List of Berenstain Bears books
This selective list of Berenstain Bears books includes the picture book series and the illustrated children's novels, such as those in the "Step-into-Reading" and "Big Chapter Books" series. Since the first Berenstain Bears installment was published in 1962, the series has sold close to 260 million copies.
In addition to writing children's literature, the authors Stan and Jan Berenstain also wrote two parenting books, What Your Parents Never Told You About Being a Mom or Dad (1995) and The Berenstain Bears and the Bear Essentials (2005), as well as their autobiography, Down a Sunny Dirt Road (2002). The Berenstain Bears appear in each of these books.
- 1 Publication summary
- 2 Story summaries
- 2.1 First Time Books
- 2.1.1 The Berenstain Bears and The Messy Room
- 2.1.2 The Berenstain Bears Get in A Fight
- 2.1.3 The Berenstain Bears go to Camp
- 2.1.4 The Berenstain Bears in the Dark
- 2.1.5 The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
- 2.1.6 The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
- 2.1.7 The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear
- 2.1.8 The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
- 2.1.9 The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
- 2.1.10 The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
- 2.1.11 The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect
- 2.1.12 The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Chores
- 2.1.13 The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party
- 2.1.14 The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Grown-ups
- 2.1.15 The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbours
- 2.1.16 The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
- 2.1.17 The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
- 2.1.18 The Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note
- 2.1.19 The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
- 2.1.20 The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
- 2.1.21 The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
- 2.1.22 The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
- 2.1.23 The Berenstain Bears and The Bad Dream
- 2.1.24 The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money
- 2.1.25 The Berenstain Bears and Papa's Pizza
- 2.1.26 The Berenstain Bears At the Giant Mall
- 2.1.27 The Berenstain Bears and The Bad Habit
- 2.1.28 The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd
- 2.1.29 The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game
- 2.1.30 The Berenstain Bears and the Attic Treasure
- 2.1.31 The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble at School
- 2.1.32 The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
- 2.2 Step into Reading Books
- 2.3 Big Chapter Books
- 2.4 The Bear Scouts
- 2.5 Other books
- 2.1 First Time Books
- 3 References
- 4 External links
While the default order is date published, the list may be resorted by any of its columns. Please note this list is not complete.
Titles marked with an asterisk (*) were adapted into episodes of the 1985 cartoon series.
|The Big Honey Hunt||1962||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Bike Lesson||1964||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Bears' Picnic||1966||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Bear Scouts||1967||Random House||Bear Scouts|
|The Bears' Vacation||1968||Random House||Beginner Books|
|Inside, Outside, Upside Down||1968||Random House||Bright & Early|
|Bears on Wheels||1969||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Bears' Christmas||1970||Random House||Beginner Books|
|Old Hat, New Hat||1970||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The B Book||1971||Random House||Bright & Early|
|Bears in the Night||1971||Random House||Bright & Early|
|C is for Clown (later published as The C Book)||1972||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Nursery Tales||1973||Random House||Pictureback|
|The Bears' Almanac||1973||Random House||Bear Facts Library/Beginner Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby||1974||Random House||First Time Books|
|He Bear, She Bear||1974||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Bear Detectives||1975||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Bears’ Nature Guide||1975||Random House||Bear Facts Library|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Counting Book||1976||Collins||board book|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Science Fair||1977||Random House||Bear Facts Library|
|The Spooky Old Tree||1978||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to School*||1978||Random House||Pictureback/First Time Books|
|Papa’s Pizza: A Berenstain Bear Sniffy Book*||1978||Random House||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone*||1980||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Mysterious Numbers||1980||Fisher Price||Talk-to-Me|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree||1980||Random House||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter||1981||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor||1981||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day||1981||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist||1981||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: How to Get Along With Your Fellow Bear||1982||Kidstuff/IJE||Book and audio|
|The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight*||1982||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp||1982||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears In the Dark*||1982||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Storybook Treehouse||1982||Random House||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room*||1983||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Truth*||1983||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Wild, Wild Honey||1983||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite*||1983||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Soccer Star*||1983||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears to the Rescue*||1983||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money||1983||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Olympics||1983||Texas Instruments||Magic Wand Speaking Books|
|The Berenstain Bears On the Job||1983||Texas Instruments||Magic Wand Speaking Books|
|Baby Bear's Toys 'n Noises||1984||Stahlwood||Bath Book|
|The Berenstain Bears: How to Get Along At School||1984||Kidstuff/IJE||Book and audio|
|The Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job||1984||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Election||1984||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Dinosaurs||1984||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Neighborly Skunk||1984||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV||1984||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear||1984||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Shoot the Rapids||1984||Random House||Mini-storybook|
|The Best Mistake Ever! and Other Stories||1984||Random House||Step-into-Reading/Beginner Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food||1985||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Forget their Manners*||1985||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers*||1985||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears on the Moon||1985||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Toy Time||1985||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Bath Book||1985||Random House||Bath Book|
|I Want To Be Somebody New!||1986||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Knight to Remember||1986||Random House||Happy House|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma’s||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday*||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright*||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Trouble at School*||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team*||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed*||1986||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Meet Questron: Left, Right, Stop Go||1987||Questron Electronic Books||—|
|The Berenstain Bears Meet Questron: One, Two, Three - How Many...||1987||Questron Electronic Books||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit||1987||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race||1987||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Honey||1987||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends*||1987||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail||1987||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to School||1987||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Not-So-Buried Treasure||1987||Random House||Happy House|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Mansion Mystery||1987||Random House||Happy House|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Coughing Catfish*||1987||Random House||Happy House|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Out for The Team||1987||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears On the Job||1987||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School||1987||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Kids: I Love Colors||1987||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream||1988||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare||1988||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest||1988||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies||1988||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Ready, Get Set, Go!||1988||Random House||First Time Readers|
|The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd||1989||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation||1989||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat||1989||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin||1990||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party||1990||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Pets||1990||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Attic Treasure||1990||McDonald's||Published in 1996 by Family Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Eager Beavers||1990||McDonald's||Published in 1996 by Family Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Life With Papa||1990||McDonald's||Published in 1996 by Family Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Substitute Teacher||1990||McDonald's||Published in 1996 by Family Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Are a Family||1991||Random House||First First Time Books (Also Toddler Books, 1996)|
|The Berenstain Bears at the Super-Duper Market||1991||Random House||First First Time Books (Also Toddler Books, 1996)|
|The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore)||1991||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Four Seasons||1991||Random House||First First Time Books (Also Toddler Books, 1996)|
|The Berenstain Bears Say Goodnight||1991||Random House||First First Time Books (Also Toddler Books, 1996)|
|The Berenstain Bears Science and Nature Super Treasury||1991||Random House||Bear Facts Library (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups*||1992||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure*||1992||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Broken Piggy Bank||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Get Jealous||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears: Home Sweet Tree||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears On Time||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears' Perfect Fishing Spot||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Shadows||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears On the Road||1992||Random House||form book|
|The Berenstain Bears Visit Fun Park||1992||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Big Rummage Sale||1992||Golden||Golden Sound Story|
