Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

This is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time! Eric Carle is the author. I use this book a lot with younger children and you can incorporate a lot of different educational goals within the book. Children on the verge of reading learn best with plenty of identifiable images and rhythmic repetition. This book offers that and more!
I recorded the words of the story to the tune of "Twinkle, twinkle little star" and it is very easy to sing accapella with the kids. Best of all you can download it for free today!

<a href="http://morewithmusic.bandcamp.com/track/brown-bear">Brown Bear by More with Music</a>

There are vivid colors and great illustrations of animals and people in the book. This is a great sequencing book also, and lends itself to asking the questions, "What comes next? Who comes next? What do you see?"
I use the board book version of this book because it's easier for younger children or children with fine motor issues to turn the pages. You can also wipe off these books pretty easily which is always a plus!

Many teachers personalize this book for their classrooms by changing the words to: Lisa, Lisa, who do you see? I see Brian looking at me". This helps the children get to know each others' names quickly and is a great ice breaker for group time. Want a personalized CD for your classroom this fall? Email me at morewithmusic@gmail.com to find out more information!

You might also want to check out:
The Touch 'N Read Block for the Brown Bear book. This is a great toy to make this book a multi-sensory experience! You can find it at:www.playfairtoys.com

Visual aids for Brown Bear characters in the book. These really help out with visually impaired children! You can find this kit at


  1. I just came across your site from tiptoe thru the tulips/ I love what you do. My granddaughter Hailey is 3 years old and has Cerebral Palsy she so responds to music and she loves Brown Bear. I will follow your site as well as add you to my blogroll. Thank you for doing what you do!

  2. I heard about this website from an EC conference. I was told there was somewhere I could purchase songs, but I cannot seem to find it! I really would like to use them for my Functional Skills classroom! Thanks!

  3. Hi momof2nc!
    So glad you stopped by!
    If you look up above where you can play the Brown Bear song, right under the play button, you will see "Download". Click on the word Download and it will allow you to download the brown bear song to your computer. Songs that are free are instantly downloadable. Other songs (which I write) are $1 and you click the same place under the play button on each song. Hope this helps! :)

  4. Dear Amanda!
    Thank you for this great song! I am an English teacher in Hungary and I would like to teach for my second gread students Brown Bear story. So I was searching for some music. I am really happy I will use your song. Thank you again!!

  5. Thankyou! We have been reading this book in class all term and I wanted the children to perform the song for their parents. I now have some music to play it with!