By the 1930s money was scarce because of the depression, so people did what they could to make their lives happy. Movies were hot. Parlor games and board games were popular. People gathered around radios to listen to the Yankees. Young people danced to the big bands. Franklin Roosevelt influenced Americans with his Fireside Chats. The golden age of the mystery novel continued as people escaped into books, reading writers like Agatha Christie, Dashielle Hammett, and Raymond Chandler. (Direct Essays)
Children's Books of the 1930s
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business is a 1938 classic children's book by Esphyr Slobodkina. It's a sly take on the saying, "Monkey see, monkey do."
Jazz Music of the 30's & 40's
Another Caldecott/Newbery Video
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty (1939)