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Genre: children's books, Genre: picture books, Publisher: Random House, Series: book review, Series: Odes

Ode to Little Golden Books

I’ve recently rediscovered the joys of Little Golden Books, published by Random House.

Have you had the same problem I had? They’ve been around for so long, lurking in the back of my childhood memories, that sometimes I forget there continues to be waves of children through my shop that are meeting them for the first time!

I have to thank Kate at A Child’s Garden for the display idea – get a square basket, long enough and deep enough, yet narrow enough, to hold and highlight 20-30 Little Golden Book titles, create a sign, stand back and watch them fly out the door!

Here are some of my childhood favorites:

Baby Farm Animals
by Garth Williams
9780307021755, $3.99

Home for Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams
9780307105462, $8.99

The Poky Little Puppy
by Janette Sebring Lowery, illustrated by Gustaf Tennggren
9780307021342, $3.99

The Shy Little Kitten
by Cathleen Schurr, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
9780307001450, $3.99

One from my father’s childhood that he shared with us:

Mickey Mouse Flies the Christmas Mail
by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by the Walt Disney Company
9780736424240, $3.99

I’m sure there are others, but those are the ones that really stuck with me.

Now for some Little Golden Books (some classic, some new) I’ve discovered in adulthood:

Animal Orchestra
by ILO Orleans, illustrated by Tibor Gergely
9780307982872, $3.99

I Can Fly
by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair
9780307001467, $3.99

Puss in Boots
by Kathryn Jackson, illustrated by J. P. Miller
9780375845833, $3.99

Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
(I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you given my established love of Alice in Wonderland)
created by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Al Dempster, illustrated by Walt Disney Studios
9780736426701, $3.99

New titles to be released in 2010:

A Day at the Seashore
by Byron Jackson & Kathryn Jackson
9780375854255, $3.99

I’m a T. Rex!
by Dennis Shealy, illustrated by Brian Biggs
9780375858062, $3.99

It would be an oversight not to mention that the Walt Disney Company has produced a Little Golden Book for almost every one of their animated films, and Pixar has a few as well, as do the companies that produce Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Dora the Explorer.

While those are not my favorite, I have recently become enamored with the newest Disney film The Princess and the Frog, and so, subsequently enjoy the Little Golden Book version:

The Princess and the Frog
created by Random House Disney
9780736426282, $3.99

What are some of your favorites?


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4 thoughts on “Ode to Little Golden Books

  1. Well seeing as I am looking at Golden Books every day lately, I have now discovered a new found love for Mary Blair. But my childhood golden book favorites go to Eloise Wilkin (I was fascinated by her book Where Did the Baby Go? Seriously, where did that baby go???) and…Zorro (illustrated by John Steel). Let's thank my Dad for that one.

    Posted by Eliza Brown | January 24, 2010, 1:00 am
  2. I've never seen Zorro! I must run out and find it right now. Also, hitting up the Carle's exhibit is top on my list of things to do. Can't wait for Wednesday!

    Posted by Rebecca Fabian | January 25, 2010, 4:08 am
  3. My girls like "Scuffy the tugboat". We've got several of the golden books in a tiny format that's very cute – about 2inches high, and the girls love stuffing them in their pockets.

    Posted by Zoe @ Playing by the book | January 26, 2010, 1:26 pm
  4. Oh! I've never seen those, but they sound adorable! I love smaller format books for exactly that reason – so easy to stuff in a pocket and go.

    Posted by Rebecca Fabian | January 26, 2010, 3:39 pm

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