Thank you for your e-mail and interest in our books. Here are the answers to some of your questions:
What made you like to write and illustrate books?
From 1956 through 1990, we did a cartoon feature for McCall's/Good Housekeeping called IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY (a people family). In the early 60's when Leo and Mike were young readers, we got interested in Beginner Books and in creating a funny family that would help kids learn to read. We chose bears because they can stand up and they look good in clothes and are fun to draw. First they were a family of three. The first bear book, THE BIG HONEY HUNT, was published in 1962.
Who was the first person to encourage you to write and illustrate?
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was the person who encouraged us to write and illustrate. He also came up with the name, The Berenstain Bears.
Do you keep a regular work schedule?
Yes, we work during the day.
Do you draw the pictures to get ideas of what to write, or do you write first and then draw the illustrations?
We get our ideas from what happens to our family and friends. First, we write the book and then draw the illustrations.
Do you have a special place to do your writing and illustrating?
We have a studio where we do the illustrations.
Beside yourself, who is your favorite author and illustrator?
We have no particular favorites, but we enjoy many different authors and illustrators.
Besides writing and illustrating books, what do you like to do?
We like to read, watch sports and listen to music.
We are pleased to know that you enjoy our books.
Stan and Jan Berenstain
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