Monday, March 26, 2012
Encourage Reading with The Berenstain Bears
The Berenstain Bear books might not be classed as great children's literature. But their colourful illustrations, zany antics, humour and readability have made them hugely popular. They can be found in classrooms, libraries and garage sales in many English-speaking countries. The books I remember include The Big Honey Hunt, The Bike Lesson and The Bears' Picnic - in other words, we're back in the 60s, folks! There are recent titles too as you can see in this list.
The Bears even have their own website. Here kids can read interactive books and visit the activities page:
Check out some hot tracks on Brother Bear's BearPod. Try the Maze to Bigpaw's Lair - just make sure you don't wake him up! Sister's got a secret message for you - can you solve it? Take a tour of the Bears' Tree House from the cellar all the way up to Brother and Sister's room. Visit the library or take in a movie. Send an e-mail to Mama, Papa, Sister or Brother (or the whole family).
The Berenstain Bear website might be just the encouragement your kids need to look for the books in their local library or at school. Lots of adults who love reading today learnt to read on Berenstain Bear books. Do you have a favourite?
***Co-creator of the Berenstain Bear books, Jan Berenstain, passed away last month. Her family honoured her memory by directing memorial gifts to Reading is Fundamental – USA’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit. What a legacy she leaves behind!