by Judy Newman with Alexie Basil
There are very few things that I envy.
Of course, I’d like to be able to act like Meryl Streep or sing like Adele or dance like Beyoncé…but while I appreciate other people’s gifts (and a few people’s possessions), I don’t long for them.
With one exception: I do truly envy Emily Elizabeth, whose best friend is a huge red dog named Clifford.
I have had both amazing friends and wonderful dogs in my life.
And my friend and colleague David Vozar has his dog, Yoshi (far right), who, despite being small, is like Clifford in one powerful way:
But there are some extra-special things about Clifford. He is loyal. He is an excellent listener. He is a great protector. And in his latest book series, he can even speak!
How great would it be to have a huge red dog in your life?
Clifford was born in 1963 and has been published by Scholastic continuously ever since. He is one of the first (and definitely the reddest) characters most people think of when you mention Scholastic. Many kid readers first met Clifford in a Scholastic Book Clubs flyer or at a Scholastic Book Fair. And he welcomed everyone in the lobby of Scholastic’s New York City office building over the holidays.
Today, Clifford is the star of a TV show on PBS Kids and Amazon Prime Video, and will be starring in his first full-length movie coming to theaters in November. Even though he’s gone on to accomplish incredible things, Clifford is just as big and red and timeless as he was the day he first came to the pages of Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell.
We are excited to kick off 2020 and celebrate Scholastic’s 100th Birthday with a new title in the Clifford series, The Story of Clifford, which is based on the character created by Norman Bridwell, written by Meredith Rusu, and illustrated by Erica Kepler and Jennifer Oxley. The story stars Clifford and his companion, Emily Elizabeth, as they lead a Founder’s Day parade through Birdwell Island.
“Clifford’s back for a BIG adventure!…Birdwell Island is full of people of all shapes, sizes, and colors—embracing and celebrating inclusion and diversity. Themes of togetherness, celebration, collaboration, and community run deep through this book.” —Kirkus Reviews
This week, we created some fun and engaging resources for you to use in your classroom to introduce your students to everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog:
• Explore the story behind The Story of Clifford in Behind the Scenes.
• Join the Book Boys as they visit Birdwell Island in a fun kid-friendly video.
• Practice adjectives with a free downloadable drawing activity in Cooked Up from a Book.
• See how Natasha Ciron, a kindergarten teacher in the Bronx, New York, uses The Story of Clifford to teach students about persuasive writing and understanding emotions in Book Talks.
The truth is, Scholastic is only celebrating its 100th Birthday this year because of teachers like you, who know the importance of reading, and who work every day to help kids discover the joy of choosing and owning their own books. In 2020, we renew our pledge to support you in any way we can for the next 100 years. Thank you so much for your support over the years.
We hope you and your students enjoy The Story of Clifford. Happy reading!
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