Do You Remember Little Golden Books?

@bagarad (12761)
Paso Robles, California
April 29, 2018 1:47am CST
Little Golden Books and I arrived in the United States about the same time. I think they preceded me by one year. The first ten were published in 1942 and many of them are still in print today. Some of my favorites were among those first ten: The Three Little Kittens, The Little Red Hen, and The Poky Little Puppy - now the bestselling children's book in American history. (Please forgive me for not italicizing the titles. I'm lazy.) The adults in my life read me these books so often I had them almost memorized. They all had animal characters and they all had repeated refrains. Later others I really liked were published: The Taxi the Hurried, Noises and Mr. Flibberty Jib, Dumbo, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Scuffy the TugBoat, and the now controversial Little Black Sambo. (I never really thought about race when reading this -- for me it was more about vanity of the tigers and how that saved Sambo.) I happened to think about this because I was commenting on a friend's Virily post and used the example of how the Poky Little Puppy behaved. That made me think about these books which were among the first children's books many of us read. Many of us got our first instruction in the work ethic from the Little Red Hen. Have you read any of the books in this series? More are still being published today, but I think the ones I mentioned, except for the controversial Little Black Sambo, are still around. Even that one was revised with some new characters and artwork to become The Boy and the Tigers, because the storyline was entertaining. If these books were part of your childhood, which were your favorites? You can find the complete list at If you were raised outside the United States, have you heard of any of these books for children? Originally they were very cheap so that any family could afford them. Does your country have a similar series of picture books for young children that is much-loved? I wish I had photos, but they are copyrighted and I can't share them here.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Apr
Now those are memories I love. And what about The Little Engine that Could? All good books.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
Another treasured tale. Perhaps those Little Golden Books are part of the shared American culture of our era. They reflect many of the values most parents used to teach -- the important of persistence and hard work.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Apr
@bagarad Yes, they do. I once sent several potential manuscripts to Golden Books. I got a very nice reject letter from them. I mean it. It simply said they didn't have room on their calendar for my stories.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
2 May
@just4him That's a shame. But to be fair, they probably do get thousands of submissions and they probably also have people on staff that make the abridged versions of previously published work. I've often thought of trying to write a children's book, but just haven't done it.
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@moffittjc (45376)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Apr
Not only did I grow up reading Little Golden Books, but my children did too! In fact, somewhere in storage I probably still have all their Little Golden Books stashed away. I have tried over the years to save many of their toys and books, to hopefully someday be dusted off and given to their own children to play with.
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@akalinus (21357)
• United States
29 Apr
We had Little Golden Books as kids. I don't know where they are today. Hopefully, one of my brothers has them. My kids also had them when they were small.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
I saved mine for the same reason, except for those that went to my younger brother. I took some of them back when I was afraid they'd wind up at a garage sale. I read them to my own kids, and hope they may go to great-nephews if I ever have any. I know I'll never have grandchildren, but I still hold on to some of those books.
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@moffittjc (45376)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Apr
@bagarad there will always be a child somewhere who can benefit greatly from those books. You are wise to hold onto them, and some day you will know when the time is right to hand them off to a beautiful child.
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@sharon6345 (138772)
• United States
29 Apr
I loved them and read them plenty of times. I am not sure though but the Berenstein bears were one of the tops for me. and then a rabbit that was fuzzy on the book. I would rub the rabbit while trying to rest.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
I think I do remember the one about the rabbit.
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@sharon6345 (138772)
• United States
29 Apr
@bagarad It's so sad i forget the name but I loved it. could it be peter rabbit? I am not sure though.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
@sharon6345 I don't remember rubbing Peter Rabbit, but these books were sometimes updated. One book I read I think did have a furry rabbit. I just don't know which it was. I'll bet the book you remember is Pat the Bunny. It's really for toddlers, but it is a Golden Book. It has a comb binding which people say falls apart really easily. I think the edition you might have had could have been bound differently.
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@ConVolines (1471)
29 Apr
I do remember. Here's a pic of mine...
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
Love it.
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@akalinus (21357)
• United States
29 Apr
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@JohnRoberts (63276)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Apr
I remember that I had some miniature books as a kid but don't recall titles.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
I also had come miniature books. One was part of a set about two farmers -- one book was tiny and the other tall. I also had a couple of tiny slip-cased set. I don't remember what they were about anymore. I think they might have been animal stories.
In order to avoid direct plagiarism, I suppose it was necessary to go to these exaggerated and confusing lengths to make the story different from the Margaret Wise Brown book of the same idea and slightly different title — The Big Farmer And The Litt
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@akalinus (21357)
• United States
29 Apr
My favorites were the Poky Little Puppy and the Little Red Hen. But, then I grew up in a simpler time.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
But people still share our taste. Those books are still in print and the Poky Little Puppy is the best selling children's book for all time in America.
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@akalinus (21357)
• United States
30 Apr
@bagarad I wish I had written Poky Little Puppy. Some people have all the luck, lol.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
2 May
@akalinus I think it opened a new era in children's publishing, and that's why it was so popular. But, yes. I wish I'd written it, too.
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• Pamplona, Spain
29 Apr
Never seen or heard of those books sorry but I would have liked to have read them as well. So many special stories come to mind though but not to do with the books you mention but the titles are very good.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
Here's a link to the Poky Little Puppy read along video. It's the first published and the most popular.
