The United States in the 1950s experienced marked economic growth - with an increase in manufacturing and home construction amongst a post-World War II economic boom. (Wikipedia)
Children's Books of the 1950s
Dr. Seuss's small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville.
Crow Boy is about "A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Pictures and text of moving and harmonious simplicity".
Another Caldecott/Newbery Video
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (1958)
Bobs Candies, an Albany company founded by Bob McCormack in 1919, is the largest manufacturer of striped candy in the world. In 1952 George Kellar, the great uncle of the present owner invented a machine for twisting and cutting the candy and the following year he created a machine for bending it.