Looking for some great read alouds for children about bears to fit a teaching theme? Kids love having things read aloud to them and finding read alouds about bears, whether they are fictional bears or real ones, is not terribly difficult!
Popular Read Alouds About Bears
From favorites that feature bears as the main characters to books that are actually about bears, there are several great read alouds for children about bears that could be worked into a classroom theme.
What's not to love about the Berenstain bears? They talk about character, they teach valuable lessons, and they are relatable to kids. They also happen to make great read aloud material with colorful and interactive illustrations.
Simply entitled, Bears, this partnering of Maurice Sendak and Ruth Krauss yields a simple and cute read aloud. Be prepared for lots of interaction on this one as the original book by Ruth Krauss only contains 27 words. It's Sendak's illustrations that help carry along the plot and turn it into something kids will want to read again and again. Fans of "Where the Wild Things Are" will recognize the much beloved Max.
Bear Feels Scared
Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson is a great read aloud for kids who are learning to deal with fear. Readers will follow Bear, as he learns to deal with those fears that creep up in the night. Bears friends comfort him, making this a great book to use if you want to talk about kids and their fears. This is one book in a series of books about issues kids face all by Karma Wilson.
The Three Snow Bears
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett is a unique cultural twist on the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not only is this a great read aloud for children about bears, but it's also a great to read along with any study you might do on the Arctic circle or Inuit peoples. Although most people know this book simply for showcasing more of Jan Brett's incredible artwork.
A Bear Called Paddington is a favorite among adults and children alike. Paddington books are generally longer stories and make great books for story time when kids are a little older. Children love to follow Paddington Bear through his misadventures. In fact so popular is Paddington, that he has been translated into several languages and has been the focal point of an entire series of Paddington adventures.
Winnie the Pooh
Everyone loves the bear of simple brain and all of his friends from the Hundred Acre woods. Winnie the Pooh first made his appearance (by that name) in 1925. It wasn't until the 50's that Pooh was given to Disney and turned into a multi-million dollar franchise with a new cartoon, several Winnie the Pooh titles featuring characters from the Hundred Acre Woods, along with toys, decor, etc. Any of the original Winnie the Pooh books are always very popular.
These stories provide great opportunities to teach kids about bears while also entertaining them.