Dr. Tameka Maiden, a single mom, pharmacist and former teacher from Houston, Texas, created the Cubby Love Bears line in 2019 using her own personal savings and a makeshift home workshop. Her young daughter, Tori, helped her to realize the importance of bridging the gap in early childhood language development by teaching children primary educational skills while building their vocabulary in both English and Spanish. The cuddly interactive teddy bears she created teach children colors, numbers, alphabet and other primary skills while teaching them a foreign language at the same time. 

Cubby Love Bears

Cubby Love Bears allow children to vocally hear English and Spanish words with a simple click of the bear’s paws. The colorful dual-language educational line includes bears like “Yancy the Time Bear”, who helps kids learn the days of the week and months of the year in both English and Spanish, “Ory the ABC and Number Bear”, a Cubby Love Bears Color Set, with four color block bears and accompanying bilingual books, and “Zoli”, a non-speaking bear that holds on tight to mobile devices in both portrait and landscape mode; keeping it steady for children to enjoy their apps, games and movies hands-free on phones and tablets!

Cubby Love Bears

Maiden will be launching a one-of-a-kind bear to help special needs families in Spring 2020. The cuddly new baby blue Teddy Bear, named “Auzy Bear”, can help children on the autism nonverbal spectrum and kids with language barriers verbally communicate their needs and feelings to parents and caregivers through pre-programmed voice commands in the bear’s paws and ears!


Cubby Love Bears are appropriate for children as young as one-year-old. The Cubby Love Bear Line includes eight bears, retailing for 24.99 each.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Cubby Love Bears


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