|The Berenstain Bears Home Sweet Tree||1993||Play-Along Entertainment||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Drug Free Zone||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the New Girl in Town||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Gotta Dance!||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Nerdy Nephew||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Red-Handed Thief||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Accept No Substitutes||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Female Fullback||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Wheelchair Commando||1993||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears All Year 'Round||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Battle||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Family Get Together||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Get a Checkup||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears at the Giant Mall||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Good Deed||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Hiccup Cure||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Jump Rope Contest||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Learn About Colors||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears' Pet Show||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Spooky Old House||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Visit Farmer Ben||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Wishing Star||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears With Nothing to Do||1993||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Messy, Messy Room||1994||Colorforms||My First Colorforms Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Secret Clubhouse||1994||Colorforms||My First Colorforms Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and their Forest Friends||1994||Colorforms||My First Colorforms Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Bully||1994||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors*||1994||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Galloping Ghost||1994||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Giddy Grandma*||1994||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Dress Code||1994||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the School Scandal Sheet||1994||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears at Camp Crush||1994||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears at Big Bear Fair||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Picture||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears' Birthday Boy||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Lost in a Cave||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Soccer Tryouts||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Summer Job||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Talent Show||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears Visit Uncle Tex||1994||Western||Cub Club|
|The Berenstain Bears In the Movies||1994||Yes! Entertainment||Where is It? Storybook|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster||1995||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing||1995||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings*||1995||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Media Madness||1995||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears in the Freaky Funhouse||1995||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Showdown at Chainsaw Gap||1995||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Humongous Pumpkin||1995||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts in Giant Bat Cave||1995||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts Meet Bigpaw||1995||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears Family Tree House||1995||Yes! Entertainment||Pop-Up Book|
|The Berenstain Bears: Bear Scout Treasury||1995||Scholastic||Bear Scouts (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Coughing Catfish||1996||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears Cook It!||1996||Random House||First Time Do-It!|
|The Berenstain Bears Draw It!||1996||Random House||First Time Do-It!|
|The Berenstain Bears Fly It!||1996||Random House||First Time Do-It!|
|The Berenstain Bears Grow It!||1996||Random House||First Time Do-It!|
|The Berenstain Bears at the Teen Rock Café||1996||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears in Maniac Mansion||1996||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears in Big Bear City||1996||Random House||Peek-a-board|
|The Berenstain Bears Visit the Big City||1996||Hasbro/Playskool||Magic Touch Talking Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: When We Grow Up||1996||Hasbro/Playskool||Magic Touch Talking Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: A Visit to the Big Museum||1996||Hasbro/Playskool||Magic Touch Talking Books|
|The Berenstain Bears, Yike! Yike! Where’s My Trike?||1996||Random House||Peek-a-board|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts Save That Backscratcher||1996||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Beginner Books||1996||Random House||Beginner Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears: Scrub a Dub Dub||1996||Family Time||Bath Book|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Terrible Talking Termites||1996||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Sci-Fi Pizza||1996||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts Ghost Versus Ghost||1996||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears: Welcome to Bear Country||1996||Family Time||Pop-Up Book|
|The Berenstain Bears' Sampler: The Best of Bear Country||1996||Random House||First Time Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears All-Time Favorite Nursery Songs||1997||Family Time||—|
|The Berenstain Bears at Big Fun Park||1997||Family Time||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears' Easter Magic||1997||Family Time||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat||1997||Family Time||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to the Movies||1997||Family Time||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears Pick Up and Put Away||1997||Family Time||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle*||1997||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game||1997||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Bermuda Triangle||1997||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost Of The Auto Graveyard||1997||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Haunted Hayride||1997||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Queenie’s Crazy Crush||1997||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Home Sweet Tree||1997||Random House||Big Flap Book|
|The A Book||1997||Random House||Bright & Early|
|The Berenstain Bears’ New Clothes||1997||Random House||Paper Doll Book|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Sinister Smoke Ring||1997||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Magic Crystal Caper||1997||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Run-Amuck Robot||1997||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Ice Monster||1997||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Thanksgiving||1997||Scholastic||—|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Great Scuba Dive||1997||Family Time||Bath Book|
|The Berenstain Bears: Back to School||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Stories||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Grouchies||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears Help Around the House||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears Hold Hands at the Big Mall||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears On the Road||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You||1997||Family Time||GT Publishing|
|The Berenstain Bears in the Spooky Fun House||1997||Family Time||Pop-Up Book|
|The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature||1997||Random House||Bear Facts Library (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks||1998||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand||1998||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Platinum||1998||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Date||1998||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Love Match||1998||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Perfect Crime (almost)||1998||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Don’t Haftas||1998||Random House||Jellybean Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Screamies||1998||Random House||Jellybean Books|
|The Berenstain Bears by the Sea*||1998||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt* (as Visit Fun Park)||1998||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears' Big Bear, Small Bear*||1998||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears in the Dark||1998||Random House||First Time Workbook|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies||1998||Random House||First Time Workbook|
|The Berenstain Bears Messy Room||1998||Random House||First Time Workbook|
|The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money||1998||Random House||First Time Workbook|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Missing Merit Badges||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Search For Naughty Ned||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears Play Ball!||1998||Scholastic||—|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Comic Valentine||1998||Scholastic||—|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise||1998||Scholastic||—|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts Scream Their Heads Off||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Really Big Disaster||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Evil Eye||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Ripoff Queen||1998||Scholastic||Bear Scouts|
|The Berenstain Bears' Mad, Mad, Mad Toy Craze||1999||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need||1999||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question||1999||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones||1999||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Lost in Cyberspace||1999||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Wax Museum||1999||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Hollywood||1999||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Noisies||1999||Random House||Jellybean Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Scaredies||1999||Random House||Jellybean Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Up and Down||1999||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears House of Mirrors||1999||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus||1999||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|Berenstain Baby Bears: My New Bed||1999||Random House||Baby Bears|
|Berenstain Baby Bears: My Trusty Car Seat||1999||Random House||Baby Bears|
|Berenstain Baby Bears: My Potty and I||1999||Random House||Baby Bears|
|Berenstain Baby Bears: Pacifier Days||1999||Random House||Baby Bears|
|The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the White Water Mystery||1999||Random House||Bear Scouts|
|The Berestain Bear Scouts and the Stinky Milk Mystery||1999||Random House||Bear Scouts|
|The Berestain Bears' Book of Values||1999||Berenstain Entertainment||Cloth Book|
|The Berenstain Bears' Red Roaster||2000||Ertl||—|
|The Berenstain Bears: The Whole Year Through||2000||Scholastic||—|
|The Berenstain Bears: That Stump Must Go||2000||Random House||Beginner Books|
|The Birds, the Bees, and the Berenstain Bears||2000||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five||2000||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Blooper*||2000||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears No Guns Allowed||2000||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Great Ant Attack||2000||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Phenom in the Family||2000||Random House||Big Chapter Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Get the Twitchies||2000||Random House||Jellybean Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Go In and Out||2000||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|Berenstain Baby Bears Me First! Me First!||2000||Random House||Baby Bears|
|Berenstain Baby Bears My Everyday Book||2000||Random House||Baby Bears|
|The Berenstain Bears' Dollars and Sense||2001||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Tic-Tac-Toe Mystery||2001||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears Escape of the Bogg Brothers||2001||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Watermelon Money||2001||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note*||2001||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears, the Runamuck Dog Show||2001||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears, the Wrong Crowd||2001||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears, the Goofy Goony Guy||2001||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears, the Haunted Lighthouse||2001||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Egg||2002||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine||2002||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears, Ride Like the Wind||2002||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears' Report Card Trouble||2002||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Stories||2002||Random House||First Time Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears' Bigger Book of Stories||2002||Random House||First Time Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Papa’s Day Surprise||2003||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears, Too Small for the Team*||2003||Random House||Stepping Stone|
|The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas||2003||HarperCollins||—|
|The Berenstain Bears Go to Grizzlyland||2003||FisherPrice||Power Touch|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Mama’s Day Surprise||2004||Random House||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears We Like Kites||2004||Random House||Step-into-Reading|
|Brother Bear Loves Dinosaurs||2004||HarperCollins||Board book|
|Sister Bear Learns to Share||2004||HarperCollins||Board Book|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores||2005||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Wishing Star||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears: Bedtime Battle||2005||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Car Trip||2005||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: Clean House||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School||2005||HarperCollins||—|
