November 2012

What’s New · Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books

Golden Books Exhibit

Original art from the The Little Golden Books exhibit

Come to the Main Library’s Atrium between November 7 and February 21 and see the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best-loved and most consequential picture-book series, Little Golden Books.

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller, and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and American originals such as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.

Sixty original masterpieces of illustrated art by these and other artists, chosen from the vast Random House archive, will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and more.

This exhibit was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.

Be sure to check out the Library Friends’ Shop on the Main Library mezzanine for an assortment of Little Golden Books that have been repurposed into wallets, checkbook covers, business card holders, hard and softback book bags, clutches, passport holders, and more.

Downtown Dazzle Day*

Enjoy holiday crafts, snacks courtesy of Kroger, storybook characters, and family-fun performances at the Main Library on Saturday, December 8!

2:00 p.m.: Madcap Puppets performance
1:00 & 3:00 p.m.: Visit with the Little Golden Storybook Characters Scuffy the Tug Boat, Poky Little Puppy & the Saggy Baggy Elephant

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & The Kersten Fund. Presented in partnership with Cincinnati Family Magazine and Downtown Cincinnati Inc.

Little Golden Books in the Library Collection

Our collection includes many classic Little Golden titles that have been read and enjoyed by generations of children. You'll find some of our favorites in this booklist on Kidspace.