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Battle of the Bear Wisdom

What are the chances that this spring we would have two advice books, both featuring famous children’s literature bears, both titled Grin and Bear It?

Well, I feel that that part (about the title) is kind of a given – if you have an advice book featuring a bear what else are you going to call it?

And both are gunning for your hard-earned graduate gift dollars.

Two will enter, only one can leave.

In this corner:


The Berenstain Bears Just Grin and Bear It! Wisdom from Bear Country by Mike Berenstain

Weighing in at 96 pages. Publishing March 14, 2018.


This book contains “wise and fun words to live by” and “clever, inspirational, and uplifting advice”. It’s also “perfect for any Berenstain Bears fan, young or old.”

And in this corner:


Grin and Bear It: The Wit and Wisdom of Corduroy by Don Freeman

Weighing in at 56 pages. Publishing March 27, 2018.

This book offers up “wit and wisdom” from America’s favorite teddy bear”. It’s also “charming and inspirational”, and “the perfect gift for graduation”.

And the winner is . . .


Target Gift Card

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Benji Martin says:

    The winner is ALWAYS Target gift card.