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Vacation Creations: Make a Bear Book!

Imagine Your Story – about bears! There are many bears in folktales, from the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for little ones to the less familiar German tale of Snow White and Rose Red for older students (not the same Snow White that became a classic Disney movie – here is a link to Snow White and Rose Red if you would like to read or listen to it:

Children of all ages can make an accordion-folded bear book to remember their favorite bear stories!

Make a Bear Book!

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Gluestick
  • Colored pencils, markers or crayons

What you do:

  • Print out the bears and book template below and cut out the book template OR use a long strip of paper that is about 4” by 11” for your book (it’s okay if the size is a little different).
  • Fold the book in thirds by folding the bottom edge up about halfway and then folding the top edge back to the other side. Press the creases to make a crisp fold. If you stand it on the table and look at it from above, your book should look like a “Z” or a numeral “2.” You will have six pages: Three on one side of your book and three on the other side.
  • Color and cut out the bears from the template OR draw your own and cut them out. Glue them onto the pages of your book to tell a story. Where is your bear going? What happens when the bear gets there? Will your bear meet any fairy tale characters? What will your bear eat? What does it need? What is the best thing about being a bear?
  • Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to draw the details of your story.
  • Read your story to your parents, and next time you “face time” with your grandparents or friends, read it to them, too!
  • We would love to read your story – post a picture of both sides of your book on the Library’s Facebook page or email it to
  • To print the template: right-click on it, copy it, and paste it into your word processing program or Google Docs and then print from there.

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