Additional Reading

Learning about wildlife and the issues that affect their existence is important as we continue to move into wilderness areas. Preserving a diversity of wildlife for future generations to enjoy requires an informed public. This is especially true with large mammals such as bears. The more we know about them, the better able we will be to coexist peacefully with these fascinating animals.

Here is a list of books to help you become better acquainted with bears:

Books For adults

  • The Great Bear Almanac by Gary Brown
  • Bears, Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness by Wayne Lynch
  • The Great American Bear by Jeff Fair
  • Bears by Kevin Van Tighem
  • Safe Travel in Bear Country by Gary Brown
  • Backcountry Bear Basics by Dave Smith
  • Bears by Erwin & Peggy Bauer
  • Bear Attacks by Stephen Herrero
  • Bear Aware by Bill Schneider
  • River of Bears by Tom Walker
  • Black Bear, Seasons in the Wild by Tom Anderson
  • Black Bear Country by Michael Furtman
  • Spirit Bear by Charles Russell
  • Bears Edited by Ian Stirling
  • Bears of the World by Lance Craighead
  • BLACK BEARS by Dave Taytlor (lots of VSWS photos!)
  • The Black Bear Almanac- David Smith (soon to be published)
  • Summers With the Bears by Jack Becklund
  • In the Company of Wild Bears- A Celebration of Backcountry Grizzlies and Black Bears by Howard Smith¬†and Michael H. Francis
  • Shadow in the Forest – Idaho’s Black Bear by John J. Beechum and Jeff Rohlman
  • Among the Bears- Raising Orphan cubs in the Wild by Benjamin Kilham and Ed Gray
  • Spirit Bear: Encounters with the White Bear of the Western Rainforest by Charles Russell and Andy Russell
  • Alaska’s Bears- Grizzlies, Black Bears and Polar Bears by Bill Sherwonit
  • Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasent Encounters by David Smith
  • The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fate of Men and Bears by Doug and Andrea Peacock (highly recommended)
  • BEARS – MONARCHS OF THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE by Wayne Lynch (highly recommended!)

Books for grade school children

  • BLACK BEAR: North America’s Bear by Stephen Swinburn
  • Black Bears- Our Wild World Series by Kathy Feeney and John McGee
  • BEARS: Polar Bears, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears by Deborah Hodge and Pat Stephens
  • The Everywhere Bear by Sandra Chisholm Robinson
  • Bears by Helen Gilks
  • Growl! by Melvin Berger
  • Bears, Bears, Bears by Wayne Lynch
  • Eli: A Black Bear by Bonnie Highsmith Taylor
  • Those aren’t Teddy Bears in our Parks by Kathleen Keefe
  • The Wilderness World of Baby Bears by Ken Jenkins
  • Zoobooks: Bears by Wildlife Education, LTD
  • Animal Watch – A Visual Introduction to Bears by Bernard Stonehouse
  • Very First Things to Know About Bears by Deborah Kovacs
  • Samson the Hot Tub Bear by Wendy Tokuda