When a big bear wanders around the forest—to everyone’s surprise—he is just looking for hugs. A humorous story of a loving bear who loves his forest and his animal friends, this simple picture book tells a story that also touches on subjects such as environmentalism, caring behaviours, and managing our emotions. “Big Bear Hugs” is written by Canadian author, Nicolas Oldlund, and is suitable for early primary students, fitting in multiple parts of the curriculum. Appropriate as a read-aloud, the simple, comical illustrations and text can facilitate classroom conversations about personal space or highlight environmental themes. Log in to read the full review.