|The Berenstain Bears Go On a Ghost Walk||2005||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears New Pup||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Play T-Ball||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Seashore Treasure||2005||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Adventure||2005||HarperCollins||-|
|The Berenstain Bears Down on the Farm||2006||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Out West||2006||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up||2006||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Commercials||2007||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' New Kitten||2007||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Big Spelling Bee||2007||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|Big Book of The Berenstain Bears||2007||Random House||Compilation|
|The Berenstain Bears Trim the Tree||2007||HarperCollins||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend||2007||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Baby Easter Bunny||2008||HarperCollins||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears' Big Bedtime Book||2008||HarperCollins||—|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Influence||2008||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Really Big Pet Show||2008||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You||2008||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule||2008||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School||2008||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers||2008||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party||2008||HarperCollins||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears' Sleepover||2008||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Family Reunion||2009||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears: Reading is Fun 3-Pack||2009||HarperCollins||I Can Read (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors||2009||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game||2009||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Safe and Sound!||2009||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Class Trip||2009||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Faithful Friends||2009||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks||2009||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Sick Days||2009||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree||2009||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|Reading is Fun with The Berenstain Bears||2009||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Go Out to Eat||2009||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation||2010||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears and a Job Well Done||2010||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation||2010||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears All Aboard!||2010||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Haunted House||2010||HarperCollins||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears Show God's Love||2010||Zonderkidz||Living Lights (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving||2010||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble||2010||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears Jobs Around Town||2011||Zonderkidz||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Neighbor in Need||2011||Zonderkidz||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Kitten Rescue||2011||Zonderkidz||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Forgiving Tree||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Holy Bible (NiRV)||2011||Zonderkidz||—|
|The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books||2011||Random House||Beginner Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Big Storybook Collection||2011||Barnes and Noble||First Time Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Follow God's Word||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas||2011||Zonderkidz||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears' Gossip Gang||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Here's the Church Here's the Steeple||2011||Zonderkidz||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears Let the Bible Be Your Guide||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Little Lost Cub||2011||Zonderkidz||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and Mama's Helpers||2011||Zonderkidz||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker||2011||Harper Collins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Perfect Fishing Spot||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Reap the Harvest||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Say Please and Thank You||2011||Harper Collins||Big Book|
|The Berenstain Bears Shaggy Little Pony||2011||Harper Collins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Secrets||2011||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears' Winter Wonderland||2011||Harper Collins||Lift the Flap|
|The Berenstain Bears' Stories to Share||2011||Random House||First Time Books (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears: Tales from Bear Country||2011||Random House||Step Into Reading (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Storybook Treasury||2012||HarperCollins||(compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears' Old-Fashioned Christmas||2012||HarperCollins|
|The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig||2012||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy||2012||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears at the Aquarium||2012||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears: Mama For Mayor||2012||HarperCollins||I Can Read|
|The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Mom!||2012||HarperCollins||First Time Books|
|The Berenstain Bears: Faith Gets Us Through||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears: God Made the Seasons||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears: Good Deed Scouts to the Rescue||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Help the Homeless||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Honey Hunt Helpers||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears: Bear Country Blessings||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears: God Bless the Animals||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Get Involved||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights|
|The Berenstain Bears Treat Others Kindly||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears Treasury||2012||Zonderkidz||Living Lights (compilation)|
|The Berenstain Bears All in the Family||2012||Random House||First Time Books (compilation)|
First Time Books
The Berenstain Bears and The Messy Room
In this story, everything in the Berenstain Bears' house is clean, except for Brother and Sister's room. While they attempt to clean their room, the cubs spend more time arguing over who-does-what than cleaning, while Mama is left to clean it up herself. Having had enough of this, she suddenly decides upon throwing every item in the room away to avoid future cleanups, much to the horror of the cubs. This brings Papa into the scene, and he intervenes to explain to the cubs that it is not fair to have Mama clean their room all the time, nor is it fair for them to keep their space in such a messy state. They then devise an organization system for the toys they want to keep, and give others away to charity or dispose of them.
The Berenstain Bears Get in A Fight
On most sunny days, Brother and Sister Bear always wake up in a good mood, taking turns when going to the bathroom, saying "Please" and "Thank you" at breakfast, sitting together on the school bus,working on their backyard tree house together, and sharing their toys. But one gray and stormy morning, they get into a big fight when Sister lets her feet dangle down in front of Brother's face. Sister, agitated, rushes off to the bathroom and takes a long time doing nothing, aggravating their parents. They no longer say "please and "thank you" at breakfast, they sit in different seats on the school bus, and draw a line down the middle of their tree house. They even take back the toys they usually shared during their argument. Papa becomes fed up with their fighting, but ultimately gets pulled into the dispute. Mama finally gets the others to calm down, then explains why the cubs began fighting. She says that it's alright for some people to fight, especially folks who love each other very much. In the end, Brother and Sister make up and get along well the next day.
The Berenstain Bears go to Camp
Summer vacation has come, but there is not much to do now that school is out. Mama enrolls the cubs in a day camp. The cubs show concern about being in a new place, especially outdoors so much. The owner of the camp, Grizzly Bob, is a friendly man who has many sporting events and activities for the cubs, but both Brother and Sister are unused to being under the authority of a man (aside from Papa), since all of their teachers have been ladies. On the first day, Grizzly Bob takes the group atop Spook Hill, which is a tough time for the cubs, and shows them Skull Rock, which overlooks Bear Country and where they will have an overnight campout at the end of the summer. Sister, who has never been away from home overnight, is concerned. The later generic days prove fruitful for the cubs, who enjoy sports, crafts and games such as red rover. At the end of the summer, the cubs have their overnight, and the hike up Spook Hill is easier as they are in better shape. Sister now knows that concern is natural for new, unexpected events. Grizzly Bob tells the cubs Indian lore and they enjoy their powwow and night under the stars. The following day is the final day of camp, marked by a sports festival. Although neither Sister nor Brother win big, Mama and Papa are glad they enjoyed themselves, and are proud of Brother's red ribbon for scoring second in a foot race and Sister's homespun bead belt. With autumn approaching, soon school will be in session. Emboldended by her experience with the campout, Sister says the forthcoming academic year can present new challenges for her.
The Berenstain Bears in the Dark
Brother and Sister often borrow books from their local library. Sister prefers books about ecology and story books. While Brother has enjoyed those too, he is maturing and taking an interest in mystery novels. Brother checks out a book called The Mystery of the Crying Cave, which looks eerie. During the evening when the entire Bear family is reading in the den, Sister finishes her book and accepts Brother's offer to read the mystery to her. The book is about three Bear Scouts who were hiking in the mountains and came upon a cave that looked like a human face. When the cave emitted a ghostly noise, it scared the three Scouts away! Mama interrupts saying it is time for bed. That night, heavy autumn winds occur, which give the house a pallor. Brother decides to have some fun at Sister's expense by making spooky noises akin to creepy cave. This causes a vicious cycle: Sister cries out for Mama and Papa, who come in and leave the light on. But Brother protests he can only sleep in the dark so he shuts the light off, causing Sister to cry out for her parents, who return and reactivate the light switch, which returns to Brother turning off the lights and Sister wailing, et cetera. The following morning, the entire Bear family is weary from lack of sleep. Papa decides to help Sister with her problem. He takes Sister up to the attic, where it is dark, and says that oftentimes one's imagination can construct things not always as they seem. Sister wishes she did not have one so she would never be scared, but Papa says that is ludicrous, for without imagination one would be unable to handle complex science problems, paint pictures, write stories and many of the more rich parts of the world. Sister first sees a ghost, only to be a pile of old clothes when Papa shines the light on it. Sister then sees an owl; which Papa says is true, but a plaster owl statue he won at a carnival many years ago. Mama also helps Sister out by having her inherit a night light in the form of a lighthouse she owned when she was a cub; signifying there is light no matter how dark it seems, just like a lighthouse for sailors at sea. That evening, Brother offers to complete the unfinished reading of The Mystery of the Crying Cave only if Sister will not freak out. Sister, better focused after Papa's lesson, agrees. Brother's mystery book concludes by saying that the three Scouts dropped their backpacks and needed to go back for them; ergo they needed to confront their fears. They go inside the cave to solve the mystery; an opening in the alcove caused the wind to blow over it making the piercing noise. That night, even though a howling gale rips through Bear Country, Sister sleeps peacefully thanks to Papa's lesson and Mama's night light. However, Brother is the one scared of the gale, and thinks he should lay off mystery novels.
