Jan Berenstain, who with her late husband Stan created the popular Berenstain Bears children’s book series, has died at the age of 88. She passed away at the end of last week after suffering a severe stroke a couple of days earlier.
The Berenstain Bears series began in 1962 with The Big Honey Hunt and over the past fifty years has grown to encompass more than 300 titles. The series stars a family of anthropomorphic bears who learn a moral or practical lesson in each story, and more than 260m copies have been sold around the world in 23 languages. Various TV series based on the series have also aired.
Before creating the Berenstain Bears series, Jan and Stan Berenstain started their joint writing career with 1951′s Berenstain’s Baby Book, which offered practical advice to families expecting their first child. From 1956 to 1989 they ran the popular It’s All in the Family cartoon series. Stan Berenstain died in 2005, but Jan Berenstain continued to work on new projects with their son Michael.