As I was reading Picture Perfect: Why Golden Books Are Golden, which is about the artists who created the artwork for the original Golden Books, I was thinking that I hadn't reached the point in Leonard Marcus's Minders of Make-Believe at which he might talk about that subject. Then I read that not only has Marcus written a book on Golden Books (which I'd heard before, though it never really registered), he's also the co-curator of a traveling exhibit of original Golden Book artwork.
So I started poking around and found that the exhibit is coming to the Eric Carle Museum this winter. I still haven't been there. According to MapQuest, it's only an hour and twenty minutes away from me.
One of my biggest Christmas memories is finding an array of Golden Books spread out under the Christmas tree. They weren't wrapped, they were arranged in an artistic arch. I was somewhere between three and seven years old.