Stan and Jan Berenstain wrote hundreds of children’s books over the past 50 years starring Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear.
When Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005, the Berenstain’s son Mike began working with his mom on the books.
On Thursday, February 23, Jan Berenstain suffeed a massive stroke and died the following day, according to her obituary published by the Associated Press. Mike Berenstain will continue the Berenstain legacy.
The Berenstain’s books covered many topics to help children understand and deal with fears and concerns and all took place in Bear Country.
The books have been wildly popular with children everywhere and have been written in 23 languages including Arabic and Icelandic.
The dark, too much television, the first day of school, a new baby, and bullying are all topics that have been covered in the Berenstain Bears books.
Some dads didn’t like the fact that Papa Bear often came off as less in charge than Mama Bear. But the books have always kept kids riveted on the story line.
The Berenstain Bears series of books have been read over and over again by two generations of parents and grandparents, including this examiner.
In Lynchburg, Barnes and Noble has a big selection of Berenstain Bears books and you can also find many titles at the Lynchburg Public Library.
According the the website, about 260 million copies of Berenstain Bears books have been sold since their first book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” published in 1962.
Stan and Jan Berenstain met at the age of 18 on their first day in art school and married five years later in 1946. In addition to creating a legacy for children everywhere, they created a legacy within their own family.
Sons Mike and Leo survive Jan Berenstain as well as four grandchildren, all raised on books featuring Mama Bear’s wisdom, Papa Bear’s cheerfulness, and Brother Bear and Sister Bear’s antics.
A big debt of gratitude goes out to the Berenstains for their years of dedication to my children and the children of the world.