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Stan Berenstain (1923–2005)

Author of Bears on Wheels

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About the Author

Stan Berenstain was born in 1923 in Philadelphia, the same year and place as his future wife, Jan. They met as students at the Philadelphia College of Art. World War II delayed their career plans: Stan joined the army as a medical assistant while Jan supported the war effort by working in an show more airplane factory. They married in 1946 and together began drawing cartoons for the McCall's/Good Housekeeping It's All in the Family series. They worked on this feature from 1956 through 1990. The Big Honey Hunt, published in 1962, was their first book for children. This book about a family of bears, written for Dr. Seuss's Beginner Books series, was so popular that Dr. Seuss himself, Theodore Geisel, encouraged them to write more stories. Geisel's advice launched the Berenstains on life-career writing and illustrating the very successful Berenstain Bears books. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, published in 1974, was the beginning of the First Time Books series. The Children's Choice Award was given to The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors in 1995. The Berenstains were also honored for their work in children's literature when they received the Ludington Award in 1989. There have been television shows based on the Berenstain Bears books, as well as CD-ROMs and videos. Stan Berenstain passed away on November 26th, 2005, after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He was 82. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Do NOT combine "Stan Berenstain" with either "Jan Berenstain" or any of the various "Stan & Jan Berenstain" pages. They are two separate people. Thank you.

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Works by Stan Berenstain

Bears on Wheels (1969) 3,330 copies
The Berenstains' B Book (1971) 2,601 copies
The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (1974) 2,032 copies
Inside Outside Upside Down (1968) 1,918 copies
The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp (1982) 1,401 copies
Bears in the Night (1971) 1,384 copies
Old Hat New Hat (1970) 1,344 copies
The Berenstains' A Book (1997) 1,328 copies
He Bear, She Bear (1974) 1,203 copies
The Big Honey Hunt (1962) 1,113 copies
The Bears' Christmas (1970) 940 copies
The Bears' Vacation (1968) 937 copies
The Bike Lesson (1964) 815 copies
The Berenstains' C Book (1972) 784 copies
The Bears' Picnic (1966) — Author — 714 copies
The Day of the Dinosaur (1987) 596 copies
The Bear Scouts (1967) 463 copies
The Berenstain Bears Storybook Treasury (2005) — Author — 159 copies
After the Dinosaurs (1988) 113 copies
The Berenstain Bears: Do Not Fear, God Is Near (2013) — Author — 101 copies
Flipsville / Squaresville (1965) 21 copies
The Berenstains' Baby Book (1951) 15 copies
Lover Boy (1958) 12 copies
Marital Blitz (1955) 11 copies
The Berenstain Bears - Adventure & Fun for Everyone (2003) — Contributor — 10 copies
Bedside Lover Boy (1959) 10 copies
Office Lover Boy (1962) — Author — 10 copies
Are Parents for Real? (1971) 9 copies
Berenstain Bear's Stories CD (2004) — Author — 8 copies
Education Impossible (1970) 7 copies
It's Still in the Family (1961) 7 copies
Xbear S Picnic Outing (2000) 6 copies
Mr. Dirty Vs. Mrs. Clean (1970) 6 copies
Call Me Mrs. (1961) 5 copies
You Could Diet Laughing (1969) — Author — 4 copies
Baby Makes Four 3 copies
Be Good or I'll Belt Ya! — Author — 2 copies
Npp Brn Brs & Day Dino (1990) 2 copies
Left, right, stop, go (1987) 1 copy
Three for Me Library, Vol. 2 (1996) — Contributor — 1 copy

Associated Works


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Common Knowledge

Date of death
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of death
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death
Places of residence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art
children's book author
Berenstain, Jan (wife)
Berenstain, Michael (son)
Disambiguation notice
Do NOT combine "Stan Berenstain" with either "Jan Berenstain" or any of the various "Stan & Jan Berenstain" pages. They are two separate people. Thank you.




Ms and Mx liked it. A story about the importance of eating healthfully.
Mx2018 | 24 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
Mx liked. A story about telling the truth when something in the house got broken and the kids were afraid M&D would be upset.
Mx2018 | 27 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
Mx and Ms liked. A story resolving conflicts between the kids and M&D.
Mx2018 | 25 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
This book is about the Berenstain bear's Christmas, and Poppa bear is trying to teach baby bear how to ski and skate and sled. I think that this book would be a very good earlier reader as well, maybe for like younger grades like 1st or 2nd.
ChrisHoltGFU | 11 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |



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