When the initial Berenstains Bears' First Time Books® were published in the 1980s no one could envision that the series would, over the years, grow to some 300 different titles! With their signature humor and practical wisdom, the Berenstains tackled myriad issues that are part of family life and growing up. This paperback collection offers three First Time Books® that explore topics that are universal in the lives of youngsters—and their parents: The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends, The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed, and The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team. Berentain Bears books are perfect for sharing during family time, quiet time, bedtime—at ANY time.
Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia. They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art. They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art. During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines. After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy. Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt. It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."
Over 300 children's books later, Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures. They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country.