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NPBM Blog-Along: Bears

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 4, 2011
Theme: Bears

My first thought for this theme was The Berenstain Bears, because growing up there were three books we read over and over… those Berenstain Bears and Trick-or-Treating (in October), Meeting Santa (in December), and their Messy Room (all the time).  Some people complain that the Berenstains are too didactic, but you can’t deny that kids love them.  Those books have a special place in my heart, but I actually want to highlight a different picture book today.

Sleepy Bears, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent

I discovered this book while I was a school librarian.  Actually, I’ve blogged about it before–check out this post–I made a giant Jeopardy board out of a shower curtain and used Teddy Bears for a Valentine’s Day theme.  I read a few books to go along with the theme, but my favorite was Sleepy Bears.  It’s a sweet bedtime story about a Mother bear putting her babies in bed for the winter.  We had a velcro Story Board to go along with the book, and each little baby bear had a different hat to wear to represent their dreams.  It was a fun sequencing activity, and the illustrations are gorgeous.

I remember…

:: the eager kids who wanted to play with the velcro characters

:: reciting the book by heart after reading it for a week straight

:: the gorgeous colors of the illustrations and simple rhythm of the text

What’s your favorite Bears picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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