August is here and in Seattle, summer is in its prime. Today, I’m celebrating the camping season with a song about bears. And, since it’s the first week of the month, I’m sharing a book about bears too! I love the first week of the month because I get to share two things!

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image from society6

Stompy The Bear

Caspar Babypants scores again with this kid-proven number. The music changes a few times throughout this song, so I use it for dancing—to encourage sensitive listening. I ask the kids to match their body movements to the sound of the music. But, it’s also great for sitting and listening, singing along, and just general silliness.

There are also a number of colors mentioned throughout this song, so it’s really fun for identifying colors on people’s clothing or around the room.

Find Stompy the Bear on Amazon or itunes.

And, now for a fantastic, song-based book about bears….

The Bear Went Over the Mountain


This classic children’s song gets a fresh twist in this book by Iza Trapani. Trapani is most famous for her version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. But, I love the delightful way she plays with The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

The bear uses all its senses and does so much more than just go over the mountain. I have a feeling you’re going to love it.


If you’re unfamiliar with the song, check it out here on Spotify. There are plenty of versions, but this is one I found that was pretty similar to the one in the book.

Then, look for this book at your local library or find it on Amazon.

Warning: You have to sing this book. So do it! Sing to your kids. After a few times through, they’ll probably jump in with you.

Happy August All!