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The Best Picture Books About Bears

Welcome to a bear-y special collection of preschool books about bears that will enchant young readers! In this reading list, we explore the best picture books about bears for children under 5, with engaging pictures and entertaining stories. From cuddly tales of friendship to wild adventures in the great outdoors, these books showcase the diverse and lovable nature of bears in literature. Join us on a journey through the pages of these heart-warming and adventurous stories, perfect for sharing with little ones who have a soft spot for these incredible creatures!

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A Bear is a Bear

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
2-5
A bear is a bear, except when he's not. What would he be, if a bear FORGOT? Poor bear! He's all confused. Is he a bird? A moose? A fox? Or maybe even a . . . squirrel? And now winter is coming . . . perhaps Bear should curl…
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The Best Kind of Bear

Written by Greg Gormley Illustrated by David Barrow
2-5
A humorous and heartfelt picture book by the brilliant Greg Gormley and David Barrow, with gentle messages of inclusion, friendship and the importance of being yourself! When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn't entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out…
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This is NOT a Polar Bear!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for fun, games and BIG bear hugs with a fabulous new friend! This book is NOT about a polar bear. Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But this polar bear can drive a train, roller skate, disco dance and even save the world. And there's one…
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That Bear Can’t Babysit

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Alison Friend
2-5
A fabulously funny picture book about seven mischievous bunnies and one very lovable babysitter bear! When Mr and Mrs Burrow hire a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. And Bear is NOT expecting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary…
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Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Written by Elizabeth Dale Illustrated by Paula Metcalf
2-5
Daddy Bear insists that nothing can frighten a bear - but when there's a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn't convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren't any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave…
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There’s a Bear on My Chair

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But wait…
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The Boy and the Bear

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the best friends are the most unlikely of all. When a lonely little boy receives an invitation to play written on a paper boat, it seems that he has found the best friend he's been longing for - at last! But…
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Goldilocks and Just the One Bear

Illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
2-5
Awarding-winning artist and animator Leigh Hodgkinson is the creator of this funny and clever fractured fairy tale based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears' house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear wanders…
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The Bear, the Book and the Blanket

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
A sweet and comical story about the three things a baby needs for the perfect bedtime! What do you need for the perfect bedtime? A beloved bear, book and blanket, of course! Join in the fun with ten enthusiastic and energetic bunnies as they try to find the special things…
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We Disagree About This Tree

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
A fantastically funny festive story about the Bear and Mouse who ALWAYS disagree from the award-winning Ross Collins, creator of the bestselling There's a Bear in My Chair. Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it's time to…
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Father Christmas and the Three Bears

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
2-5
A fun and festive Christmas fairy-tale adventure. It's Christmas Eve and Father Christmas has fallen asleep at the Three Bears' cottage but NOTHING will wake him. It's up to Baby Bear and the Fairy-Tale Rescue Rangers to deliver the last presents so EVERY child gets a gift. But how will…
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There’s a Mouse in My House

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
The long awaited sequel to the award-winning favourite, There's a Bear on My Chair, from bestselling author and illustrator, Ross Collins. The tables have turned in this fantastically funny rhyming picture book. This time, it's Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and that cheeky mouse just won't leave. He's making…
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Poles Apart!

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Jarvis
2-5
An epic picture book voyage full of friendship and adventure by award-winning author Jeanne Willis. Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole, but what would happen if, one day, a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless…
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Bizzy Bear: Vet’s Clinic

Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Five easy-to-use sliders, a rhyming story and lots to spot and say in this series of bright, interactive board books for toddlers! Join Bizzy Bear as he looks after the animals at the vet's clinic! Little ones will love using the chunky sliders to help Bizzy Bear X-ray the dog's…
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Fairy Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Illustrated by Ed Bryan
2-5
A simple, humorous retelling of the classic fairy tale with fun and fresh illustrations by Ed Bryan. When Goldilocks gets lost in the woods, she finds herself at a cosy little cottage. She is delighted to find three bowls of porridge on the table, three chairs in the living room…
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