National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
2nd Floor, East Wing, Albert Small Documents Gallery Floor Plan
Learn how Little Golden Books transformed children’s reading habits and became a catalyst for change in reading standards and traditions in the early 20th century. Prior to World War II, large-format, classic story books for children were prohibitively expensive and available to a privileged few. Little Golden Books (LGB) offered new ideas and modern stories in an affordable format; they addressed themes of fantasy versus reality, modernity, and gender roles, as well as addressing topics like progressive education, marketing, and impact.