The Berenstain Bears Love Their Pets

February 20 is National love your Pet Day, and to celebrate we’ve pulled together a reading list of all of our favorite Berenstain Bears Pet stories! Check out the list below to see what books we suggest for you and your pet loving cubs.

 

The Berenstain Bears Pet RescueThe Berenstain Bears Pet Rescue

Join Brother and Sister as they discover the value and importance of pet adoption and animal shelters. They learn how to care for animals and even help Cousin Fred adopt an adorable rescue pet!

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The Berenstain bears Bless Their PetsThe Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets

Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear love their pets Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and Cutsie … they are just like part of the Bear family. So when Preacher Brown holds a special Blessing of the Pets service on Sunday, the Bear family joins in. But what starts as a peaceful gathering of Bear Country neighbors and their animal friends on the lawn of the Chapel—including dogs, cats, rats, goats, and even a snake or two—ends up needing a little heavenly intervention.

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The Berenstain Bears New PupThe Berenstain Bears’ New Pup

Mama and the cubs take a trip to get some farm–fresh eggs, but they end up getting a farm–fresh pup! Now Brother and Sister have to learn to take care of Little Lady, the newest addition to the family.

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Berenstain Berars New KittenThe Berenstain Bears’ New Kitten

Brother Bear may have gone looking for bullfrogs, but he found a tiny, helpless kitten instead. After Mama Bear gets the new kitten all cleaned up, the Bear family is ready to adopt her—as long as Little Lady, the puppy, doesn’t mind. With a little extra love, the Berenstains are sure their pets will be great friends!

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Berenstain Bears Trouble with PetsThe Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Pets

Brother and Sister are getting a dog, but will the cubs help take care of the new puppy like they promised? The Bear cubs learn what a big responsibility it is to care for a pet as they learn to care for Little Lady!

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Berenstain Bears Lose a FriendThe Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend

Sister Bear loves taking care of her pet goldfish, Goldie. Sister feeds Goldie every morning and evening, cleans out her tank, and even gets her a beautiful fishbowl castle! But when Papa and Mama find Goldie floating belly-up in her tank, they worry about how Sister will feel. How will the Bear family cope with the loss of Goldie.

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The BB Really big pet showThe Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show

There’s going to be a pet show at the Bear Town Festival this year. The Bear family makes sure all their pets—Little Lady, Gracie, Swish, and their new bird, Keats—look and feel their best for the big day. Who will Mayor Honeypot give prize ribbons to?

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We hope you take an opportunity to appreciate your pet on National Love Your Pet Day, and use these books as a resource to help your cub learn about the responsibility of caring for a pet every day!

 

 

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DIY Christmas with The Berenstain Bears

It can be daunting to create the perfect Christmas for your cubs; The perfect tree, cookies, matching ornaments. But we think a picture perfect Christmas takes some of the fun out of the season. We have picked out some Do-it-yourself crafts and recipes that you can create with your little ones, and in turn craft perfect Christmas memories and a few mementos.

ORNAMENTS

First up, Ornaments! The ornaments Below can be made with odds and ends around the house, with kid-friendly materials.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments inside

We also have a cut out ornament you can create with just a printer, pair of scissors, and paste. First right click on the image of the ornament and save it to your computer. Print on a heavier paper like card stock, and follow the directions also included below.

Christmas ornament instructionsSanta Christmas Ornament Cut out

Are you decorating the outside of your home as well this year? Don’t forget about the local outdoor creatures! Below are some ornament ideas that will provide a treat for birds, squirrels, and other wildlife!

Homemade Christmas Ornaments for animals

RECIPES

Now that you have your decorations ready its time for some Holiday themed treats! Any of these recipes would be great for a crowd, snack time with the kiddos, or an after dinner dessert.

Hot Cocoa

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Cookies

Christmas cookies instructionsChristmas Cookies image

Poke Cake

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We hope you have a fabulous holiday season full of special times with friends, family, and of course a good book!

Halloween Costumes with the Berenstain Bears!

Are you having trouble coming up with a costume idea for your little ones? Takes some inspiration from the Berenstain Bears! Below we have costumes that have shown up in our books that could work for your cub’s trick or treating.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Super Hero

In The Berenstain Bears are Superbears the bear cubs suit up in their own super-suits! Craft a super hero outfit perfect for your little one with some tights, unitard, and some felt masks and personalized symbols!

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Princess

Sister Bear dresses up as a princess in The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright and The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk! A pretty dress just needs a crown to top off this royal costume.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Pirates

Arr Mateys! It is time to go and find the treasure, candy treasure! The Bear cubs use their imagination in The Berenstain Bears’ Pirate Adventure to conjure up some very authentic Pirate costumes. A peg leg may be impractical for trick-or-treating but every good pirate costume could use an eye patch like Honey Bear’s and a pirate hat.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes ghost

Nothing is easier than a homemade ghost costume! Papa Bear crafts one quickly to scare the Bear cubs in The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost in the Forest. Just cut some eye holes and in a sheet and voila! immediate costume.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes ballerina

Sister Bear dresses as a ballerina in The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat. Tights and a tutu complete this costume, and your little one can pirouette from house to house for treats!

