A sad farewell to Norman Bridwell

Sad news reached us today at Scholastic. It's with heavy hearts that we report the passing of Norman Bridwell, author/illustrator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog® series. Those of us who had a chance to meet Norman remember him as a warm and generous person. His beloved character Clifford is ubiquitous in our offices—his friendly visage greets employees every morning as they enter our headquarters. And when people mention Scholastic, most immediately think of Clifford. 

Today we're honoring his incredible life and legacy. 

Bridwell created the character of Clifford in 1963 and went on to write and illustrate more than 150 titles, all published by Scholastic, that now boast 129 million books in print in 13 languages. In 2000, everyone’s favorite BIG red dog made his television debut on PBS Kids and the animated series quickly became one of the network’s biggest children’s hits.

“Norman Bridwell’s books about Clifford, childhood’s most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor,” said Dick Robinson, our Chairman, President and CEO. “Norman personified the values that we as parents and educators hope to communicate to our children – kindness, compassion, helpfulness, gratitude – through the Clifford stories which have been loved for more than fifty years.”

You can learn more about Norman's life and career on our media room, and by watching our 50th anniversary video about Norman Bridwell and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

He will be greatly missed!


He was a very great personality .. World will miss him for sure.

Thank you for the memories Norman. I'm in tears right now.

The Clifford the Big Red Dogs books were favorites at our household when my daughter was growing up in the 1980's. When she was three years of age we adopted a puppy for our family and we named him Clifford because of the character in these books. Our puppy "Cliffy" went on to grow and grow like the Clifford in the stories because of all the love that our daughter gave him just like Emily Elizabeth did. Our daughter used to read the books to our "Clifford" . It took a special person to write these stories and he will be missed.

It was my joy to communicate regularly by letter, email and telephone with Norman for almost 40 years. Yes, he was a lovely, humble man. I love how he taught us, through his books, to be loving, tolerant, respectful, honest, courageous..virtues that make for a happy life and society. I will miss my friend!

We also wanted to share this beautiful rendering of Clifford by Scholastic author/illustrator Jon J Muth!

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