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
In this book, Sister Bear gets her first loose tooth. When she informs Mama, she says that she will need to see Dr. Bearson, the dentist. Brother says Dr. Bearson will yank it out with his "yankers", only to be chided by Mama for scaring Sister and says Dr. Bearson is a good doctor who handles dental problems appropriately. Mama takes both cubs to Dr. Bearson, with Brother being his first patient. Brother turns out to have a cavity! Dr. Bearson recommends filling it, but says it only a baby tooth and not overly serious. Although Brother is scared of this, the procedure turns out to be routine. Sister is the second patient and she informs the dentist about her loose tooth. Sister is scared that he will use his yankers to pull it out, but he uses a piece of gauze to remove it instead, using little force save for a gentle tug. Dr. Bearson gives the tooth to Sister to take home, and she puts it under her pillow, discovering the next morning that she has received money from the tooth fairy in exchange for it.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV
In this book, Mama Bear realizes that all Brother and Sister do when at home is watch television on Saturday, which seems to make everyone sluggish and braindead. Mama grounds the cubs on TV for a week and turns the TV off. Papa thinks that it a good idea, until Mama says that it applies to the entire famly. Mama gives Papa alternatives to TV such as the newspaper to find out what is going on in Bear Country. Initially, the cubs and Papa are worried about boredom, but throughout the week they learn that there are other ways to enjoy themselves. The Bears also go to the Bear Country Mall where Sister buys a knitting set and Brother a Rubik's Cube, but Papa tries sneaking into an electronics store to get a quick fix of TV. At dinner of the final day of the TV-free week, Mama says she does not hate TV, only that the cubs were sitting in front of it like lumps. Brother says that tomorrow he will watch TV all day, as does Papa and Sister. However, the only one who sits in front of the TV for a long time is Papa, with Sister knitting a tiny rug and Brother solving his cube puzzle. Finally, even Papa shuts off the TV when he sees the pond and grabs his fishing rod. At night, Mama abides by the rule, and says that nature can present a special on the biggest screen of all, with the Bear family watching the sunset which turns into a stargazing event watching the night sky light up.
Stan and Jan Berenstain and CBS allowed Southern Star Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions to adapt this book into an episode of the 1985 Berenstain Bears TV series, but when Nelvana began producing a newer series in 2003, they were not able to adapt the book into animated form to show on PBS.
The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear
This is the 15th book in the Berenstain Bears First Time Books series, published on October 12, 1984. In this book, Mama becomes very concerned and worried about her cub's behavior after the cubs are so excited for the new Christmas toys and when the Mall is already ready for Christmas two days after Thanksgiving. Papa believes that Mama is over-protective about the cubs' behavior because he believes that Brother and Sister are good cubs but he is wrong because Brother and Sister when they find the toys they saw on Television commercials it makes them forget the true meaning of Christmas.
Sister Bear becomes more excited about getting to meet Santa Bear, but makes a long list of things she wanted for Christmas. Brother warns her that she's getting greedy; he also tells her that Santa has lots of cubs to think about besides Sister, all the cubs in the world, and she becomes nervous. Sister becomes really nervous as to whether or not she's been good enough for Santa's expectations, recalling incidents from previous books. Mama Bear and Papa Bear assure her that she doesn't have to worry, as Santa Bear doesn't expect cubs to be perfect. Sister remembers the true meaning of Christmas and doesn't know how Mama and Papa will get their gifts without meeting Santa Bear, but Brother tells her that presents for Mama and Papa was their job and they secretly get money for Christmas shopping the next day.
The next day, as Sister Bear visits Santa Bear, he gives her a coloring book, after she told him what she wanted for Christmas and gave him her list, which is a shorter one that she made. Sister and Brother purchase Mama and Papa great gifts afterwards. On Christmas Eve Sister asks Papa questions about Santa. Papa tells her that the true meaning of Christmas is giving, and that Santa has an important job. The next day she and Brother find the things they wanted for Christmas along with Papa and Mama.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
Mama Bear notices that her cub's junk food snacking habits have caught up with them. Papa Bear has fallen into the bad snack habit as well. Mama Bear decides to put all the sweets and junk food in the freezer, and start her family on a healthy diet. At the grocery store, The Bear family runs into their family doctor, Dr. Grizzly, who suggests they drop by her office. The cubs are initially worried about getting shots, but soon find out she has a presentation about healthy eating habits. As the family leaves, She suggests an exercise plan as well. The family begins their healthy eating and exercise. Together, they enter the Bear Country three-mile run. While they didn't finish first, they won a trophy for being the only family to finish the run. Papa Bear suggests they open the freezer to celebrate with healthier snacks.
The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers
Brother is very cautious and wary of strangers while Sister says hello to everyone and everything she meets. Papa Bear shows Sister articles from the newspaper of encounters with strangers gone wrong, such as "Stranger Bothers Cub", "Missing Cub Found", "Chief Grizzly Questions Stranger", "Cub Stranger Meeting". Papa also reads her a story about a fox who pretends to be a goose's friend when he invites her over to his den, but eats the goose when inside in order to tell her why she should talk to strangers or accept gifts or rides from them, but these only serve to frighten Sister about stranger danger. Sister is then unable to sleep, as the headlines flash through her head. The next day, Sister has an askew view that anyone she does not know is a stranger, and as such an automatic criminal. Seeing the affect Papa's lesson had on Sister, Mama Bear explains that not every stranger is an immediate kidnapper and relates a lesson she was taught when younger: "there are always a few bad apples in every barrel". Sister picks up an apple that is bumpy on the outside thinking it is a "bad apple" while on the inside it is fine. Mama shows an apple with a normal external appearance but inside it is infested with worms. Sister understands the difference and realizes she can still be friendly but must use her common sense when it comes to people she doesn't know. She feels better and accepts an invitation Brother to the town green as he launches his pusher plane while she looks for wildflowers.
Just as they are about to go home, somebody drives up with a radio-controlled plane that grabs Brother's attention. Brother and the stranger both relate to model planes and start talking about them, but Sister doesn't feel right about the situation. The unknown bear tells Brother he plans on following his plane in his car and invites Brother to come along. Sister intervenes, stopping him from accepting the offer. Brother is annoyed that Sister has become too paranoid about strangers and is further angered when Papa scolds him. Papa rectifies everything by saying Sister was not tattling about something minor, but a situation that could have been very dangerous. After calming down, Brother thanks Sister for looking out for him. Mama adds that although it could have been tragic had Brother been kidnapped, chances are that stranger who owned the radio airplane was law-abiding and probably not a "bad apple".
Rules for children on strangers are posted on the last page.
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
The story begins when Mama sees that the family has gotten into a habit of forgetting their manners, being rude, and impolite. It starts out with simple issues, such as not using "please" or "thank you", then escalating into shoving, then being rude at meals, and making messes with food fights. Mama is at the end of her rope, and she even feels Papa is part of the problem as he corrects the cubs by shouting and banging his fist. Mama devises a "politeness plan", which lists a series of impolite behaviors that gets punished by an extra chore. Brother and Sister try to bear Mama at her own game by being "super polite"; acting overly snobbish about manners in front of Mama, but this fails and the cubs soon are in a habit of simply being courteous to one another. Papa, however, because he is older and more used to his habits, has do many chores to break his habit. One day the family is out shopping, to which Papa says he is glad to be out of the house and away from that politeness plan, but Mama says that manners matter in public as well. While at the supermarket, Papa points out that one must also have common sense, such as letting everyone go ahead of you in line means you will be held up, or that he politely interrupts a lady to keep a broken bottle from ruining her groceries. While returning home, the Bears' car rear ends another car, which is owned by a big bear who is at first angry with Papa, but is suddenly reminded of his own manners and apologizes for stopping short on the road on account of ducks darting out on the street. As the Bears return home, they reflect how good manners not only make life more enjoyable, but also easier to live by.
The Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect
In this tale, Brother, Sister, Mama, and Papa join Gramps and Gran on a picnic. When trying to decide where to set it up however they all show disrespect. When Papa suggests hosting it in a site he and his friends did when they were cubs, Brother's opinion is '"That was so 100 years ago...let's go somewhere better."' When Mama suggests a creek, Sister's opinion is '"It is so dirty, worn down and full of mosquitoes...let's go somewhere better."' Even Mama and Papa begin to disrespect Gramps and Gran causing Gramps to host a family meeting. After discussing it everybody apologizes to one another and ultimately decide to picnic in Gramps and Gran's house.
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Chores
In this story, Mama gets very frustrated because the kids are performing awfully at chores. Every time Mama gives a simple task to the cubs or Papa they always have excuses to not do them. For example when Mama asks Brother to clean the dishes he says "But there is a neat show on right now!" and when Mama asks Sister to wash them she says "But I always get the dirty chores!" Eventually Mama concludes that maybe it is better if she does all the work herself but this is proven false.
Papa then suggests to Mama that they take a break off of the chores and not do it unless they feel like it. To show a point Mama agrees knowing that their antics will eventually cause the house to get messy. This prediction comes true and while Mama goes to quilt, Papa, Sister and Brother get so exasperated that they spend one entire afternoon cleaning up the dirty, filthy crowded house.
The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party
Mama allows Sister to go to Lizzie Bruin's for a slumber party under the impression that there will be just a few cubs and that Lizzie's parents will be there. However, word of the party spreads and Lizzy allows everyone to come despite her parents leaving the cubs under the supervision of her teenage babysitter. The babysitter has trouble controlling all the cubs especially once Too-Tall and his gang crash the party, and Sister and her friends are more than willing to take advantage of the situation.
Soon the sleepover causes havoc to the point that the neighbors call the police, and everything is a mess. The Bruins call the cub's parents to take them home and tell them about the disarray they discovered. Mama is furious and disappointed and grounds Sister for one week with nothing to occupy her but chores, homework and school. Papa, who believes the punishment is too harsh, tells Mama that "privilege and responsibility" apply to parents as well as children and implies that they should have called and confirmed with the Bruins about the sleepover before allowing Sister to go.
The next day, Mama Bear releases Sister of her punishment, admitting her anger got the best of her. Mama and Sister head over to Lizzy's house, intent on helping clean up the mess last night. Lizzy suggests they have some soda and becomes excited, proposing a 'Clean-Up Party'. Sister turns down the offer, explaining that same behavior from the night before is what caused so much trouble in the first place and that she doesn't want to hear the word "party" again for a long time.
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble With Grown-ups
Brother and Sister feel that their parents have nothing to say but negative things about their cubs. Mama finds out that the "Parents Night Talent Show" is next Friday, but the cubs forgot to give her the notice they brought home which makes things worse. Lizzy, Fred and Sister try to think of a play, when Brother suggests "The Trouble with Grownups!" They agree secretly that it will be about cubs that do the same things Brother and Sister did that week that were wrong and the parents getting angry, which gently parodies their parents, with cousin Freddy and Lizzy Bruin as Brother and Sister of the play. The comedy routine is a hit with the audience, but Mama and Papa are not laughing. The next day, Mama and Papa Bear dress up as the cubs and do the same thing and show the cubs what they thought about it from their own point of view. Mama and Papa as the cubs run around rambunctiously, and Papa leaves his tools out on the floor, which gets the cubs realizing that their parents enforcement of house rules serve a purpose. Seeing each other's perspective, this helps the family to understand and comprehend their frustrations a bit better, and learn that no one means to get on each other's nerves, it is part of living under one roof.
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbours
The cubs are wondering who will move into a sold house across from theirs. One day, the new family arrives to the house and they are a family of Pandas. Papa, initially excited to see them, has trouble adjusting to the family because they are different from him. When Papa misinterprets their row of bamboo as a spite fence, he refuses to adjust to the Panda family. Although Papa is angered to meet the new neighbours, the cubs visit them anyway and they make friends with them. Later, the family, even Papa, comes over with a gift of honey to them, and when they learn that the bamboo is not a spite fence, Papa accepts the new neighbours. Even if others are different, we need to accept them and show love. They may even think you are different. The Berenstain family learns that in this wonderful book.
The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings
While Mama is mopping the floor, she thinks about how Sister and Brother will come back with complaints about how they do not have the things their friends have. She says Sister complains about Lizzy's Bearbie collection, and Brother will complain that he doesn't have enough video games like Cousin Freddy. When they come home, Mama and Papa tell them to think about what they have that their friends do not have. They count all their blessings and when they sit down together as a family, the lights go out. Brother and Sister hear a thunderstorm coming, which knocks out the power; Papa knows a trick that can make the thunderstorm go away. They count each time and the storm is one mile away. After the thunderstorm, the cubs go upstairs to play with the toys they have, learning to be more appreciative of their possessions, and also are thankful for events such as Christmas and Easter which celebrate with candy. Mama says that since the cubs' birthdays are coming up and they have learned their lesson about being grateful for what they have, perhaps it is appropriate that they get Sister a Bearbie doll and Brother a new video game. Papa chuckles that he knows what to thankful for; a wife and children!
The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
The story begins when Brother gets very far behind on his homework and he gets a note in his backpack. After a brief outburst, Papa tells Brother he's grounded until he gets his grades back up. Sister begins taunting Brother about how he is never able to get his homework done, leaving Brother to go for a walk. He goes outside to Gramps and Gran, and Gramps tells Brother of how Papa procrastinated in his homework, too, when he was a cub. Brother decides that he should go and do his homework and the next day, Teacher Bob gives Brother a B+ on his homework, and when he gets home Mama, Papa and Sister gives Brother a hug. However in the 2003 version, it did not show Brother getting a B+ on his homework by Teacher Bob and when he gets home, Mama, Papa and Sister gives Brother a hug instead, Mama kissed him on his cheek and Papa and Sister praised him. Meanwhile in the 2003 version Papa then must do his bills and does it with Brother.
The Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note
Sister Bear finds gym very boring, so when she sees Lizzie with an excuse note, she decides Lizzie is lucky. After school, Brother and Sister are running and Sister trips on a stone and falls. Papa and Mama rush to see if she is all right. She sprains her ankle and she gets an excuse note. At school, she does not do any gym, and spends her time sitting down not doing anything. In about next several days, or the next day, it is all better and she tells Mama why and asks her to write another excuse note. Mama says she cannot do that. Sister goes and sees Brother, who is practicing for his big soccer game. He explains to Sister that exercise is good for you.
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
One day, the family goes to a supermarket. At the checkout, Brother and Sister see their favorite candies and make a fuss until Papa gives in to their behavior and buys them. On the way out to the parking lot, Brother and Sister spot a Bucking Frog similar to the Bucking Duck they ride at the mall. They begin to whine and beg, even worse than they did inside, and Papa gives in once again and buys them a ride. En route to the car, the cubs spot a stand that sells toy cats that squeak. They have their worst screams yet, and Papa, embarrassed, reluctantly gives in to their demand and buys each of them a cat. When they get home, Papa and Mama are upset at the cubs' behavior and have a talk with them about how greedy cubs that want everything can never be satisfied.
