40 Years of Sesame Street Illustration: Selections from the Publishing Archive of Sesame Workshop
September 4, 2010 – April 30, 2011

Generations of children know Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Zoe, and Ernie and Bert. For 40 years, these and other Sesame Street television characters have also come to life in books.

With the critical and popular success of the first season (1969–1970) of Sesame Street, the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW, called Sesame Workshop today) began licensing books, puzzles, games, and toys to support its school-readiness curriculum and other educational projects. In 1970, Random House and Western Publishing Company (home of Little Golden Books) began publishing books with Sesame Street characters and themes. Today, more than 75 domestic and international licensees create Sesame Street books in traditional and electronic formats.

“Forty Years of Sesame Street Illustration” reflects both the talent and diversity of the artists who created these works and the great inspiration of city streets, communities, and Sesame Street characters.