Richard Scarry's illustrated books were HUGE in my house growing up and were a huge influence on me while I was learning to read as a wee one. I loved the colorful illustrations of his books and his animal characters were plucky and fun friends for this widely imaginative kid. I especially adored Lowly the Worm.
Plus, I always wanted Richard's last name, which is THE COOLEST EVER!!
So, when I found out it was Richard Scarry's birthday today (thanks, Google!), I just had to give a quick shout-out. Scarry would have been 92 today, but he sadly passed away in 1994. He definitely helped (and continues to help) children learn how to read with his fun, creative books.
I loved his books as a kid, and was pleased to find he actually has a Halloween book out, called The Best Halloween Masquerade Ever as well as a Halloween video called The First Halloween Ever!
Richard Scarry + Halloween = BRILLIANT!
I just wish he had done more Halloween-themed stuff, but the two above will have to suffice.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Scarry, and thank you for filling my childhood with your delightful books!