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Else Holmelund Minarik

Born: Sep 13, 1920

Death: Jul 12, 2012

Birthplace: Denmark

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Else Holmelund Minarik

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1920
Date of Death : Jul 12, 2012
Birth Place : Denmark

Else Holmelund Minarik was the author of the Little Bear series of children's books, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and were adapted for television. 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. Minarik died at home on July 12, 2012, aged 91.


  • Writer
  • Author

Also known as

  • Else Minarik
  • Elsa Holmelund Minarik


  • Homer Bigart
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