We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

 

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, therefore I had to pick it up when I saw it in the bookshop. 

A brilliant book for very young readers who love repetition. 

We can’t go over it. / We can’t go under it. / Oh no! / We’ve got to go through it.

This beautifully illustrated family of four encounters caves, mud, forests and rivers while on their journey to hunt a bear. Each time they encounter an obstacle, they overcome it with great enthusiasm and confidence. I imagine that it is a great book for storytime as there’s frequent usage of onomatopoeia which can be exaggerated if you get kids to carry out the actions too. Don’t children just love to participate at storytime too?

I particularly liked the part when they finally found the bear and had to go through all the obstacles again to get home. It felt pretty thrilling! It’s definitely an interactive book which will capture the minds of little ones. 


Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone

 

One of Barefoot Books bestsellers which captures the hearts of young readers and parents alike. This vibrantly illustrated rhyming book features a boy running after Bear which travels on different modes of transportation – bike, raft, steam train, boat, carriage and so on.

Each page is fill with colourful pictures that allows both children and adults to develop the  story further or have a conversation. After reading each page at storytime, I love pointing to the top right hand corner of the opposite page to ask the children where they think Bear is heading to next. 

It is also a great bedtime story where Bear embarks on a journey in a rocket. Kids will love waving goodbye and goodnight to Bear. 

Me and My Mum by Alison Ritchie

  

Beautifully illustrated by Alison Edgson, the pictures in this book have a watercolour effect. 

I received this book as a baby shower gift and loved it immediately. It depicts the close loving relationship between mummy bear and her little cub. 

Your heart will warm up to this story as the little just wants to be like his/her mummy one day. I read this at Storytime before Mother’s Day and the room of mums just went “awwww…” at the end.