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Bear is awake!: an alphabet story written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

An alphabet book in which a bear wakes unexpectedly in the middle of winter, and meets a young girl who tries to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.

William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman

William asks his animal friends, one after another, to awake from hibernation and prepare a celebration for a special friend who has been away all winter.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

A cozy winter bedtime story, featuring a boy and animal characters, that touches on the concept of hibernation.

Hush Up and Hibernate! By Sandra Markle

Winter is coming and it’s time for black bears to hibernate; however, a black bear cub is making excuses to Mama Bear to try to avoid the inevitable.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.

Sleep Tight, Little Bear written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Little Bear insists on saying good night to all of his special forest friends before settling down in his warm and cozy den for a long winter’s sleep next to his mother.

Are You Sure, Mother Bear? By Amy Hest

On the first night of winter, Little Miss Bear will not go to sleep. She simply refuses. “Winter is for sleeping,” Mother Bear tells her. “But why, Mother?” Little Miss asks. “Because that is what bears do. All bears sleep, all winter long.” All winter long is much too long for Little Miss Bear. She is going to miss her stars and her moon, and she is going to miss rolling on hills. Most of all, she is going to miss Mother Bear. But Mother finds a special way to assure her that they will all be there waiting for her the stars, the moon, the hills, and especially Mother Bear when she wakes in the spring.

Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! Written and illustrated by Aaron Blecha

It’s time for Grizzle Grump the bear to hibernate, and he can’t wait to sleep. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect quiet spot… WHAT’S ALL THAT NOISE? The woodland creatures just won’t let Grizzle Grump get some peace and quiet! Will Grizzle Grump ever find the perfect place for his long winter snooze?

Sleepover With Beatrice & Bear by Mônica Carnesi

Beatrice the bunny wants to share winter with her best friend, Bear, but he will be busy hibernating.

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

At the end of the day a little boy falls asleep as his mama reads about a bear hibernating.

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Rhyming text and pictures introduce a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.


Sleep, Bear! By Shelby Alinsky

A bear awakens from hibernation at the end of winter to eat different things during the spring and summer, only to return to sleep at the end of autumn.

Keeping warm in winter – blubber experiment: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/blubber-gloves/

Hibernation Station printable: : https://www.lilcountrylibrarian.com/2011/01/all-aboard-hibernation-station.html

Animals in Winter

Animals in Winter Martha E. H. Rustad

Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it’s winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

A fox wonders how he should prepare for the coming winter, but what other animals advise will not work for him until another fox comes to his aid.

Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards

Copycub, who imitates everything that his mother bear does, follows her to their den when winter comes and snow begins to fall.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. “There’s room for two–I’m sure we’ll fit.” The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full.

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter.

Hibernating bear craft: /http://ttcrafts.com/bear-craft-for-preschoolers/

Build a cave engineering activity: https://kidssteamlab.com/preschool-engineering-activity-for-kids/

Winter adaptations guide: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/3643/files/2013/09/Winter-Adaptations-I-168fn9g.pdf


The Long Sleepover

Ridiculous by Michael Coleman

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen

How ridiculous would it be if an animal who was supposed to hibernate, didn’t? You can enjoy finding the answer to that question by reading Ridiculous!

The book by Jane Yolen reveals what animals besides Black Bear are hibernating.

For additional activities, try http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/hibernation.html or http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/hibernation.html

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Little Stinkers

Skunk’s Spring Surprise by Leslea Newman.

After sharing this fabulous story by Newman and illustrations by Gorbachev, find some real baby skunk photos on the internet to share with children. (I got a group, “Awwwww!” from my story time group.) At the same time, find some skunk tracks to examine in your computer images. There are also skunks sounds to be heard on sites such as http://www.ferris.edu/card/kids_corner/sounds/. You may want to discuss hibernation and seasons, as well.

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