August 28, 2012
Candlewick Press sent us a school-year calendar in honor of their twenty years in business (I remember our first meeting!). They feature a different bear character for each of thirteen months (August through August), and I bet they are not the only publisher with that depth in bear books. How many children’s book bears can you name off the top of your head? (A good half of them are probably called Bear, so that makes it easier!) Could you fill a calendar? I’m guessing yes. I was pondering with my family whether there is another animal that could fill the role of the bear in kids’ books—four-limbed, seemingly cuddly, “sweet,” sleepy, and sometimes a little dim. We didn’t come up with a good substitute.