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FamilyFun Magazine Hides Beloved Character throughout June/July Issue for Richard Scarry’s Birthday

Where’s Goldbug? FamilyFun Magazine Hides Beloved Character
throughout June/July Issue for Richard Scarry’s Birthday


NEW YORK (June 4, 2013)– In celebration of legendary children’s author and illustrator Richard Scarry‘s birthday on June 5, the June/July issue of FamilyFun – on newsstands the same day – has Scarry’s beloved Goldbug character hidden throughout the magazine. Goldbug, a classic favorite of kids, is best known for hiding himself in various vehicles and settings in Scarry’s Busytown. Children and parents can hunt for Goldbug together on various pages of the latest issue, which includes such stories as “Potluck Pleasers: Irresistible Summer Dishes,” and “Let’s Get Outdoors,” featuring dozens of tips, strategies, and activities for rediscovering the joys of nature. In the tablet edition, Goldbug plays a special version of hide-and-seek: when you find and tap him, he disappears and reappears in his next hiding spot.

“As someone who grew up searching for Goldbug in Scarry’s books as a child, and, later, as a parent with my two kids, I find this tribute wonderfully nostalgic and fun for moms of a new generation,” said Ann Hallock, Editor-in-chief, FamilyFun magazine. “As our readers flip through the Create, Play, and Explore sections of the magazine and the fun, summer-themed content we’ve developed, they should keep a keen eye out for Scarry’s special guest star.”

"I’m honored by FamilyFun’s tribute to my father’s work.  My father loved life and I think his beloved characters like Goldbug reflect that," said Huck Scarry, Richard Scarry's son.  “His spirit lives on through his work, and generations of kids are able to enjoy and develop a love for reading through his characters and books.”

This year, the most classic first word book, RICHARD SCARRY’S BEST WORD BOOK EVER (On sale July 23, 2013/ Random House Children’s Books / $15.99 / Ages 3-7) celebrates 50 years in print. Richard Scarry’s 1963 publication of the BEST WORD BOOK EVER put him on bestseller lists, and established his signature style. His books are populated with polite, well-mannered animals who engage in a dizzying array of individual activities and visual humor.  From inside the home to all around the town, from the airport, Richard Scarry introduces the youngest readers to the building blocks of learning. Every oversized spread has hundreds of things to look at, point to, and identify – including Goldbug.

To check out Goldbug in action, pick up the June/July combo issue of FamilyFun magazine in print or on the iPad, or visit To learn more about FamilyFun, visit facebook, pinterest, or follow @FamilyFun on Twitter.

About Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors ever! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over RICHARD SCARRY's oversize books filled with the colorful details of their lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Born in 1919, Richard Scarry was raised and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. After five years of drawing maps and designing graphics for the U.S. Army, he moved to New York to pursue a career in commercial art. But after showing his portfolio to one of the original editors at Golden Books, he found the perfect home for his children's books. In the extraordinary career that followed, Richard Scarry illustrated well over 100 books, many of which have never been out of print.

About FamilyFun Magazine
Reaching an audience of more than 5 million, FamilyFun magazine gives parents ideas and inspiration needed to create unforgettable family moments. Part of Meredith Corporation’s Parents Network of brands, FamilyFun is a trusted expert on family cooking, vacations, celebrations, play, creative projects and learning — the full spectrum of fun that enriches the precious time families share. Written for parents with children 3 to 12, FamilyFun is unique in the marketplace, delivering real ideas for — and from — real families.

About Random House Children’s Books
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website,, offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013