Happy 75th Anniversary, #GoldenBooks! @randomhousekids #Books #Top10 #kidlit



Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. It’s the 75th Anniversary of Golden Books. Remember those books with the foiled gold binding? I sure do! When I was little, they were what my parents, grandparents and babysitters read to me before bedtime. As I grew older, these same Golden Books taught me how to read. They were my most prized possessions and they haven’t lost their charm. So, we’re celebrating and honoring Golden Books today.


Here is a Timeline Infograph of Golden Books:



Make your own Golden Book:



MRS N’s Top 10 favorite Golden Books of all time:

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone  (Author), Michael Smollin (Illustrator)

Please do not read this book. There is a furry blue monster at the end of it! Beware!


By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself.


A classic, not to be missed.



The Little Red Caboose (Little Golden Book) by Marian Potter  (Author), Tibor Gergely (Author)

This classic picture book tells the tale of a charming red caboose who wants nothing more than to be as popular as the big steam engine at the front of the train.



The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (Little Golden Book) by Miryam  (Author)

A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck. This book is a true classic illustrated by the inimitable Tibor Gergely.



The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Little Golden Book) by Beatrix Potter (Author), Cyndy Szekeres (Illustrator)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first published by Frederick Warne in 1902, endures as Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved tale. It tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden!



The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book) by Diane Muldrow  (Editor), J.P. Miller (Illustrator)

Beloved illustrator J. P. Miller’s graphic, colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page—but they aren’t jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat! Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny, favorite folktale.



Good Night, Little Bear by Patsy Scarry (Author), Richard Scarry  (Illustrator)

First a story, and then a kiss from Mother Bear, and Father Bear carries Little Bear to bed. And that’s when the fun begins. Father Bear gets to Little Bear’s room, but Little Bear is missing! Little readers will see him hiding in the MOST obvious place but Father Bear cannot seem to find him. Is he under the stove? Is he in the garden? Is he in the woodbox? Only when Father Bear walks past the mirror does the silliness end, and in a very tasty way. With this, one of the most charming bedtime tales ever, Richard Scarry has once again proven his timeless appeal.



The Story of Jesus (Little Golden Book) by Jane Werner Watson  (Author), Jerry Smath (Illustrator)

A gentle look at Jesus’ birth, childhood, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection. Written in a simple, warm style that will captivate and inspire, and colorfully illustrated with seven new pages of artwork, it’s a perfect introduction to Jesus for very young children.



Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River by Gertrude Crampton  (Author), Tibor Gergely (Illustrator)

Meant for “bigger things,” Scuffy the Tugboat sets off to explore the world. But on his daring adventure Scuffy realizes that home is where he’d rather be, sailing in his bathtub. For over 50 years, parents and children have cherished this classic Little Golden Book.



The Fuzzy Duckling (Little Golden Book) by Jane Werner Watson  (Author), Martin Provensen (Illustrator), Alice Provensen (Illustrator)

Alice and Martin Provensen’s illustrations are so delightful that children will want to join the fuzzy duckling on his stroll through the countryside, meeting animals along the way. This adorable counting story by Jane Werner Watson is as fresh today as it was in 1949.



The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse (Little Golden Book) by Miriam Norton  (Author), Garth Williams (Illustrator)

WHEN A MOUSE family finds a helpless, homeless, newborn kitten, they decide to adopt him, name him Mickey, and raise him as one of their own . . . never telling him that he’s actually a cat!



** Note: All graphics are copyrighted and owned by Golden Books and Penguin Random House Kids. I have permission to use them here on the POTL Blog. Please respect the copyright. **


Have a Golden Book to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict


4 thoughts on “Happy 75th Anniversary, #GoldenBooks! @randomhousekids #Books #Top10 #kidlit

  1. Ah, you have brought back wonderful memories. I grew up on golden books. Read many of the ones you list above. But I believe there was a Cinderella one too? And a Sleeping Beauty? I was one of those little girls who dreamed she was a fairy princess. :-0


  2. One of the first books I read to my children was The Little Red Caboose. There were many others but it remained my oldest son’s favorite. At one point, I could recite it from memory and he could too. Thanks for the memory:)


  3. My favorite was The Tawny Scrawny Lion with all the cute little rabbits who trick him into eating stew instead of them. I used to get up at 5 am to read the Golden Books before school when I hated it. The books made me feel happy enough to get through the day. Garth Williams was a hero of mine for making my childhood so full of beautiful images.


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