2020 has been a beary unexpected year...

...full of bears in children's books!

Yesterday on Calling Caldecott, Dean Schneider discussed The Bear and the Moon, one of many new picture books starring bears that I've spotted in the Magazine this past year. They include:


This made me curious: Are bears trending like "The Birds and the Bees"? Or would you argue they're just a perennial favorite subject? And if so, why do you think that is?

Are there other new bear books you know of that I didn't mention here? How about for older kids? And what other animals are you seeing a lot of in recent children's books? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Cynthia K. Ritter
Cynthia K. Ritter

Cynthia K. Ritter is managing editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University. She served on the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committee.

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