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A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton

Age Range: 4 to 7

We absolutely love visiting the library and always come home laden with books. Our local library is only small but the children’s section has a good selection and the librarians are always really helpful if we are looking for a particular book or a book about a specific topic. Bear, in A Library Book for Bear, is stubborn and it takes a kind librarian to show him that borrowing books can help to broaden his reading experience.

The Story: Bear has seven books at home and can’t see the need to read any more. He reluctantly promises Mouse that he will accompany him to the library where he rebuffs Mouse’s efforts to help him find a library book. Finally Mouse gives up but just as they are leaving Bear hears the librarian reading a story…

Bear is overwhelmed by the size of the library and the number of books on its shelves. His insecurities manifest themselves through his moaning (in a rather loud, non library voice!) as Mouse tries to find him an interesting book. Bear is also stubborn, the book must be about pickles, and he refuses to look at any of the books that Mouse has found for him – his behaviour reminds me of a small, insecure child who wants his own way and refuses to listen to reason! However, the magic of storytime and a kind librarian changes his mind and Bear is so delighted with the books that he eventually borrows that he reads Mouse a story as soon as they get home!

The story has an easy to read text and despite Bear’s negative attitude there is also humour. It’s a gentle story abut friendship and we sympathise with Mouse’s frustration at Bear’s behaviour, we love the expressions on both characters’ faces as the tension rises. Our favourite picture shows all the animals listening to the story, my daughter loves the moles with their dark glasses and I love the look on the mother squirrel’s face as Bear breaks the silence by shouting.

A Library Book for Bear is a great story for introducing children to a library and we love the ending when Bear finally realised how wonderful it is to be able to borrow books.

Author: Bonny Becker / Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

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15 responses to “A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton”


  1. tracey bowden avatar

    This sounds like a fun book, me and my daughter love the library for totally different reasons, I can browse the books for hours but she is there for all the activities!


    1. Catherine avatar

      That’s what’s so great about libraries – there’s something for everyone 🙂


  2. Janet Yarwood avatar

    We have a fab library and spend lots of time there. This book sounds like a lovely read #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I can’t imagine life without our library! We love visiting different ones too 🙂


  3. Raising Mighty Girls avatar

    What a fab book to encourage support of our librarians and libraries. Thanks for recommending #Readwithme


  4. BookBairn avatar

    Sounds like your library, although small, has everything you need: librarians who love helping borrowers find brilliant books! I love a book about books, reading or libraries. A personal favourite is Otto the Book Bear, which I remember you mentioning on our Twitter post about our favourite bears! BookBairn also loves Midnight Library which has a beautifully simple colour pallet! Thanks for another recommendation I will need to seek out #readwithme x


    1. Catherine avatar

      I love having a librarian who knows my daughter’s name and knows what she likes to read. It makes the experience of going to the library so much more personal 🙂


  5. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Aaaa love the idea behind this book, my kids and I love to visit the library! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a cute story about how much fun visiting the library can be 🙂


  6. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds perfect for my niece! She loves books and the library, but can also be rather stubborn!
    Funnily enough, it reminds me of my 12yo son – I can’t persuade him to try new books either.


    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that children often find comfort in rereading something familiar. We’re going through a phase of rereading old favourites here, it seems to help to have that familiarity somehow 🙂


  7. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    Sounds a great book, especially as libraries are in danger with so many staff being replaced by volunteers. We love our library #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really sad how many libraries are struggling or being closed down. They provide such great services of families.


  8. Acorn Books avatar

    Sounds like a great book to support just how brilliant libraries are 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a lovely story for persuading people to use libraries 🙂

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