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Jan Berenstain, Co-Creator of ‘Berenstain Bears’ Books Dies

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If you have children, chances are good you’ve read one of Jan Berenstain’s books. She and her husband Stan created the ‘Berenstain Bears’ series of children’s books. Jan Berenstain passed away Friday, she was 88.

The Berenstains released their first book in 1962, and have since written and illustrated more than 300 book which have been published in 23 languages.

“They say jokes don’t travel well, but family humor does,” said Jan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2011. “Family values is what we’re all about.”

The adventures of Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and later Honey Bear have helped children with many of life’s little hurdles, tackling subjects as too much TV, trips to the dentist, junk food, money, teasing, peer pressure, and more. The stories were inspired by the couple’s own children and grandchildren.

I’ve read a great number of these books to my boys when they were little, (sometimes, the same one over and over and over again) and have to say it one of the more enjoyable children’s book series.


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