Happy 50th Anniversary, Sesame Street!

By Julianne Jones | August 23 2019 | Promo Opportunity

2019 marks 50 years of visiting our favorite furry friends (and countless celebrity guests!) on Sesame Street in almost 4,500 episodes broadcast in 140 countries to nearly 6 million children.

Since its first broadcast in 1969, Sesame Street has focused on “helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder.” Geared towards preschool-age children, the show has always feature a lovable cast of characters: Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Kermit, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and recent recruits like Abby Cadabby and Julia. Each episode features fun songs, educational segments, and life lessons in an urban setting designed to be universally recognizable to any child.

Make sure your accounts are ready to celebrate the stories behind the creation of this beloved children’s brand with Penguin Random House Adult titles.

  • STREET GANG: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF SESAME STREET takes a meticulous, methodical, and heartfelt look at stories behind the beloved show and its namesake foundation.
  • JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY presents the very first full biography of the artistic mastermind behind Sesame Street and its uniquely wonderful inhabitants.
  • JIM HENSON: THE WORKS: THE ART, THE MAGIC, THE IMAGINATION is the perfect gift for any Muppet fan, featuring 500 full-color illustrations of Henson’s most well-known creations along with his lesser known, but equally interesting, work.

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Street Gang
The Complete History of Sesame Street
Now an acclaimed documentary from Screen Media, the New York Times bestselling account of the story behind one of the most influential, durable, and beloved shows in the history of television: Sesame Street. “Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book . . . Finally, we get to touch Big Bird's feathers.” —The New York Times Book Review Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world. Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.
$18.00 US
Oct 27, 2009
Penguin Books

Jim Henson
The Biography
The New York Times bestselling biography of the iconic American cultural figure, perfect for readers of Steve Jobs, Schulz and Peanuts, and Walt Disney--or anyone who loves the Muppets or Sesame Street.
$20.00 US
May 10, 2016
Ballantine Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Jim Henson: The Works
The Art, the Magic, the Imagination
The ultimate gift for Muppet lovers everywhere, this extraordinary tribute celebrates 40 years of Henson's creative genius--from his best-known inventions to his lesser known but equally fascinating notions for everything from designs for futuristic nightclubs and homes to experimental films. 500 color illus.
$49.95 US
Oct 12, 1993
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt