Jan Berenstain, co-author and illustrator of the beloved Berenstain Bears series passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012 at the age of 88. Jan was busy working on two new books right up until the day before she died, according to her son Mike, who has partnered with his mother on the books since his father Stan died in 2005. Their other son, Leo helps with the business and both intend to continue the successful series, addressing issues that matter to kids as the Berenstain Bears have always done.
“The gentle tales of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear were inspired by the Berenstain children, and later their grandchildren. The stories address children’s common concerns and aim to offer guidance on subjects like dentist visits, peer pressure, a new sibling or summer camp.
The first Berenstain Bears book, “The Big Honey Hunt,” was published in 1962. Over the years, more than 300 titles have been released in 23 languages — most recently in Arabic and Icelandic — and have become a rite of passage for generations of young readers.” From the San Francisco chronicle where you can read more about the Berenstains.