Little Bear Books

What's Little Bear About

Celebrate the timeless warmth of a mother’s love with the very first ever I Can Read book.

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children’s Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Who Wrote The Little Bear Books

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Else Holmelund Minarik

<p>Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic <em>Little Bear</em>. Publication of this book, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. This much-loved author continues to write stories for children at her home in North Carolina.</p>

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Who Illustrated The Little Bear Books

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Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983, Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution of arts in America. He illustrated over 80 books. He died May 8, 2012.

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Little Bear
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Celebrate the timeless warmth of a mother’s love with the very first ever I Can Read book.

Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her. When it is cold and snowy outside, she finds just the right outfit for Little Bear to play in. When he goes to the moon, she has a hot lunch waiting for him on his return. And, of course, she never forgets his birthday.

This classic from Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak was written in 1957 and remains as beloved today as it was then. An ALA Notable Children’s Book, this Level One I Can Read is full of warm and lovingly playful stories that are perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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Father Bear Comes Home
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

The children, parents, teachers, and librarians who so joyously welcomed Little Bear, the first I Can Read Book by this author and artist, will greet the return of these favorite characters with true delight.

Little Bear, his mother, and his friends have taken their places beside such other beloved animals of fiction as Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Rabbit, and Mole. And now Father Bear—large, amiable, and completely fatherly—returns from a fishing trip and joins his family. Beginning readers will love reading about his marvelous homecoming. They will roar with laughter over his method of banishing hiccups, and they will agree wholeheartedly with his views on mermaids.

The popularity of Else Holmelund Minarik’s I Can Read Books has been well established. Children reading Father Bear Comes Home will find that it lives up to their highest expectations.

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Little Bear's Visit
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Little Bear likes to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Bear. He likes Grandfather’s hat and Grandmother’s cooking. But most of all, he loves to listen to their stories!

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A Kiss for Little Bear
Written by Else Holmelund Minarik & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Bear is so pleased with the picture he has drawn that he asks Hen to take it to his grandmother. Grandmother is so happy with it that she sends him back a thank-you kiss.

How the kiss is passed from Grandmother, to Hen, to Cat, to Little Skunk, to a pretty girl skunk, and back to Little Skunk, and how eventually it comes again to Hen and finally to Little Bear will delight children just learning to read.

Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, the creators of the first Little Bear book for beginning readers, once again blend their extraordinary talents in a tender story filled with warmth and laughter.

This beloved classic is an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

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