The Eclectic Reader has just acquired a major, 40 year, lifetime collection of Little Golden Books. I have counted 650 books so far, plus six boxes, estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 books. No matter how old or young you are, I guarantee you will find some from your childhood.
Little Golden Books were first published in 1942. I read some of the first ones when I began my life-time association with books. (My, hasn’t life come full circle!) We read Three Little Kittens (1942), The Poky Little Puppy (1942), The Shy Little Kitten (1946), The Taxi That Hurried (1946), The Saggy Baggy Elephant (1947), The Three Bears (1948), The Seven Sneezes (1948), Little Peewee, or Now Open the Box (1948), The Color Kittens (1949), and my personal favorite – Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather (1951) – which is now scarce and worth over $100 in first edition. All of these are perfectly charming children’s books for the preschool years.
My daughter loved Pete’s Dragon, The Large and Growly Bear, and The Monster at the End of This Book.
Poky Little Puppy, the 8th book in the series, is claimed to be the top-selling children’s book of all time. In 1992, a billion and a half had been sold. Who hasn’t read it?
All of these Little Golden Books are priced two to three dollars unless marked otherwise. The price will reflect the condition and age of the book. Special discounts will be given for purchases of 10 books or more.
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