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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

Join the Conversation

40 thoughts on “Bears Make the Best Science Buddies by Carmen Oliver + A Giveaway!

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!)

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

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