Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOLSC # 26 Little Golden Books

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Two years ago this spring, I organized a community book drive.  We collected new and used books as well as monetary donations to purchase books.  The books were then distributed to children in need throughout our school corporation.  The drive was so successful that every child received two books and children in need received additional books.

Toward the end of the drive, someone dropped several boxes of older books which we knew were too old to distribute.  I packed those up and brought them to my house until I could decide what we were going to do with them.  

Last summer I started going through the boxes and I couldn't believe how old some of the books were.  Some were almost 70 years old.  

As I was perusing through the boxes, I noticed there were several Little Golden Books.  I knew these were collectors' items, but I also knew there were several publications of the books.  So, I went to our library and picked up a Little Golden Book Collector's Guide to learn more about them.

Saturday night I was thinking about a post for later in the week and thought I would write something about these books.  I couldn't remember what I had found out last summer, so I went online and looked at some the websites about the value of Little Golden Books.

I learned there was a system used in identifying the number of publications.  The first editions are the most valuable.  The publication dates of my books range from 1954-1959, but I didn't know if they were first editions.  The articles kept referring to letters meaning the edition number.  An "A" meant that it was first edition and each letter after that meant additional editions.  

After I read how to identify the editions, I set out to determine just how old they were.  The information said the letter would be on the back page next to spine.  I looked and looked and was about to give up, until I saw a little mark sticking out, almost completely hidden by the spine.  It was an A!  So I started looking deeper into the spines of the other books, and sure enough I have eight first edition books.

I feel like they are not technically mine because they were donated to the school.  But I don't know if I could give them up - what a find!  If anyone knows someone who deals with old children's books, please send them my way.  

Near the spine is the A.


  1. Wow, Leigh Anne, these are a special collection. Hold on to them!

  2. A hidden gem was in that box. I'm sure there are lots of collectors out there who'd love to get a box like you were given.

  3. Oh my gosh, you have quite the treasure there. The books are beautiful. I hope you find someone who can give you more information. Enjoy your trip to Ohio. Sorry I won't be around to catch up with you. Next time for sure. :)

  4. What a terrific collection! I have so many books that belonged to my children, but only a handful of my own. Wish I had known to keep them.

  5. Amazing find!!!! Valuable in so many ways!

  6. Such treasures! Keep us posted!