Although Little Golden Books are often referred to as a “series”, they aren’t really a single series of books. They’re a massive collection of picture books for young children. Most are isolated stories with no connection to each other, and some use characters from other series and franchises.

The collection began with twelve picture books that were published in 1942:

  1. Three Little Kittens by Marie Simchow Stern
  2. Bedtime Stories illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
  3. Mother Goose by Phyllis Fraser, illustrated by Gertrude E. Espenscheid
  4. Prayers for Children by Rachel Taft Dixon
  5. The Little Red Hen illustrated by Rudolf Freund
  6. Nursery Songs by Leah Gale, illustrated by Corinne Malvern
  7. The Alphabet from A to Z by Leah Gale, illustrated by Vivienne Blake and Richard Peck
  8. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
  9. The Golden Book of Fairy Tales by Winfield Scott Hoskins
  10. Baby’s Book of Objects
  11. The Animals of Farmer Jones by Leah Gale, illustrated by Richard Scarry
  12. This Little Piggy and Other Counting Rhymes by Phyllis Cerf Wagner, illustrated by Roberta Harris Pfafflin Petty

When the first Little Golden Books were published in the early 1940s, one of the outstanding features of the books was the price. They were much cheaper than other children’s books at the time, costing only 25 cents each, compared to the more typical price of $2 or $3 each. The low price better allowed families to provide their young children with inexpensive reading material. Also, the books were purposely sold in grocery stores, five-and-dime stores (the precursor to 21st century dollar stores), and train stations instead of being sold only in bookstores, like other books. The idea was to make the books accessible to parents and children by putting them in places where families were likely to shop, especially for common and inexpensive products, and where adults would be likely to want to purchase something small and cheap to entertain the children. These durable little picture books with the gold foil spines covered in a black floral design remained childhood favorites for young children through the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st century.

Today, there are printable activity sheets associated with Little Golden Books.

The list of Little Golden Books below isn’t complete because there are too many Little Golden Books to list easily (this Wiki has the most complete list I’ve seen so far, but not many details about each book), but these are some that I know, including ones I’ve reviewed on this site. To make it easier to find books, I’ve divided up the list into smaller categories with titles listed alphabetically in each category.

Little Golden Books List

Classic Stories

These are shortened, simplified versions of classic books and fairy tales.

Bedtime Stories

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hansel and Gretel

Heidi

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Little Red Hen

Little Red Riding Hood

Mother Goose

National Velvet

Nursery Songs (1975)

Includes lyrics and music for 14 popular children’s songs.

Peter Rabbit

Puss in Boots

Tarzan

The Three Bears

Three Bedtime Stories (1982)

Three Little Pigs

The Wizard of Oz

Vintage Stories

Some of these stories were also published in other formats before being Little Golden Books.

Animal Daddies and My Daddy

Animal Orchestra

Baby Dear

Baby Listens

The Big Enough Helper (1978)

There are many things little Suzy would like to do to help, but it seems like she’s never big enough to do them.

The Boy with a Drum (1969)

A boy marches down the street, playing with his drum, and it turns into a parade!

Bunnies’ ABC

Cheltenham’s Party

The Circus Is in Town

Daddies

A Day at the Seashore

A Day on the Farm

Doctor Dan: The Bandage Man

Doctor Squash: The Doll Doctor

Duck and His Friends

Four Little Kittens

Four Puppies

Forest Hotel: A Counting Story (1976)

The Friendly Book

By Margaret Wise Brown.

The Fuzzy Duckling

The Golden Egg Book

Good Night, Little Bear

Grandma and Grandpa Smith

The Happy Man and His Dump Truck

Hiram’s Red Shirt

Home for a Bunny

I Can Fly (1950)

A little girl plays and compares her self to various animals.

Jenny’s Surprise Summer

The Jolly Barnyard

Just for Fun

The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse

The Large and Growly Bear (1961)

A bored bear tries to frighten other animals but ends up frightening himself.

The Little Book (1969)

A rhyming story about things that are little.

Little Cottontail

The Little Engine that Could

A small train makes it over a mountain because she thinks she can and is willing to try.

