10 Books for Teddy Bear Day

There’s nothing quite like that bond between a child and his teddy bear. Since National Teddy Bear Day is September 9th, why not celebrate this special day with your little one and a book? In honor of the occasion, Red Apple Reading has compiled a list of ten special books about bears that your kiddo will love.

Kiss Goodnight  (Amy Hest)

All small children have their own special nighttime routine; bear cub, Sam, is no different. Mama Bear goes through his list with him and doesn’t fail to forget the most important part of his bedtime ritual: a kiss goodnight! Ages 2-5


Corduroy  (Don Freeman)

This classic book stands the test of time. When a stuffed bear in a department store realizes he’s lost a button on his overalls, he looks for it all over the store that night. He doesn’t find his button, but the next day he finds something better – a new friend who takes him home and fixes his missing button. Ages 3-6


Paddington Treasury  (Michael Bond)

Ever since the Browns found Paddington in the train station in London wearing a tag reading, “Please look after this bear”, Paddington has consistently charmed readers. Parents will enjoy reading this aloud to kids of all ages.


The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh  (A.A. Milne)

Perhaps the most popular bear of all time, Winnie-the-Pooh has captivated the imaginations of several generations of children. Kids and parents love going on adventures with this lovable bear and all his funny friends. Another great read-aloud for all ages!


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  (Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle)

This beloved board book begins with a brown bear and visits a whole crew of other animals along the way! What does this brown bear spy? Young children will love finding out as they turn the page! Ages 2-5



The Teddy Bears’ Picnic  (Jimmy Kennedy)

If you’re familiar with lyrics from the tune The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, you will love this book. Words from the original song are accompanied by sweet illustrations. Read or sing this one with your preschooler. Ages 2-5



Otto the Book Bear  (Katie Cleminson)

Otto is a storybook bear who frequently comes out of his book for a little adventure whenever it is replaced on the shelf. What will Otto do when circumstances leave him without a book in which to live? Will he find a new home? This title is sure to become a new household favorite! Ages 3-7


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt  (Michael Rosen)

Join an adventuresome family as they go on a bear hunt. Don’t worry – they’re not afraid! But what will happen when they actually see a bear? Ages 4-8



The Teddy Bear  (David McPhail)

After a little boy accidently leaves his teddy bear in a diner, a homeless man adopts the toy. When the boy spots his bear on a park bench one day, he makes a very compassionate decision. This sweet story will warm parent’s and children’s hearts alike! Ages 3-7



Where’s My Teddy?  (Jez Alborough)

How did Eddie’s teddy get so big? How did the bear’s teddy get so small? When a boy and a real bear mix up their teddy bears, hilarity ensues! Kids will love this amusing tale of mistaken identity! Ages 3-7


With so many fun bear books to choose from, you may have trouble picking just one! Enjoy Teddy Bear Day with your little one.


Fun Family Labor Day Activities

It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is already here! The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and it’s time to get back into the swing of a new school year. Before we say goodbye to summer though, let’s have one more memorable family weekend. Check out these fun Labor Day activities the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Outdoor Movie
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. You’ll need to gather some supplies in advance so get the word out to friends and family and combine resources. Visit Babble for How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night in 5 Simple Steps. Enjoy your night under the stars!

Indoor Game Night
We all talk about how fun a family game night would be, but most of us rarely get around to making it happen. This weekend dust off the board games in the closet and gather the gang around the kitchen table. You might even surprise the family with a new game from the store. Need some ideas? The Realistic Mama has compiled a list of 20+Top Board Games for Families.

Outdoor Game Time
It’s a long weekend, so (weather permitting) why not also schedule some time for outdoor games? Corn hole, horse shoes, Frisbee, and touch football are outdoor classics that never grow old! However, if you’re looking to spice up the gaming a bit, check out these 27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games from Buzzfeed.

Backyard Barbecue
Is it even possible to celebrate Labor Day without having a backyard barbecue? We think not! So get ready to fire up the grill and invite your favorite group of people over to celebrate with your family. Be sure you don’t forget the veggies! Grilled vegetables are delicious and are sure to be a hit with your crowd. Visit Gimme Some Oven for their Easy Grilled Vegetables recipe.

S’mores Bar
If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing treat to serve this weekend, you can’t go wrong with s’mores! The great thing about s’mores is they are as much fun to make as they are to eat. No need to prepare a camp fire for these yummy delicacies – you can do tabletop s’mores for very little cost. The Crafting Chicks have DIY Tabletop S’mores instructions.

It can be hard to say goodbye to summer, but memories made from a fun family weekend will keep you smiling through the remainder of the year. Take advantage of the long weekend and plan some activities the whole family will enjoy.

School Themed Books – Goodbye Summer!

With school starting or about to start in most parts of the country, many children are having mixed feelings about entering a new grade. Part of our responsibility as parents is to assist our kids in navigating these varied emotions and help them begin school with a positive outlook. One way we can help them get ready for the first day of school is by sharing a book with them. We think you and your kiddo will enjoy these titles about school!

