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Bears

Jan 26, 2013 — Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen, This Is Not My Hat tells the story of a little fish on the run after stealing a small, blue hat from a slumbering big fish. Runners-up for the medal included a tribute to the color green and a tale of colorful yarn in a black-and-white world.
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Feb 20, 2012 — Hollywood is forever going back to the well of literature for ideas. Author Tessa Harris says, if it's books Hollywood wants, there are still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered. She points to three books that should be movies — and you can recommend others in the comments section.
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Dec 13, 2011 — NPR's go-to librarian would like you to meet some friends of hers — from six novels and one work of history. As you read, these artfully developed characters will become more and more real. Pearl says that when the stories ended, she was left longing for the people she'd met between the pages.
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Jun 7, 2008 — Bonny Becker's new book, A Visitor for Bear, recounts the tale of a "small and gray and bright-eyed" mouse who warmed a big bear's heart.
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Jul 15, 2007 — On the 40th anniversary of his first illustrated book, Eric Carle has come full circle. His new book, Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? will line bookstore shelves later this year, and Carle says it may be his last children's book.
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Jun 13, 2005 — At the start of this fantasy novel, young Torak's father lies mortally wounded by a bear. "But what kind of bear stalks men...?" Tarok asks. One possessed by a demon. And it turns out it is Torak's destiny to defeat the bear, aided by an orphaned wolf cub. Reviewer John Kelly calls it "Clan of the Cave Bear for kids."
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Jun 4, 2005 — The giant of children's literature talks with Jennifer Ludden about his craft and his early influences. His latest book is a re-illustration of a 1948 work by his mentor, Ruth Krauss, called Bears.
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Dec 13, 2004 — Librarian Nancy Pearl gets a jump on the winter solstice and Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), that period of the year when many readers fall into a rut of ill humor. She shares her picks for books that beat the winter-weather blues with NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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