Little PeeWee

Little Pussycat

The Little Red Caboose

The Merry Shipwreck

Mr. Bell’s Fixit Shop

Mister Dog

Mother Goose in the City

My Little Dinosaur (1971)

The New Baby

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Open Up My Suitcase

The Owl and the Pussycat

Pano the Train

Pocketful of Nonsense

Pussy Willow

Rabbit and His Friends

The Rabbit is Next

Rainy Day Play Book

The Saggy Baggy Elephant

The Sailor Dog (1981)

Scuffy the Tugboat

Seven Little Postmen

The Shy Little Kitten

The Sleepy Book

The Store-Bought Doll

Tawny Scrawny Lion (1952)

The tawny scrawny lion can never seem to get enough to eat until the rabbit gives him some wonderful carrot stew.

Tawny Scrawny Lion Saves the Day

Theodore Mouse Goes to Sea

Theodore Mouse Up in the Air

Things I Like

Things in my House

The Three Bears

The Timid Little Kitten

Tootle

The Twins (1973)

About a pair of twin girls and what it’s like to be a twin. By Ruth Shane.

We Help Daddy (1962)

Two small children help their father with yard chores.

We Help Mommy (1959)

Two small children help their mother with household chores.

We Like Kindergarten (1965)

A little girl named Carol goes to kindergarten and describes what she does on her first day at school.

What Will I Be?

Where is the Bear?

Where Did the Baby Go?

A little girl finds a picture of a baby and learns that it’s a picture of herself when she was smaller.

Where Will All the Animals Go? (1978)

A boy learns where all the animals on a farm go during a storm.

Wonders of Nature

Biblical and Religious Stories

Bible Heroes

Bible Stories from the Old Testament

Bible Stories of Boys and Girls

A Blessing from Above

David and Goliath (1979)

I Love You, Daddy!

I Love You, Mommy!

Miracles of Jesus

Mr. Noah and His Family

My Little Golden Book About God

The Little Golden Book of Hymns

Noah’s Ark

Prayers for Children (1952)

Stories of Jesus

The Story of Jesus

Where Jesus Lived

Christmas Books

ABC is for Christmas (1975)

The Animals’ Christmas Eve (1978)

Baby’s Christmas

The Bigest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree (1985)

When the forest animals realize that Santa doesn’t visit because he can’t tell the tree they live in from the others in the forest, they decide to do something about it.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: A Very Crabby Christmas

The Cat that Climbed the Christmas Tree

The Christmas Bunny

Christmas Carols

The Christmas Donkey

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Tree that Grew

Frosty the Snowman

Jingle Bells

The Little Christmas Elf

The Littlest Christmas Elf

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1991)

My Christmas Treasury (1976)

The Night Before Christmas (1949)

Noel

The Nutcracker

The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1976)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again

Santa’s Surprise Book

Santa’s Toy Shop

Tom and Jerry’s Merry Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Disney Books

These books are based on Disney movies and characters.

101 Dalmations

Alice in Wonderland Meets the White Rabbit

Bambi

Bambi: Friends of the Forest

Beauty and the Beast

The Black Cauldron: Taran Makes a Friend

Cinderella

Donald Duck and the One Bear

Donald Duck Instant Millionaire

Dumbo

Favorite Nursery Tales

The Fox and the Hound Hide & Seek

Lady and the Tramp

The Lion King

The Lion King: No Worries

The Little Mermaid

Mickey Mouse and the Best-Neighbor Contest

Mickey Mouse and Goofy: The Big Bear Scare

Mickey Mouse’s Picnic

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1991)

Peter Pan and Wendy

Pete’s Dragon

The Pet Problem

Pinocchio

The Rescuers

A Roaring Adventure

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Three Little Pigs

Tinker Bell

Toad Flies High

Toy Story 3

Sesame Street

The Amazing Mumford Forgets the Magic Words

Bert’s Hall of Great Inventions

Big Bird’s Day on the Farm

Big Bird’s Red Book

Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree

Count All the Way to Sesame Street

The Day Snuffy Had the Sniffles

The Four Seasons

Grover’s Own Alphabet

I Think That It Is Wonderful

The Many Faces of Ernie

The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monsters on the Bus

Oscar’s Book

Puppy Love

The Together Book

Looney Tunes

Bugs Bunny and the Health Hog

Bugs Bunny, Marooned

Bugs Bunny, Pioneer (1977)

