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!**

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!**

Bench with children’s book illustrationA brilliant new literary scheme called Books About Town is re-creating famous books as benches, including Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, George Orwell’s 1984 and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Walker Books are going to have our very own We’re Going on a Bear Hunt bench.

The benches – which will resemble giant open books – will hit the streets of London for 10 weeks over the summer.

The National Literacy Trust commissioned the benches and will auction them to raise money to help tackle low literacy rates, and Walker Books are a proud sponsor along with KPMG.

Michael Rosen said Coram’s Fields would be his choice for the Bear Hunt bench. “It’s the world’s first purpose-built playground still in use, so in a way it’s a rare monument to the importance of play.”

He added: “I love the idea of sitting on giant books. With the Bear Hunt big BookBench, I suppose you can say that you can’t go through it, but you can go over it, you can go under it or better still you can sit on it. I think that people seeing bookbenches in the street will chuckle and remind each other about a good reading experience.”

Find out more about the project at booksabouttown.org.uk

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 25th Anniversary EditionThis is a BIG year for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This much-loved picture book has been enjoyed by children for 25 years. To celebrate, we’ve created an extra special anniversary edition, with beautiful jacket and gold spine, and a board book, too! Take a peek at the Books page.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Anniversary Logo

Hello, and welcome to the brand new We’re Going on a Bear Hunt website! Why not take a look around? Watch a video of Michael Rosen performing the book and find out how it was created on our Videos page. Download activity sheets so your little ones can Join the Bear Hunt.

We’ve got lots of fun planned throughout the year, so make sure you sign-up for news.