Gramps and Gran come to visit, and Brother and Sister greet them by jumping up and down and yelling, demanding gifts. Infuriated (as this is the last straw in his opinion), Papa sends the cubs to their rooms. Papa explains to Gramps and Gran that Brother and Sister have the worst case of the gimmies, and Gramps states that Papa had the gimmies once when he was a cub. Gramps and Gran state that they had a deal in which when it came time for a trip to the general store, Papa could pick out a treat, a book, or a toy before they ever left the house, and that was it for the day. If he came down with the gimmies and began whining for anything else, they would go right home and Papa would get nothing. Papa and Mama realize that is a good idea, as do Brother and Sister. They go to the supermarket a few days later, and Brother and Sister get the treats they decided on at the house (Brother gets a book on dinosaurs and Sister gets a box of crayons). The plan works, much to Mama and Papa's relief (and Brother and Sister are very proud of themselves, too). However, as they leave, the family spots a cub who also has the gimmies in the checkout. Brother and Sister express disgust with the cub's behavior, and they leave the supermarket happily.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing
Brother Bear teases Sister when she buys or watches things he doesn't like or hates every day. So one day Sister tells Mama about it. Mama and Papa tell Brother that teasing isn't a good idea. At one point Papa tells Brother what teasing is like by calling Mama "Ookums Snookums" and tickling under her chin, to which Mama replied that she didn't like either.
Brother gets a job working with the principal, and Too-tall Grizzly and his gang tease Brother, giving him a taste of what it's like to get teased. One day a new kid named Milton becomes Too-tall's new target, Brother stands up for Milton. Milton was born on a farm and this is his first exposure to being in a community like Bear Country. Part of the reason that Milton is a target is because he is very much like a "hayseed" who acts folksy and simplistic among others, and fails to understand traditional children's sports or games as he has never been exposed to them. However, there is one sport Milton understands, wrestling, as he says on the farm part of his job was "rassling" pigs to the ground. Brother sends the principal a letter the next morning which secretly says that Milton challenges Too-tall and his gang to a wrestling match (However, in the 2003 adaptation of the book, this part is changed to Brother bringing Milton in to try out for the school wrestling team, of which Too-tall is the captain). Too-tall and his gang accept the challenge Includes Sister, and Milton wins by falling on Too-tall and his gang. Because of Too-tall's loss, he has to leave Milton alone. Then at the end, Brother doesn't tease Sister anymore.
The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
When Brother and his friends used to play games, Sister would constantly tag along. She was slower than they were and had a tendency to whine, so all the older cubs viewed her as a nuisance. But as Sister gets older, she suddenly starts to become better than them at climbing, baseball, marbles, and other activities. What's worse is the fact that Sister has also become a show-off and a bad winner with her obnoxious over-celebrating.
One day, she can't find any of the other cubs to play with, so she decides to occupy herself instead. But after three days of no playmates, she goes looking for them and discovers they have built a clubhouse in the thicket behind the baseball diamond. Her excitement turns to hurt feelings when the boy cubs add the finishing touch: a sign that reads, "Bear Country Boys Club: NO GIRLS ALLOWED." Sister runs home crying, and although Papa is initially furious and vows to MAKE the cubs let her in the club, Mama suggests another solution: building a treehouse for Sister and her friends. Papa builds it in the old climbing tree, and Sister and her friends bring a rope ladder, a tin can telephone, and a spyglass. Mama explains to Sister that although the boys are being unfair and are bad losers, Sister is equally to blame for being a show-off and a bad winner. They celebrate the new clubhouse by grilling honeycomb and salmon, and the delicious smell brings the boys out of their clubhouse to investigate. The girls decide to invite the boys to share the meal, and afterwards, the boys invite the girls to their clubhouse in the thicket for a dessert of berries. Brother runs ahead, and when the girls arrive, they discover he's changed the sign to "Bear Country Boys Club: GIRLS WELCOME!"
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
On the week near Halloween, Mama Bear comes home with groceries-candy for trick-or-treaters. Brother and Sister try to surprise Mama by dressing into their costumes, and they manage to do so. Then on Halloween when the cubs make a map of their planned trick or treat route, they reveal about how they believe that Mama's best friend, "Miz Migrizz", is a spooky, cruel, witch. Mama Bear tries to tell them that Miz Migrizz isn't a witch but fails to convince them. That night Brother and Sister and their friends Fred (as a pirate), Lizzy Bruin (as a skeleton), and Queenie, (As the wicked queen from Snow White), go trick or treating but just when they leave the curb to their house they meet Too-Tall Grizzly and his gang. They learn that Too-Tall and his gang have only accepted on going Trick-Or-Treating under a mistaken belief that it is more fun and is about playing mean harsh tricks on older people. The cubs are worried when Too-Tall gives them an invitation to play tricks with them on Miz Migrizz and just before Too-Tall and his gang can start tricking Migrizz she hears the commotion and catches them. But instead of scolding them she gives them candy apples for Halloween. The cubs realize that she is kind after all. They thank Migrizz and head home.
The Berenstain Bears and The Bad Dream
Brother Bear is obsessed with collectable action figures called Space Grizzlies. No one else in the Bear family understands why Brother is so drawn to the toys, mostly finding it annoying when he leaves them all over the treehouse. He loves the toys so much that he looks for ways to earn money to buy more of them, eventually to get "Sleezo's Cloud Castle". After seeing a poster for an upcoming Space Grizzlies movie he can't wait for it to premiere. One afternoon Brother desperately wants to play Space Grizzlies and propositions Sister. She agrees on the condition that Brother plays three games of her choice first. At dinner Papa announces the movie Brother wants to see will be in theaters the next day. While Brother watches the Space Grizzlies movie, Mama and Papa and Sister see a different movie at the same multiplex called "The Magic Toeshoes", about a girl in a ballet class who cannot balance until she is given magic shoes by an old man, only to lose them before the big recital then to be told by the old man they were plain ordinary shoes, it was in her all along. After coming home from the theater and going to bed, Sister wakes up and tells Mama and Papa of being embarrassed in public. Mama tells her it was a bad dream; a nightmare. All the things she was seeing in her sleep were jumbled pieces of information she had experienced during her day. Sister accepts that all she had was a bad dream and that it couldn't hurt her. Although Brother initially scoffs at her fear of bad dreams, that night he has a nightmare about being chased by enemies of the Space Grizzlies. Sister explains what she learned to him, and Brother better understands.
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money
The cubs know a lot about Bear Country, such as the best places for flowers, berries, and honey. However, they don't know a lot about money. Whenever they receive any money, either from doing odd jobs for neighbors or as handouts from Mama, Papa or their grandparents, they immediately run to the mall and blow it all on honeycomb on a stick and cheap toys. Attempts to save money in Sister's piggy bank are short-lived, and Brother does not even own a piggy bank. Mama starts getting concerned about the cubs' attitude, and recommends putting them on an allowance to show the value of money. However, this idea is disapproved by Papa, who cheerfully suggests that this is the time to have a carefree childhood and that they will have plenty of money worries when they are grownup.
However, Papa is the one to give the cubs a dressing down about squandering. One day, when Brother and Sister are at the mall, they see a new game called "Astro Bear" at the arcade and run home to ask for money for it. Papa explodes, asking if they think he's made of money or that money grows on trees, and knocking over a chair as he yells. Mama once again attempts to bring up the allowance idea, but Papa refuses, saying that they need to learn to earn their money, just as he did. The cubs take what he says to heart and become small entrepreneurs, selling flowers and berries, guiding tours of Bear Country's most beautiful spots, and starting a pet-sitting business.
But when they start selling maps of the locations of all the best honey trees (a family secret), Papa begins to worry. He complains that all they care about now is making money, and they've turned into little misers, which does seem to be apparent as Brother and Sister are seen accounting for all the money they made. He calls the cubs in for a lecture, but before he can begin, they dump all their hard-earned money into his lap, saying that they earned it all for him so he wouldn't have to worry about money so much. A startled Papa is silent, and Mama clarifies with the cubs that she and Papa worry about money, but the purpose of the earlier lecture was to see the importance of hard work and savings. This time, Papa is the one who brings up the allowance idea. They take the cubs' money to the Bear Country Bank and open a savings account, explaining to the cubs about starting a nest egg and how interest works. The bank is inside the mall, and adjacent to the video arcade, so Papa feels that since the cubs have learned their lessons about squandering, the entire Bear family enjoys a round of Astro Bear.
