Children’s Museum of Richmond Special Event:

Presentation of world-renowned illustrations is central to CMoR’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Richmond, VA (January 25, 2011) – The most significant art exhibit ever to be installed at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books*, opens to the public February 2 through April 12, 2011. The beloved Little Golden Books series that has enchanted generations of children and parents comes to life with this display of magnificent and historic artwork.

Launched in 1942, Little Golden Books made high quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and families. The artists who contributed to the ambitious series were an eclectic mix of European greats, Walt Disney Studios alumni, and independent American originals such as the beloved Richard Scarry. Sixty pieces of original artwork are featured in the exhibit, representing such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, I Can Fly, and many more.

“It is such an honor to have the Little Golden Books exhibit here at the museum,” said Meredith Timberlake, Director of Arts. “I grew up loving these illustrations and, in fact, they are some of my first memories of artwork. To be able to see these original works is truly an amazing experience and I”m so happy that so many children will see them first-hand.”

The exhibit is central to the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s 30th Anniversary celebration, which will take place throughout 2011, and is one of the year’s many highlights reflecting the museum’s continued commitment to the children of Central Virginia.

The show is presented thanks to a generous donation from Dominion Resources, Inc.

“Golden Books represents an intergenerational link to reading and exploring the world with words, pictures and our imagination,” said Virginia Board, President of the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. “Listening and looking and then reading are critical components of early childhood development. The iconic Golden Books, still in publication and still affordable, are very much relevant today and will continue to be. Dominion is pleased to be a part of celebrating their legacy, their future and the anniversary of the Children’s Museum of Richmond.”

“Given that art and literacy are cornerstones of the museum’s mission,” added Karen Coltrane, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum, “the chance to offer this exhibit was an extraordinary opportunity and we’re thrilled that we were able to take advantage of it. It is our hope to expose as many children as possible to these impressive works of art.”

To that end, and with the help of donations from the MeadWestvaco Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the museum is offering field trips to all 3,600 first and second grade students in Richmond Public Schools. The students will view the artwork and participate in educational programming designed specifically to augment the Little Golden Books exhibit.

“Reading is the foundation on which lifelong learning is built,” said Dr. Yvonne Brandon, Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. “The greatest tool we can give to our students is to help them discover and develop a love for reading. One of my favorite quotes about the value of books and the joy of reading comes from Jonathan Swift, who wrote: ‘When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seems to me to be alive and talking to me.’ The Little Golden Books exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Richmond will do that and more for our students.”

This collection of iconic artwork will provide a once-in-a-childhood opportunity for children to view, in person, what was adored by their grand- and perhaps even great-grandparents. The exhibit is free and open to the public; the fee for admission to the museum is separate.

*This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

For more information about the Little Golden Books exhibit and all other 30th Anniversary events at the museum, please visit or call 474-7000.

About The Children’s Museum of Richmond

The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central is located at 2626 W. Broad St. in Richmond. Regular operating hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on Mondays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on major school holidays. The Children’s Museum – Short Pump, located at 2200 Old Brick Road in Glen Allen, is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free for CMoR members and children under one year of age. All others, admission is $8.00. Annual family memberships start at $125 and include two adult admissions plus all children under age 18 in the household. For more information, please visit or call (804) 474-7000.