Remember Little Golden Books, those kids’ dimestore books with the gold binding? Who could forget The Pokey Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tootle, the Train, Scuffy, The Tawny Scrawny Lion, The Shy Little Kitten, Sailor Dog and Little Toot? And then there is the enduring ,Pat the Bunny which, along with Goodnight Moon were the original lapbooks. Later, there was a Little Golden Book Land cartoon TV show with all the friends from the books. It was adorable!
Remember those classic cartoons that Little Golden Books published in book form? Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa’s Workshop, Frosty the Snowman, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Huckleberry Hound, The Bullwinkle Show, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones,Bozo the Clown. All the Disney stories come in Little Golden Books as well and you can find free printable Disney characters coloring pages and crafts at that link. A time line of Little Golden Books is like a time line of 20th century children’s American history!
And what about all the delightful Little Golden Book authors and illustrators? Richard Scarry gave us Little Golden Books like Busytown, Color Cats, The Bunny Book (the best Richard Scarry ever) and My Very Best Little Word Book Ever featuring Busytown characters. Here are free printable Busytown coloring pages and learning activities from the Richard Scarry Busytown books and Busytown Mysteries TV show. Busytown is a cute little village “peopled” with animals. You can find these in Richard Scarry classics Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. Richard Scarry did some of the Christmas Little Golden Books too.
And then there was the ephemeral and lovely artwork of Eloise Wilkin, a regular Little Golden Book illustrator. Her Prayers for Children and My Puppy are timeless. Garth Williams is known for Little House on the Prairie and Francis the badger, but he’s drawn many Little Golden Book classics, like The Very Best Home for Me and Dr. Dan the Bandage Man which actually came with two of Johnson & Johnson’s Band-Aids (remember when they came with a little red pull string?)
How about some free printable Little Golden Books coloring pages? You can print Pokey Puppy, Pat the Bunny, Tootle, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Tawny Scrawny Lion and The Shy Little Kitten. You can also get free printable learning games. coloring pages, connect-the-dot, reading, counting and puzzles, based upon Little Golden Book characters Rudolph, Pokey Puppy and some of the educational Little Golden Books. Play games based on Little Golden Books at the Random House website. Get free printable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer coloring pages from Little Golden Books here.