Maybe you remember a time when a Little Golden Book was tucked into your Easter basket. This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first printing of these classic treasures. I’ll be posting more about Golden Books in the coming months. But, let’s get started with a list of the original 12 titles:
The Poky Little Puppy
Three Little Kittens
The Alphabet A-Z
Prayers for Children
The Little Red Hen
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
The Animals of Farmer Jones
This Little Piggy
The first 12 were published in 1941 when Simon & Schuster partnered with Western Printing, a publishing house in Racine, Wisconsin.
The average cost of a children’s book that year was a whopping two or three dollars–but Little Golden Books were affordable at just .25. They were sold in family-friendly places other than bookstores: department stores, supermarkets, train stations and five-and-dimes.
Did you grow up with Little Golden Books?
What were your favorites?
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