In a comment on this post, Jodith of the Administrative Arts blog remarked that the Little Golden Book of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was her favorite children’s book. Being the reader-oriented good blog host that I am, I went to the card catalog and tried to order a copy, so as to include it in a Christmas post. The good news is that there is a brand new just this season new release of the Rudolph Little Golden Book (buy New only $4.50). The bad news is there are a bunch of requests ahead of mine and I may not get it in time for a post for this Christmas. But thanks to Jodith’s comment those treasured little books of my childhood were much on my mind when I happened upon Golden Legacy in Non-Fiction New Releases. Subtitled "how Golden Books won children’s hearts, changed publishing forever and became an American Icon along the way", Golden Legacy is the complete and richly illustrated history of Western Publishing of Racine, Wisconsin and it’s wholly owned Manhattan subsidiary the Artists and Writers Guild which together has been producing and continues to produce the wildly successful Little Golden Books.
As a book junkie, I was of course thrilled to read all of the publishing house backstory around the creation of this remarkable series. I was particularly struck by the fact that for many years the company and the progressive educators who supported it were locked in a decidedly bitter battle with the librarians, who thought the Little Golden Books "too insubstantial, too commercial, and Not literature" and steadfastly refused to order any. As I mentioned, I have a request in for Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and I did find one (and only one so far) other Little Golden Book in the collection at my branch and will include it in an upcoming Easy Picture Books Roundup. To teachers, librarians and any adults who have a warm spot in their hearts for the Little Golden Books, Golden Legacy is Highly Recommended. Buy now $25.00
And finally today, a plug for my new dotCOM page. I really enjoy reading other book and book review bloggers, but there are so many. And so many times you go to a site and they have a Huge blog roll, but then you strart clicking links and find pages that haven’t been updated in ages, and you click and you click and only now and then find a good books blog to read. Enough of that. At libdrone.com I am now publishing the breif summary feeds of all my favorite book and writing blogs. While I am trying to be fairly inclusive, I have been selective about choosing only sites with well-written and recently updated content. Currently I am showing I believe the 10 most recent posts in Books and the 5 most recent in Writing. Provided the widgets continue to work well, I am going to create two more for my Friends and Favorites blogroll and my Library blogroll and clear up my long sidebar a bit. I may also increase the nubmer of articles displayed as I add more blogs to each list. I am also pleased to revert today to my original two column implementation of the Mandingo theme, which I really feel works better for this site. Please do visit my new page and browse among the best of the books blogs.