The Berenstain Bears and Papa's Pizza
One day Sister invites her friends to her house that weekend. However, Brother invited his friends too. They don't know what to do until they ask Mama if they can have a party. Mama sarcastically says "No" at first, but then says, "Yes". Initially, the cubs try to make snacks, but end up making only their favorite foods: "Peanut Butter-mushy-banana-and-crushed-honeycomb-sandwiches-with-a-Pickle". When the cubs express their beliefs that their friends will love it as much as they, Mama tells the cubs that they also need to make their friends' favorite foods and that some may not like the sandwiches. The next few days the cubs go around asking their friends what they like. But nobody likes guacamole, cheese sandwiches, peanut butter, green onions, green peppers, tuna fish, mushrooms, squash, and other things like that, making them have to agree on boring "crackers and water". But Papa comes to the rescue and says that he used to be a Pizzaologist in college and lets the kids make their own pizza.
The Berenstain Bears At the Giant Mall
Brother and Sister ride their bikes to the hardware store, where they find Papa trying to purchase a one and a half-inch carving set. Papa finds that the Bear Country Hardware store doesn't have a one and a half inch carving set, so he is told by the clerk to check the Bear Country Mall for the carving set, much to Papa's, Brother's and Sister's delight. The family drives to the giant mall, where Papa brags once again that he never gets lost. Mama, Brother and Sister, go over the rules of the mall, but since Papa believes that he never gets lost, he abandons the rules and goes alone to find the Hardware store while the family agrees to meet in the food court in one hour. Brother, Mama and Sister look around the mall in a book store, a pet store and a music store. The group has fun, but when the hour is finished they head to the food court but Papa doesn't show up. Mama is not surprised that Papa doesn't arrive and suspects that he got himself lost. The cubs and Mama ask a clerk for help to find Papa, but the clerk says that he hasn't seen Papa They head to the "lost cubs" station where they find Papa and Papa finally admits that he got lost. The cubs show him where the hardware store is, and after Papa gets his carving set, he apologizes for the trouble he caused and promises to always follow the rules.
The Berenstain Bears and The Bad Habit
Several of the cubs in Sister's first grade class have developed little nervous habits from the increased amount of work compared to kindergarten, but Sister's is the worst: a nail-biting habit that is making her fingers sore. When Mama places tape over Sister's fingers to keep her from biting them, Sister gets irritated by it because her friends tease her, she cannot scratch itches, she cannot play Jacks and such, so eventually she takes off the tape and her nail-biting habit gets bigger and bigger. Papa and Mama get worried and Papa gets an idea for a reward where Sister would get a dime for every day she doesn't bite her nails until she can stop her habit. Sister is excited about the idea. But even that won't help Sister break her habit and she doesn't get a single dime on the days she is supposed to.
However, Gran gives Mama a suggestion where instead of a dime at the END of each day she gives Sister ten pennies every day so that when she goes to school the pennies will jingle in her pocket and when she tries to bite her nails she'll stop when she hears the pennies and she'll get to keep them if she doesn't bite her nails. The plan works, although Sister has to give back a few pennies, but she gets ten fine fingernails and has 93 pennies in ten days. She breaks her nail-biting habit in the process. However Brother gets jealous that Sister has all those pennies and he tells Papa that he'll bite his nails so he can get money like Sister, but Brother tells Papa when he suspiciously objects, that he was joking.
The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd
The school year is once again in session, and one cub who has moved to Bear Country is a girl named Queenie McBear, who is fashionable and impresses Sister's friends. When Sister tries to be friendly, Queenie scoffs at both Sister's name and her style of dress. She also wins over Sister's friends by buying them ice cream, as well as laughing that Sister still uses a tricycle. Sister first tries to teach herself to ride Brother's bike in order to beat Queenie at her own game, but fails miserably. Mama tries to get Sister to fit in by getting her an outfit akin to Queenie's. While Sister appreciates Mama's kind gesture, she says it is not her, and that she would not change herself even if "Bear Country was attacked by an army of Queenie clones!" Mama, glad that Sister has a good outlook, tells her that just because Queenie got ice cream for Sister's friends, it does not make them automatically like her, and that Sister should focus on what she is good at; her jump rope abilities in an upcoming double Dutch tournament. On the day of the tournament, many cubs participate, even some boys like Brother and cousin Freddy. Sister's friends register for Sister's team when they see she is the best chance to win. Queenie turns out to be a disaster at jump rope, especially since she made the mistake of wearing dangly clothings and hoop earrings. Sister wins the tournament and is cheered by all, and Queenie admits she has learned a lesson in what it is like to be humiliated, and pledges to turn over a new leaf.
The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game
One day, Mama is feeling annoyed because Brother and Sister keep playing the blame game with each other after every mistake and accident. When the cubs break the vase, and Mama rushes into the room, they blame each other for breaking the vase by protesting about how the vase broke and why they tried to tease each other causing to break the vase. Just as Mama is about to lose her temper, Papa comes and tells the cubs to instead solve the problem. They do so, but when Brother and Sister break the bay window with a baseball and begin the blame game again, Papa loses it as well until Mama helps them fix the problem. Papa reminds the cubs that while there are times when someone really is to blame, there's always enough blame to go around.
The Berenstain Bears and the Attic Treasure
One day Mama gets an idea from a magazine to turn their attic into a lovely family room. The family goes up to the attic and plan to turn the junk into cash and hold a big yard sale the next day. But however when the family puts up their advertisements for the yard sale, they find that the junk happens to be forgotten treasures; like Brother's twirl-a-hoop, Papa's baseball card collection, a cracked honey pot as a wedding gift, Papa's sack race trophy, albums of Papa and Mama's wedding, and baby furniture in case they have another baby. Eventually they have nothing to offer at the yard sale when they refuse to sell the treasures, so they cancel the yard sale and are able to clean up the attic enough to turn it into a family room.
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble at School
One day Brother gets ill, and Dr. Grizzly recommends Brother not be in school until the illness passes. Brother is annoyed with his schoolwork and his place on the soccer team being disrupted by being bedridden, but Mama pampers him and gives him entertaining things to pass the time. Brother enjoys these so much that he neglects the folders of makeup work Sister brings home for him. By the time he recovers, Brother returns to a bumpy start; he has been relegated to a second-stringer on the soccer team as Freddy has been promoted to the first string, and he has to take a math test. Even in an unprepared state, Brother might have squeaked by on the test because he was good with numbers, but his mind was so distracted by losing his place on the soccer team that he flunks, and his test is returned with a remark "Very Poor! Must be Signed by Parents". When Brother and Sister return home, Sister falls ill from Brother's earlier malady. Brother takes advantage of Mama's attention to Sister to hide the poor test.
The next day, Brother skips school by intentionally missing the bus, wrinkling his test into a ball to be rid of it both figuratively and literally, then walking down a dirt road ranting to himself how nothing has ever gone right for him in soccer or academics. The road is connected is along his grandparents' home, who see him and are perplexed as to why he is being a truant, but Gramps decides to handle to problem in a kindly manner. He takes Brother to a swamp with an old rusted carriage submerged in the peat, and tells that many years ago he was driving the carriage through a series of wrong turns until finally, in a rage, he drove it right into the swamp. Gramps then realized he actually worked so hard to cause such a mess, similar to Brother's rant, and that if he only took a moment to stop and change course, all the trouble could have been avoided. After the wrinkled ball is found, Gramps takes Brother home, to which Mama and Papa are not pleased to hear Brother skipped school. But when Gramps shows he has taught Brother right, Papa signs the test and Mama returns Brother to school, commenting, "it is never too late to correct a mistake". Brother's teacher says most students did poorly on the math test and gives the class another shot, to which Brother does well after learning an earlier lesson in addition and subtraction from Gramps. At soccer, the coach gives Brother his old position back as Freddy is not ready for the first string, but has been making progress. Rather than gloat, Brother congratulates Freddy for bettering himself at soccer.
