It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

Our new reading theme made me hunt down book-themed titles from our library shelves. It is always great to discover new reads through our themes.

The Bear In The Book

Written by: Kate Banks Pictures by: Georg Hallensleben
Published by: Frances Foster Books/ Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
ISBN: 0374305919 (ISBN13: 9780374305918)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

There is something comforting about bears and books to young children – possibly because the former usually represents a cuddly plushie toy hugged before sleeping; while the latter is usually read before bed, ideally with the same teddy on the child’s arms. Hence, if you find both in one book as a bedtime story, it seems like the perfect combination.

In this story, a mother reads this well-loved book to a young boy who likes hearing about his favourite bear hibernating, while the snow falls around, and the lake freezes “into a frosty mirror.” Throughout the story, the reader is able to read through the young boy’s eyes as he and his mother flip through the pages and read aloud and share commentaries about the images found in the book.

It will most likely be a treat to young readers to read about a boy reading about a bear in a book – perfect for our “meta-reading” theme. As the bear wakes up from his hibernation in the end, I have a feeling you know what’s going to happen to the boy in the story. But to be sure, you’d have to find the book to know.

Bear’s House Of Books

Written by: Poppy Bishop Illustrated by: Alison Edgson
Published by: Tiger Tales 2017
ISBN: 1680100386 (ISBN13: 9781680100389)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Rabbit, Mouse, Fox, and Hedgehog are four friends who love to read. However, they only have one cherished book they keep on reading over and over. And so, they decided to do some book hunting in the forest.

Lo and behold, they did find a thick red book under a bush. As they look longingly at the book, the four friends knew that they would have to return the book to its rightful owner. The first page did say that the book belongs to Bear who lives in the Twisted Oak at Thorny Lane. And so, they went to Bear’s House to return his book, and found Bear’s wondrous collection of books in his home library.

The four friends have totally forgotten about themselves at the sight of those gorgeous books that they plopped down comfortably and grabbed the titles that caught their eye, until they heard a sound that signalled Bear’s arrival. Only then did the friends realize they were reading books that weren’t their own while eating sandwiches at that! How the story ends, I shall leave for you to discover. This is a fun book that celebrates how a community of readers can be built among like-minded, book-loving creatures.

For other picturebooks that celebrate books and bears and storytelling, do check out these titles. Click the images to be taken to our reviews.

12 comments on “[Monday Reading] Of Bears And Books

  1. Pussreboots

    That’s a lot of bears and books. Come see what I’m reading

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  2. The Bear in the Book looks so cute! I hope you enjoy reading this week.

    Here’s my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  3. I have read Otto, but the others. Bear’s House of Books sounds adorable.

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  4. I have and love all these bear books, Myra, except The Bear In The Book which looks wonderful. They’re all favorites, yet Bear Has A Story To Tell is one I see and pick up to re-read. It is so sweet! I love your theme!

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  5. What a fun idea to have a book-themed book theme 🙂 Great choices of books, Myra! I just thought of one too — BIBLIOBURRO by Jeanette Winter

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  6. Bear’s House of Books looks so incredibly adorable!

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  7. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

    Bears House of Books looks so lovely! Will have to add that to my wishlist for my daughter!

    Come have a look at what I’m reading HERE

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  8. Otto the Book Bear is one of my favorites! My two-year–old is really interested in bears right now, so this whole post is perfect for us.

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  9. Our kindergarteners do a bear unit and there are several new to me books on this list. Thanks for the roundup!

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  10. I’m a sucker for books about bears! Can’t wait to read these titles!

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  11. All of these bear books look just delightful Myra!

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  12. You are so right about bears and books. Even when the bear isn’t super cuddly, kids seem to enjoy the book. Thanks for the great post.


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