Curious George, Everyone's Favorite Monkey, Turns 75

Curious GeorgeBOSTONCurious George, the iconic character adored by kids and grownups alike, is celebrating his 75th birthday on Sept. 17, popularly known as Curiosity Day. With events planned at libraries and bookstores nationwide, there are plenty of opportunities for fans everywhere to send birthday wishes to George, including in the world of social media, using the hashtag #GetCurious.

Created in 1941, the classic tale of Curious George was written by H.A. and Margret Rey. Today, Curious George stories, including the seven original stories by the Reys, have sold more than seventy-five million copies worldwide. In the digital world, the Curious George app series is also much-beloved, with Curious George: Zoo Animals reaching over one million downloads and earning a spot in Apple’s “App Hall of Fame.” George also plays a starring role in HMH’s early learning subscription service, Curious World, which provides short-form video content, books and games designed to spark inspiration and playful learning, all within a safe digital setting that parents can trust.

“We are proud to celebrate this magnificent milestone, and we cherish the joyful reading experiences that this mischievous, resourceful and curious little monkey has brought to generations of families,” says Ellen Archer, President, HMH Trade Publishing. “The genius and artistry Margret and Hans Rey created in Curious George have left an enduring legacy that we fully intend to be celebrating in another 75 years!”

Activities to celebrate Curious George’s 75th birthday include:

  • #GetCurious: Beginning on Sept. 10, authors and illustrators, celebrities, politicians, and notable athletes who love George will wish him a happy birthday on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On Sept. 16 and 17, the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square will broadcast special birthday wishes for George, as well as personal messages from fans on social media. Use #GetCurious to celebrate and you could see your post in bright lights.

HMH Books for Young ReadersCurious George’s celebrations will even take place 40,000 feet in the air when American Airlines launches a Curious George 75th Anniversary channel on all of its flights with seatback entertainment. The channel will feature four episodes of Curious George, as well as video content from Curious World.

Curious World will also unlock all Curious George books and activities within its digital library later this month, making them free to all users, as well as offer fun in-app birthday wishes. Fans can also purchase discounted bundles of Curious George apps on the App Store, or check out the newest George app, Curious George Train Adventures, launched for this year’s anniversary festivities.

And because no birthday is complete without dessert, Boston-based Kane’s Donuts will create a limited-edition doughnut, in honor of the loveable monkey with an endless sense of mischief.  


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