The best polar bear book 📚

Browse the best books on polar bears as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Adventures of Captain Polo: Pole to Pole

The Adventures of Captain Polo: Pole to Pole

By Alan J. Hesse

Why this book?

An entertaining and educational series where our friendly polar bear continues on his adventure teaching children about climate change and how being responsible and caring for our environment and the planet is a form of kindness that we all benefit from.
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The best children’s books where kindness wins every time

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Book cover of A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

By Suzanne Bloom

Why this book?

A bear and a goose are so different. Bear is quiet and firm. Goose is loud and pushy. How could they possibly be friends? But that’s exactly what happens in this bestselling tale of a bear who wants to read in peace and a goose that needs a friend. Author-illustrator Suzanne Bloom captures the concept of making and keeping friends with toddler-appropriate language and sparse but colorful drawings. The simple text paired with hilarious illustrations make this book one of my all-time favorite read-a-louds. A Splendid Friend, Indeed is, indeed, a sweet reminder of why friendship and kindness matter.

From the list:

The best children’s books about kindness and friendship

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Book cover of His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

By Philip Pullman

Why this book?

The three books of His Dark Materials are a grand example of an author tweaking our existing world in such a way that the familiar becomes bewitching and the every day is magicked-up into a glittering alt-version of itself. Drawing readers into the coming-of-age adventures of two uniquely relatable kids, Lyra and Will, the trilogy makes immersive world building look deceptively easy as Pullman transports us from a slightly strange Brit-like reality to a somewhat stranger place to a wildly new realm across the course of the three books. So, if you’re ready to take flight with some wayward witches,…

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The best books with world building so immersive you may never find your way back out

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Book cover of The Polar Bear

The Polar Bear

By Jenni Desmond

Why this book?

A little girl takes a book from a shelf and plunges into an imaginary encounter with a beautiful polar bear. Poetically written and gorgeously illustrated, the book teaches us all about polar bears and their lives: Where they live, what they eat, how big their paws are, and about the birth of bear cubs. As the book jacket copy rightly says, the book engages the reader’s interest in amazing facts, while filling them with a deep sense of wonder.

From the list:

The best picture books for learning fun facts about birds and animals

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Book cover of The Last Bear

The Last Bear

By Hannah Gold

Why this book?

I love books that show a bond between humans and animals. Especially well-researched books. And this story certainly captures it all with a sweet encounter between a lonely polar bear and a girl. Between the environmental tidbits, the plight of polar bears, and also the unique storyline, this book should be on everyone’s radar. 

From the list:

The best middle grade books that feature an adventurous journey

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Book cover of The Snow Bear

The Snow Bear

By Holly Webb, Simon Mendez

Why this book?

I absolutely love all of Holly Webb’s books, sometimes she writes about animals in real life and sometimes about animals and magic but whatever she is writing, her books always have fantastic characters and show the bond between humans and animals. I particularly like her Winter Journeys series, they are longer than some of Holly’s other books and sensitively explore different cultures and family relationships. The Snow Bear is one of my favorites. It tells the story of Sara who loves to listen to her grandfather’s stories about the Inuits. One night she goes on a magical snowy adventure with…

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The best middle grade fiction for children who love magic and animals

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