berenstain Bears dive under the ocean to discover life below the waves! The Bear family meets flying fish, dolphins, sharks, and giant squid while getting a close-up look at undersea plants in this remarkable learning adventure.
Come along as the Berenstain Bears meet everyday heroes–firefighters–in The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse! Young readers will love learning all about what it takes to save the day in this picture book.
The Berenstain Bears take a trip to the hospital and get a special tour! While Brother and Sister Bear see all the amazing things that happen in the hospital, they make new friends along the way! Young readers will learn about doctors, nurses, patients, and more.
Gramps takes Brother, Sister, and Honey around town with Big Jake to learn all about construction vehicles. They see different types of machines workers use at construction sites, farms, and even in the woods. These are certainly no ordinary machines–they are big machines!
Hop aboard the Anytime-Anyyear Machine with the beloved Berenstain Bears! The Bear family travels back in time, and what a sight it is! They get to see mummies up close in ancient Egypt, cheer loudly during a medieval jousting match, dine at the very first Thanksgiving, and more.
Grab your shovels and join the Berenstain Bears on a dinosaur dig at the Bearsonian Museum in this lively addition to the classic New York Times bestselling series! What sort of fossils will they find? A stegosaurus? A spinosaurus? The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex? Dig in with the Berenstain Bears and find out in this storybook!
Discover fun facts about the natural world in the company of the Berenstain Bears and their friend, Professor Actual Factual, the foremost bear scientist of his time! This treasury of knowledge includes a complete almanac of the seasons and intriguing information about animals, plants, insects, and fish — plus fun for the whole family with simple science projects.
Most of us will be celebrating Easter while social distancing at home this year. If you are at home with little ones we have a few suggestions on how to make the holiday at home feel just as special as it would with extended family or friends!
First off, why not let your little ones help make the Easter baskets. And, do they need to be baskets? Have your kids find a container that suits them, and instead of going out to buy Easter grass make your own! This can be a great way for school aged kids to hone their fine motor skills with safety scissors. Little ones who who aren’t scissor-ready can rip up grocery bags, craft paper, or whatever you have around. These Easter “baskets” may not look picture perfect, but your kids will feel accomplished in their creative efforts at making them. You can always spruce up the baskets with a few treats of your own on Easter morning.
With the grass done, they can make special cards or presents to put in siblings’ baskets, or to mail to family and friends you would normally see on Easter!
If they get tired of card marking and letter writing, how about a few decorations? Cut out a simple egg shape in paper and have them decorate their own Easter eggs to place around the house, or tape to some string for a festive banner.
Sure, you could go out for bags of Easter candy, but making your own Easter treats is a fun way to kill some time with stir crazy kids. Below are two of our favorite recipes from The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook. These are great for Easter morning or just a yummy snack.
Easter Eggs & Egg Hunt
Decorating Easter eggs is already an at-home activity, but did you know you don’t even need an egg dying kit? You can use tools that you probably already have in your pantry.
Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Dry eggs and then place back in the fridge until you are ready to hide them for your Easter egg hunt!
Since the eggs are hard boiled we recommend hiding them right before your egg hunt, so they are not out for long. For talented hiders you may also want to keep a list of where you hid them to avoid a forgotten (and later rotten) egg. Since all of the dye ingredients are edible, you can even use your eggs later (if they are not kept out for too long) for deviled eggs, egg salad, or just to keep on hand in the fridge for easy breakfasts.
If you normally go to church on Easter morning you can make your own at-home service. You may belong to a church that has live stream capabilities, but if not, pick out a few of your and your kids’ favorite parts of your church’s Easter Service. This can include songs, prayers, and a sermon can be whatever will hold your little one’s attention. Our book , The Berenstain Bears and The Very First Easter tells the Easter story in a way that is easier for children to understand. We may be biased but we think it could be a great addition to your at-home service!
Count your Blessings
If you don’t attend church or are not particularly religious, Easter is still a great time to take stock of your blessings and what you are thankful for. After the egg hunt, during breakfast, or over video chat, take a moment to share with your family and friends what you are grateful for this Easter. In the Berenstain Bears Easter Blessings Papa Bear shares his thoughts and we think they are especially timely:
“We are blessed by many folks here in Bear Country. Farmer Ben grows the food we eat. Police bears and firefighters keep us safe. Doctors, nurses, and other workers take care of us when we are sick or hurt.”
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time, and we hope you have a wonderful Easter, whatever it looks like!
Spring is right around the corner, and nothing makes you (or a family of bears) feel refreshed and ready for a new season like a good ol’ spring cleaning! We’ve picked a few of our favorites that we think may get your cubs in the cleaning mood; whether its cleaning their room, the house, their community, or even…the Earth!
It’s time for spring cleaning and the Bear family decides to have a yard sale. Mama Bear goes through the house gathering up all sorts of tattered things—but each tattered thing seems to be someone’s favorite tattered thing! Perhaps spring cleaning will just have to wait until next year.
The Berenstain Bears live in a wonderful place filled with green grass, blue skies, and lots of furry friends. But on a fishing trip at the creek, the Bear family discovers that the town dump is overflowing. It’s spilling garbage into the water! Can the Berenstain Bears find a pollution solution before their beloved county is filled with garbage?
Papa Bear and the cubs are having some trouble with chores—they don’t want to do them! When they decide to take a break from cleaning, Mama Bear plays along. But what will happen when the mess builds up . . . and up . . . and up?
2019 is coming to a close and to celebrate we picked out some of our favorite stories from the past ten years! Check out our reading list to re-discover some old favorites or find new classics for your cubs’ library. We hope you have a great New Years, and are looking forward to a great 2020!
2010 – The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of GivingIn The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.
It’s Christmas morning, and Santa has left the Berenstain Bears a special gift—a nutcracker! At first the cubs are more interested in their new video game, electronic toy, and Bearbie movie. But when they put the presents away and put their imaginations to use, the fun really starts
Grab your shovels and join the Berenstain Bears on a dinosaur dig at the Bearsonian Museum in this lively addition to the classic New York Times bestselling series! What sort of fossils will they find? A stegosaurus? A spinosaurus? The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex?
The Bears are dealing with a typical family issue … the idea that they need “things.” And even more things! Brother Bear wants a Space Grizzlies play set. Sister Bear begs for a Bearbie dream house. Even Papa Bear thinks he needs a new fishing rod! But thanks to Mama Bear’s wisdom the family learns that there is more to happiness than just material things.
When Mama shares some fresh lemonade with the cubs, Brother and Sister Bear have a great idea—why not make a lemonade stand and share with the whole neighborhood? Sure enough, everyone stops by for a refreshing glass of lemonade, and the day turns into a wonderful event.
Gramps takes Brother, Sister, and Honey around town with Big Jake to learn all about construction vehicles. They see different types of machines workers use at construction sites, farms, and even in the woods. These are certainly no ordinary machines—they are big machines!
In The Berenstain Bears Do the Right Thing, Sister Bear finds herself in possession of a one-of-a-kind doll that doesn’t belong to her. After talking with Brother Bear, will she listen to her conscience and do the right thing?