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Collecting Ladybird books

Collecting Ladybird books

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.

Collecting Ladybird books, Society

Locating Lynn Brailey

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…

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Collecting Ladybird books

So … what to collect?

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…

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Collecting Ladybird books, History

100 years … of what?

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…

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Collecting Ladybird books, History

Puffin Picture Books

Why did Ladybird become so successful through the 1950s and 60s? With the steer of Douglas Keen, Ladybird began to commission more and more non-fiction titles.  These titles clearly filled a gap in the educational market and I have read…

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Collecting Ladybird books

Lists

How often does the back cover of a Ladybird Book show that it has been as a tick list by a young owner, at some time in its life? Book vandalism, of course. But then the Ladybird Book collector should…

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