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In this Jan. 25, 2011 photo, Berenstain Bears books sit on shelves behind Mike Berenstain and his mother, Janice Berenstain, in their studio in Solebury, Pa. It used to be husband and wife Jan and Stan Berenstain creating the books, but their son Mike took over when his father died, continuing the tradition that started with the first book in 1962. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In this Jan. 25, 2011 photo, Berenstain Bears books sit on shelves behind Mike Berenstain and his mother, Janice Berenstain, in their studio in Solebury, Pa. It used to be husband and wife Jan and Stan Berenstain creating the books, but their son Mike took over when his father died, continuing the tradition that started with the first book in 1962.

Berenstain Bears co-creator dies

Jan Berenstain, who with her husband, Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, has died. She was 88.