Happy 50th Birthday, Clifford the Big Red Dog!

Clifford the Big Red DogAmelia Bedelia isn’t the only beloved children’s book character turning 50 this year — Clifford the Big Red Dog, born on February 14, is also celebrating his golden years.

Created by author Norman Bridwell and published by Scholastic, Clifford was once the runt of his litter but he grew and transformed through the love of his owner, 8-year-old Emily Elizabeth.  Since 1963, over 70 Clifford books have sold 126 million copies and been published in 13 languages.

On Scholastic’s site, you can send a “Happy Birthday Clifford!” eCard, download the Clifford’s Big Birthday app ($0.99), watch a video of author Norman Bridwell talking about Clifford, and even get birthday party printables.  You can also watch cartoon episodes of Clifford the Big Red Dog on your local PBS station.

Join in on the birthday fun by making a Clifford birthday party hat!

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