Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary!

Sesame Street has been a longtime favorite of children and a staple of PBS programming since November 1969. Created by puppeteer Jim Henson and featuring his Muppets, Sesame Street has provided educational and informative lessons for children while bridging cultural and educational gaps. Characters like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Grover have been teaching children numbers, colors, and the alphabet for the past 50 years!

Here are some great books you can find in our library about Sesame Street as well as the puppeteers from some of their most famous characters.

A Visit to the Sesame Street Zoo – Illustrated by Tom Leigh
Big Bird, Ernie, and Bert explore the ever-changing zoo with Willie, a new friend whose mother works there. Bert has already visited the zoo, but Willie shows him that one can always find something different to enjoy there.

Being Elmo (DVD)
Follows the man behind the beloved children’s icon, Elmo, examining the life of puppeteer Kevin Clash.

Elmo’s Super Duper Birthday – Naomi Kleinberg
Elmo has a very special birthday party with all of his friends on Sesame Street, filled with games, activities, and a surprise at the end.

I Am Big Bird (DVD)
For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.

Jim Henson: A Biography – Brian Jay Jones
For the first time ever–a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson. He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird.

Street Gang: the Complete History of Sesame Street – Michael Davis
The compelling and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture phenomenon. Davis unveils the personalities, stories, and efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that turned an empty soundstage into the most recognized block of real estate in television history.

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