Sesame Street Library

Sesame Street Library

When I was a little kid, about six-years-old, my parents bought me the entire Sesame Street Library. Originally published by Funk & Wagnalls in 1978 and 1979, I can remember reading through this 15-volume set of books for years and years, long after I had outgrown the ideal “target age demographic” for Sesame Street.

Like many things, I outgrew the books and had long forgotten about them. About a year ago I walked into a local antique mall and found the entire 15-volume set for sale for $2/book. $30 later, I (once again) owned the entire Sesame Street Library.


The books, printed in color, contain wonderful pictures, illustrations, stories, and “how-to” articles. One article I specifically remembered was how to make masks out of paper grocery bags. I remember the article so well because I used it to make a mask! I was delighted while flipping through the books to find the article again and rekindle that old memory.


The greatest thing about finds like these is sharing them with your friends and family. Over the years I have purchased lots of “display only” things that have gone straight to shelves, but not these. No, this copy of the Sesame Street Library went right to the kids’ bookshelf in the living room, where my six-year-old can read through them and, hopefully, enjoy them as much as I used to.


Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Ah, the good old trusty Front and Back Mask. I loved these books. Great pickup.

  2. Ah, the memories! I almost forgot about those books! I think I owned almost the entire set when I was a kid.

  3. According to the Muppet Wiki (what, doesn’t everybody have that site bookmarked?), there were 15 books in all. The first 12 cover the letters of the alphabet and were released in 1978. The last three books were printed the following year in 1979. I’m pretty sure as a kid, I only owned the first twelve, so the last three were a fun new discovery for me.

    As a kid I also owned the Funk & Wagnalls Wildlife Encyclopedia. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that these were both released by F&W, or if my parents got them through a book club or something? I’ll have to ask them.

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