We Love the Author and Illustrators, Stanley and Janice Berenstain
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Stan and Jan Berenstain are considered to be one of the most prolific literary duos in the field of children’s books. The Berenstains’ catalog consists of over three hundred titles, and they have sold more than two-hundred and fifty million copies worldwide. There have also been; three animated series, five NBC holiday specials, more than twenty television movies, and several educational software titles. The Berenstain Bears series sells approximately 2.5 million books a year and is published in over twenty-three languages. (“Berenstain Facts”) Both Stanley Berenstain and Janice Grant were born in 1923 and grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. They met in 1941, on the first day of school, at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, and started drawing together. During World War II, Stan was drafted into the Army, serving from 1943 to 1946. While in the service, Stan drew detailed drawings of new plastic surgery procedures for facial wounds. At the same time, Jan worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a draft artist, and as a riveter in an aircraft factory. ("About the Bears") After the war ended, Stan and Jan were married right and began their careers as cartoonists. Prior to creating the Berenstain Bears series, Stan and Jan created illustrations, covers, and cartoons that were published in the magazines; Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, and other literature. They focused on humor about children, parenting and families.