Else Homelund Minarik, author of the Little Bear children's books, has died

It has been a hard day for children's literature fans. First we learned of the death of Donald Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown, and now comes word of the passing of Else Minarik, the Danish author whose series of books about Little Bear has enchanted generations of young readers.

Ms. Minarik, born in Denmark in 1920, came to the U.S. five years later. She taught first graders during WW II, and began writing children's books in order to entertain her young daughter.

The Little Bear books launched Harper's I Can Read books, part of a new genre of readers, books written for new readers to tackle themselves. The first one came out in 1957 and was illustrated by Maurice Sendak who sadly died in May.

In 1995, when Nickleodeon ran an animated adaptation of Little Bear adventures, interest in the series exploded once again.

Mrs. Minarik, who was 91, died July 12th at her home in North Carolina from complications of a heart attack she suffered a while ago.


Oh, I didn't see this in the news. How sad. What sweet books the Little Bear books are.

Hmm, if she was born in 1920, she probably did her teaching during WW II (not I).

Sad news indeed. One of my nieces was a big fan of Little Bear, she will be sad to learn this.


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i loved being read those books when i was little.

This is so sad. Her books are loved by many generations.

How sad. My sister liked the books and loved the movie.

Thats so sad!! T.T

R.I.P. Else Homelund Minarik. :(


so sad :\

It sounds as though she lived a long, fulfilling life.

I used to love Little Bear! So sad about the author :(

i loved those books! i'm so sad.