RIP: Jan Berenstain, ‘Berenstain Bears’ Co-Creator

Jan Berenstain, who with her husband, Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have been a staple in elementary schools for 50 years, has died.

She was 88.

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.

“They say jokes don’t travel well, but family humor does,” said Jan Berenstain told The Associated Press in 2011. “Family values is what we’re all about.”

I used to love those books and the cartoon as a little kid. [via @Soup]

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