Australian children’s book author Nick Bland has created such an endearing series featuring Bear. Here at mamabare, as you can imagine, we’re partial to a relatable bear character (not to mention superb children’s literature!). As mamas and educators, our focus is usually on books that incorporate plenty of whimsical features, catchy rhymes, with a particular soft spot for those that focus on tricky subjects like loneliness, big feelings, fear, and empathy. These have quickly become some of our family favorites!
Bear navigates the uncertain and, at times, perilous landscapes of Jingle Jangle Jungle, Forest, and Mountain, while trying his very best to navigate complicated relationships. His stories reassure young readers that it’s ok to feel hungry, cranky, scared, or different. Bear is gentle and appeals to kids who may feel rough and tough, but who always have underlying reasons for even their most challenging behaviors!
Here’s a breakdown of our favorite Nick Bland Bear books with brief discussion suggestions for you and your students or children to explore: