This week we welcome Bradley Mariska, Associate Band Director for Farmington High School, and avid Berenstain Bears collector who has amassed the world’s largest Berenstain Bears collection on display at Sweet Reads in Austin Minnesota. Bradley settles once and for all the controversy on if it’s Berenstain or Berenstein Bears and lets us in on the sordid side of the Bears. We have dubbed Bradley the Official Bernstain Bears Historian!
His Holy Grail of Berenstain Bears collectibles is The Berenstain Bears Fun Book” (no. 3050), a small coloring/activity book published by Golden (1993). So if you know where you can put your hands on this, let him know!
Links to sites mentioned in this episode:
Bradley’s Blog The Berenstain Bears Collector This is Bradley blog where there’s a complete bibliography of all Berenstain Bears Books as well as others lists of the games, figurines, and all things Berenstain!
The Berenstain Bears Collectors on Facebook If you’re interested is in joining Bradley’s group of collectors online go to their Facebook page and join!
Deep In Bear Country This is a podcast run by Bradley friend and fellow Berenstain Bears enthusiast Phil Gonzales.
Also in this episode
Our Jr. reviewer Ella reviews Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, Karen from The Book Return reviews A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and Becky’s Book Nook give us books to help survive National Novel Writing Month.