Do you remember The Poky Little Puppy, Saggy Baggy Elephant, Scuffy the Tugboat and Tootle, all a beloved part of my early reading experience. The Little Golden Books filled the shelves in my room. I loved listening to and reading the whimsical stories. Puff the Blue Kitten who fell in a can of blue paint, Santa's Toy Shop and Heidi.
How about the ones illustrated by Eloise Wilkin? The children she drew had such sweet, cherub-like faces. Come Play House and Prayers for Children. I loved all of her books.
Little Golden Books were first published in 1942, at the end of World War 2 for just twenty-five cents each. They were sold with the intent of bringing joy to the children who endured wartimes.
Now seventy-five years later they've sold over two billion books.
I like the attitude of Golden Books Editorial Director, Diane Muldrow —"Nothing takes the place of being read to."
They aren't a quarter anymore, but they are available for less than $5.00 on Amazon and in retail stores. If you haven't introduced your children to Little Golden Books, this would be a great time to share them. I have great memories of reading my Little Golden Books to my girls. They're a fun way to encourage reading.