Little Golden Books


Not too far away was the metal pedal car I shared with my older brother and the five siblings that would follow. In addition to bookstores, they were available in other locations such as department stores, which was a departure from how books had been sold. Over one and a half million were sold within the first five months. Since their inception, more than two billion have been sold worldwide. The subjects of the books range widely from literary classics to spin offs from popular TV shows. In the Golden Books version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears there was an illustration where Goldilocks had sat on the too soft Mama Bear's bed and sank up to her neck. The books have also included Howdy Doody, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Tootle the Train, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Scruffy the Elephant, Bozo, Captain Kangaroo, many Disney characters, Santa Claus, many occupations, such as firemen and doctors, and the Poky Little Puppy which has remained virtually unchanged through the years. The only difference might be the color of the binding and addition of a bar code. While there are some scarce ones out there, the books can often be found at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, and on eBay.