Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears, has died

Jan Berenstain who, with her husband Stan Berenstain (1923-2005), created the popular children's books about the lovable Berenstain Bears, died Friday, February 24.

The Berenstains published their first book, The Big Honey Hunt, in 1962. For the next half century, their gentle stories highlighting family values have charmed generations of young readers and their parents.

The Berenstains met as teenagers in art school, served in the military (he was a medical illustrator in the Army and she was a draftsman and riveter for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy respectively).

More than 260 million copies of their 300+ titles have been translated into 23 languages, including Icelandic and Arabic. When Stan died in 2005, their son Mike joined his mother in creating new titles. Some of the more modern themes covered in their recent titles include childhood obesity, gun violence, and money management.

Mrs. Berenstain, who suffered a massive stroke on Thursday, was 88.