2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Berenstain Bears, Stan and Jan Berenstain’s wildly popular family-values series. Sadly, Jan Berenstain passed away this spring at the age of 88. We celebrate her memory, 50 years, and more than 300 books!

Many of our libraries have copies of the first Berenstain Bears book, from 1962, when Brother Bear was called Small Bear and there was no Sister Bear! This page is from a 1968 Berenstain Bears book, Inside Outside Upside Down.

Want more Berenstain Bears? Check out Stan and Jan’s 2002 autobiography, or one of their many children’s books at all of our HClib locations.

Did you know that Stan and Jan considered using penguins instead of bears for a while during the conception of the series?