Our Newest Book The Berenstain Bears Under the Sea Comes out this month on April 19th Through Harper Collins. Check out all of the prep work behind Under the sea, and some of the featured creatures!
Before starting on a book, Mike Berenstain does some research. In Under the Sea one of the stops the Bear Family makes is to visit a coral reef, and he wants to make sure every creature is depicted accurately. After some preliminary research a sketch is created.
In the Coral Reef scene there is a lot going on. The sketch is a good way to layout how the animals will interact with each other and create the composition of the page . Once the page is laid out it is time to add color!
Once the final watercolor is finished, text is added digitally, and the spread is ready to print.
Below are some of the animals featured and their real life counterparts. You can see how the animals are depicted to fit into the world of the Berenstain Bears!
These are only a few of the many animals featured in Under the Sea, keep an eye out at your local bookstore for Under the sea, or pre-order online today!
Sister Bear LOVES Valentines Day! The flowers, the cards, the decorations! Here are a few of Sister Bear’s favorite Valentines Stories to warm your heart this cold winter!
Valentine Love Bug
New Girl In Town
The weather has turned chilly and it is almost time for Thanksgiving! Check out some of the Bear Family’s favorite Thanksgiving Foods!
Fruits & Vegetables:
And Finally, Leftovers! Here is a recipe from The Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook That is a great way to finish off extra turkey and veggies!
We hope you and you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving!
Love, Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister & Honey Bear
With just a few weeks of summer left, back-to-school season is almost here! Whether your cubs are starting a new grade or attending school for the very first time, the Bear family has stories to help get them through all the troubles, triumphs, and new experiences they may face this year. Click on the images below to view them at full size!
The Berenstain Bears Go to School
The Berenstain Bears and the Excuse Note
The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
The Berenstain Bears Come Clean for School
The Berenstain Bears Sick Days
The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School
The Berenstain Bears’ Class Trip
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Spelling Bee
The Berenstain Bears Get Ready for School
Good luck, and happy reading!
On April 21st, HarperCollins Children’s Books will release a special new Berenstain Bears book: The Berenstain Bears Hospital Friends. Hospital Friends represents the fulfillment of the Berenstains’ long-cherished dream of adding a story about visiting the hospital to the Berenstain Bears series. All author’s royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Stan and Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation, which is devoted to the funding of children’s health and well-being initiatives!
In order to make Hospital Friends as accurate and informative as possible, Mike Berenstain based the book’s illustrations on sketches he made while visiting a local children’s hospital. Read his account of the process below, accompanied by a few sneak peaks of the finished book alongside the sketches that inspired it!
Being given the run of a children’s hospital to do visual research by on site sketching was crucial to making The Berenstain Bears’ Hospital Friends as medically accurate and authentic as possible. It was also very satisfying for me as an artist to be able to directly experience and record the behind-the-scenes workings of this great institution. An additional personal reward for me was the opportunity to witness my wife, Laura, in action in her professional role as anesthesiologist–something I would not, otherwise, be allowed to do–there is no normal provision for “Spouse’s Visiting Day” in the OR. Over many days, I visited and sketched several ORs, pre-op and recovery rooms, Radiology, Physical Therapy, the Emergency Department, waiting rooms, a patient unit, and an outpatient surgery center. In addition to using this experience for the general background of the book, I tried, wherever I could, to use the literal scenes, poses and situations of the patients and medical staff I sketched as the basis for the characters and scenes in the book. The only difference is that instead of people–they’re bears! Everyone at the hospital was immensely gracious and cooperative in making this possible. They all seemed genuinely pleased to have me there, constantly getting in their way, as they went about the immensely demanding and exacting work of providing care for those children who need it the most.
– Mike Berenstain
Pre-order The Berenstain Bears Hospital Friends today!
Before The Big Honey Hunt was published in 1962–marking the beginning of the Berenstain Bears series–author-illustrators Stan and Jan Berenstain worked primarily as cartoonists. One of their most beloved series was “It’s All in the Family,” which featured a family of five (plus pets!) and ran for decades in McCall‘s and Good Housekeeping, as well as being anthologized in several volumes. In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’ve revisited the Berenstain archive to share with you some of our favorite Valentine-themed “It’s All in the Family” cartoons! Continue reading