Richard Scarry

Biography

Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. For himself, whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"
 
Born in 1919, Richard Scarry was raised and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. After five years of drawing maps and designing graphics for the U.S. Army, he moved to New York to pursue a career in commercial art. But after showing his portfolio to one of the original editors at Golden Books, he found the perfect home for his children's books.
 
The assignments first given to Scarry tended to be Little Golden Books that featured popular characters of the day, such as Winky Dink, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Smokey the Bear. EventuallyScarry created many original characters such as Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat. But first came Nicholas, a young rabbit clad in red overalls, for the now-iconic board book I Am A Bunny. After Scarry married children's textbook writer Patricia Murphy, she wrote many stories for him as Patsy Scarry, including the bestselling Little Golden Books Good Night, Little Bear and The Bunny Book. In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry, Jr., also an illustrator, carries on his father's work today under the name of Huck Scarry. Richard Scarry passed away at his home of Gstaad, Switzerland in 1994. He was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

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Richard Scarry's The Animals' Merry Christmas

By Kathryn Jackson; illustrated by Richard Scarry

Today’s kids will love this holiday story collection, brought to life by Richard Scarry, of animals in cute winter clothing having merry, mischievous fun! Out of print since the ...

Recommended for AGE 2-5 years


Release Date Oct. 18, 2016

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Richard Scarry's Busytown Treasury

By Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

Enter Richard Scarry’s one-of-a-kind Busytown and meet Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Sergeant Murphy, and many more beloved characters in these six classic books, together for the very first time ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Sept. 6, 2016

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Richard Scarry's Polite Elephant

By Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

A beloved Richard Scarry title from 1963 is now available as a Little Golden Book!
 
When it comes to visiting a neighbor, enjoying a meal, or hosting a playdate, no ...

Recommended for AGE 2-5 years


Release Date July 12, 2016

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Richard Scarry's Best Picture Dictionary Ever

By Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry brings his classic style and beloved characters to this adventurous picture dictionary—now celebrating its 50th anniversary! With over 2,500 words and featuring over 1,000 pictures ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date July 5, 2016

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Good Night, Little Bear

By Patricia M. Scarry; Illustrated by Richard Scarry

First a story, and then a kiss from Mother Bear, and Father Bear carries Little Bear to bed. And that's when the fun begins. Father Bear gets to Little ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date March 29, 2016

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