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Bill Martin Jr.

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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  • Slide and Find Book Video

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

  • Bill Martin Jr. on the Origin of Brown Bear

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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Bear Book Readers Paperback Boxed Set

Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle

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 million copies. With a 6" x...

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

Bill Martin Jr; illustrations by Eric Carle

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 of animal conservation....

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

Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

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 animals, all illustrated...

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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 perpetual...

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