"My favorite part of the story is when Bear made them presents. It was nice of Bear to do that for them."
Eddie S, 7

"Bears sleep, sleep, sleep in the winter. At Christmas I always get up for my presents....I got a new bike!"
Amy, 6

"I think a six year old would like this because when youʼre six you want to stay up, donʼt you?"
Jacob, 8

"The book has colorful pictures and they help me understand the story."
Abegail, 7

"I already know this book! Iʼm happy!"
Anna, 5

Bear Stays Up For Christmas

By Karma Wilson

Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Simon and Schuster 2004

Bears hibernate through the winter, but this Bear wants to stay awake so that he wonʼt miss Christmas! His friends try and help, but then they all fall asleep instead…

This is a book that we still read at home every year in the long build up to Christmas. Itʼs one to read around the fire with just-bathed children, and delicious smells coming from the kitchen. Aaah!

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