They're a lot like people, only moreso
Jan and Stan Berenstain were already successful writing/illustrating team when they introduced the beloved Berenstain family - Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear - in 1962, with The Big Honey Hunt. The husband-and-wife team went on to write more than 300 picture books, chapter books, and beginning readers. The Berenstain Bears series remains one of the best-selling children's book series of all time.
"Family values is what we're all about."Jan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2011.
Jan Berenstain died over the weekend at her home in suburban Philadelphia. She was 88. Stan died in 2002 at age 85. See all of Jan Berenstain's books.