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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Little Golden Books

I'm pretty sure most American baby-boomers had a Little Golden Book growing up. The Little Golden Book, as a brand, was created in 1942 with the first dozen titles being released in October 1942. They sold for 25 cents each. The books were still selling for a quarter in the 1950s when I was of the Little Golden Book age. Read a history of the series here.

Some of the titles, like The Poky Little Puppy, have been reprinted and reprinted and gone on to sell in the millions. They now also come in collections of titles in reinforced bindings (as opposed the simple stapled, cardboard covered originals with a gold spine), such as Little Golden Book Classics: Three Best-Loved Tales [JP LIT]. The three tales are: My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore; The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse by Miriam Norton; and Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.

So as not to be left behind, the Little Golden Books of today can be found in eBook format, which a child can read on a smart phone or tablet. An example in our collection is The Happy Man and His Dump Truck by Miryam.

Also in eBook is this title for adults: Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
by Diane E. Muldrow.
A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn't been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children's books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a "Little Golden guide to life"?

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