Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books

Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books

October 19, 2014–January 4, 2015 (members’ opening party October 18)

NCCIL-Golden Books show, 2007-09-07.This exhibition presents the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books.

Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who have contributed to the ambitious series are greats of the European émigré community (including Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely); alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Bob Staake.

Fifty-seven masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as Tootle, Home for a Bunny, Five Little Firemen, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

Golden Legacy is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

In Rochester, it is sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Additional support is provided by the Child Care Council, Inc., FULL MEA5URE, Michael & Joanna Grosodonia, and COMIDA.


• Sunday, October 19 @ 2 pm: lecture by Diane Muldrow, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
• Thursday, October 23 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sunday, November 2 @ 2 pm: conversation with Sidney Wilkin & Timothy J. Cosgriff on Golden Legacy artist Eloise Wilkin
• Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 to 7 pm: Especially for Educators
• Thursday, November 6 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sunday, November 9, noon to 5 pm: Golden Books Family Day
• Sunday, December 7 @ 2 pm: lecture by Karal Ann Marling on “How Golden Books Changed the Course of American Modernism”
• Thursday, December 11 @ 11 am: Art & Story Stroll for ages 2 to 5 with adult
• Sundays afternoons throughout the show: community members read from their favorite Golden Books:

  • October 19 @ 2 pm: Julia Figueras, WXXI music director and midday host, reads The Color Kittens
  • October 26 @ 2 pm: Tony Infantino, morning host at WARM 101.3
  • November 2 @ 2 pm: Gallery docent Kitty Jospe reads Tootle
  • November 9 (Golden Books Family Day) @ 1:30 pm: County Executive Maggie Brooks
  • November 9 (Golden Books Family Day) @ 2 pm: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
  • November 16 @ 2 pm: Sgt. Deidre Hammond, Rochester Police Department, reads The Color Kittens
  • November 16 @ 3 pm: James Sheppard, program administrator of New Beginnings Program at Center for Youth Services and retired chief, Rochester Police Department, reads Tawny Scrawny Lion
  • November 23 @ 2 pm: MAG director Jonathan Binstock
  • November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend) @ 2 pm: Delores Jackson-Radney, founding partner of Kuumba Consultants
  • December 7 @2 pm: Andrew Katz of Hart’s Local Grocers reads Little Red Hen and Scuffy the Tugboat
  • December 14 @ 2 pm: former MAG director Grant Holcomb
  • December 21 @ 2 pm: Chris Fanning, PR director at Writers and Books
  • December 21 @ 3 pm: Annette Ramos, manager of educational services & Wolftrap director at Young Audiences of Rochester, reads The Three Bears
  • December 28 @ 3 pm: medical illustrator Jennifer Yang
  • January 4, 2015 @2 pm: performer and NTID English teacher Rick Simpson

Artists Represented in the Exhibition

Aurelius Battaglia
Sheilah Beckett
A. Birnbaum
Mary Blair
David Diaz
Gertrude Elliott
Tibor Gergeley
Trina Schart Hyman
Elizabeth Orton Jones
Jack Kent
Hilary Knight
Corinne Malvern
J. P. Miller
Jan Pfloog
Alice and Martin Provensen
Feodor Rojankovsky
Richard Scarry
Bob Staake
Gustaf Tenggren
Leonard Weisgard
Eloise Wilkin
Garth Williams
Dan Yaccarino

Books Represented in the Exhibition

October 19, 2014–January 4, 2015

The Seven Sneezes
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck
The Great Big Fire Engine Book
Five Little Firemen
Scuffy the Tugboat and His 
Adventures Down the River
Little Red Riding Hood
My Little Golden Book About God
Baby Listens
Little Boy with a Big Horn
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Baby Animals
Home for a Bunny
The Friendly Book
The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies
Mister Dog
There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon
The Animals’ Merry Christmas
I Am a Bunny
Chicken Little
The Rooster Struts
Two Little Gardeners
The Color Kittens
Mr. Noah and His Family
Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
Indian Indian
Pussy Willow
Animal Friends and Neighbors
Animal Stories
A Name for Kitty
The Three Bears
Green Eyes
I Can Fly
Bow Wow! Meow!
Little PeeWee
The Little Red Hen
Tawny Scrawny Lion
The Lion’s Paw
The Red Lemon
Dan Yaccarino’s Mother Goose
The Circus Is Coming
Ocean’s Child

Pictured: Aurelius Battaglia, Little Boy with a Big Horn (1950). Gouache. © Random House, Inc.