Why are the old Golden Books so special? Those of us who have grown up loving and reading these little books know why. They are simply charming. The first 12 Little Golden Book titles were published in October of 1942. They have won the hearts of children everywhere and they have become an American Icon along the way. Here are the covers of the first little books printed they were only a mere 25 cents.
The illustrations (especially the older ones in my opinion) are absolutely wonderful.
Many popular authors and illustrators have worked on Little Golden Books and Mary Blair is one of the illustrators who’s Golden Books and work I find inspiring. She was an American artist who was produced art and animation for The Walt Disney Company. Some of her more popular art was for titles like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella, to name a few. But in this posting I want to feature some of her little Golden Book illustrations I find so charming and sweet. I see the influence her amazing work and how it continues to inspire a new generation of artist's and designers today. Her color palettes seem so fresh and lovely.
Several of her illustrated children's books from the 1950s remain in print today. I featured a few of my favorites here. Blair illustrated several stories in the popular Little Golden Books series, including I Can Fly (1951) and the Golden Book of Little Verses (1953). Even Walt Disney personally asked her to design the “It’s a Small World” pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. You can see how beautiful her illustrations are, and how her work remains just as fresh looking now as it was 50 years ago.