ATG Quirkies: “The Poky Little Puppy” – the best-selling children’s book of the 20th century ?

National Museum of American History (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

National Museum of American History (CC BY-NC 2.0) via Flickr

 A Golden Era for Young Readers: The Story Behind Little Golden Books will bring back pleasant memories for a lot of folks. Written by Rob Lammle for the MentalFloss website it recounts the truly revolutionary impact of the Little Golden Books. They were some of the first children’s books that were written about themes that children could understand and enjoy and brought the price for their engaging books within the budgets of America’s parents.  When they first appeared in 1942, they were priced a “only a quarter a piece. They were an instant success. After only five months on the market, 1.5 million copies had been sold…”

(P.S. According to Mr. LammleThe Poky Little Puppy was and still is the most popular of these original titles, helping it become the best-selling children’s book of the 20th century (a total of 14,898,341 copies were sold).

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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