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Bears Make the Best Science Buddies by Carmen Oliver + A Giveaway!

Bears Make the Best Science Buddies
by Carmen Oliver, illustrated by Jean Claude

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Capstone Editions

It’s time for the first science lab, and nobody can agree on an experiment. But why pick just one when Bear is around? Bears makes the best science buddies, and Bear proves it by helping each group use the scientific method for its special experiment. This fourth picture book in Carmen Oliver’s Bears Make the Best…series will bring the excitement of science to a new level. One of the four experiments used in the book is detailed in the back matter.

When you stop and think about it, all kids are natural born scientists. From a very young age, they start experimenting with different things to see what will happen next. Once they are old enough to talk, they start asking, “why?” to everything.

I love that this book allows kids to nurture their spirit of curiosity. Children will see a diverse group of students with faces that match their own and learn the proper way to conduct a science experiment.

In addition to learning all the important safety protocols to conducting a science experiment, kids will also learn the four steps in the scientific method:

1. Observe
2. Make a Hypothesis
3. Experiment
4. Analyze Results

Bears Make the Best Science Buddies is perfect for aspiring scientists and classroom read-alouds. As a fun added bonus, this book also features one of the four science experiments to try on your own in the back matter.

Be sure to check out the other books in the series too!

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies
Bears Make the Best Math Buddies

About the Author

Photograph by Sam Bond Photography

Carmen Oliver is the author of picture books A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal, a Junior Library Guild spring 2019 pick, Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies and Bears Make the Best Math Buddies. She’s also the author of the forthcoming picture books Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies, Bears Make the Best Science Buddies, The Twilight Library (North-South Books, 2021) and The Favio Chavez Story (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers).

Carmen’s work has been shortlisted for the Rainforest of Reading Award, The Writers’ League of Texas Awards and the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy. In 2014, she founded the Booking Biz, a boutique style agency that brings award-winning children’s authors and illustrators to schools, libraries, and special events. She also teaches writing at the Writing Barn and The Highlights Foundation and loves speaking at schools, conferences, and festivals.

To connect or learn more about Carmen and her books,visit

The Giveaway!
Five (5) lucky winners will win a copy of Bears Make the Best Science Buddies. Must be a US resident age 18 and over to enter. Good Luck!

Bears Make the Best Science Buddies

The Great Milk and Cookie Dunk Science Experiment

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  • Reply Nicole

    This book looks fantastic! I have 4 y/o twin boys and a 6 year old daughter so we would definitely keep this book and do the experiments in the back.

    August 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Melanie Jarratt

    I think this would be a great read aloud for my science class! It looks so fun and approachable.

    August 2, 2020 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    What a cute book! Doing The Great Cookie Dunk Experiment tonight!

    August 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Jowett

    Thanks so much for offering the giveaway! This looks like a great book.

    August 2, 2020 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Bethany Lavallais

    I’m so excited about this book and would love to test out the experiments with my students this year! If I win, I will keep this book and add it to my growing classroom library and read it aloud to my students.

    August 2, 2020 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Jana

    It looks so cute! My soon to be Kindergartener loves science (Cece loves science, and Ada twist scientist as well as Zoey and sassafras are big hits!) so this looks right up his alley!

    August 2, 2020 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Yassss!!!! I’ve been looking for more books on the science process to add to my classroom library. Adding it to my book list now. Thanks a bunch

    August 3, 2020 at 12:22 am
  • Reply Leslie Ware

    I would love to have this for my daughter, but I may gift it to a friend whose children are a bit older and would be able to use the book sooner!

    August 3, 2020 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Kim

    I teach science and I am always looking for fun science books for my kids!

    August 3, 2020 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Beth Pederson

    I would love to receive one of these books for my granddaughter who is afraid of bears in the woods.

    August 3, 2020 at 12:45 am
    • Reply Lindsay A

      My kids would love this and then I would share it with my mom and her early reader students!

      August 3, 2020 at 1:00 am
      • Reply Lindsay A

        Sorry, didnt mean to comment on a comment!

        August 3, 2020 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Grace

    This is amazing!! Thanks for always sharing such wonderful books to expand and enrich our home library!! (It’s a double win for me because I’m a teacher so I have a great classroom library too!!)

    August 3, 2020 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Jennifer Merrifield

    What a great idea to incorporate the scientific process into a picture book. This would make a wonderful addition to our school library. Thanks for the chance.

    August 3, 2020 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Emma

    My son is super into science and volcanoes! He would love this!

    August 3, 2020 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Stephanie Moser

    Love how scientific it sounds for young kids to walk through this process together 🙂 I would keep this book for our two kids!

    August 3, 2020 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Karissa

    Here for books that show diversity. Thanks for introducing your audience to such a variety!

    August 3, 2020 at 2:26 am
  • Reply Julia P

    My munchkin would love this. He got a microscope for his birthday and has been sharing it with his friends, ie: His plastic dinosaurs and stuffed animals.

    August 3, 2020 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Carrie

    Looks like a fun book!

    August 3, 2020 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Cassandra Belton

    This book sounds great! My daughter loves science. I’ll order the cookies for the experiment now!

    August 3, 2020 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Wehaf

    If I won this I would keep it to share with my nieces and nephews.

    August 3, 2020 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply al

    gift it to my grand nephew!

    August 3, 2020 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Liz C

    This book looks adorable! I would love to share it with my son.

    August 3, 2020 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Hannah H.

    I would keep it for my two boys, who I hope will love STEM someday as much as I do!

    August 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Cher

    This book sounds super cute and we are a science loving family! Excited to check it out!!!

    August 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Bhilton

    This book sounds adorable!! I can’t wait to read it with my little scientist sometime!

    August 3, 2020 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Cindy Peterson

    This will be a gift to the most adorable four littles.

    August 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Linda Everson

    I will gift it to my grandson.

    August 3, 2020 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Tony Platz

    This would be great for my nepews they are just the right age .

    August 3, 2020 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Donna L

    I would give this adorable book to my grandson.

    August 3, 2020 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Ryan F

    Bears and science! What’s not to like?

    August 4, 2020 at 1:39 am
  • Reply Dana

    I would gift it to my nephew.

    August 4, 2020 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Jessica L.

    I would give it to my son, who loves science.

    August 4, 2020 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Pat

    I will give this book to my grandson. He would love it!

    August 4, 2020 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Edye

    I will gift it 😀

    August 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Ashley S.

    I would keep this adorable book to read to my little one! Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 5, 2020 at 3:39 am
  • Reply Rosemary Basham

    Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!

    August 5, 2020 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply ToniAnn Sprouse

    My grandchildren will be virtually learning this fall and this would be perfect for them! Thanks for the chance!

    August 5, 2020 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Smaudel

    I will add it to my school library!

    August 5, 2020 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Linda G

    I would gift this book to my little neighbor

    August 6, 2020 at 2:27 am
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