Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Blue Bear Reads

Blue Bear Book Review:

Blue Bear Reading Swashby by the Sea

Swashby and the Sea

Written by Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Houghton Mifflin 2020

A beautiful story of friendship between old, young, the sea and people. I love how the sea is a character who helps Swashby along in the just the right way. The language is a delight as are the illustrations. I want to hug this book. So does Blue Bear. 


Blue Bear Approved

Blue Bear Reading Swashby by the SeaBlue Bear reading Swashby by the Sea

If you haven't read this book yet, go check it out at the library or buy your own copy today. You won't be disappointed! 

Please buy this (and all your books) at a local indie book store, or online at www.bookshop.org. Support your local bookseller! Thanks! Here's a handy-dandy bookshop link to my store there. Find this book in my Friendship section.

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book. Feel free to share your thoughts.



Friday, July 8, 2022

Blue Bear Book Review:

The Mess That We Made written by Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman

Blue Bear can be found in every book Traci Van Wagoner and Kurt Keller have illustrated. He loves reading and now he's sharing reviews of books he loves and maybe even those he doesn't.

Blue Bear Reads

We'll start of with a review of a book that is very important to our home, Earth.

Blue Bear Reads The Mess That We Made

The Mess That We Made written by Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman

At first Blue Bear was worried about the building intensity of the problems we as humans are creating in our natural world and all the pollution and garbage in our oceans. But the author and illustrator gave him hope halfway through with real solutions and things we can do to fix the mess that we have made and help the natural world heal. There are wonderful calls to action at the end to help show humans how they can clean up and save the Earth. This book is a must for every human inhabiting this world. Blue Bear gives this book a big thumbs up (if he had thumbs).

Blue Bear Approved

Thank you for joining us for reading time. Please share your favorite books about the environment and the ocean. Blue Bear is always up for reading another book about our world and how we can help keep it a healthy and happy place for us all to live!

#BlueBearReads #BookReview #ChildrensBooks

Monday, May 24, 2021

Free Teddy Bear Coloring Page

 It's time for some more FUN with Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie with a free coloring page

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie Coloring Page

Feel free to save this image and have fun coloring in Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear and his big heart. I'd love to see your creations, so please feel free to share here or on our Facebook Page.

Please be nice and only use this only for your own fun. No selling or profiting from this page. All work is copyrighted. Thanks!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie's Cookie Adventure

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie's Adventure Cookies
We apologize for the silence. It's been a whirlwind of a few months, and once I had a chance to catch my breath, I realized we never shared Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie's Cookie Adventure.

It's official. We have a favorite cookie recipe for Teddy Bear's Adventure Cookies. It had to be something more than just a chocolate chip cookie, something extra special for a brave teddy bear out adventuring, so we had fun experimenting. We tried a few ingredients, and we thought it would be fun to share the adventure in pictures.
Check out the full recipe at the end so you can try making your own adventure cookies at home. (Can also be found in the Activity Tab along with other fun downloads.)




 Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie's Adventure Cookie Recipe
Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Willie's Adventure Cookies
 Feel free to share your results with us! Enjoy the cookie making adventure!
Stay tuned for more teddy bear fun!

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Book Signing Party

Book Signing Party 2020 Style

Photo of Traci Van Wagoner signing books
Photo by Kurt Keller
I have finished a big deadline and now have some time to focus on getting books signed and sent out. So, I'm having a signing party this weekend and putting together all the packages for people who have ordered the book directly from us. I've also made and received some fun teddy bear swag and am putting together thank you packages for my patrons who helped make this book possible with their generous support.

We still have a few books left. If you are interested in getting a personalized copy, please contact us with your information.

Marilyn Van Wagoner signing

I wish I could have a signing party with my Mom, but with 2020 being what it is, we will have to suffice with a virtual book signing together. A big thanks to my sisters, Valyn and Kara, for this photo and for helping make this all a reality. XO


And thank you all for your support and sharing this adventure with us! Please remember as well that book reviews are always helpful.

You can be brave no matter how small you are or feel.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A Big Teddy Bear Thank You

Thank you all for your wonderful support. The release of Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure has gone really well. We had an outpouring of love from family and friends who have been following this journey, and we sold several copies so far. 

Box of Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure books
We got our box full of books and more signature stickers are busy packing them up and sending them out to those who bought directly from us. Thank you for your patience.

more signature stickers for Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventue

We still have a few copies of the book available to to sign and or personalize (purchase now via paypal) as gifts this holiday season. Comment or send an email with your address and if you'd like the book personalized -- we'll also include a sticker with my mom's signature.

We have also had fun creating perfect products to create a snuggly storytime with your wee ones which are available to purchase at TVW Creations Zazzle Store.

 Light up your night with this fun patterned Itsy Bisty Teddy Bear Lamp.

For your wee ones who are afraid of the dark and could use a night time companion get this cute Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Nightlight

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Fleece Blanket -- Keep warm and snuggly with an adorable fleece blanket in three different sizes.


Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Cocoa Mug is a great way to warm up your insides too!

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Pillow adds comfort to your cozy story time.


Or keep your kids occupied while cooped up inside with an Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear Puzzle.

There's much more too. Enjoy a shopping adventure today! Thanks a million! If you would like a product you don't see in the store, or if you'd like a different piece of art on a product, please let us know. Thanks so much for your support.

Monday, November 9, 2020

It's Official! Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure Release Day

 Attention please!

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure Book

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear’s Adventure is now available!

Happy Monday! We received the 2nd print proof of the book and it looks fantastic. It has been officially approved by Blue Bear. So, we can now release Itsy, Bitsy, Teddy Bear Willie into the world. Yay!

You can order the book on my Bookshop page. Or go to our Book Store for purchasing links at other online bookstores. 

Also, you can see a flip-through of the book on Teddy Bear's Adventure Facebook page.

Itsy Bitsy Teddy Bear's Adventure Blue Bear Approved

We will have a limited supply of books we can personalize within the next few weeks. We'll let you know when.

In the meantime, we have signed stickers available to send for those who purchase the book and would like a signed copy. Simply contact us and let us know you've purchased a book, would like a sticker and where you'd like it sent.

Thank you ever so much for joining us on this journey from sketch to final book. It has been a wonderful adventure, and we are so pleased to be able to share the final results with you.

Remember, you can be brave even though you are small.

A huge thank you goes out to my mom who has always inspired me to climb the biggest mountain and pushed me to believe I can do anything. This book is for you.