Bear & Bud Book Club

My Account

Who We Are

Karen started Bear and Bud as a way to keep her daughter’s enthusiasm for reading alive during the summer months when school was not in session. As an experienced educator and literary specialist, Karen had a hunch that the best way to help kids connect with books is to make reading a social activity by including crafts and snacks to sweeten the deal. And she was right—now, two years later, her daughter hasn’t missed a single Bear and Bud meeting with her friends!

Karen Nitzkin

Karen is the founder of Bear & Bud Book Club. Originally from Chicago, with the accent to prove it, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids. She is a certified literacy specialist, educator, who has taught grades 7-12 at public and independent schools in New York City, Chicago, and LA, and is currently Dean of Students. She uses her knowledge about literacy education to personally pick every book for Bear & Bud.

All-time favorite: Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Favorite Kid’s Book: Frederick by Leo Leoni

Contact Us

Bear & Bud LLC
17412 Ventura Blvd. #1201
Encino, CA 91316


Sign Up for our Newsletter!

Sneak peeks into upcoming boxes, mini book reviews, reading tips + all kinds of awesome book-related news, delivered to your inbox!