Welcome back to EBYR All Over, a Friday roundup of all the EBYR-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can gather in a given week.

New Releases

I Am a Bear
I Am a Bear

I Am a Bear
By Jean-François Dumont

Life isn’t easy for a bear. Not when he has to sleep on the sidewalk among cardboard boxes and old clothes. Not when he lives in a city full of people who are repulsed by him. Not when he’s hungry and homeless. But one day a young girl smiles at the bear, and he realizes that maybe there is something that could make life a bit easier — a friend.

News from Eerdmans & Elsewhere

  • Giveaway alert: Don’t forget that we’re giving away 10 copies of Fur, Fins, and Feathers by Cassandre Maxwell through TeachingBooks.net! Click here to find out how to enter.
  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch was reviewed by Betsy Bird on her Fuse #8 Production blog this Thursday. Bird raved about the author-illustrator team’s mature but still inviting treatment of difficult subject matter. The book presents an “inspiring, if too little known, story of a man who did something absolutely astounding.” She concludes that this is a “story that every schoolchild should know. If there’s any justice in the universe, after reading this book they will. Reconstruction done right. Nonfiction done well.”
  • Speaking of John Roy Lynch, it’s been a busy week for him. He traveled back to Washington D.C. this week for the National Book Festival, and yesterday was his birthday! Read a biographical sketch of his life from The Mississippi Library Commission.


  • Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward and Brother Hugo and the Bear both earned five star reviews on the Stuart’s Study blog.
  • Speaking of bears, work began this week in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the statue honoring Voytek (or Wojtek — Polish spelling is so tricky), the bear hero of Soldier Bear who worked and fought with the Free Polish Army in World War II. According to the Edinburgh News, “[t]he memorial is set to be unveiled on November 7 in an opening ceremony featuring two of the Polish war veterans who found Wojtek as a cub.” Can anyone say field trip?

Have we missed any news, reviews, or other online miscellany dealing with EBYR books or authors from the last week? Please let us know in the comments. You can also post items on our Facebook page, mention us on Twitter (@ebyrbooks), or write to us directly: webmaster@eerdmans.com.