Sunday, January 22, 2017

Little Golden Books 75th Anniversary

I found out the other day that Little Golden Books celebrate their 75th anniversary this year!

As you can see, I am a collector of Little Golden Books. This picture was taken in 2008, I have added more to my stash since then. Notice what they are stored in. This used to be an old floor-model radio. Someone cut off the front of it, put in shelves and added two glass doors. I picked it up at a yard sale for around $3.  I love it!

Most of my Little Golden Books are yard sale and thrift store finds, too. I have paid anywhere from 10 cents to $1 for them. I would say that most were obtained for 25 cents.

The first Little Golden Books were released in September 1942. There were twelve of them, all priced at 25 cents each.

 The first 12 books to be released were: “Three Little Kittens,” “Bedtime Stories,” “The Alphabet A-Z,” “Mother Goose,” “Prayers for Children,” “The Little Red Hen,” “Nursery Songs,” “The Poky Little Puppy,” “The Golden Book of Fairy Tales,” “Baby’s Book,” “The Animals of Farmer Jones” and “This Little Piggy.”

At last county, The Poky Little Puppy has sold more than 15 million copies!

Wow! Wouldn't we all like to have a picture book we've written sell that many copies. 

What is your favorite Little Golden Book?