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RIP John Berry

I have only just heard that John Berry died just before Christmas, aged 89. When Ladybird was reaching its peak in the 1960s and 70s John Berry was one of the favoured artists. His style is photographic and was the…

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Ladybird books: the artists

Ladybird books: who were the artists? There won’t be many of us who grew up in Britain between the 1950s and 1980s who don’t have some memory of Ladybird books. Over those years, wherever there were children there were probably…

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Ladybird book Artists

Interviews and information on Ladybird Book artists, writers and any other figure who played a significant part in the Ladybird Books story. Most of these biographies have been provided to me directly by the family of the individual, although occasionally…

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Keyword Readers etc

The original Peter and Jane books, which taught several generations to read (and, apparently, put quite a few off books for life). With their wonderfully nostalgic illustrations by J H Wingfield, John Berry, R Ayton, Frank Hampson and Martin Aitchison….

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Peter and Jane Ladybird Books

Happy Birthday, Peter and Jane. 40 this year! (I wrote this in 2004) And that’s just the books. The ‘childen’ will, of course, be even older since they were meant to be between 5 and 10 years old when they…

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Art, Artists

Martin Aitchison, remembered

Martin Aitchison, died this week at the age of 96. You might not know his name, but if you are reading this post, there’s a good chance you remember some of his illustrations for Ladybird Books. Until this week I…

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Why waste a good picture?

It’s easy to get a bit sentimental over many of the golden-age Ladybird book illustrators and lose sight of the fact that they were busy working people, just earning a crust. For the most part, the artists don’t seem to…

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