U.S. Code › Title 17 › Chapter 1 › § 107 17 U.S. Code § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use US Code Notes Notwithstanding the provisions of secti...
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• Pamplona, Spain
30 Apr
@bagarad Nice story thank you very much for the link. I was right I had not heard or read this one before.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
1 May
@lovinangelsinstead21 It may be a bit young for you now.
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@wolfgirl569 (10356)
• Marion, Ohio
29 Apr
I remember some of them.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
Did you have a favorite among them?
@wolfgirl569 (10356)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Apr
@bagarad Not really, my first favorite book that I remember was one I read myself. It was Black Beauty
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
@wolfgirl569 Did you read the original version, or a picture book adaptation or edited version? So many of the books today have been simplified to make them easier for today's children to read. The modified versions have lost much of their richness. I remember crying when reading Black Beauty.
@porwest (7433)
• United States
29 Apr
I don't know if I have a favorite, but I do certainly remember them. Probably have a few in a box somewhere, but I'd have to dig.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
If you have the first editions they may be worth money these days on eBay.
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@porwest (7433)
• United States
1 May
@bagarad I better get digging. Of course my luck I'd have the ones that are worthless. lol
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
2 May
@porwest They will be as good as worthless if they aren't still in good condition.
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@morgoodie (2710)
• United States
29 Apr
I do remember the Little Golden Books. I used to have Little Red Hen and I still have The Pokey Little Puppy that I had as a child. I am sure I had others, but I don't remember which ones. Great books!!
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
It seems those two have been the most popular among us here.
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@morgoodie (2710)
• United States
30 Apr
@bagarad I think as a child I just liked looking at the cute little puppy in the book.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
1 May
@morgoodie They are cute little puppies.
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@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Apr
Yes, I read many as a child and some as a parent. I remember seeing them on the shelves all the time growing up, maybe a little less these days. I am not sure when the last time I saw one was other than the ones we own. I still read Poky little puppy to my twins
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
The Poky Little Puppy has universal appeal. It was unique. There weren't all that many good books for children back in those days. The newer books don't appeal to me as much, since they aren't as original. Instead most are based on popular movies and TV series or maybe even games.
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@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Apr
@bagarad Yes, having little ones we end up reading a lot of books. Sometimes when I am finished reading one I think, well anybody could have written that one. Very little imagination in some of them
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
@mom210 That's true, especially of the ones produced as by-products of media products.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
29 Apr
I have about 50 or more of them in my book collection. They were my kids when they were younger and I kept them for the grandchildren. Some of my favorites were New Puppy, Dumbo and Poky Little Puppy.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
I've never seen New Puppy, but I loved Dumbo.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
30 Apr
@bagarad this is the one
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• Philippines
29 Apr
No. Maybe because my mom don't buy me children's books when I was young, and in our library they talks about the famous princesses tales like snow white and the others.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
There were titles in this series that had folk and fairy tales, but most often the Disney versions of them.
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• Philippines
29 Apr
@bagarad maybe one day I will have time to look for that in the stores.
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@RasmaSandra (19843)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Apr
I was a real fan of these books because I was a real little bookworm and loved the library but the Golden Books my parents bought me and I loved it that I had my own books. I don't remember my favorites but a know many of them were about animals. I also loved Golden Books with Disney stories and my favorite was Cinderella. I walked around with the book and remember sitting and eating lunch with the book beside me.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
I didn't know these books had gotten as far as Latvia. Did you read them in English or were they translated? Or do I remember you saying you weren't always in Latvia?
@RasmaSandra (19843)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Apr
@bagarad No, I was born and raised in NYC and lived there all my life until 1994. Now I will be returning to the states this summer. I do not know if they have shown up in Latvia but it could be because I know that in the bookstores there is always a huge variety of children's books.
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• Prairieville, Louisiana
30 Apr
Don’t remember having them as a little child.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
That's too bad. Did you have other books you enjoyed?
@jstory07 (70037)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Apr
I really liked a lot of those books and bought a couple every year for my kids.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
They have proved to be timeless in their appeal.
@Freelanzer (9498)
• Canada
29 Apr
I do remember them and probably have a couple somewhere around. Can't recall reading them but my kids may have.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
They are not all equally good. I think the older ones are probably the most original.
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@spiderdust (7225)
• San Jose, California
29 Apr
I had many of these books as a child. My son currently has a Poky Little Puppy dish set!
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
30 Apr
Back in the day the book existed without the related licensed products based on it. It's amazing how many children still read that book. I think they can identify with it.
@allknowing (69510)
• India
29 Apr
We had a series called Chandamama. They were all short stories written in many languages We as klds loved those magazines. The moral behind each story benefited us a lot.
Chandamama Stories, Chandamama, Children Stories, Kids, Kid Stories
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
It's interesting how the values and culture of a country are reflected in the books intended to entertain children while also instructing them. Some of these values are common to many cultures, but some are also unique to the particular culture. I was given subscriptions to Wee Wisdom and Jack and Jill magazines when I was young. I think Wee Wisdom is gone now, but Jack and Jill still exists.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Apr
My kids had a lot of the titles including many you've mentioned here. If they'd been good while I was getting the groceries they wouldn't get a lolly but could choose a book. Consequently we ended up with quite a collection of them.
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@bagarad (12761)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Apr
What a super idea for getting your kids off to a great start in independent reading!
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