Introduce the kids in your life to West Virginia’s most scenic and historic places with The Adventures of Berkeley the Bear. 

Written by Erin Sponaugle, a Martinsburg native and the state’s 2014 teacher of the year, this beautifully illustrated book follows Berkeley as he goes from a quiet life in the Monongahela National Forest to become the “state travel bear.”

The job takes him all over the state, visiting the its most beautiful and historic places—from Seneca Rocks to the New River Gorge, Blennerhassett Island to The Greenbrier. Berkeley is supported along the way by his “Sugar Maple Friends,” each of whom represents a different state symbol or county.

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