those of you who don’t know, Stan Berenstain’s books were popular in my
house with both my brother and myself. I promised myself I would
collect the entire set. I never thought I would one day mourn the
loss of one of the main authors! First Charles Schulz, now Stan Berenstain! Good grief! And it makes sense that I would have
liked the books; they knew Dr Seuss!
Berenstain Bears Author Dies at 82
CREDIT: DAN LOH / AP
Children’s author Stan Berenstain, who with his wife wrote more than 200 books about a family of bears, has died at age 82.
He passed away on Saturday in Pennsylvania, Audra Boltion, a
spokeswoman for HarperCollins Children’s Books, tells the Associated
The Berenstain Bears books, written by Stan and his wife Jan
Berenstain, helped children cope with trips to the dentist, eating junk
food and cleaning their messy rooms. The first of their bear books, The Great Honey Hunt, was published in 1962.
The pair began drawing together when they “met in Miss Sweeny’s
drawing class on the first day of art school at Philadelphia Museum
School of Industrial Art in 1941,” according to their Web site. The
couple developed the series with Theodor Geisel – better known as Dr.
Seuss – who then headed children’s publishing at Random House.
Stan and Jan married soon after he got out of World War
II-era Army service and began submitting cartoons to magazines,
according to AP. While Stan served in the military, Jan did engineering
drawing for military contractors and worked as a riveter in an aircraft
factory. The couple eventually got into the book business when an
editor at a New York publishing house, who had seen their magazine
cartoons, asked if they would like to do a book.
The couple’s sons, Leo and Michael, joined their parents in
creating the books, and many of the recent works are credited
collectively to “The Berenstains.” The characters have also starred on
public TV, in DVDs and in a Christmas musical.