Rhino Reads

Never Take a Bear to School

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I love a starting school story. It’s such an important time for children – and their grown ups – and can often be fraught with worry, mostly on the part of the parents! Sharing books about a potentially worrisome situation is a wonderful way to start a discussion and soothe those worries away. Especially when the book is as positive as this one. 


Never Take a Bear to School by Mark Sperring and Britta Teckentrup (Orchard) celebrates starting school and all the excitement and adventure it entails. With rhyming text and Teckentrup’s beautiful illustrations, it leaves the readers energised and excited and ready to face the world – without their bears!

‘Bears are clumsy. They don’t sit still. They’re much, much bigger than teachers – and they eat SUCH a lot of lunch! Yes, taking a bear to school is a BAD idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone? With so much to do, like painting, dressing up, storytime, and making new friends, he just might! And Bear? He’ll always be waiting at the end of the day, with a great big hug! A delightfully funny story that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery.’

I love this book for the way it looks at starting school from the child’s perspective. Their comfort toys are real and important in their lives and bringing the bear to life in this story is a brilliant way to encourage children’s imagination and empower them to take that first step on their own. Bravo, too, for the class full of children of all colours.

Above all, Never Take a Bear to School makes school look so much fun. What child could resist the joy in this spread?


Reassuring, empowering and exciting. This book is the perfect toolkit for nervous pre-schoolers.

You can get your copy here.

Source – kindly sent for review by Orchard Books.

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