Are You Sure, Mother Bear?

Amy Hest (Author) Lauren Tobia (Illustrator)


Will everything I love still be there when I wake? Mother Bear's absolute reassurance--and an unexpected outing--enables a little cub to sleep in a masterful bedtime story.

On the first night of winter, Little Miss Bear will not go to sleep. She simply refuses. "Winter is for sleeping," Mother Bear tells her. "But why, Mother?" Little Miss asks. "Because that's what bears do. All bears sleep, all winter long." All winter long is much too long for Little Miss Bear. She is going to miss her stars and her moon, and she is going to miss rolling on hills. Most of all, she is going to miss Mother Bear. But Mother finds a special way to assure her that they will all be there waiting for her--the stars, the moon, the hills, and especially Mother Bear--when she wakes in the spring. From author Amy Hest and artist Lauren Tobia comes a warm and emotionally resonant story that is sure to comfort little bears everywhere.

Product Details

Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
October 11, 2016
9.3 X 0.4 X 10.7 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Amy Hest is the author of many beloved picture books, including Charley's First Night and When Charley Met Grampa, both illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. She is also the author of the middle-grade novels Letters to Leo and Remembering Mrs. Rossi. Amy Hest lives in New York City.

Lauren Tobia is the illustrator of several books for children, including Baby's Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields and Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin. Lauren Tobia lives in Bristol, England.


Tobia employs cozy, soothing hues for her anthropomorphic bear characters, who are warm and safe in their mountain chalet against the more mysterious, dense backgrounds of the woods outside. This is the rare children's book that is as reassuring as it is sweet.
--Kirkus Reviews

Warm and reassuring, the quiet text is well structured and reads aloud beautifully...As comforting as the cinnamon toast Little Miss enjoys, this handsome picture book just might soothe restless children at bedtime.