I looked online to see if anything interesting happened on September 29th when I noticed it was Stan Berenstain's birthday. Sadly, Stan passed away in 2005, at the age of 82. However, his books will live on in the hearts of children forever. Stan met his wife, Jan when they both started art school together in 1941. The rest is history and their books are loved by children around the world. My children love the Berenstain Bears books. My girls used to read them when they were younger, and now my boys read them. Reading a Berenstain Bears book to my boys is part of their nighttime routine. It's just not the same without one of these fun stories before bed. What I love about them is their readability -- the words flow extremely well. Every now and then I read a story to the boys and I struggle and stammer over the words. That never happens with Berenstain Bears. My boys absolutely love them, and fortunately, I love reading them too. I can totally relate to Mama Bear, especially when she's all ticked off and yelling. Even though Stan is no longer with us, Jan continues to write and illustrate stories with her son, Mike. Just the other day we added 4 new books to our collection. If you'd like to learn more about Stan Berenstain, click here. Stan Berenstain was a true blessing to children's literature.