We’re Going on a Book Hunt — Perfect Picture Book Friday

5101889Title: We’re Going on a Book Hunt

Author: Pat Miller

Illustrator:ย Nadine Bernard Westcott

Publisher: Fort Atkinson, WI: Upstart Books, 2008.


Genre: Picture book, fiction

Audience Age: 3 to 7

Themes/topics: Libraries, books, library procedures

Opening Sentences: We’re going on a book hunt. We’re going to find a good one. We know how.

Synopsis: Any child who knows the kids’ chant “Going on a Bear Hunt” (or the version I learned, “Going on a Lion Hunt”) will quickly latch on to the rhythm of the text of this book, which uses the feel of the chant as a springboard.

In We’re Going on a Book Hunt, it’s library day for some young bears. Through simple description paired with onomatopoeia (such as “beep boop beep” for the scanner) or memorable phrases (“peek and turn, peek and turn” as they look through the books to find one that’s “just right”), they learn basic library procedures.

Kids will easily learn the “going on a book hunt” refrain, and will be sure to repeat it (along with the actions that we see the bear cubs doing) as the book progresses.

It’s a great way to introduce library etiquette to kids.

The author is a librarian, as well as being a writer, so she knows her library etiquette! She’s also a former member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 picture book writing challenge, although this book predates the challenge.

Activities/Resources: Going on a book hunt in the library, looking for books that are “just right” is the ultimate activity for this book!

There are fantastic activity suggestions on the author’s webpage, including a teacher’s guide, a script for older kids to act out the book for younger ones, and an audio version of the Book Hunt chant. When I listen to the chant, I find myself wanting to do the clapping we did when chanting “Going on a Lion Hunt” โ€“ kids may figure out their own ways of responding and embellishing the chanting words.

Availability: Available online, or ask your local independent bookstore to order it for you.

Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her โ€œPerfect Picture Books.โ€



    • Thanks, Catherine — it is!

  1. Sounds like a great book, Beth! Sorry we’re not running PPBF this week or next, but you can add this link to the first list in April :)

    • It’s back! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Yay, yes it’s back. :) Such a cute book which will really get the kids joining in. Great choice!

    • Thanks, Diane!

  3. So clever that the author used bears (from the chant we know) for the book hunt! Sounds like a good interactive pick.

    • I thought it was a clever touch to use bears, too, Wendy!

  4. This is a delightful find Beth. Clever of the author to use a familiar chant in the book hunt. Want to check this one out. Great activity suggestions.

    • Hope you find this one — I think you’ll like it. Thanks, Pat!

  5. Sounds like a terrific pick – librarians ROCK!

    • You are so right, Julie! Librarians ROCK for sure!

  6. I’ll have to check out the web site for the chant because I don’t know it. As you know my childhood is strife with ignorance since we immigrated and then I went to work at age nine.

    So I”m living it now!! Hugs my friend! :) xxoo

    • Good to have a chance to experience the things you missed as a child. Hugs to you, my friend! :) xxoo, too

  7. This is sounds fun. Did I read this week also marks the 25th anniversary of the Going on a Bear Hunt book? We go on a book hunt every week!

    • Yes, you’re right, it is the anniversary of the Going on a Bear Hunt book. Wish I’d thought of that, and added it to my post! Thanks for mentioning it!

      Book hunts are a great thing to do!

  8. My days are all about the book hunt! Love this book!

    • You do extremely well on your book hunts, Rhythm!

  9. What a brilliant twist on a well-known tale. How did I not know Pat had published? I’ve been looking forward to her nonfiction.

    • When I picked up the book in the library, I saw the name, and looked at the author picture, and thought, “That has to be the Pat we know!” So I checked her website, and sure enough!

  10. That’s a great choice for PPBF :-)

  11. I’ve actually never heard of that poem before but the book still sounds adorable! :) Congrats to Pat!

  12. Now I will love this one! I love the opening and I can get it through my inter-library loan! Yay! I should have it in the next few days. Thanks for the review, Beth!