Monday, March 6, 2023

"Books Aren't for Bears" - a bookwrap



Books Aren't for Bears

by Mark Barry

Illustrated by Katy Halford


* Ages:  4-7 years

* Grade Level:  PreK - 2

* Hardcover: 32 pages

* Publisher:  Capstone

* Pub. Date:  August 1, 2023

* ISBN-13:  978-1684465507

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This book is an ode to libraries and librarians. They believe that learning is for EVERYONE. 

Bear stumbles upon a book in his woods and his life is never the same again.  Owl takes him under his wing and teaches him how to read which causes an insatiable thirst in Bear for more and more books!  

Bear focuses on the city where surely there are lots of books there for him to read and enjoy.  
Off he goes to pursue his dream but as he reaches the bustling busy streets he is disappointed and sad to discover that some people think that "Books aren't for bears!"  and shoo him away. 

Will his dream of reading more and more books be shattered?  Is it possible Bear can find a place where he will be included and make his dream a reality?  

The colourful kid-friendly illustrations are delightful and the woodland animals are adorable.  The book is a shout-out to libraries and librarians and the importance of inclusiveness and reading.  Being a librarian in an elementary school myself in my early career  I whole-heartedly agree.  One can never own, share, read, or enjoy enough books.  I love the book and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Having worked in children’s publishing for over thirty years as a both a designer and art director, Mark Barry can’t resist the desire to write sometimes. Mark is a regular speaker at universities and illustration events. He lives in a small town in the South of England with his wife and two rapidly growing boys. When not at work or trying to improve as a writer, he can be found walking in woods with his dog Pip.

About the Illustrator

Katy Halford is a children’s book illustrator living in Leicestershire, England. She was an art teacher for many years until one day she had a light-bulb moment and decided to focus on her true passion, children’s book illustration. She works from her studio office at home alongside her chief assistant and very fluffy bunny, Esme.

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