How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read


A tale of two book lovers and one unlikely friendship


Julia has many friends in the forest by her house. She climbs trees with Scotty the squirrel, plays hide-and-seek with Abigail the groundhog, and has farting contests with Frieda the skunk. Julia dreams of meeting a bear, a bear she could play with and hug. But no bear has ever shown its snout.


One day, inspired by a book she’s reading, Julia brings honey (the perfect bear snack) into the woods. The next day, she tries bringing blueberries. But to her great surprise, it’s not just sweet smells that can attract a bear!


So begins a thrilling quest that will bring Julia to new corners of the forest—and of her heart. Introducing a spunky young heroine with a nose for books, How to Catch a Bear Who Loves to Read invites children to share their love of reading—and of bearnormous hugs—with Julia.


About the Authors


Andrew Katz has been writing and teaching in Montreal for over fifteen years. After graduating from medical school, he completed his masters in English and Creative Writing and began teaching at Dawson College. His areas of specialization include Children’s Literature, and in 2013 he won the Dawson College Director General’s Award for Teaching Excellence. This is his first children’s book.

Photo credit: © Andrew Katz



Juliana Léveillé-Trudel’s first novel, Nirliit, was hailed by the critics and by the public when it was published by La Peuplade in 2015. It was translated into English by Vehicule Press in 2018 and will be adapted for the screen. Juliana Léveillé-Trudel is also a playwright and the founder of Productions de brousse (a theater company) in 2011. This is her first children’s book.

Photo credit: © Alain Léveillé



About the Illustrator


Joseph Sherman is a Gemini award-winning children’s animation series director, with 30 years of experience in the design and production of animated series, motion graphics and print illustrations. This is his first picture book.