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A PERFECT DAY

Bear smelling flowers
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Smith
Author's First Name: 
Lane
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lane
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Smith
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Month: 
Feb
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
It was a perfect day in Bert's backyard for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and even Squirrel, until Bear came and made it a perfect day for himself. A perfect way to introduce the idea of point of view. This should make you smile. (Up to 7. K. Isaacs)

CHEE-KEE: A PANDA IN BEARLAND

Title with four bears and one panda in a line-up
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rim
Author's First Name: 
Sujean
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger

WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BEAR WHO INSPIRED WINNIE-THE-POOH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Walker
Author's First Name: 
Sally M.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Jonathan D.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Voss
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Henry Holt)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Nostalgic watercolor illustrations and photographs accompany this straightforward biography of the orphaned bear cub, Winnie, purchased in Ontario by a World War I soldier from Winnipeg and left at the London Zoo.

BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL

Bear Has a Story to Tell
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Philip C.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Erin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Stead
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2012

Not until he awakens in spring does Bear remember the story he wanted to tell his friends the previous autumn. Pencil and watercolor illustrations balance with white space to create gentle Bear and the soft colors of changing seasons.

GRIN AND BEAR IT

Grin and Bear It cover
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Landry
Author's First Name: 
Leo
Illustrator's First Name: 
Landry
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Leo
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2011

I WANT MY HAT BACK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Klassen
Author's First Name: 
Jon
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2011

The bear wants his hat back and asks other animals if they have seen it. They have not, but a deer’s question sets him on the trail of the thief. Clear, spare digital illustrations underscore the dry humor as well as the ambiguous ending.

BEAR'S PICTURE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pinkwater
Author's First Name: 
Daniel
Illustrator's First Name: 
D.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Johnson
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2008

Bears can’t draw. At least, that’s what two patronizing gentlemen tell an aspiring ursine artist. Cubist-style illustrations, a gradually expanding palette, and sly visual details combine to celebrate the triumph of self-expression and creativity.

OLD BEAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Henkes
Author's First Name: 
Kevin
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kevin
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Henkes
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2008

Delicate ink and watercolor illustrations capture the colors of the changing seasons as an old bear dreams away the winter months in this gentle story about nature, hibernation, and the passage of time.

MAYBE A BEAR ATE IT!

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Harris
Author's First Name: 
Robie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Michael
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Emberley
Publisher: 
Orchard
Publication Date: 
2008

When a small, pajama-clad book lover loses his favorite story at bedtime, his logical conclusion (“Maybe a bear ate it!”) leads to a madcap string of zany possibilities. Cartoon illustrations full of irresistible energy will charm babies and bibliophiles alike.

A Visitor for Bear

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Becker
Author's First Name: 
Bonny
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kady MacDonald
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Denton
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2008

A reclusive bear and a resolute mouse form an unlikely friendship in this gently comical tale that pairs rich language with expressive watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations.

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