Growing Reader

The Best Berenstain Bears Books to Tackle Common Growing-Up Challenges

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Since their first Berenstain Bears book was released in 1962, Stan and Jan Berenstain have been through a lot with Mama, Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear. From parties and vacations to doctor and dentist visits to dealing with bad habits and fraught social situations, the Bear family has handled many an issue familiar to families today. These storybooks may be slim, but they are perfect for starting broader conversations around common issues that little kids and their families face every day. Here are some of our favorite, most relatable Berenstain Bears books.

  • Screen Time Allure

  • The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV

    by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

    Though this book debuted in 1984, when kids’ screen time took the form of afterschool TV shows and Saturday morning cartoons — not endless streaming options, tablets, phones, and video games — it’s still quite relevant. When Papa, Brother, and Sister Bear can’t pull their eyes away from the tube to see all the wonderful things going on around them, Mama Bear has to stage an outdoors intervention to remind them there’s a world beyond the screen.

  • Try-Out Trepidation

  • The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team

    by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

    Whether it’s for a school play or the basketball team, tryouts and auditions can be tough to get through. (Plus, parents nervous on kids’ behalves don’t exactly make things simpler!) When Brother and Sister Bear go out for the baseball team, their nerves are at an all-time high. This Berenstain Bears book will teach kids about healthy competition and how to channel their jitters in a positive way.