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully
When Sister comes home crying about being assaulted by a bully, Brother goes to the empty school to avenge her only to find out the bully is a younger girl named Tuffy, and he walks away knowing he can't beat up a girl. Rather than getting even, Brother helps Sister in the art of self-defense and helps her vent her frustrations by creating a bean bag with a picture of Tuffy on front of it that she can punch. As the days go by she becomes more proficient at self-defense until the day comes when Tuffy is throwing rocks at a baby bird during recess. When Sister stands up for the bird, Tuffy tries but fails to hit Sister and instead gets a bloody nose. While waiting to see the principal, Sister learns that Tuffy's behavior stems from how she is disciplined at home. Sister is given a warning but avoids further punishment because teachers saw that she was just trying to protect the bird, while also learning a lesson in bully motivation. Tuffy is sentenced to a week of detention during recess for her poor behavior as punishment and has to visit the school psychologist twice a week also.
Step into Reading Books
The Berenstain Bears Go Up and Down
At the mall some bears go up and down on the escalators. But they go too far when they go up the down escalator, and some go down the up escalator. The mall owner calls the police and the kids get back to their school.
Old Hat, New Hat
At a hat store, Brother discards his old hat and shops for a new one. He finds a reason to reject each hat that is brought to him, until he happens upon his old hat, declares it perfect, and leaves the store with it.
Big Chapter Books
The Berenstain Bears and the New Girl in Town
An ancient feud in Bear Country between the Bear and Grizzly clans has resurfaced while a new female cub named Bonnie Brown has transferred to Bear Country School. During her first day at the school, she ends up befriending Brother, who has developed a crush on her and vice-versa. Meanwhile, a school rendition of Romeo and Juliet helps both clans realize what could happen if they continue to feud with one another. In the end, Brother and Bonnie are able to continue with their friendship.
The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree
It is Christmas, and Papa Bear and the cubs are told by Mama Bear to buy a Christmas tree for the Holiday Season. But Papa and the cubs get into a big jam when Papa disobeys Mama's instructions and eventually they don't get a Christmas tree, but a big surprise waits for them.
The Berenstain Bears and the Nerdy Nephew
Professor Actual Factual brings a new cub to school called Ferdy Factual, who is very smart but doesn't know about friends. Soon Queenie comes along and Ferdy teaches Queenie how to play chess. Brother, Freddie and Sister go and tell him that Queenie is pretending to be his friend to get homework answers from him. Ferdy tells them that it's not true, and ignores them. After school, Brother tells Ferdy to come to his place to play video games. He says he has homework, and Queenie comes along and she and Ferdy become homework partners. The next day, when Ferdy plays chess by himself again, he sees Brother playing with the ball. He asks him to pass the ball, but Brother refuses as he looks like he is pretending he does not want it. Eventually Brother throws the ball, but Ferdy talks to Queenie and does not see the ball coming. It hits him on the stomach. Queenie laughs and Ferdy runs away, Brother chases after him and tells Ferdy that he was showing off and apologizes.
- In the 2003 animated version of this, the story changed slightly to have Queenie apologize for using Ferdy, as well as Brother concerned about an upcoming football game against a tough team, to which Ferdy offers to help out by using his chess skills to look at play patterns. The episode ends with Brother's team scoring touchdowns thanks to Ferdy's strategizing and the coach saying Ferdy is the best team manager he has ever had.
Berenstain Bears' Media Madness
At the Bear Country School, the cubs help Mr. Bob set up a TV station. The cubs become very involved and forget their schoolwork.
The Bear Scouts
Brother and his friends are going camping by themselves, but Papa decides to come along bragging that he knows better than the guide book. Trouble occurs when Papa tries to prove himself smarter than the guide book; he makes a spaghetti knot to swing across a collapsed bridge, but it unties and Papa almost falls down a gorge and the cubs are forced to rescue him; When they come to a fork on the trail, the guide book says to go the long way, but Papa goes the short way and when he refuses to obey the guide book map, he finds a group of crocodiles on the short way and is forced to go up the long way; when the cubs are forced to go down a river, they build a canoe to travel down with, but Papa grows impatient and tries to use a log to go down the river and gets trapped into a whirlpool and the cubs are forced to rescue him again; Papa tries to make stew for dinner, but the cubs go fishing and Papa finds that his stew tastes horrible and he dumps it down a cliff; he then tries to sleep in a cave that night rather than tents, but is chased away by a group of bats and he injures himself as he falls down the cliff. The cubs bandage him and take him home to a displeased Mama.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race
Based on the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, Brother Bear participates in a road race under the name "Little Red", driving the Bears' family car, which is slower and less aerodynamic than the other racers. Brother keeps putting along while the other racers, identified by other colors speed off. One racer known as Blue hits a tree speeding through a hairpin turn while Brother rounds the curve carefully. Another one, known as Green (who is "quite mean") uses tacks to flatten the tires of Orange and Yellow while he is unconcerned about Little Red. An overconfident Green stops at a fast food joint, but "it turns out the food was not fast enough" as Brother comes along to get the checkered flag. The Bear family proudly celebrates Brother with his gold cup as the final line is what was recited for much of the story: "Putt, putt, putt, went Little Red".
The Berenstain Bears and the Broken Piggy Bank
When Mama and the cubs are at the store, Brother buys a toy airplane and Sister buys a teddy bear, but when Brother wants a toy truck too, Mama buys a piggy bank for the cubs, saying it will teach them to save wisely. Brother and Sister earn lots of money by doing chores, but Mama is shocked to find the piggy bank broken one day. She thinks the cubs will spend the money on such purchases as candy, comic books and rides at the Fun Park. She is shocked again when she realized that she misjudged the cubs, because they spent the money on Mama's birthday present.
The Wishing Star*
When Sister sees a teddy bear at the mall, she loves it and wants it. That night, Mama teaches Sister the rhyme of the wishing star. Sister wishes for the teddy bear. When the wish comes true, she wishes for an "A" on her work at school. When that wish comes true, she sees a pony on TV. She wishes for the pony, but the wish doesn't come true. Sister is very sad, so Brother tells her that she has to be careful of being greedy, because the wishing star doesn't listen to greedy requests. However Sister who apparently didn't learn a thing from the experience, and what Brother tells her, then says, "Well, two out of three isn't bad!"
The Berenstain Bears Get Lost in a Cave
Papa and the bear scouts Brother, Sister, Lizzy, and Cousin Freddy explore a cave, but, when they take many wrong curves, they get lost. Before long, they find a river that they think is another branch that could lead out of the cave. They go down the river and see a mini waterfall. When they go down it, Sister says the waterfall was a scary water ride at "Fun Park". The cubs want to do it again, but Papa says "NO!"
Get A Checkup
This is a poetic retelling of Go to the Doctor.
In this story the cubs are told that they are going to Doctor Grizzly's for a checkup. The cubs get nervous because Mama and Papa tell them that they are most likely going to get booster shots of medicine. After several tests by Dr. Grizzly, she helps them conquer their fears of booster shots; and learns that Papa is overweight, prescribing a diet for him until he gets into shape.
Love Their Neighbors
Based on the Good Samaritan, it says everyone in Bear Country takes pride in their personal appearance and their houses, from the simple farmhouse of Farmer Ben to the stately manor of Squire Grizzly. However, there is one place in Bear Country that is an eyesore, a rundown shanty owned by the Bogg Brothers, who are also uncouth and spit tobacco on the road in public. When the Bears' are on their way to a harvest fair, their car breaks down. All of their friends pass by, but apologize for being unable to help, citing their responsibilities at the fair. One group does help, the grungy Bogg brothers, who tow the Bears' car and deduce the problem, even replacing the damaged part. The Bears learn a lesson that being a good neighbor is more than appearances when the Bogg brothers are glad to help, confident the Bears would have done the same for them in a reversed scenario.
- Emily Langer (28 February 2012). "Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears children’s books, dies at 88". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
Note that each of the following also contains Berenstain Bears activity/coloring books, as well as non-Bears books by the Berenstains.
- "Complete Berenstain Bibliography" (DOC). Bradley Mariska. July 28, 2013.