Who else grew up with Sesame Street? Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, Oscar, Bert & Ernie, Elmo and so many more beloved characters all helped us count, read, share, and understand what life can sometimes hand us. The list of guest stars on the show since the late 60's reads like a who's who in Hollywood. I must admit, I think it would be one of the coolest things ever to be a guest on Sesame Street.

Join me in wishing a Happy Birthday as today marks 45 years of Sesame Street helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Here's a look back.

Here's a preview of this year's season, proving that they continue to help children learn and grow.