Most readers associate the Little Golden Book series, which began more than 80 years ago, with “The Poky Little Puppy” and “The Little Engine that Could.
” The next generation may be unable to escape from a very different title: “Taylor Swift: A Little Golden Book Biography.” It has now sold 1 million copies, becoming the fastest-selling title in the series’ history.
While Random House Children’s Books has been publishing Little Golden Books biographies of historical figures for some time, it was only in 2020 that the books started covering contemporary figures, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Dolly Parton.
A typical Little Golden Book biography will sell an average of 5,000 to 6,000 copies in its first four weeks, and some titles’ popularity — Betty White, Queen Elizabeth — builds over time. According to NPD BookScan, the Taylor Swift title sold 167,872 copies in the same period.
We spoke with author Wendy Loggia, herself a lifelong collector of the Little Golden Books, over Zoom. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.