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Did You Grow Up With Little Golden Books?

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:

poky-puppyThe Poky Little Puppy
Three Little Kittens
Bedtime Stories
The Alphabet A-Z
Mother Goose
Prayers for Children
The Little Red Hen
Nursery Songs
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
Baby’s Book
The Animals of Farmer Jones
This Little Piggy


$_32The 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?
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