Golden Books Art Exhibit - Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens Exhibit: 80 Years of Golden Books Art

We have been members of the Denver Botanic Gardens (off and on) for at least 15 years. So, not only do I get the press releases to this site about events, I get member emails and we’re over there all the time. I am also a sucker for nostalgia, so when I saw the title “Golden Legacy: Original Art from 80 Years of Golden Books,” as an upcoming event – I gasped and also went back in time.

First published in 1942, Little Golden Books used a uniform size to sell picture books at a modest price, making reading more accessible to families across the United States. Today, Little Golden Books has more than 700 book titles through Penguin Random House and has featured numerous Caldecott Medal winning illustrators.

Not only did I read them till they were worn out as a child, I sought out my favorites for my kid to have too. I honestly had no idea how many new titles are out now, including ones about Taylor Swift and Betty White! Of course, we all loved Pokey Little Puppy, right? My forever faves are Tootle and the Tawny Scrawny Lion.

The exhibition includes 36 works on paper, first-edition copies of Golden Books, and a reading nook. On view October 15, 2023February 18, 2024, Golden Legacy is included with Gardens’ general admission. The illustrations are made in a variety of media, including gouache, watercolor, ink and charcoal. The biographies of eight illustrators are presented in the gallery, including four artists who also worked for Disney. The Gardens’ Helen Fowler Library has many Little Golden Book titles in their collection that can be browsed by all – and checked out by Gardens members.

Sounds like a perfect thing to do at the Gardens over the winter. See you there!

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 80 Years of Golden Books
October 15, 2023February 18, 2024
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

Related Denver Botanic Gardens Programs

Exploring Exhibitions Tours
Select Saturdays, times vary
$16, $12 member, $5 student
Enjoy the current exhibitions of the Freyer – Newman Center with a docent as your guide.
Sketching in the Galleries
Select Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
$15, $12 member
Practice your observational skills and learn drawing techniques amongst the art. Bring your favorite pencils or colored pencils, paper and an open mind. We will provide stools, drawing boards and guidance during your drawing session. Note: Wet media and ink are not allowed in the galleries.

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