In 1985, the Western Publishing Company, famous for its series of children's literature, the Golden Books, cashed in on the home video trend of the 1980s with a series of [[AnimatedAdaptation videos that adapted many of its Golden Books]]. These Golden Book Videos typically utilized the pictures from the books, with limited animation effects added (a forerunner of AdobeFlash animation), such as eyes blinking or an animal's tail wagging, etc. They also often featured musical numbers made for the video, sometimes featuring on-screen lyrics inviting the audience to sing along.

The Golden Book Video series also featured sing-along videos, usually containing old public domain or original children's songs, with a semi-animated original story to carry along the songs, as well as the "Golden Step-Ahead" video series, which were educational videos that taught subjects like basic math, learning to read, and what school is like. These video series also utilized the same partial animation as the book adaptations did.

Some Golden Book Videos also adapted books featuring popular children's characters or franchises, such as ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', the WesternAnimation/CareBears, the [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]] and the works of Creator/RichardScarry.
!!These series provide examples of:
* {{BGM}}: The majority of the background music on these videos were stock music cues taken from the Associated Production Music library, including familiar tunes from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'', ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Usually added for "dark" scenes, most often not featured in the original books, perhaps most notably in ''What Was That!''
* DerangedAnimation: Sometimes the pictures may be altered a bit for dramatic effect, or additional clips such as creepy moving silhouettes or eyes-in-the-dark shots are added to the story.
* LimitedAnimation: Lots of it, sometimes the only animation would be someone's eyes blinking, or a dog's tail wagging, or someone sliding by to look like the character is "walking," etc.
* StockSoundEffects: The videos made frequent use of the [[ Hanna-Barbera sound effects library.]]