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Celebrating 2 Billion Little Golden Books

little-golden-booksIf you’ve been a kid, have a kid or know a kid, chances are you’ve seen a Little Golden Book. With more than 2 billion printed since the colorful hardbound books hit shelves in the ’40s, it’s no wonder the Eric Carle Museum is giving them a send-up this month.

The picture book art museum is celebrating 65 years of Golden Books (although technically the series dates back to 1941) with a series of exhibitions. With the help of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the museum is presenting the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from the Little Golden Books. That will include pictures from books dating back as far as the twelve original titles:

  • The Poky Little Puppy
  • Three Little Kittens
  • Bedtime Stories
  • The Alphabet A-Z
  • Mother Goose
  • Prayers for Children
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Nursery Songs
  • The Golden Book of Fairy Tales
  • Baby’s Book
  • The Animals of Farmer Jones
  • This Little Piggy

Now owned by Random House, there are more than one thousand two hundred unique Little Golden Books titles in circulation, more than two billion physical books printed. Selling for $2.99 apiece, they follow the tradition started by their creator, George Duplaix, president of the Artists and Writers Guild, Inc., who wanted to create a children’s book that was affordable for any family.

The museum’s exhibitions will include face-to-face meetings with The Poky Little Puppy and presentations by Golden Book authors. Check out the Golden Legacy site for dates and times.

And check your shelves, then come back to tell us – how many Little Golden Books are lurking there?

Image: Random House

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