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By DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON and DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com | March 1, 2009
March is shaping up as an exciting month for Baltimore-area book lovers. Jodi Picoult comes to town, and there's a party marking Laura Lippman's new book. But first, let's note some unsung heroes. Everyone has a favorite author, but how many of us know the men and women who illustrate the books we read? They're crucial to setting the mood for a story, but they usually live in the author's shadow. Starting this week, you can celebrate the work of great illustrators who made you smile as a kid (and who probably made your own kids smile, too)
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By DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON and DAVE ROSENTHAL AND NANCY JOHNSTON,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com | March 1, 2009
March is shaping up as an exciting month for Baltimore-area book lovers. Jodi Picoult comes to town, and there's a party marking Laura Lippman's new book. But first, let's note some unsung heroes. Everyone has a favorite author, but how many of us know the men and women who illustrate the books we read? They're crucial to setting the mood for a story, but they usually live in the author's shadow. Starting this week, you can celebrate the work of great illustrators who made you smile as a kid (and who probably made your own kids smile, too)
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By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel and Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES | March 17, 1996
I've started collecting Little Golden Books that I read as a child. Many of them seem too new to be original. Is there some way I can tell if they are old?The Western Publishing Co. has sold billions of Little Golden Books since it published the first dozen titles in 1942.Some titles were published for many years. The most valuable is a first edition. Check the book's first two pages. There should be a string of letters. The letter on the far left shows the edition the book. An "A" on the far left indicates a first edition; a "B", a second edition; and so on.The letters sometimes appear on the last page.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
On the shelves of the office of this man who has taught generations of attorneys and judges and legislators at the University of Maryland Law School, in the place where you expect to find books with titles like Contracts and Torts, you find instead the Berenstain Bears and Little Orphan Annie."
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By New York Times News Service | May 3, 1994
Richard Scarry, a best-selling author and illustrator of children's books, died Saturday at Saanen hospital in Gstaad, Switzerland. He was 74 and lived in Gstaad.The cause was a heart attack, said his son, Richard Jr. of Gstaad.Mr. Scarry (the name rhymes with carry), who was born in Boston and moved to Switzerland in 1968, once wrote: "It's a preciousthing to be communicating to children, helping them discover the gift of language and thought. I'm happy to be doing it."Mr. Scarry's illustrations are noted for being crammed with details that toddlers find enthralling, especially children learning to talk.
FEATURES
September 6, 1998
When choosing a book for a child, the only wrong choice is not to choose. People ask about Golden Books and others that can be picked up at grocery counters and drugstores. If a grandmother picks one up at the drugstore and takes it home to read to her grandson, we think that's great. If a child is excited by a new book added to the grocery basket, we think that's great. It's a step toward reading and a step closer to the library and the opportunity for a child to broaden reading horizons.
FEATURES
April 15, 1998
A good children's book can be quite expensive, though never as much as a pair of jeans or a good dinner out. Some publishers offer bargain-basement prices on books for young children.* Golden Books. These are mass produced in several sizes with titles and designs that go back 50 years or more. Some have become classics. All are less than $2. Favorites are "The Little Red Caboose," "Little Toot," "Animal Daddies and My Daddy" and "Dumbo."* HarperCollins "I Can Read" Series. These are slightly more expensive titles, but each is still less than $4. The series features some of the best writers for beginning readers in a sturdy paperback form.
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December 30, 1998
Whether in day care or at home, chances are your young child will end up watching "Sesame Street" once or twice a day. For almost 30 years, the program has been a major part of early childhood, praised for raising the letter- and word-recognition skills of kindergarten kids, condemned for packaging everything into spots as short as 10 seconds.Yet "Sesame Street" does help young children start reading - and so do the Sesame Street books, published by Golden Books. These inexpensive spin-off books use characters such as Big Bird and Grover from the series.
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November 18, 1998
Susan Rapp, director of the Columbia West Kumon Center, reviews "Road to Reading," a new series published by Golden Books (1998, $3.99).This series, consisting of five levels, provides children with some delightful texts on the road to independent reading. The stories and artwork are engaging because they have been created by distinguished authors and artists, including Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scary and Sarah Albee.The books are designed without age or grade level. However, the vocabulary is controlled and the reading skill levels are guided.
