d e s and still golden t h r o u...books celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with almost 183 million...

Click here to load reader

Post on 17-Aug-2020

0 views

Category:

Documents

0 download

Embed Size (px)

TRANSCRIPT

  • 75 yearsStill GoldenAND

    A Look at Little Golden Books

    ® Through the

    Decades

    AVERAGE COST:

    $2.99 (2000)$3.99

    (2012)

    2000s–2015s

    AVERAGE COST:

    25 Cents

    1940s

    AVERAGE COST:

    29 Cents (1962)

    59 Cents (1977)

    1960s– 1970s

    AVERAGE COST:

    89 Cents (1982)$1.99

    (1997)

    1980s– 1990s

    AVERAGE COST:

    $4.99

    TODAY

    Little Golden Books launched in 1942 at 25 cents each, democratizing reading for young Americans. At that time, children’s books normally sold for $2–$3 and were a luxury for many families.

    September 19, 1942: The first advertisement announcing Little Golden Books appears in Publishers Weekly.

    October 1, 1942: Simon & Schuster published the first jacketed Little Golden Books. The original 12 titles included:

    February 1943: After only 5 months, Little Golden Books were in their 3rd printing, with 1.5 million copies total printed.

    1944: The first Walt Disney Little Golden Book, Through the Picture Frame, is published.

    1945: Most of the original 12 Little Golden Books are now in their 7th printing.

    1947: Little Golden Books are introduced to supermarkets. Within a year, Little Golden Books could be purchased in 1,200 supermarkets nationwide.

    [Show the original 12 from pages 52-53 of a Golden Legacy]

    1951: I Can Fly receives an Honor distinction at the Herald Tribune Children’s Spring Book Festival.

    1952: Sales of The Night Before Christmas (published in 1949) reach 4 million copies.

    1952: Little Golden Books celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary with almost 183 million Little Golden Books sold.

    1954: Little Golden Books are now available throughout most of the world, except the Soviet Union, where they are considered too capitalistic.

    Mid-1950s: Top-selling Little Golden Books center on children’s TV shows and Westerns (The Roy Rogers Show, Howdy Doody, The Lone Ranger, Davy Crockett, etc).

    1982: Little Golden Books turns 40 with over 800 million books sold.

    November 20, 1986: The one billionth Little Golden Book, The Poky Little Puppy, is printed.

    1992: Little Golden Books celebrates its golden anniversary— 50 years! A boxed set titled 12 Little Golden Books by Favorite Authors and Artists Past and Present is released.

    1992: To celebrate 50 years of Little Golden Books, the company gifts the Smithsonian Institution with original artwork from Little Golden Books. It was exhibited there in 2013.

    2017: Little Golden Books celebrate its 75th anniversary!

    2017: Several Little Golden Book classics are back in print in celebration of the 75th anniversary!

    May 2017: Margaret Wise Brown’s Manners is released—a book that has never before been published!

    Early 1960s: A large number of new Little Golden Books focus on popular Saturday morning TV shows, such as Huckleberry Hound, The Bullwinkle Show, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, and Bozo the Clown.

    1967: More than 200 Little Golden Books have sold a million copies.

    1969: A 9-week primetime television advertising campaign is launched for Little Golden Books, highlighting 3 Richard Scarry titles.

    1971: The Monster at the End of This Book is launched.

    1974: The first Barbie Little Golden Book, Barbie, is published.

    January 2001: The Little Golden Books Classic line is launched to bring back popular vintage Little Golden Books titles based on consumer demand. The first 6 titles include:

    2001: The Little Golden Books Classic line wins a Dr. Toy “Best Classic Toy” Award

    January 2002: The Little Golden Books library now includes 1,200 unique titles.

    2002: Little Golden Books celebrates its 60th anniversary with over 2 billion Little Golden Books printed.

    2004: An exhibit of the original art from Little Golden Books opens at the New York Public Library.

    2007: Little Golden Books turn 65, and Random House publishes Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way by Leonard S. Marcus.

    October 2007: The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, TX, opens Golden Legacy: Original Artwork from 65 Years of Golden Books. The show continues to tour.

    September 2013: Random House publishes the New York Times bestseller Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow, a longtime editorial director at Golden Books.

    July 2015: Random House launches 6 Star Wars Little Golden Books with a Star Wars–themed gold spine.

    1950: Doctor Dan the Bandage Man is released with Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids glued to the title page. This marked one of the first ventures into book and product joint packaging. The first printing of this title was 1.5 million—the largest first printing of a Little Golden Book.

    AVERAGE COST:

    25 Cents

    1950s

    1996: A Publishers Weekly article lists The Poky Little Puppy as the bestselling children’s book of all time.

    Illustration by Richard Scarry

    The Doctor Dan display

    The Band-Aid assembly line in Werstern’s St. Louis bindery.

    Illustrated in 1954 by Eloise Wilkin from Georgie Finds a Grandpa by Miriam Young.

    The Poky Little Puppy is a registered trademark of Penguin Random House LLC.

    Facts from Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books by Leonard S. Marcus and Collecting Little Golden Books’ A Collector’s Identification & Price Guide by Steve Santi

    Illus

    trat

    ion

    from

    The

    Lit

    ttle

    Red

    Cab

    oose

    cop

    yrig

    ht ©

    195

    3,

    rene

    wed

    198

    1 by

    Pen

    guin

    Ran

    dom

    Hou

    se L

    LC. A

    ll ri

    ghts

    res

    erve

    d.

    TM & © 2016 Sesame Workshop