If you’re looking for scientifically accurate picture books about bears, you’ll have to keep looking. If, however, you’ve been silently waiting and hoping for books with silly bears, bears in inner tubes and floatie things, bears wearing baby carriers for their adopted geese – well, my friend, this post is for you.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is the book you’ve been waiting for. Bruce the Bear has a history of eating eggs, but all of his fancy recipes will not help him when the goose eggs Mrs. Goose has “given” him unexpectedly hatch. No matter what he does—dumping the goslings at their old nest, being extra grumpy—Bruce the Bear seems to have become Mother Bruce.
After reading this one, you might just need a few more silly and fun bear books. Sometimes that happens, you know. Some favorites of mine:
Horrible Bear by Amy Dyckman
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki
Any of the Bear books by Karma Wilson
Any of the Frank Asch Moon Bear books
You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
And not silly, really, but wonderful — The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield