Elmo’s Birthday

When sunny days chase the clouds away, you might find yourself on your way to where the air is sweet…Sesame Street!

February 3 is the birthday of one of the special little monsters that lives on Sesame Street: three-and-a-half year old Elmo!

Sesame Street debuted on television in 1969, but the vision for the show goes back to 1966 when founders Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrissett wanted to create an educational television program to help prepare disadvantaged children for school.

Elmo was an unnamed background character for many years on the show before he stepped into the spotlight in 1984. His signature voice and bubbly personality captured the hearts of many.

From the catchy theme song to “Elmo’s World” to being featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Elmo is easily one of the most recognizable characters in children’s media. 

Elmo and the beloved characters of Sesame Street have impacted generations of children. They have taught us everything from counting to the alphabet to showing kindness to our friends and neighbors. If there is a young reader in your life, check out some of these Elmo books from the YPL collection. 

Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.