Scholastic will kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of Clifford the Big Red Dog on September 24th. This will include the publication of Norman Bridwell's Clifford Collection
, a collection of six classic stories originally published between 1963-1977. It will also include the 'Biggest Birthday Party Ever' at Scholastic headquarters in New York City. The birthday party will be a live event streamed to classrooms nationwide.
Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media and executive vice president of Scholastic Inc., says, "For 50 years, Clifford has earned a place among the most iconic and beloved characters in children's literature and entertainment. We are delighted to invite children and families to participate in this BIG celebration - and to congratulate Norman Bridwell on this extraordinary milestone."
Two new books will be published in Spring 2013. They include Clifford's Birthday Party
and a new board book, Clifford's Bedtime Story
. The Clifford 50th anniversary event will also include new apps, a birthday card campaign and a sweepstakes.