Born on this day September 13, 1920 in Fredericia, Denmark, Else Holmelund Minarik, a celebrated children’s author, is best known for her contribution to the children’s literary world through her creation of the Little Bear series. The Danish-born American author’s work has been instrumental in shaping young minds and stimulating their creativity through her simple, yet profound storytelling.
The Little Bear series, which started in 1957, has been a favorite among children and parents alike. The series’ enduring popularity can be attributed to Minarik’s ability to weave stories that are not only engaging but also provide valuable life lessons. The anthropomorphic character of Little Bear is an endearing figure who navigates through various adventures, emotions, and experiences, mirroring those of a young child. Minarik’s narrative style is gentle and accessible, making it easier for early readers to grasp the text and relate to the story.
A significant part of the success of the Little Bear series also lies in the collaboration between Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak, an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. Sendak’s captivating illustrations brought the character of Little Bear and his world to life. The synergy between Minarik’s warm and sensitive storytelling and Sendak’s evocative illustrations made the Little Bear series a timeless classic in children’s literature.
Else Holmelund Minarik’s contribution to children’s literature, particularly through her creation of Little Bear, has made a lasting impression on generations of readers. Her collaboration with Maurice Sendak has been instrumental in shaping the enduring appeal of the series. Today, Minarik’s legacy continues to inspire and entertain young readers worldwide, testament to her incredible talent as a children’s author.
Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.
And we pick them,
one and all,
through the summer,
through the fall,
Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.
-Else Holmelund Minarik
Curated by Jennifer