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Jan Berenstain (1923–2012)

Author of Bears on Wheels

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About the Author

Jan Berenstain was born Jan Grant on July 26, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She met Stan Berenstain on their first day of classes in 1941 at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. During World War II, Stan served as a medical illustrator in an Army hospital and Jan worked as a show more draftswoman in the Army Corps of Engineers and as an aircraft riveter. They married in 1946 and together began drawing cartoons for the McCall's/Good Housekeeping All in the Family series. They worked on this feature from 1956 through 1990. They also published artwork in magazines like Colliers and the Saturday Evening Post. The Big Honey Hunt, published in 1962, was their first book for children. This book, which was written for Dr. Seuss's Beginner Books series, was so popular that Dr. Seuss himself, Theodore Geisel, encouraged them to write more stories. His advice launched them on a life-career writing and illustrating the Berenstain Bears books. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, published in 1974, was the beginning of the First Time Books series. She wrote more than 300 books during her lifetime. The couple received numerous awards including the Children's Choice Award for The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors in 1995 and the Ludington Award in 1989 for their work in children's literature. There have been television shows based on the Berenstain Bears books, as well as CD-ROMs and videos. She died after a stroke on February 24, 2012 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Do NOT combine "Jan Berenstain" with either "Stan Berenstain" or any of the various "Stan & Jan Berenstain" pages. They are two separate people. Thank you.

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Works by Jan Berenstain

Bears on Wheels (1969) 3,246 copies
The Berenstains' B Book (1971) 2,539 copies
The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (1974) 1,986 copies
Inside Outside Upside Down (1968) 1,878 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp (1982) 1,365 copies
Bears in the Night (1971) 1,353 copies
Old Hat New Hat (1970) 1,308 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter (1981) — Author — 1,286 copies
The Berenstains' A Book (1997) 1,275 copies
He Bear, She Bear (1974) 1,169 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Pets (1990) — Author — 1,129 copies
The Big Honey Hunt (1962) 1,068 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd (1989) — Author — 1,042 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Bully (1993) — Author — 987 copies
The Bears' Christmas (1970) 916 copies
The Bears' Vacation (1968) 914 copies
The Bike Lesson (1964) 792 copies
The Berenstains' C Book (1972) 758 copies
The Bears' Picnic (1966) — Author — 697 copies
The Day of the Dinosaur (1987) 584 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Bedtime Battle (2005) — Illustrator — 541 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Class Trip (2009) — Author — 485 copies
The Bear Scouts (1967) 452 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk (2005) — Illustrator — 343 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Baby Chipmunk (2005) — Author — 237 copies
The Berenstain Bears Play T-Ball (I Can Read Book 1) (2004) — Illustrator — 170 copies
The Berenstain Bears Storybook Treasury (2005) — Author — 154 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Tic-Tac-Toe Mystery (2001) — Author — 146 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go Fly a Kite (1983) — Author — 145 copies
After the Dinosaurs (1988) 112 copies
The Berenstain Bears at the Teen Rock Cafe (1996) — Author — 81 copies
The Berenstain Bears at Big Fun Park (1996) — Author — 55 copies
The Berenstain Bears Pick up and Put Away (1996) — Author — 54 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones (1999) — Author — 51 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go to the Movies (1997) — Author — 36 copies
The Berenstain Bears the Whole Year Through (1988) — Author — 35 copies
The Berenstain Bears: Phenom in the Family (1852) — Author — 33 copies
The Berenstain Bears Lost in Cyberspace (1999) — Author — 29 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Love Match (1998) — Author — 29 copies
The Berenstain Bears: That Stump Must Go! (2000) — Author — 28 copies
Flipsville / Squaresville (1965) 21 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go Hollywood (1999) — Author — 20 copies
Berenstain Baby Bears: My Trusty Car Seat (1999) — Author — 20 copies
The Berenstain Bears Ride Like the Wind (2002) — Author — 19 copies
The Berenstains' Baby Book (1951) 15 copies
The Berenstain Bear Scouts Treasury (4 books) (1996) — Author — 15 copies
The Berenstain Bears in the Wax Museum (1999) — Author — 14 copies
The Berenstain Bears and the Mysterious Numbers (1993) — Author — 13 copies
My Potty and I (Berenstain Baby Bears) (1999) — Author — 12 copies
Lover Boy (1958) 12 copies
The Berenstain Bears: The Goofy, Goony Guy (2001) — Author — 12 copies
Berenstain Baby Bears: Pacifier Days (1999) — Author — 12 copies
Marital Blitz (1955) 11 copies
The Berenstain Bears - Adventure & Fun for Everyone (2003) — Contributor — 10 copies
Office Lover Boy (1962) — Author — 10 copies
Berenstain Baby Bears: Me First! Me First! (2000) — Author — 10 copies
Bedside Lover Boy (1959) 10 copies
Are Parents for Real? (1971) 9 copies
The Berenstain Bears in Big Bear City (1996) — Author — 9 copies
Berenstain Bear's Stories CD (2004) — Author — 8 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Make-and-Do Book (1984) — Author — 8 copies
Education Impossible (1970) 7 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go To Work (1988) — Author — 7 copies
It's Still in the Family (1961) — Author — 7 copies
Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats (2009) — Author — 6 copies
Mr. Dirty Vs. Mrs. Clean (1970) 6 copies
Call Me Mrs. (1961) 5 copies
You Could Diet Laughing (1969) — Author — 4 copies
Moo! 4 copies
Berenstain Baby Bears: My Every Day Book (2000) — Author — 3 copies
Baby Makes Four — Author — 3 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Bath Book (1985) — Author — 2 copies
The Berenstain Bears' Bear Scout Coloring Book (1987) — Author — 2 copies
Berenstain Baby Bears: Say Night-Night (2000) — Author — 2 copies
Be Good or I'll Belt Ya! — Author — 2 copies
Three for Me Library, Vol. 2 (1996) — Contributor — 1 copy
Berenstain Baby Bears: It's Bathtime (2000) — Author — 1 copy
ON THE MOON 1 copy
The Bears' Activity Book (1979) — Author — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Berenstain, Janice Marian
Other names
Grant, Janice Marian (birth name)
Birthdate
1923-07-26
Date of death
2012-02-24
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of death
Doylestown Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death
stroke
Places of residence
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, USA
Education
Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art
Radnor High School
Occupations
children's book author
children's book illustrator
Relationships
Berenstain, Stan (husband)
Berenstain, Michael (son)
Short biography
Janice "Jan" Berenstain, née Grant, and Stanley Berestain are best known for the children's book series The Berenstain Bears, which became a franchise including a television series, toys, and stage productions.
Disambiguation notice
Do NOT combine "Jan Berenstain" with either "Stan Berenstain" or any of the various "Stan & Jan Berenstain" pages. They are two separate people. Thank you.

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Mike Berenstain Illustrator, Author
Stan Berenstain Contributor, Author
Mike Berenstain Illustrator
Buzz Potamkin Producer, Director
Gary Hurst Director
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Dr. Seuss Author
Rita Guibert Translator
Kees Stip Translator

Statistics

Works
559
Also by
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Members
148,304
Popularity
#42
Rating
3.9
Reviews
1,078
ISBNs
2,980
Languages
13
Favorited
2

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