About The Berenstain Bears

Stan and Jan Berenstain were already successful cartoonists for magazines and adult humor books when they began writing children’s books. The first story starring the bear family, The Big Honey Hunt, appeared in 1962. Since then, more than 365 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 300 million copies have been sold. What began as an idea sparked by their young sons’ love of reading has become over the years arguably the best-selling children’s book series ever.  Since their inception, the Berenstain Bears stories have expanded to include picture books, beginning readers, and chapter books–even a hit TV show on PBS. Writing and illustrating the books has become a Berenstain family affair. Mike joined with his parents as a creative team in the late 1980s. The Bear family has expanded over the years as well. Sister Bear arrived in 1974, and baby Honey joined the family in 2000.  After Stan’s death at age eighty-two in 2005, Jan and Mike continued to write and illustrate wonderful new adventures for Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear.  With Jan’s death on February 24, 2012, Mike will carry on his parents’ love of creating more Berenstain Bear stories from an area in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which looks a lot like Bear Country.

16 thoughts on “About The Berenstain Bears

  1. So happy to hear that Mike will be carrying on his parent’s wonderful work in this series. I had tears in my eyes the day I heard of Jan’s death. I was sad to think that this would also mean the end to new adventures for the Bear family. Thank you for teaching me how to read 25 years ago, and allowing me to share the experience with my son today.

  2. Hi, I am trying to find this Berestain Bears Book Called the Berenstain Bears Almanac!! This is a really old book and is probably out of print.. But this is a book me and my brothers and sister grow up on and were all 30+ now… If anyone could help me with finding out how i could purchase this book,this would be really great!! Thanks

  3. Hi there so happy the Berenstain bears tradition will carry on. My grandson desperately wants a honey bear “stuffie” was there ever one made? Can’t seem to find one anywhere he has all the other ones…thanks so much

  4. Hey Mike Berenstain, my name is Shakayla Thomas! I’m actually a little fan of The Berenstain Bears, but I read these books and watch classic stories of TV since when I’m was a little girl at elementary school. I can’t wait to see a new character of The “new” Berenstain Bears books, Honey Bear that I never read before! I hope there’s going to be good in The “new” Berenstain Bears books with an new character, Honey Bear by their side!

  5. Hello,
    I was just curious if you remember it being Berenstain or Berenstein. I’ve been trying to find a way to contact Michael, figuring that he would know which name it originally was, but this is the closest I’ve found. Email me at emcnc14@gmail.com
    Thank You,

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