Else Holmelund Minarik

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Else Holmelund Minarik (September 13, 1920 – July 12, 2012) was the author of the Little Bear series of children's books, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide[citation needed] and were adapted for television.[1]

Minarik was also the author of another well-known book, No Fighting, No Biting!

Born in Denmark, Minarik and her family immigrated to the United States at the age of four. After graduating from Queens College, City University of New York she became a journalist for the Rome Daily Sentinel newspaper and taught first-graders during World War II. She lived on Long Island and later in Nottingham, New Hampshire. After the death of her second husband, Pulitzer-winning journalist Homer Bigart, Minarik moved to Brunswick County, North Carolina, where she continued writing longhand, as she always had.[2]

Minarik died at home on July 12, 2012, aged 91.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  1. Little Bear (1957)
  2. Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
  3. Little Bear's Friend (1960)
  4. Little Bear's Visit (1961)
  5. A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
  6. Little Bear and the Marco Polo (2010)
  • No Fighting, No Biting! (1958) (illustrated by Maurice Sendak) (1958)
  • Cat and Dog (illustrated by Fritz Siebel)
  • Percy and the Five Houses (1989) (illustrated by James Stevenson)


  1. ^ Julia Eccleshare (19 July 2012). "Else Holmelund Minarik obituary | Books | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  2. ^ Engel, MJ (15 February 2006). "‘Little Bear’ author creates in Calabash". The StarNews. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (13 July 2012). "Else Holmelund Minarik, Author of Little Bear Books, Dies at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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