Children's book author Jan Berenstain has passed away at the age of 88.
She died in her native Pennsylvania on Friday (24Feb12) after suffering a stroke.
The novelist is perhaps best known for teaming up with her husband Stan to create the beloved kids book franchise the Berenstain Bears in 1962.
The couple went on to release more than 300 stories with the help of iconic illustrator and then-Random House book editor Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.
The Berenstain Bears books have been translated into 23 different languages.
Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005, aged 82.