November Toddler Book Club, What Do You See?

With so many things to be thankful for this season, I’m most thankful of the time I get to spend with my son. And with all of the busyness of this time of the year, I’m always grateful for a few minutes each night to sit down with him and read a book before bedtime.

Though this month’s Toddler Book Club pick doesn’t feature turkeys, it does include several other favorite animals wrapped up in a children’s classic, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” By Bill Martin Jr, with illustrations by Eric Carle.

Brown Bear Book

This book, which is written like a poem, is brought to life with the beautifully drawn, brightly colored animals. Brown Bear is perfect for toddlers who are learning their colors as well as kids learning to read. It’s a book that’s a favorite in a family’s collection and passed down from generation to generation.

Reading Brown Bear

Things we liked about it:

  • Large, colorful illustrations
  • Board book version, making it durable for toddlers
  • A great way to practice colors and animals
  • A quick read

Discussion questions:

  • What does the brown bear see?
  • What color is the frog?
  • What animal is blue?
  • How many animals are in the story?

Recommendations for Book Club pairings:

  • Chocolate Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit kebobs
  • Teddy Bear Toast: One slice of bread topped with Nutella with banana slices for ears and chocolate chips for eyes and nose
  • Bear Paw Cookies

Follow up activities:

  • Color pictures of the animals featured in the book. There are a lot of free printable pages on Pinterest.
  • Match M&Ms to the colors of the animals in the book
  • Make hand print animals from the book. Check out lots of cute ideas here.
  • Pretend to be the different animals in the book

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