Bugs Bunny, Too Many Carrots

Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny Just Like Magic

Road Runner and the Very Scary Lesson

Tweety Plays Catch the Puddy Tat

Poky Little Puppy

The Poky Little Puppy (1942)

Little puppies keep disobeying their mother by digging under the fence, and she won’t let them have their dessert until they stop. By Janette Sebring Lowrey.

The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas

The Poky Little Puppy Follows His Nose Home (1975)

The Poky Little Puppy and his siblings get lost, but they figure out how to follow their own trail back home. By Adelaide Holl.

The Poky Little Puppy’s Wonderful Winter Day (1982)

The Poky Little Puppy has fun on a snowy day. By Jean Chandler.

The Poky Little Puppy’s Naughty Day (1985)

The Poky Little Puppy is feeling playful and energetic, but when he goes too far, he learns that self-control is also important. By Jean Chandler.

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Rainy Day Circus

Raggedy Ann and Andy: Five Birthday Parties in a Row

Raggedy Ann and Andy: Little Gray Kitten

Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh and The Honey Tree

Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger

Winnie-the-Pooh and the Pebble Hunt (1982)

Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet go on a pebble hunt. They lose their pebbles as they go, but it helps them find their way home. A First Little Golden Book.

Winnie-the-Pooh Meets Gopher

Barbie

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

Barbie: Mariposa

Barbie: Princess Charm School

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

The Missing Wedding Dress featuring Barbie (1986)

Barbie and her sister Skipper are helping a friend get ready for her wedding. Their friend needs some last-minute repairs to her wedding gown, but by mistake the box with her gown is switched with one containing pairs of shoes. Can they manage to track down the wedding gown in time for the wedding?

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Bamboozled

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Born to Run

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: The Chocolate Voyage

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: The Thinga-ma-jigger Is Coming Today!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: A Very Crabby Christmas

Dora the Explorer

The Big Ballet Show

Dora’s Birthday Surprise!

Grandma’s House

SpongeBob SquarePants

Mr. FancyPants

Top of the Class!

Sponge in Space!

Thomas & Friends

Hero of the Rails

King of the Railway

Misty Island Rescue

Other Major Characters

Benji, Fastest Dog in the West (1978)

The Biskitts in Double Trouble (1984)

Bubble Guppies: It’s Time for Bubble Puppy

Cabbage Patch Kids presents Xavier’s Birthday Surprise (1987)

Captain Kangaroo and the Panda

Crispy in the Birthday Band (1987)

Free with Post Crispy Critters Cereal.

Dinosaur Train: Triceratops for Lunch

The Fairy Princess Superstar Barbie (1977)

Howdy Doody’s Animal Friends

Huckleberry Hound Builds a House

Lassie and Her Day in the Sun

Magilla Gorilla

The Pink Panther in the Haunted House

Quints: The Cleanup (1990)

Based on a set of dolls.

Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC

Richard Scarry’s Good Night, Little Bear

Rin Tin Tin and the Lost Indian

Shazam! A Circus Adventure (1977)

Tarzan

Team Umizoomi: Purple Monkey Rescue

Tom and Jerry’s Merry Christmas

Woody Woodpecker at the Circus

Nonfiction

ABC Around the House

Animal Quiz Book

Baby Animals

Baby Farm Animals

Birds

Cars

Colors Are Nice

Dinosaurs

Dogs

The Fire Engine Book

Happy Golden ABC

Halloween ABC

Let’s Go, Trucks!

Little Golden ABC

The Little Golden Book of Jokes and Riddles

Little Golden Picture Dictionary

My First Book of the Planets

My First Counting Book

My Home (1976)

A rhyming story about different types of houses and homes, both human and animal.

My Little Golden Dictionary

My Little Golden Word Book

Picture Dictionary

Whales

Words

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