Entries in Children's Books (2)


'Berenstain Bears' Co-Creator Jan Berenstain Dead at 88

Gregory Pace/FilmMagic(SOLEBURY, Pa.) -- One of the co-creators of the popular Berenstain Bears children's book series has died.

Jan Berenstain died Friday in Solebury, Pa., at the age of 88.  Her death was confirmed to the New York Times by her publisher, Harper Collins.

Jan Berenstain launched the Berenstain Bears book series with her late husband, Stan, in 1962.  The series, which follows the adventures of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear, has featured more than 300 books.  Stan died in 2005.

Jan Berenstain is survived by two sons, Leo and Michael.  Michael Berenstain is an illustrator who is involved in the book series.

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Julianne Moore Discusses Her Passion for Children’s Literacy

George Napolitano/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Julianne Moore is a woman with a mission. And it’s not acting—though few would dispute that she has mastered that pursuit.

As the author of three children’s books, the latest being Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever, Moore is committed to exposing more children to the expanding world of books. 

Moore suggests that books give children entree into places they never would have otherwise. While Moore makes no attempt to infuse her books with heavy “messages”, important lessons emerge organically as her characters exist in their fictional world. Themes such as tolerance, inclusivity and self-acceptance filter through as Freckleface Strawberry and her friends navigate a world that can sometimes be unfriendly but never dull.

Moore suggests that at around age 7 children begin to notice their differences and become more self-conscious about their appearance. She talks about how her own son looked in the mirror and said, “Mom, my teeth are too big.” Or how others may say, “I don’t like my hair.” 

Moore, red-haired and freckled, is the inspiration for the lead character in the Freckleface Strawberry books and knows something about dealing with these issues from her own childhood experiences. She is living testimony that if we hold on long enough, what we perceive as our deficits can soon become our most winning qualities.

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