I am one of those parents who loves books and am at the library each week weeding through picture books and early chapter books for my girls who are 3 and 5. Their entire bedtime routine is predicated on being able to pick out new books from a library tote bag so their expectations each night are high. On occasion they have favorites and demand the same book night after night but this is now rare.
I was recently introduced to a new picture book published through Museyon Guides that just debuted in English titled Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear. Originally published in Japan by Kazue Takahashi, a Japanese illustrator and children’s book author, Kuma-Kuma Chan takes children on a journey through an imaginary day in the life of an adorable little bear. The illustrations are minimalist and calming, Kuma-Kuma Chan himself looks a like a puffy brown cloud. His day is simple and relateable to kids. He eats his breakfast, gazes at the clouds, listens to the rain. He also clips his little nails and stares at the clippings which my 3 year old finds hysterical.
The simple sentences are also great for my 5 year old who is learning to read and would likely make a good star book for kindergarten reading programs. But, my kids just love the peacefulness of this book and the cute bear came alive to them in a meaningful way.