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By Mary Maushard | July 7, 1992
Little Golden Books, children's favorites, turn 50Happy Birthday, Little Golden Books.The tiny tomes have belonged to children all over the country for 50 years. From the original 12 books, the collection has grown to more than 1,000 titles that have sold more than 1 billion books, according to the parent company, Western Publishing of Racine, Wis.The best-selling Little Golden Book is one of the first 12, "The Poky Little Puppy," written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
FEATURES
December 30, 1998
Whether in day care or at home, chances are your young child will end up watching "Sesame Street" once or twice a day. For almost 30 years, the program has been a major part of early childhood, praised for raising the letter- and word-recognition skills of kindergarten kids, condemned for packaging everything into spots as short as 10 seconds.Yet "Sesame Street" does help young children start reading - and so do the Sesame Street books, published by Golden Books. These inexpensive spin-off books use characters such as Big Bird and Grover from the series.
FEATURES
November 18, 1998
Susan Rapp, director of the Columbia West Kumon Center, reviews "Road to Reading," a new series published by Golden Books (1998, $3.99).This series, consisting of five levels, provides children with some delightful texts on the road to independent reading. The stories and artwork are engaging because they have been created by distinguished authors and artists, including Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scary and Sarah Albee.The books are designed without age or grade level. However, the vocabulary is controlled and the reading skill levels are guided.
FEATURES
September 6, 1998
When choosing a book for a child, the only wrong choice is not to choose. People ask about Golden Books and others that can be picked up at grocery counters and drugstores. If a grandmother picks one up at the drugstore and takes it home to read to her grandson, we think that's great. If a child is excited by a new book added to the grocery basket, we think that's great. It's a step toward reading and a step closer to the library and the opportunity for a child to broaden reading horizons.
FEATURES
April 15, 1998
A good children's book can be quite expensive, though never as much as a pair of jeans or a good dinner out. Some publishers offer bargain-basement prices on books for young children.* Golden Books. These are mass produced in several sizes with titles and designs that go back 50 years or more. Some have become classics. All are less than $2. Favorites are "The Little Red Caboose," "Little Toot," "Animal Daddies and My Daddy" and "Dumbo."* HarperCollins "I Can Read" Series. These are slightly more expensive titles, but each is still less than $4. The series features some of the best writers for beginning readers in a sturdy paperback form.
FEATURES
By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel and Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES | March 17, 1996
I've started collecting Little Golden Books that I read as a child. Many of them seem too new to be original. Is there some way I can tell if they are old?The Western Publishing Co. has sold billions of Little Golden Books since it published the first dozen titles in 1942.Some titles were published for many years. The most valuable is a first edition. Check the book's first two pages. There should be a string of letters. The letter on the far left shows the edition the book. An "A" on the far left indicates a first edition; a "B", a second edition; and so on.The letters sometimes appear on the last page.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | May 3, 1994
Richard Scarry, a best-selling author and illustrator of children's books, died Saturday at Saanen hospital in Gstaad, Switzerland. He was 74 and lived in Gstaad.The cause was a heart attack, said his son, Richard Jr. of Gstaad.Mr. Scarry (the name rhymes with carry), who was born in Boston and moved to Switzerland in 1968, once wrote: "It's a preciousthing to be communicating to children, helping them discover the gift of language and thought. I'm happy to be doing it."Mr. Scarry's illustrations are noted for being crammed with details that toddlers find enthralling, especially children learning to talk.
FEATURES
By Molly Dunham Glassman and Molly Dunham Glassman,Staff Writer | July 9, 1993
The idea was as tempting as a triple dip of Heath Bar Crunch: to write a book about two boys who weren't particularly popular or athletic or good in school, who went on to become wildly successful anyway."
NEWS
By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
On the shelves of the office of this man who has taught generations of attorneys and judges and legislators at the University of Maryland Law School, in the place where you expect to find books with titles like Contracts and Torts, you find instead the Berenstain Bears and Little Orphan Annie."
FEATURES
By Molly Dunham Glassman and Molly Dunham Glassman,Staff Writer | July 9, 1993
The idea was as tempting as a triple dip of Heath Bar Crunch: to write a book about two boys who weren't particularly popular or athletic or good in school, who went on to become wildly successful anyway."
FEATURES
By Mary Maushard | July 7, 1992
Little Golden Books, children's favorites, turn 50Happy Birthday, Little Golden Books.The tiny tomes have belonged to children all over the country for 50 years. From the original 12 books, the collection has grown to more than 1,000 titles that have sold more than 1 billion books, according to the parent company, Western Publishing of Racine, Wis.The best-selling Little Golden Book is one of the first 12, "The Poky Little Puppy," written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.
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