Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

"We often called our son 'Jesse Bear,' and the book began as a little song I sang while dressing him. I received the call from an editor for this, my first accepted manuscript, on the day we were celebrating our son Jesse's second birthday. After hanging up the phone I jumped really high in the air, greatly surprising my visiting mother-in-law."

The story
What does a little bear wear while he romps through a bright and sunny day? In the morning, his pants that dance, and the sun on his legs that run. At lunchtime, celery crunch and sprouts in a bunch, and juice from a pear and rice in his hair. And at night, his pjs with feet and face on the seat, and sleep in his eyes and stars in the skies, as he dreams of the fun he'll have tomorrow.

"...the rhymes, besides having a charming lilt to them, are clean and catchy and beg to be recited." School Library Journal

"...without crossing the line into sentimentality, this offers a happy, humorous soundfest that will associate reading aloud with a sense of play." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

A Booklist Editors' Choice
Children’s Choice
International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council


Lesson plans for K-6 writing based on books by Nancy White Carlsrom

  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear
  • Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna
  • Light: Stories of a Small Kindness

illustrated by Bruce Degen

available in hardback, paperback and board book editions


Jesse Bear, what will you wear? What will you wear
in the morning?


Dutch edition