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Have A Very Scarry Summer!

Sterling Publishing in collaboration with JB Communications is Throwing a Summer-long Celebration for Bestselling Children’s Author Richard Scarry.


June 5, 2009 is the anniversary of Richard Scarry’s 90th birthday.

One of the bestselling children’s authors of all time, Richard Scarry has taught several generations of children all about the world around them – from their alphabet, to counting, identifying colors and exploring a day at school.

Richard Scarry considered himself an entertainer disguised as an educator and few children’s book authors have equaled him in that role. “Everything has an educational value if you look for it,” he once said. “But it’s the fun I want to get across.”

Though he passed away in 1994, Richard Scarry has never been more popular or better loved by readers. A prolific artist, he created more than 300 books that have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.

For 90 days in June, July and August, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and fans both young and old are encouraged to celebrate Richard Scarry’s life and work by having “A Very Scarry Summer.”

Check out the links below for a downloadable event kit, fascinating facts about favorite characters, and memories from those that love and remember him.


Scarry’s Life and Works




Read about Richard Scarry’s life and career as an illustrator and author of over 300 books.





Download Our Scarry Activity Kit



For some entertaining ideas for a storytime hour or indoor activity on a rainy summer day, download this activity kit with coloring sheets, a maze and other fun things to do!




All About The Characters

Did you know? Lowly Worm’s famous hat is modeled after Richard Scarry’s Tyrolean hat, bought in St. Anton in Tirol in 1950. Richard Scarry always wore this hat when he made his publishing visits into New York. See the picture of the actual hat!

Read all about Lowly Worm and other beloved Scarry characters.


Remembering Richard Scarry

Librarians, editors, booksellers, parents, and children brought up on Scarry tell their tales of how much his books meant to them. As Richard Scarry once said, “I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment.”

Read our newest memories.

Read some memories.


Check out our Richard Scarry books here.