Picture Books Featuring Animal Adventures Perfect for Preschoolers

Posted on November 30, 2018

by Heidi Y

Who Is Snoring?

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

“In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.” This story begins on an end page with a snow covered, darkened cave, painted all in cold blues, purples and whites. A Bear cave no less.

When you sleep, do your friends all come over and have a party without you? Well, that’s what happens in the Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson, and illustrated by Jane Chapman. While a long, cold, snow rages throughout the night, forest animals come to take refuge from the blizzard outside the cave. One by one they come in to escape the night. Mouse is the first. He lights the fire which draws others into the cave. Hare, Badger, Gopher, Mole, Wren and Raven all join in and they have a party, while Bear snores on. But what happens when Bear awakes? Are the friends in trouble?

Since this first book in a fun-filled succession of picture books, this collaborative team has made us cry and laugh, shout and pout. I can only say that it is one of the most amazing sets of stories, no matter the twist on “Bear” and his friends. The question still needs to be answered: if you wake up and you find out you’ve missed a party with all of your friends, what would you do?


Ages: 3 – 8 Grades: Preschool – Grade 2

“Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson is one of the great books on the 101 Picture Book Challenge list.

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More Fun Picture Books Featuring Animal Adventures

Audience: Ages: 3-8 | Grades: Preschool – 2

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals.

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Bear hurries to tell Snail that Winter is coming, and everyone is told until the news comes around to Bear again, already sleeping.

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

A snow loving chicken mistakes mittens for two hats.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories, but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

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