5 Essential 'Berenstain Bears' Books Every Kid Should Own

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berenstain bearsWhen my kids were still in the "Read me ANOTHER bedtime story, Mommy!" phase, I'd say we owned at least 8,542 Berenstain Bears books. And that's a conservative estimate. As a parent, there were two things I liked about the series: First of all, they made me nostalgic for my own childhood ... my mother read me some of the very same titles when I was a kid.

Second of all, no matter what developmental phase my kids happened to be going through, there was always a Berenstain Bears book to help tackle the issue head-on (but still in a colorful, kid-friendly, anthropomorphic animal kind of way). Bad dreams? Stranger danger? First trip to the dentist? Too much junk food? Sharing toys? Those bears had the answer.

So I was sad to hear about the passing of Jan Berenstain, the children's author who co-created the Berenstain Bears with her husband Stan: She passed away on February 24th at the age of 88.

But certainly, the Berenstain legacy will live on for generations to come ...

Chances are you're already well-acquainted with Mama, Papa, Sister and Brother Bear. But if you're just meeting the family and don't know where to start, here are my recommendations for the 5 Essential Berenstain Bears Books every kid should have. (You'll probably end up with several thousand, like me, but everybody's gotta start somewhere.)

1. The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Chores. Yuck, chores! Everybody hates them! Leave it to clever Mama to teach those lazy clubs a lesson.

2. The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster. Jealousy is kind of an abstract concept to explain to little kids. Let this story of Brother Bear's new bike and Sister Bear's raging envy do it for you.

3. The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day. Got a big move coming up? Read this one a few times before you break the news. "Oh boy, Sister and Brother love their new house!"

4. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday. If you've ever put your heart and soul (and paycheck) into throwing the best birthday party in the whole world only to find yourself surrounded by screaming 3-year-olds, this one's for you.

5. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room. Full disclosure: My mom bought me this one a billion years ago in the hopes I'd be inspired to clean up my own room. (I never got the hint, but maybe your little one will!)

Do your kids love the Berenstain Bears? Which is your favorite?

 

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India... IndianaJones

What about the one book that informs kids about strangers???  That book is very good for kids.

lalas... lalasmama2007

We like the Spooky Old Tree.

jkm89 jkm89

I loved Berenstein bears when I was a kid. My favorite was the one with the new baby sister. I can't wait to start reading them to my kiddo!

nonmember avatar B

Ugh! I hate reading kids Berenstein Bears books! They are about five thousand pages long and of course they want to be read to over and over and over. Too many words.

steph... stephaniem413

Yay for Berenstein Bears! I loved them as a child and love them even more now that they are Christians! I love the Christian Berenstein Bear books and will get them for my son! I love the Christian values they teach!

nonmember avatar Christie

Berenstein Bears....Get the Gimmies....
that one is perfect for my spoiled little ones!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I like the old ones but you need to be careful with the more recent titles. I think it's the son writing them now and they are no longer sweet and helpful tales. They're religious propoganda. They really should make that clear because not all parents read books before buying them, especially if they appear to be from a beloved series, and presenting a kid with a new book only to find it's totally inappropriate is very frustrating.

cocob... cocobeannns

I don't have children, but I loved them when I was a kid.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Not a fan of *most* Berenstain Bears books, because they portray the father bear to be a completely inept, bumbling idiot. It's yet another "Mama knows best, but look, kids, at how utterly stupid Daddy is" series.


I'm much more a fan of the "Little Critter" books by Mercer Mayer. Many of the same good lessons, but without the Daddy Bashing.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

Loved the Messy Room book! My mom gave it to me for the same reason and I never got the hint either.

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