Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975


Welcome to my vintage Ladybird books website

Welcome to my vintage Ladybird books website.  I am told that every site should have an ‘about us’ page. So here’s mine. This is me – Helen – and some of my many many books.

For many years now, I’ve been interested in Ladybird books –  vintage ones – ie before 1975.  I’m interested in the history, the artists who illustrated the books and the social history that their illustrations contain.  I began as a collector but my interest soon broadened into a desire to gather and curate information about the company in the period before it was sold, in the mid-1970s.   Through my website, blog and social media accounts I try to share my interest and enthusiasm.  I also contribute to articles, exhibitions and tv programmes on the subject.

I’m not a book dealer, although I do sell my swaps (to re-invest back in my hobby!).  There are always things I’m looking to acquire – the unusual item, original artwork, vintage retail ephemera, letters or correspondence or other artefacts that help to tell the story of the early company – but there aren’t really any books that I need for my collection.  If you have a lot of vintage Ladybird books you’d like to move on, I’m probably  not the person to contact.  You would need to pretty well give them to me  – and even then it would just be for the pleasure of sorting through them and looking for any upgrades.

If you want the official website of Penguin RandomHouse Ladybird books then here’s the link.

Find out more about the amazing Ladybird Artists and Ladybird exhibitions



“You have a fabulous site – so glad I have just found it! I plan to visit it more but was anxious to have this book and couldn’t believe how easy you made it – no silly bidding and time watching! Many thanks”

“Dear Helen, The book arrived today and with it a flood of memories and emotions … wonderful. You deserve a lottery grant for delivering such large helpings of happiness and nostalgia. Thank you so very much.”

“Thank you so much for the books my daughter was so excited when she saw them her face lit up like a Christmas Tree. “

“I have to say that looking at your website has been a thoroughly enjoyable trip back to my childhood in the late 60s”

“Congratulations on a most intereting site. It was a trip down memory lane”

“I have spent SO long trying to trace this book – thank you!!”

“What a lovely website! Talk about a trip down Memory Lane…. “

“Thanks very much for your quick response! Your help has saved me a lot of time!”

“Thank you very much for all the time and trouble you have taken to find what I was looking for. I am very grateful and impressed!”

“The book has just arrived – it’s really wonderful. It has been a pleasure “doing business” with you. Thank you very much”.

“I have received the books and they are, well, exactly how my old ones looked when I was a kid 🙂 lovely memories. my son has ditched his new edition ladybirds for them! Am terrified he’ll tear them, but can’t bear not to let him enjoy them either.”

“I have just found your website and I am very impressed. Your knowledge and the content is commendable. I look forward to my continual use of your site and wish you all the best with your future research and web development. I have never responded to anything of this nature, but felt compelled on this occasion.”

It has been a pleasure buying from you.”

“Book arrived. First class job. Thanks for the prompt service. Been singing your praises this week!”

“Thank you. the book arrived this morning and is in excellent condition. It brought a host of happy memories of my childhood. Your service is excellent. Keep up the good work”.