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Bear Can't Sleep

Illustrated by Jane Chapman

About The Book

Bear’s many animal friends try to help him get to sleep in time for winter hibernation in this companion story to Bear Snores On.

It’s winter, and deep in the forest, Bear should be fast asleep. But when his friends come by to check on him, they realize that Bear is still awake! They brew him hot tea and sing him lullabies, but nothing seems to work. Can Bear get to bed? Or will he be up all winter?

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series; Where Is Home, Little Pip?; and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana.

About The Illustrator

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Books series and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at

Why We Love It

It’s the perfect bookend to the original classic…for any kid can’t settle in or any adult awake at 4 a.m. thinking about their day, it’s the perfect bedtime book featuring one of our beloved perennial characters…what more could you want, except maybe to catch some Z’s. —Justin C., VP and Publisher on Bear Can’t Sleep

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 23, 2018)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481459730
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD510L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ L These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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Raves and Reviews

"A smart, stealth bedtime tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"Creating cozy scenes in toasty-warm colors, the expressive acrylic paintings show up beautifully from a little distance. A fine read-aloud choice for preschool teachers looking for picture books related to bears or hibernation." — Booklist

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