“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” – Charlie Brown

Who knew almost 60 years ago, a little comic strip called Peanuts would turn into such a philosophical powerhouse? On October 2, 1950, Charles M. Schulz published the first of what would be almost 18,000 strips. Of course, the popularity of the comic inspired television specials, music, and even theater;  You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown even won two Tony awards. To this day, I cannot hear the theme song “Linus & Lucy” without smiling (and thinking of autumn!). Here are a few great resources celebrating this American icon:

IN THE LIBRARY:

BOOKS:

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition by Charles M. Schulz

A Charlie Brown Valentine by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz (2 volumes published every year through 2016)

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World’s Best-Loved Comic Strip by Charles M. Schulz

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis

MUSIC:

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi

Jazz for Peanuts: A Retrospective of the Charlie Brown TV Themes by David Benoit

Joe Cool’s Blues by Wynton Marsalis

Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi by Vince Guaraldi

Snoopy! Original London Cast by Larry Grossman

MOVIES:

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Christmas


ON THE WEB:

Charles M. Schulz Museum

Peanuts (Wikipedia)

Snoopy.com (Official Peanuts Site)

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