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Most of us have fond memories of Little Golden Books — either having someone read them to us or reading them to our children or other relatives. Publisher Simon and Schuster began the series on October 1, 1942 with 12 titles — including the now-iconic The Poky Little Puppy. Ownership of the series changed several times over the decades — and in 2001 Random House acquired Little Golden Books for $85 million.

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When Little Golden Books celebrated its golden anniversary in 1992, 500 million of its volumes were in circulation. Over the years, Little Golden Books have remained virtually identical in appearance  — The Pokey Little Puppy still looks the same as when it arrived over 70 years ago.

In the above photo from the late 1940s, Marilyn Monroe reads the Little Golden Book TOYS by Edith Osswald to a friend’s child. If you are familiar with Monroe’s upbringing and orphanhood, this photo is quite touching. A copy of the original 1945 edition of TOYS is for sale on ebay for $50.

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“…don’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read… ” NEIL GAIMAN

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(Photo: Roald Dahl’s writing hut, “The Gipsy House.”)

“…there are two distinct sides to a writer of fiction. First, there is the side he displays to the public, that of an ordinary person like anyone else, a person who does ordinary things and speaks ordinary language. Second, there is the secret side, which comes out in him only after he has closed the door of his workroom and is completely alone. It is then that he slips into another world altogether, a world where his imagination takes over and he finds himself actually living in the places he is writing about at that moment. I myself, if you want to know, fall into a kind of trance, and everything around me disappears. I see only the point of my pencil moving over the paper, and quite often two hours go by as though they were a couple of seconds.” ROALD DAHL, author of James and the Giant Peach

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“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

From Matilda by ROALD DAHL