We’ve got a couple of fantastic editions of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt out this month.

The classic chant-aloud story by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury if perfect in a new board book edition, and you can bring the story to life as a pop-up adventure in the new Pop-up book!

 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Pop-Up Book Cover We're Going on a Bear Hunt Board Book Cover

Channel 4 are going to air  a special animated adaptation of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

Prodcuded by the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the 30-minute special will air on Channel 4 in 2016.

When Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog are left home alone one day before Christmas after their parents go the rescue of Grandma, the children decide it would be fun to go on a bear hunt, spurred on by Katie’s love of grizzly bears. After swishing and swashing through the long grass, splashing and sploshing through rivers and squilching and squelching through mud, Rufus the dog picks up the scent of a bear…

Incorporating the irresistible story and beautiful artwork of the original book, which last year celebrated 25 years as an international bestseller and a firm family favourite at bedtime, We’re Going  on a Bear Hunt will enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and the determination to confront your fears head on.

Bear Hunt Channel 4 Adaptation Image

©Lupus Films/Walker Books 2015

Michael Rosen says:

“I am absolutely delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned this animation. Lupus have a great record in this field and I am very excited to be part of the project. Helen Oxenbury’s wonderful art work provides a powerful family saga, full of imagined or real trials and these pictures will give a basis for a moving Christmas drama.”

Jay Hunt, Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, says:

“Going on a Bear Hunt is a magical book that will be brought alive for a whole new audience by Lupus Films. I can’t wait.”

Ruth Fielding, producer, says:

“We’re delighted that Channel 4 have commissioned us to retell this classic story and bring to life its beautiful illustrations with our hand drawn animation style. We hope audiences will enjoy the film for many years to come.”

Helen Oxenbury says:

“I’m so looking forward to seeing the book brought to life in this way. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to even more children and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

 

We did it! On July 15th 2014, 1,438 children broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest Reading Lesson, celebrating 25 years of the classic picture book We’re Going On a Bear Hunt at Charter Hall in Colchester, Essex UK!

Walker Books and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) hosted the Largest reading lesson starring Michael Rosen, the author of the best-selling picture book.

“What a beautiful day!” for the young brave bear-lovers, all wearing paper bear ears, and enjoying a unique fun-packed Bear Hunt reading lesson, created especially for the occasion.

“We’re not scared”  as the event was also live-streamed into schools across the UK, making this a national celebration.  100’s of schools and nurseries countrywide, totalling over 30,000 children, joined in the live fun Largest Reading Lesson: from Armagh to Birmingham, Caerphilly to Cornwall, Dunbartonshire to Jersey, Staffordshire to Yorkshire and everywhere in-between; and not forgetting the RNIB’s Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry and the RNIB Sunshine House School in Northwood London.

“We really did catch a big one!” said Michael Rosen, “We did it! We broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Reading Lesson by taking 1,438 children on the biggest ever bear hunt! The response from everyone for the 25th anniversary of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has just been incredible. Thank you to all the schools who took part live on the day and to all those schools and libraries around the country who tuned in live online and enjoyed the fun, thanks everyone for helping to raise much-needed funds for RNIB. We’ve all had a real adventure together.”

The Largest Reading Lesson with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was created by Walker Books and RNIB to celebrate 25 years of the ultimate join-in book with Michael Rosen’s bouncy text and Helen Oxenbury’s warm and funny pictures, including the nearly scary bear; all of which has made it irresistible to children and parents worldwide.

Every child involved in the events countrywide donated £1 to Read for RNIB Day to help open up a world of reading and make more books accessible to blind and partially sighted children.

“Swishy Swashy! Squelch Squerch!” what a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title breaking day!

If you require a copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen in audio or Braille, please contact RNIB on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or email fundraising@rnib.org.uk.

You can watch the whole event in our on demand video below!

Take a look at some of our photos from the day below!

The unique Bookbench for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt forms part of Books About Town’s trail of 50 BookBench sculptures, designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage and reading for enjoyment.

The Books About Town BookBench for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The Books About Town BookBench for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Find out where the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt BookBench is on the Books About Town website.

Other children’s BookBenches include The World of Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, Dr Seuss, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Take a look at them all on the Books About Town website.

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared.

Today we’re really excited to kick off our blog tour to celebrate 25 years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, on Mummy Mishaps. Jenny takes her kids on their very own bear hunt, with some amazing bear hunt party food. We’ve put a picture below, but visit Mummy Mishaps now to find out what they got up to. (The bear shaped bread looks delicious!)

Mummy Mishaps goes on a bear hunt

Mummy Mishaps and her children make bear hunt bread for the Bear Hunt Blog Tour

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury shed some light on the origins of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this video interview on the Guardian, and explain how the book could have looked very different had Helen not ignored Michael’s original ideas.

Watch the video below, or on the guardian.com.


Read for RNIB Day is Going on a Bear Hunt

Walker Books and Read for RNIB Day are celebrating 25 years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record attempt for the world’s largest reading lesson.

At 10am on Tuesday 15th July 2014 we will be hosting The Biggest Ever Bear Hunt reading lesson with Michael Rosen, the author of the beloved picture book.

This ‘real life’ bear hunt will take the form of a curriculum approved reading lesson created by education specialists Yellow Door, which will be fully accessible to children who are blind and partially sighted, so that they can go on the adventure with their friends and classmates too.

Over 1,000 school children will come together at Charter Hall, Colchester, to take part in this unique fun-packed Bear Hunt reading lesson created especially for the occasion!

Read for RNIB Day is Going on a Bear Hunt

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Transcript of Read for RNIB Day is Going on a Bear Hunt

Join the bear hunt

Everyone can join in the fun via a web stream of the event which will be broadcast live at www.jointhebearhunt.com/rnib on 15th July and be available on demand afterwards.

Children, and their teddy bears, are asked to donate £1 each to take part, and all the money raised will go to Read for RNIB Day to support RNIB’s vital reading services.

Sign up here to get your Read for RNIB Day We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pack which includes the full reading lesson plan for the event. We are proud to say the lesson and event have been designed to be fully accessible, giving a blind or partially sighted child the exact same experience on their Bear Hunt as a sighted child.

Only seven per cent of all books are fully accessible to blind and partially sighted people but thanks to Walker Books’ commitment to accessibility, no child will be denied the chance to join in the bear hunt adventure with their friends and classmates.

You can help open up a world of reading for the 25,000 blind and partially sighted children in the UK by taking part in your own bear hunt and raising money for Read for RNIB.

Becca McRow – Read for RNIB Campaign Manager

If you require a copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen in audio or Braille, please contact RNIB on 0845 345 0054 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), or email fundraising@rnib.org.uk.

We kicked off our 25th anniversary celebrations with a launch party at Southbank Centre, where we ate way too much cake! In our defence, bear hunting is hungry work.

Here are just a few pictures from the event.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Anniversary Cake

You’ve got to have a cake on a birthday. And it was delicious.
© Justine Stoddart

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury at the Anniversary Party

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury enjoying the party.
© Justine Stoddart

 

David Lloyd introducing We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Editor at large, David Lloyd, toasts We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
© Justine Stoddart

Michael Rosen and David Lloyd

Michael Rosen shares a joke with David Lloyd.
© Justine Stoddart

Michael Rosen, David Lloyd and Helen Oxenbury

The editor of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, David Lloyd, with its author Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury.
© Justine Stoddart

We're Going on a Bear Hunt standee, cake and books

We do love cakes. And standees. And most importantly, books!
© Justine Stoddart

 

Michael Rosen signs a copy of We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen signs a copy of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt for a young reader.
© Justine Stoddart

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury read We're Going on a Bear Hunt together

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt together.
© Justine Stoddart

 
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Pull Up banner with image of woods on it

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Pull Up banner.
© Justine Stoddart

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury celebrated 25 Years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show.

It includes a fantastic reading of the book and is well worth a listen!

Simon Mayo with Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

 

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 25th Anniversary EditionWe’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved picture book at Imagine Children’s Festival 2014. You will be able to go on an adventure with a professional storyteller – dress up as a bear or bring your own to join in! Find out more at the Soutbank Centre.

**The event is now sold out, but we’ll post plenty of pictures from the day!**