Bill Martin Jr.

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children’s books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.


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Eric Carle on Bill Martin Jr. and the Brown Bear Series

Illustrator Eric Carle discusses his experiences as illustrator of Bill Martin Jr.'s Brown Bear Series.

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Eric Carle on the illustration of the Brown Bear Series

Illustrator Eric Carle discusses the tissue paper collage techniques used on the Brown Bear Series.

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Bill Martin reads Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Author Bill Martin reads his classic children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

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Slide and Find Book Video

See how this beloved classic is now an interactive board book!

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Bill Martin Jr. on the Origin of Brown Bear

Children's book author Bill Martin Jr. discusses the origin of the Brown Bear Series.

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Brown Bear & Friends by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle--audiobook excerpt

Listen to this excerpt from the Brown Bear & Friends audiobook, read by Gwyneth Paltrow. Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle's classic Bear books have been a hit with children for many generations, and have sold more than eleven million copies. This wonderful compilation audiobook brings together the beloved first three Bear books--Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?—and includes the newest addition, Baby Bear, Baby Be

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle--Audio Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from the children's book classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, narrated by Gwyneth Paltrow. With more than 7 million copies in print in various formats and languages, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is one of the most treasured children's books of all time. Now, more than 40 years after its first printing, this classic is finally available in a new, affordable paperback and CD edition. The narration, provided by Acad

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Bear Book Readers Paperback Boxed Set

Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle’s classic Bear books have been a hit with children, parents, and teachers for many generations and have sold more than eleven...


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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? 10th Anniversary Edition

Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Ten years ago, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? reunited to address the important topic...


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Brown Bear book and CD storytime set

Written by Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Macmillan Young Listeners


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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Slide and Find
Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
Priddy Books

Hot on the heels of Slide and Find Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, is this Slide and Find edition of the final collaboration between Bill Martin Jr...


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Polar Bear book and CD storytime set

Written by Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Macmillan Young Listeners


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

With more than two million copies sold, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has opened up a world of learning to a generation of children. For this...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They’ll make the sounds the...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? sound book

Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
Priddy Books

A new edition of this all-time favorite children’s tale to delight children and parents alike. Bill Martin’s playful story introduces a parade of rowdy zoo...


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Brown Bear and Friends board book and CD set
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle; Read by Gwyneth Paltrow
Macmillan Young Listeners

From the Grammy-nominated collection. Now you can read along while you listen to all of the Bear stories inside of this beautiful box set which contains four...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 20th Anniversary Edition with CD
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Since its publication twenty years ago, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle's bestselling collaboration, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? has become a...


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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (Book & CD Set)
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle; Read by Gwyneth Paltrow
Macmillan Young Listeners

The author and illustrator team behind the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? turn their extraordinary talents to the theme of animal...


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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Big Book
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

Baby Bear sees a colorful selection of North American animals in this final book in the bear series, but who does he want to see most of all? Mama Bear, of...


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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
My First Reader
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

The publication of Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? completes the bear book beginning reader series. Now,...


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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
My First Reader
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

The publication of Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? completes the bear book beginning reader series. Now,...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Slide and Find

Bill Martin, Jr., illustrations by Eric Carle
Priddy Books

Eric Carle’s familiar illustrations of brown bear, red bird, yellow duck and the other endearing animals from his classic creation parade across the pages of...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? My First Reader
My First Reader
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers: These beloved children's stories are now...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader
My First Reader
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers: These beloved children's stories are now...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Book & CD Set)
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle; Read by Gwyneth Paltrow
Macmillan Young Listeners

One of the most treasured children’s books of all time, this title is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.


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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Board Book
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? is the final collaboration fromthis bestselling author-illustrator team.Young readers will enjoy Baby Bear’s quest to...


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Brown Bear & Friends
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle; read by Gwyneth Paltrow
Macmillan Young Listeners

This wonderful compilation brings together four beloved Bear books read by Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.


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Oso panda, oso panda, ¿qué ves ahí?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle; translation by Teresa Mlawer
Henry Holt and Co.

Thirty-five years after their first groundbreaking collaboration, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do...


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Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

With more than 6.5 million copies sold in board book alone, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle’s classic Bear books have been a hit with young children for many...


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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? is the final collaboration from this bestselling author-illustrator team. Young readers will enjoy Baby Bear’s quest to...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

Four decades ago, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle collaborated on their first book together, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Since then, Brown Bear has...


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Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin, Jr.
Henry Holt and Co.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is the companion book to the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin's simple, rhythmic text...


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Swish!

Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson and Michael Chesworth
Square Fish

A fast-paced book about two girls' basketball teams fighting for the championship. "The Cardinals and Bluejays are in the final game of the championship....


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Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin, Jr.; Illustrated by Eric Carle; Translated by Teresa Mlawer
Henry Holt and Co.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a classic of children's literature. Bill Martin's rhythmic text speaks directly to young children, and Eric Carle's...


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Knots on a Counting Rope

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand
Square Fish

In this poignant story, the counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy’s emerging confidence in facing his blindness. "A rich...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

"To celebrate this beloved book’s 25th birthday, Eric Carle has energized his original artwork, providing bold, fresh colors and his now familiar...


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The Maestro Plays

written by Bill Martin, Jr.; illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Henry Holt and Co.

"The Maestro plays. He plays proudly. He plays loudly. He plays slowly. He plays oh-ly." Bravo to the three maestros who created this virtuoso picture...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

With more than two million copies sold, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? has opened up a world of learning to a generation of children. For this...


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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child? Lots of noise! Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the...


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Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round

Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand
Henry Holt and Co.

In this rhyming story, children describe the sights and sounds of riding on the merry-go-round.


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Here Are My Hands

Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand
Square Fish

Ideally suited to the board-book format, Here Are My Hands invites very young children to respond spontaneously and creatively as they learn the parts of the...


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Listen to the Rain

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by James Endicott
Henry Holt and Co.

Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault evoke the beauty and the mystery, and the sounds and the silences-- of rain. Listen to the rain, the whisper of the...


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The Ghost-Eye Tree

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; llustrated by Ted Rand
Square Fish

One dark and windy autumn night when the sun has long gone down, a young boy and his older sister are sent to the end of town to get a bucket of milk. As they...


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Barn Dance!

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand
Square Fish

In an old farmhouse, bathed in the light of a full moon, a young boy creeps to his bedroom window and looks outside. Was that a voice he just heard, or the...


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear and Friends
Bill Martin Jr; Illustrated by Eric Carle
Henry Holt and Co.

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will...


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