Let me tell you story about a Little Red Hen. This is a story that has a moral, only I’m not quite sure what it is. Once upon a time there was a Ladybird book about a little red hen…Read more
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Collecting Ladybird books is a very rewarding hobby and can be scaled up or down, according to your interests, space available and budget. You might want to start collecting Ladybird books that you remember from your childhood and see where it leads you. Vintage Ladybird books were published in numbered series and often there are clues on any given book as to how many other books were published in the same series. This can encourage you to ‘complete the series’. You might find then that you are attracted to the work of a particular writer or illustrator and decide you would like to find the books by that individual. Some people decide early on that they want to collect every Ladybird book published between specific dates. Personally, I am mainly interested in collecting the Ladybird books published between 1940 and 1972 (when the company was sold) – and many other collectors come to a similar decision.
A huge number of vintage Ladybird books can still be picked up from very little money. If you decide you want the very earliest books and earliest editions, you will need to spend more. If your pockets are well-lined, then you can turn your attention to buying the original Ladybird book artwork.
This post is probably a bit niche – it’s intended for people who ever buy or sell vintage Ladybird books. There are lots of traps that make the buying and selling of Ladybird books a bit different from other children’s books,…Read more
This sale of Ladybird books took place some time ago. I leave the blog post here just as a record – and as a reminder of the inspirational generosity of some collectors. You’ve finally done it – you’ve got your…Read more
‘A’ isn’t always for ‘apple’. The question is, was ‘A’ ever for ‘Armoured Train’ ? (Bear with me; this IS leading somewhere). There were lots of different Alphabet books produced by Ladybird over the years and there’s a story that…Read more
Bookplates Is your name Lynn Brailey? WAS your name Lynn Brailey? Then perhaps you are being sought. Not for anything bad – this is Ladybird Land, for goodness sake. Let’s go back a stage. Lots of old Ladybird Books have…Read more
Some go for only fiction or only non-fiction. Some for particular series that they remember as a child. Some want to collect only the oldest version of any title. Some want First Editions. Some are interested in all the different…Read more
It’s finally here. Let the party begin. A centenary of Ladybird Books. It says so here, and here …and here … Radio programmes and newspaper articles and exhibitions and celebratory re-publishing … Some starting now, lots in the pipeline. Expect…Read more