Sunday, September 25, 2011

Little Golden Books

A piece from Mental Floss on the history of Little Golden Books

I still have my old stuffed Poky Little Puppy toy! 

There’s a good chance you grew up reading the adventures of The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, or Scuffy the Tugboat in the pages of Little Golden Books. Come along as we look at the history of these tiny tomes with the gold foil spine that have helped generations of kids learn to appreciate the printed word.

Before the introduction of Little Golden Books in 1942, children’s books were not really made for children. They were usually large volumes that were too difficult for young readers to handle or comprehend, and were awfully expensive at $2 to $3 each (about $28 – $42 today). But George Duplaix of the Artist’s and Writer’s Guild, in partnership with Simon & Schuster Publications and Western Printing, wanted to change all that.


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MaryCatherine said...

Scuffy the Tugboat!!!!! That was my FAVORITE story book when I was little- that and some other story about a dalmation puppy with lots of siblings who found a surprise in the shoe. I still have my collection of Little Golden's, I'm going to go back and read them all :) Thanks for bringing back memories!

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