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message 1: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader | 450 comments I decided to try to find Little Golden Books of my youth today. I already had some Little Golden Books on my shelves, but I knew there were a lot more whose names I didn't remember. I set out to find images of covers, because I knew if I saw a cover, I would know if I had read the book.

The first link is to Random House's website for Little Golden Books. I found it least helpful of all the sites I found.


The second link will take you to a Flickr page with lots of photos of covers of Little Golden Books. There are actually about twenty-five pages of covers. It's really cool.


Here's a link to a different Flickr site. This one is cool too and different because it includes photos of illustrations inside books, not just covers.


The same person has several collections of photos of other vintage children's books. Here's a link to them.


The next link is to a person's collection of Little Golden Books.


The next link is from Google images.


The next link will take you to a seller of old Little Golden Books.


The last site is nice because most of the book covers are shown quite large, for people who are interested in seeing a lot of detail.


I hope these links help folks.

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) Thank you for this! Those were some wonderful books, even though they were inexpensive and sold at grocery stores. Now many of them are indeed hard to find & expensive.

message 3: by HeavyReader (new)

HeavyReader | 450 comments If my sister and I still had all those Little Golden Books from our childhood, we could get a nice little bundle of money right about now. Alas, I think we gave the majority of them away about ten or so years ago.

Glad you find the links helpful. I love to share info.

message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments Thanks for this thread. I grew up with those books too. I have none of them left, of course. Don't get me started about my baseball card collection. :-(

message 5: by J. (new)

J. (mamalaoshi) | 56 comments I have found quite a lot of little golden books at Half Price Books. They usually have at least a shelf of them for only a couple dollars.Of course they are pretty well worn.

message 6: by Janelle (new)

Janelle (janelle5) Ive just read a book called Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts Changed Publishing Forever and Became An American Icon Along the Way by Marcus Leonard. It doesn't have as many books as the websites mentioned above, but it does have some beautiful reproudctions of Golden book covers and illustrations. It also has the history of the company and anecdotes about the authors and illustrators. I thought it was a lovely book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

message 7: by Kit★ (new)

Kit★ (xkittyxlzt) | 138 comments I loved my Golden Books as a kid... I've got some now for my little son, but I keep them up on a shelf because he's not real good with paper pages yet :)

message 8: by Nikki (new)

Nikki | 12 comments It was the Golden Book version of Hansel and Gretel that taught me to read. I still have it. I refuse to part with it. Sentimental value and all that. :)

message 9: by Summer (new)

Summer | 38 comments I have so many lovely memories of being read to from Golden Books. My favorites were The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Where Did The Baby Go?, The Poky Little Puppy, A Visit to the Children's Zoo, and We Help Daddy

message 10: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39249 comments Mod
I believe The Poky Little Puppy is the bestselling Golden Book of all time.

One of my fave covers:

And two Tiny Golden Books, love these covers too:

message 11: by Summer (new)

Summer | 38 comments My Kitten looks like Eloise Wilkin's artwork.

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) It's gotta be Eloise Wilkin; she did a lot of Golden books and is distinctive. I love her work.

message 13: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (last edited Aug 18, 2013 04:36PM) (new)

Lobstergirl | 39249 comments Mod
I just love that little girl's face - so fat, and the bangs cut straight across. Some of her other children's faces are a little bit too cute, this one has just a smidgin of something noncutesy in it, the downturned mouth, or maybe she's holding the kitten too tightly? which is what I love about it.

Those second two covers are actually by Garth Williams, famous illustrator of "Charlotte's Web" and many others. It must be his very early work as they don't have the refinement of a lot of his drawings.

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) Oh, sure, now that you mention Garth Williams I can see it. He also did Cricket of Times Square, Little House on the Prairie, and, as you say, many many more.

message 15: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) Oh goodness that looks adorable. I've already requested it from my library!

message 17: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39249 comments Mod
Garth Williams tumblrs


message 18: by Amy (new)

Amy (amyinmn) | 68 comments Garth Williams also illustrated some of my favorite Little Golden Books, "My First Counting Book" and all the "baby _______ animals" come to mind.

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) Btw, Little Fur Family was v. odd. Furry animals wearing fur coats - um, didn't work for me...

message 20: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 39249 comments Mod
Really? I don't remember the text, but whenever I see the pictures it's like I died and went to heaven.

Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) The text is just a day in the life of a little furry animal. But yes, they got dressed in little fur coats. Wooly coats, now that would've been ok.

message 22: by Amy (new)

Amy (amyinmn) | 68 comments I could take or leave it (Little Fur Family), but the edition as first printed was tiny, and had a fur cover--my kids LOVED it.

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