Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kids' books: Golden Press

We're still busy working on the best children's library we can manage on a budget, using 2nd-hand sources.  Previous posts discussed sets of books, National Geographic, and Grosset & Dunlap.

Now we turn another great publisher, Golden Press.  Every parent knows them for the Little Golden Books, Scuffy the Tugboat and Mister Dog, but I'm interested in the large-format books here.

Well, first you can get many of the Little Golden Books and other work in larger, hardcover collections.  We can plow through a series of these in one sitting.

Golden has published some fine collections of short stories and standards like Hans Christian Andersen.

And their own illustrated editions of other classics.  I have these from Grosset & Dunlap as well.

And on to more advanced subjects, like this pair.

Here's the only one of all of these books that I did not find in a Goodwill or over at Value Village.  I stumbled across this gem at Powell's Books in Portland, OR, and wrapped it up in a Brodart as soon as I got home.

This was a collaboration with LIFE magazine back in the 1960s of a long series they published about the natural world, and Golden printed the youth edition.

Trilobites ... pwned!

There are also excellent books about America's history and natural wonders.

And some fine books with how-to projects, things for kids to do.

Here are instructions for building a floating fucking turtle trap!  We had it great in the 1970s.  This book would be burned today.  Check it out.


A few more large-format Goldens to finish us off.

When I'm in a large Goodwill like the main one south of downtown Seattle, I usually scan the spines of the hundreds of children's books on the shelves, looking primarily at the name of the publisher, not the title of the book itself.  I always stop and look more closely at anything from Golden Press.  I'm off to a tiny start on these.


Chris Gallucci said...

Nice collection!

christiangustafson said...

Thanks, Chris. I would not have these books if others had not taken good care of them before donating them to the local thrift stores.

I also would not have them if other parents sought them out as I do, instead of purchasing a Wii or PlayStation for their kids.

The Grosset & Dunlap series are my personal favorite from these posts.