The woman known as the "Golden Book Girl" will speak at the Douglas County Library from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Ellen Radel, a retired professor from Southwest Minnesota State University, grew up with Little Golden Books as a child and is now using them to encourage more parents to read to their children.

Little Golden Books were first published in 1942. The idea was to sell books for 25 cents so every family could afford to buy them. The initial offering of 12 titles has been followed by hundreds of additional books written by dozens of authors. The titles include "The Poky Little Puppy," "The Lively Little Rabbit," and "Scuffy the Tugboat."

Radel remembers her mother reading them to her. When she retired and started cleaning her closets, she found the box of Little Golden Books. They summoned memories of being close to her mother and sisters.

"Also, these stories are hilarious," she said. "They have great morals, and they teach us about being good people and being kind. That’s great stuff.”

Radel now gives presentations about Little Golden Books, so named because of their golden spines.