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Letter “Bb”

We’re going to start our year long ABC book with the letter “B”. Now “B” starts many interesting words and we’ll touch on many of them, but our focus is going to be “bear”. (*See end of post for update on finished book page.)

These books will be read at our shared reading time and available for children to view as they wish:

  • Nothing Can Frightened a Bear by Elizabeth Dale – Baby Bear hears a loud roar and thinking it’s a monster wakes his family. They set out to show him there is nothing scary outside the den, and bears are not afraid of anything……..
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (we also have this as a 25 min short DVD)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Teddy Bears 1 to 10 by Susanna Gretz
  • You and Me Little Bear by Martin Waddell
  • Moon Bear books by Frank Asch (too many to count)
  • Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
  • Numbears: A Counting Book by Kathleen Hague
  • Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst
  • Red Bear’s Fun with Shapes by Bodel Rikys
  • Bear and Ball by Cliff Wright
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle

I’ll be pulling activities from my Pinterest Board: Our Personal ABC Book. There will be separate sections for each letter. Here’s “Bb” for Bear.

The activities will be in our activity drawers and available as choice.

The book page will be separate, but can be made over the week period. Our “Bb for Bear” book page comes from an idea found on preschoolcraftsus.

We’ll be using a large upper case B template and add circles to build our bears. There will be discussion on size, body parts, lots of counting and the color black (for Maine’s black bear).

I will be keeping the pages as we build our book, but we will be sure to share with you as they are each finished.


I thought Going on a Bear Hunt would be of more interest for activities, especially with all the time we spend outside, but it was all about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  This book is so familiar to us that the children often read it on their own. Their retelling skills got a good workout this week. Glad so many early childhood educators share their resources for activities to go with this book. You’ll find many of them pinned on the “Bb” for Bear board noted earlier in the post.

Author: countryfun

35+ yrs in the classroom ~ love teaching ~ PLAY! ~ technology in ECE ~ sharing books ~ STEAM starts in ECE ~ outdoors ~ being CREATIVE!!

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