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Fire Fighters

The whole family puts on fire fighter gear in The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse! A plus side to this costume is that raincoat and firefighter hat make sure your cubs stay warm while out on a cool fall night!

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween and please share with us your cub’s Halloween costumes via our Instagram or Facebook!

Halloween pumpkin - Trick or Treat

Drawing Inspiration for the Berenstain Bears

There have been over 350 Berenstain bear books published, and at Berenstain studios we often get the question “How do you keep coming up with book ideas?” Sometimes the answer is re-cycling! Before Stan & Jan created the Bear books, they worked for years creating “Sister” and “All in the Family” cartoons for Colliers, Good Housekeeping, and McCall’s magazines. Stan, Jan, and even Mike have consciously (and sometimes subconsciously) referenced these cartoons in subsequent Bear books. Sometimes the references are purely visual gags, other times a theme from a single panel cartoon is elaborated into an entire book. A good idea is worth revisiting, and two of our upcoming books – The Berenstain Bears Patience Please! and The Berenstain Bears and the Big Family Album are directly inspired a Stan & Jan early cartoon. Check out some parallels we have drawn below, and if you are interested in Stan & Jan’s early cartoon work it can be seen in  Child’s Play: The Cartoon Art of Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Drawing Inspiration - Messy RoomDrawing Inspiration - Bears' ChristmasDrawing Inspiration - Big Family AlbumDrawing Inspiration - Dinosaur BoneDrawing Inspiration - Go on a Ghost WalkDrawing Inspiration - House of MirrorsDrawing Inspiration - Moving DayDrawing Inspiration - No Girls AllowedDrawing Inspiration - Patience PleaseDrawing Inspiration - PicnicDrawing Inspiration - The TruthDrawing Inspiration - Trouble with MoneyDrawing Inspiration - Trouble with SchoolDrawing Inspiration - Visit Grizzlyland

Summer Vacation with the Berenstain Bears

Summer is here, and the Bear family is ready to go on Vacation! We have rounded up some of our Favorite Bear Summer Vacation stories for you and your cubs this summer. Nothing beats the heat like sitting in the shade with a great book!

Too Much Car Trip Title

This year’s family vacation is not what Brother and Sister Bear had in mind. Mama and Papa Bear are eager to explore the wonders of Bear Country, but the cubs would rather be anywhere but the backseat of the family car!

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Too Much Vacation Title

Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister are heading to the Great Grizzly Mountains for a relaxing vacation. But a messy cabin, noisy animals, a swarm of mosquitos, and a rainstorm just might dampen all of their fun.

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Go On Vacation Title

It’s summer vacation, and the Berenstain Bears are off to the seashore for sun and fun. There is so much to do—swimming, fishing, building sand castles, browsing through the general store, eating delicious dinners at Gull Island Café, and visiting Gull Island Museum. Each glorious sunrise heralds a new adventure!

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Visit Grizzlyland Title

The Bear family, especially Papa, is ready to have a blast at the amusement park! They take a ton of photos and go on so many rides, even the roller coasters with the biggest drops. But with so much to do and so little time, will they make it on Papa’s favorite ride?

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Easter Reading

Easter is coming up quickly on April 1st. To celebrate we have collected all of our favorite Easter choices for you to read with your cubs this spring. Follow the links below each image to buy each book online, or find them at a bookstore or library near you. Also be sure to check out our original cartoon, “The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise”!

Easter Suprise

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise

 

Easter Sunday

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday

 

Easter Parade

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Parade

 

Easter Blessings

The Berenstain bears’ Easter Blessings

 

Real Easter Eggs

The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs

 

Baby Easter Bunny

The Berenstain Bears’ Baby Easter Bunny

 

Easter Story

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

 

Halloween Fun with the Berenstain Bears

Halloween is right around the corner and we have chosen our spookiest collection of Berenstain Bear books for you to get into the spirit. The Bear cubs go on ghost walks, brave a creepy forest, a spooky tree, and learn how to conquer their fears of the dark and shadows. Find these books online with the links provided, at your local book store, or library. Happy Reading & Happy Halloween!

Trick Or TreatThe Berenstain Bears Trick Or Treat

 

Spooky Old TreeThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

 

Haunted HouseThe Berenstain Bears and the Haunted House

 

In the DarkThe Berenstain Bears In The Dark

 

Spooky ShadowsThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Shadows

 

Get the scarediesThe Berenstain Bears Get the Scaredies

 

Ghost WalkThe Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

 

Bears In the NightBears in the Night

 

Ghost of the ForestThe Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest