We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Celebrating 30 Years in 2019

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – 30th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with a new special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite.

“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too?”

For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Walker Book’s new anniversary paperback edition brings the story to life for a whole new generation of readers.

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

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In 1977, Scottish folk singer Alison McMorland asked illustrator Helen Oxenbury to design an album cover for her collection of traditional children’s songs. One song in the collection was named “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. Not long after, English poet and performer Michael Rosen came across the song and incorporated it into his one-man show which he performed to school kids. Rosen’s publisher saw the show and convinced Rosen to write a book based on it, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

30 years later, it would still be shared around the world as a classic children’s story for parents to read to their children. Since its publication, the book has never been out of print and has reached sales of more than 9 million copies.

The gorgeous coloured illustrations and catchy rhyming beat are what make this story special. Watch the author, Michael Rosen himself act the story out and see what we mean:

Celebrate the anniversary of this iconic book by reading it to your children or grandchildren and sharing the magic of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

CLICK HERE to buy online from Dymocks Books.

CLICK HERE to buy online from Book Depository Australia. 


Walker Books We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 30th Anniversary Competition:

Sharing story-time with your child is special. For 30 years, families have been reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Walker Books want to celebrate by giving one lucky reader a whole year of story-times. 

To enter, all you have to do is upload an image or a video of you and your family sharing We’re Going on a Bear Hunt on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #happybirthdaybearhunt and tell Walker Books what you think makes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt special.

They will be sharing their favourites throughout March, and the most original and creative entry will win 52 free books, tailored to the kids in their family. Competition ends 31 March 2019.

See more details and all T&Cs here. 

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Join the Bear Hunt website or the Better Reading website.

What:   We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Celebrating 30 Years

When:    March 2019

Where:   Worldwide

Who:   For readers aged 3+

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Image Source: Join the Bear Hunt website & Brockwell Greenhouses website

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