Stan and Jan Berenstain

American husband-and-wife picture books writer duo and illustrator duo
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Stan and Jan Berenstain were American authors and illustrators. They are best known for their books about the "Berenstain Bears".

Stan Berenstain
Stanley Berenstain

(1923-09-29)September 29, 1923
DiedNovember 26, 2005(2005-11-26) (aged 82)
Occupationwriter, illustrator
Spouse(s)Jan Berenstain
Jan Berenstain
Janice Marian Grant

(1923-07-26)July 26, 1923
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 24, 2012(2012-02-24) (aged 88)[1]
OccupationWriter, illustrator
Stan Berenstain (m. 1946–2005)
, his death

Stanley Melvin Berenstain (September 29, 1923 – November 26, 2005) was born in West Philadelphia. Janice Marian Berenstain (July 26, 1923 – February 24, 2012) was also born in Philadelphia. Both served in World War II.

On November 26, 2005, Stanley Berenstain died of cancer. He was 82. Jan died February 24, 2012, from a stroke.[2]


The couple's first published a book in 1951. It was The Berenstains' Baby Book. They then published two more books on parenthood.

The first book with the Berenstain Bears was The Big Honey Hunt.[3] It was published in 1962. Theodor Geisel (best known as Dr. Seuss) was the editor for the early books in the series. Over 300 books have been published in 23 languages.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Berenstain Bears Co Creator Jan Berenstain Dies". News & Record. Associated Press. February 27, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. Woo, Elaine (February 28, 2012). "Jan Berenstain dies at 88; co-creator of the Berenstain Bears empire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. "About". The Berenstain Bears. Retrieved 23 June 2017.