Books for Teaching With Bears
These books have a bear as the main character or offer facts about bears. They can be read as pure enjoyment, used to make innovations, dramatized, or made into pocket chart stories.
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Classroom Tip: Introduce ordinal numbers using this book.
Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Classroom Tip: Children can relate to feeling they don’t fit in. Use this to prompt discussion about this.
Care Bears (any story) by Nancy Parent
Classroom Tip: These stories each touch on various themes such as friendship, helping others, being together, etc.
Corduroy’s Day: A Counting Book by
Classroom Tip: Use this book to discuss quantity.
Sesame Street 1,2,3: Count With Me by Naomi
Classroom Tip: Innovations can be made by changing the adjective and the animal in the sentences. This book lends itself well as a pocket chart/sentence strip story.
Sleepy Bear by Mem Fox
Classroom Tip: This book can be used for ordinal numbers and sequencing. For example, who fell asleep first, second, and so on.
Snappy Little Colors by Kate Lee and Caroline
Classroom Tip: Teach color words, the color of animals and the sound they make.
Spot’s Favorite Colors by Eric Hill
Classroom Tip: This is an easy-to-read book that children can read by themselves.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Peek-a-Boo by Judith
Classroom Tip: Use this book and dramatize the actions.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
Classroom Tip: This book is a good way to reinforce rhyming.
What’s a Pair? What’s a Dozen?
by Stephen R. Swinburne
Classroom Tip: Introduce vocabulary and number concepts.
My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
Classroom Tip: This book is a great read aloud.