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Jesse Bear

``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.``

Jesse board books

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

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
Parents’ Magazine 50 Best Children’s Books

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Jesse Bear Christmas

Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear?

The Story

Jesse Bear is looking for Christmas. And he finds it everywhere — when trimming the tree, baking cookies, and going ice-skating in the park. But Jesse Bear feels Christmas most of all when he’s with his family on Christmas Eve, and tucked in his bed waiting for Santa!


“Jesse Bear doesn’t just welcome Christmas here. He smells it, hears it, sees it move and touches it.” — New York Times Review

I wanted the very youngest to participate in Christmas activities by using their senses.

Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear!

The Story

At his family reunion, Jesse Bear visits with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins galore. Readers will love being introduced to this lively extended family, and they will celebrate with Jesse bear when he is finally old enough to do something very special.


“Carlstrom’s breezy, bouncy rhymes describe all of the tastes, smells, and sights of an active and loving family get-together.” — School Library Journal

“Rhyming couplets keep the story moving along quickly from one happy scene to the next…” — Booklist

When I visited Bruce Degen after the illustrations for this book were finished, I learned they had a similar family gathering at their home, including even sleeping in tents. As I walked around, I could recognize some of the pictures in the book.

Family tree Jesse bear

illustrated by Bruce Degen

Other Jesse Bear Books


"The lilting, strongly rhymed text and the warm loving drawings are every bit as appealing as those in the first Jesse Bear book." - Publishers' Weekly

"Children are sure to enjoy these lively verses and the pictures of Jesse Bear's very pleasant life." - School Library Journal

"This team does a fine job of combining the seasonal theme with a pleasing portrait of familial love, all wrapped up in snappy verse
and bright cheery illustrations. Hooray for Jesse Bear (again)!" - School Library Journal

". . . Carlstrom's bouncy, rhyming text and Degen's bright watercolors are perfectly tuned to the humor and sensibilities of their audience." - Publishers's Weekly

"In this sixth book about that appealing toddler bear and his good-natured parents, Jesse is learning to count. Youngsters can keep track of the various things he observes." - New York Times Book Review

"...brief rhyming story is excellent preparation for young children who may be trick-or-treating for the first time...brightly colored pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are filled with happy faces, showing that Halloween is a time for fun, not frights." - School Library Journal

"Jesse Bear gets a visit from an older cousin. While he is at first less than thrilled, he's soon learning how to skate and spell, and by the

time her week's visit is over they can't bear to be parted." - Publishers' Weekly

illustrated by Bruce Degen

Jesse Bear Board Books



Jesse Bear's Tum Tum Tickle


Jesse Bear's Tra-La Tub


Jesse Bear's Wiggle-Jiggle Jump-Up


Jesse Bear's Yum-Yum Crumble


I Love You Mama, Any Time of Year


I Love You Papa, in All Kinds of Weather


Hooray for Me, Hooray for You Hooray for Blue: Jesse Bear's Colors


Bizz, Buzz Chug-a-Chug: Jesse Bear's Sounds


The eight Jesse Bear Board Books are out of print but sometimes can be found at used bookstores and/or through Amazon.

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