Happy Birthday, Ducklings!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings.

ducklings

This endearing tale of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard finding a safe home in the Boston Public Garden earned McCloskey his first Caldecott Medal in 1942. His second Caldecott Medal came in 1958 for Time of Wonder.

Millions of copies of the book have been sold and it has been in print continuously since 1941. Make Way for Ducklings is the official book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Mallard family’s procession is commemorated in bronze in the Boston Public Garden. The bronze ducks, stretching out for 35 feet, are one of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions.

statues

To help children celebrate the ducklings’ 75th birthday, Viking Children’s Books has created some activity sheets which can be downloaded here.

The Aurora Public Library District also has these picture books, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.

time of wonder    maine

burt     blueberries