Clifford's Birthday Round-Up!

Everyone&s favorite big, red dog, Clifford, celebrates his birthday on Valentine&s Day!

By Amy Mascott
Feb 08, 2016



Clifford's Birthday Round-Up!

Feb 08, 2016

Everyone’s favorite big, red dog, Clifford, celebrates his birthday on Valentine’s Day!

So this year, set aside your conversation hearts for a minute and take a look at some of our favorite Clifford resources. From board books to chapter books, crosswords to videos and everything in between, our friends at Scholastic have you covered.

Did you know?

  • Author Normon Bridwell was always drawing—so much so that his high school shop teacher actually took his tools away and gave him a drawing pad instead!
  • Bridwell visited 15 publishing houses and not one of them wanted his illustrations for their books.
  • One editor suggested Bridwell write a story to go along with his illustrations, saying his artwork was just not good enough.
  • Emily Elizabeth is named after Bridwell’s daughter, and Clifford is named for an imaginary friend from Bridwell’s wife’s childhood.
  • Bridwell was firm in demanding that Clifford only do what real dogs would do.
  • The first Clifford book was published in 1963.
  • There are more than 129 million copies of the Clifford books in print, and they exist in 13 languages!

Learn more:

Your kids can play online with Clifford:

Print out some Clifford games:

Some family-fun crafts with Clifford:

Kids can color Clifford and his friends:

Clifford books:

Clifford on screen:

For teachers and parents:

What are your favorite Clifford memories? What do you and your kids love most about this loveable big, red dog?

Share your ideas on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!

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