|Music by||Joe Raposo|
|Lyrics by||Sara J. Compton|
|Publisher|| Instructional Children's Music, Inc.,|
Jonico Music Inc.,
Sesame Street Inc.
The "Readers of the Open Range" refers both to a trio of cowpokes who specialize in reading signs and the song in which they introduce themselves. The group consists of Vern (Jerry Nelson), Sophie (Kevin Clash), and Earl (Richard Hunt).
The Readers returned to Sesame Street years later for a second sketch; only Nelson reprised his role, with Martin P. Robinson replacing Richard Hunt and Julianne Buescher replacing Kevin Clash. After singing their theme song, the group wanders into a town whose inhabitants are entirely illiterate, and thus have no idea where they live. Vern sagely asks whether there's a "big ole' sign" in town, and thus is able to determine that the Readers of the Open Range are in Bisbee, Arizona.
- Audio (song; Elmo and Noel Cowherd's version)
- Song —ending edited