(Image courtesy of American History Museum)
"Little Golden Books" at the National Museum of American History
In 1942, when children's books were a luxury for most American families, Little Golden Books hit the market at the affordable price of 25 cents each. Colorful, sturdy, and designed for beginning readers, the books with the now-iconic shiny foil spine made reading accessible to all children and, according to American History Museum curator Melodie Sweeney, "represented an enormous shift in thinking about how, where, and what children should read." The museum's Little Golden Books exhibition, on view until January 2014, reveals the series' role in larger cultural trends and allows visitors to read classics including The Poky Little Puppy and The Saggy Baggy Elephant in a family-friendly "Book Nook."
See selected Little Golden Books covers and artwork in the following slideshow.