Llama Llama Misses Mama (Anna Dewdney)
It’s the first day of preschool for little Llama. He is nervous after his mother leaves him at his new school, but the other students quickly help him realize that school is fun! If you have a little one starting school, this is a great choice! Ages 2-6

Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Joseph Slate)
Mrs. Bindergarten is hard at work preparing her classroom for the first day of kindergarten. The kids are also preparing for the upcoming day. A fun ABC book that your kiddo will love! Ages 4-8

School’s First Day of School (Adam Rex)
Have you ever considered what the first day of school is like for the school building itself? You’ll find out in this fun picture book that personifies Frederick Douglass Elementary! Kids will love the collage illustrations with delightfully diverse characters! Ages 4-8

Second Grade Holdout (Audrey Vernick)
Every school kid understands the anxiety that comes from not knowing what to expect in a new grade. The narrator in this book is definitely not looking forward to all the changes that come with being a second grader! Could it be that second grade isn’t as bad as he thinks it may be? Ages 4-7

How to Get Your Teacher Ready (Jean Reagan)
This fun take on the back to school book approaches the subject with a witty role reversal. Students give tips on how children can help their teacher be ready for the school year and other events that will take place throughout the school calendar. Ages 4-8

First Day, Hooray! (Nancy Poydar)
Ivy just can’t wait for school to start tomorrow! However, she still feels a little anxious. She doesn’t realize that she is not the only one who’s nervous. The teacher, janitor, bus driver, and principal are also frantically preparing and feeling a bit jittery! This book reminds kids that everyone experiences first day jitters. Ages 5-8

First Day Jitters (Julie Danneberg)
We’ve all experienced first day of school jitters. In this story, Sarah Jane is experiencing jitters of her own as she begins a new school. This is a great book to read to your little one if they are feeling nervous about a new school year – and there is a surprise ending! Ages 5-8

This School Year Will Be the BEST! (Kay Winters)
All children have their own hopes regarding what the new school year will look like. This group of students is no exception! Children will enjoy learning what these kids are wishing for and laugh at the funny pictures that illustrate these hopes. Ages 6-8

Back to School (Boxed Set): School Story; The Report Card; A Week in the Woods (Andrew Clements) – I love Andrew Clements’ stories! He writes fantastic books for middle readers and really does a fantastic job of capturing the school experience of upper elementary and middle school students. This 3 book box set is sure to please your kiddo! Ages 8-12

N.E.R.D.S. National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society (Book 1) (Michael Buckley)
This hilarious book recounts the adventures of an undercover espionage agency headed up by a team of misfit fifth graders. With the help of science, these spies turn their inadequacies into super powers! Middle graders will love this funny take on the spy story. Ages 8-12

At Red Apple Reading we think a book about school is the perfect way to get your little one in the right frame of mind for the upcoming year. With plenty of amusing school reads out there, you are sure to fine just the right book for your student. This year, start the school season off with a good story!

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, and while we think that every day is a great day to love books, this day is worthy of a little extra celebrating. Your family might be full of book lovers or perhaps you have more than one reluctant reader in your bunch. Whatever the current feeling is in your home about books, your family can benefit from a day of commemorating the written word. Red Apple Reading has a few suggestions for how your household can celebrate National Book Lovers Day.

Give a Book
When you give someone a book, it communicates to that individual that you value reading. What can be more appropriate on National Book Lovers Day than to gift someone with a book? Check out these different ways of getting a book into the hands of someone you love:

  • Visit the Library – You need not spend money in order to give a book. Simply taking your family to the public library is a fantastic way to give the gift of reading!
  • Host a Book Swap – Arrange a book swap with other families in your social circle. Tell friends to bring a couple of gently used books that they’ve already read to your gathering and swap titles with one another. Everyone will leave with a new-to-them book!
  • Surprise a Friend – Kids love to give surprise gifts. Buy a book for an elderly friend or other person who could use a treat and wrap it up in pretty gift paper. Your kids will love seeing the smile on their friend’s face when they deliver an unexpected present.

Have Some Fun
Have a little book-related family fun on National Book Lovers Day! Try out one of the following family friendly activities connected to reading.

  • Make Bookmarks – Gather up your art supplies and family around the kitchen table. Spend the evening creating one-of-a-kind book marks together. Everyone will leave with a new book mark as well as great memories from time spent together.
  • Guess the Book – After dinner, play these fun guessing games from Sporcle with one another. This quiz involves guessing characters from popular children’s books. In this second quiz, family members look at portions of popular children’s book covers and guess the title.

Of course one must spend time reading on National Book Lovers Day! Here’s a few different ways to get the family reading:

  • Designate Reading Time – Turn the television and gaming devices off and pick up a book. Designate an hour that is dedicated solely to reading.
  • Read Aloud – Gather everyone together and read a favorite book aloud to the family. Think your older children will balk at this idea? You’d be surprised at how much independent readers still enjoy being read to.
  • Listen to an Audio Book – If your family stays on the go during the week, try listening to an audio book. While you’re driving the kiddos to and from activities turn the book on and enjoy a story while traveling!

We hope you will try one or two of these celebration ideas. By the way, if you haven’t already tried Red Apple Reading, National Book Lovers Day is the perfect time to take the plunge. We know once you experience our 7 day free trial you and your kids will be hooked. Check us out today!