Summer Reading Made Funner with Berenstain Bear Apps - Win One for Your Family!


When I found out about the opportunity to review the new Berenstain Bear apps from Oceanhouse Media, I admit I almost broke my keyboard with my YES reply. For one thing, my kids LOVE the Berenstain Bears. For another, we’ve had some great success with reading using my iPad, and I was curious.

I didn’t quite envision what would happen.

First, my six-year-old logged quite a few hours reading them all the first time. Second, my three-year-old claimed my iPad and read them all twice. Then they sat together and reread them.

I love that my kids are reading during the hottest part of our summer so far. I’m swallowing the selfish part of me that wants to be the one reading on my iPad, because I’ve been able to get some other work done while they’re busy reading.

Lest you think I handed over the review of these apps to my children without checking them out first, I want to set you straight. I did spend an entire evening delighting in these books—because, despite using my iPad for them, they are books.

These apps tap into the best part of what technology offers and what we love about the Berenstain Bears. We can turn the page and choose from three different interfaces: Read to Me, Read it Myself, or Auto Play.

The illustrations match what we have in the old battered books that should be on our bookshelves but are, instead, slipped in the cushions of the couch and lugged around in various bags and buckets. I have drawn the line and told the girls that they CANNOT do that with my iPad. I’m a bit worried, though. We really like these new titles and the accompanying apps.

The stories have a Christian theme, and I like that. It’s not so over-the-top that my six-year-old, who seems to have antennae for this sort of thing, has rejected them; she’s reread them just as enthusiastically as the three-year-old.

The narrator isn’t so irritating that you don’t want to keep hearing it and the “click on pictures” feature is sort of neat.

These books aren’t so interactive that it’s overwhelming, and yet they tap into the ability of the technology to make reading interactive.

Does it replace a good book? I don’t know. My kids didn’t use these instead of the usual reading we do; they put it in where they would have been playing games on my iPad or watching TV. In that respect, I give these a hearty Mom’s Thumbs Up and recommend them to each of you.

Be sure to visit the Berenstain Bear app website for more information about titles and availability and visit and “like” the official The Berenstain Bears Facebook page to follow their adventures.

Oceanhouse Media has generously offered giveaways of each of the following titles. We have FIVE of each to give away:

–       The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers

–       The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School

–       The Berenstain Bears Discover God’s Creation

–       The Berenstain Bears Love Thy Neighbors

Leave a comment by Friday, July 22 at Midnight PST to be entered. One comment per person, please.

Copyright 2011 Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.


  1. My kids and I both love Berenstain Bears! I grew up with them – still have some of the books I got as a kid and I read them to my kids!

  2. My kids love Berenstain bears, and I love them to since they are great books for kids – not only are they entertaining, but they teach a lesson!

  3. stephanie morris on

    my kids love the berenstain bears! they watch them every night on sprout! the neighbors one sounds very good!

  4. Oh my, the Berenstain Bears are my youngest son’s favorite of all time. We read any book we can and he’s seen all the videos online. But I’ve never seen this. Oh, how I would love to have all of these for him. I hope to get one! Thank you so much for your generous offer!

  5. Barbara Waller on

    My son loves the Berenstain Bears.. He watches the videos over and over and over again… He loves books and the Ipad is a great way to take them with us where ever we go…

  6. Carmela Shirtcliff on

    Berenstain Bears books and videos are great! The kids all love books and games on the iPad- we’d love a Berenstain Bears book!

  7. All of our kids ages 8, 7, 5, 3, (and soon the 5 month old) LOVE reading the Berenstain Bears! We would love the opportunity to win! Thank you!

  8. Thanks for the great review & giveaway! I didn’t even realize “The Bears” are Christians! I will definitely check them out for my 2 & 4 year olds!

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Berenstain Bears!! My kiddos (10, 8, 6, 5) would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I am glad you see you post on things that I deliberate on a daily basis! My hubby will be thrilled to see your post, as he is begging for an i pad.

  11. Ramón Figueroa-Centeno on

    My daughter has all the Dr. Seuss titles. I would like to now start her with the Berenstein bears 🙂

  12. I have to say the ipad motivates my kiddo like nothing else. She’ll play MATH BINGO (which is set at a difficult level for her) FOR AN HOUR and then cry when I take it away. I can’t think of normal circumstances that would motivate her to practice addition facts.

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