Hooligan Bear children’s book series – keeps the story going with social media

While I sometimes warn about dangers on the internet and instruct parents on how to restrict children from using social media, I think it’s important to highlight creative and educational uses of technology as well.  It’s all about the balance, right?

Hooligan Bear is a book series with a creative tie-in: after reading the book, children with the help of their parents can follow the character’s ongoing adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

The books themselves revolve around Hooligan Bear, his nephew Little Louie, and their teddy bear friends.  In the latest book, A Special Day, Hooligan Bear helps his nephew celebrate his birthday and a series of mischief and adventures follow.

Author Ian Toynton is an entertainment industry veteran, having directed and produced television series in the UK and US.  During his time in the UK he wrote several children’s stories and produced a pilot for a stop frame animated television series.  Illustrations by Andrea Dietrich are heartwarming and the characters really do come to life on the page.  Here’s a sample:

Hooligan Bear and Little Louie

If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a youngster, there are hardcover copies of the recent title, A Special Day, available on Amazon.  All three books are available as Kindle Editions and at Barnes and Noble for your Nook reader.

After reading through one of the Hooligan books with your child, you can then follow Hooligan Bear on Twitter or Facebook.  While nobody would suggest that a preschooler log in with their own Twitter account, if mom or dad have one (or even if they don’t) you can visit the site together and share the experience.

I think this is a great way to introduce children to the internet and social media – under your watchful eye, spending quality time together, while encouraging reading!

For more information and the continuing stories, visit Hooligan Bear on the web:


* I received a free electronic version of the latest book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed here are my own.


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  1. Liz says

    I’m sorry but I don’t see the upside of this. Reading (with or without a parent)is wonderful but why would we want to introduce small children to social media at an early age? They will get there eventually anyway and what good comes doing it earlier especially given the many known downsides? You can easily see that this would lead to kids being unattended on Facebook and Twitter which are not meant for little kids anyway. The cynic in me also sees that this is an opportunity to broaden the base of users for Facebook etc. perhaps because their stock isn’t doing well. Just read for the sake of reading!!

    • Jean says

      Thanks for your comment. Perhaps “introduce to social media” was not the best wording. I suppose what I meant was that this was a way to extend the story using a different medium and not having to wait for the next published book. So that their early internet exposure is a positive experience shared with a parent. Valid concerns and thanks for sharing!

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