Golden Celebration of Golden Books

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, December 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Little Golden Books endpaperIn the midst of World War II, three little kittens gambolled into the public eye and changed the landscape of children's books forever.

Launched in September 1942, Little Golden Books were affordable, durable, and – most importantly – adorable. The Three Little Kittens were joined by The Poky Little Puppy, The Little Red Hen, The Little Piggy, and other contents in the original twelve titles, which collectively sold 1.5 million copies in their first five months.
The books’ engaging stories, colorful illustrations, and child-friendly size swiftly attracted legions of fans, and in 2017 the series celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary. Shown in this exhibit are a selection of Little Golden Books, together with offshoots in a variety of sizes, formats, and topics.
The exhibit’s contents are drawn from UCLA Library Special Collections, where they reside as part of its renowned Children’s Book Collection.


Research Library (Charles E. Young)