Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

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Ladybird exhibitions

I bring joyful tidings regarding two different Ladybird book exhibitions which are coming up this year. 1) An exhibition about Ladybird Books in Reading, opening soon. 2) MY exhibition – ‘The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists’, taking place…

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Readers Digest and hidden treasure

Once upon a time, when you were young and your parents took you to visit grown-up friends and family, you were probably often bored.  No smartphones or computers and very limited children’s TV programming.  If there were no children around,…

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How Ladybird books taught me about flowers

Flowers didn’t feature much in my childhood. Our garden was tiny, my parents both worked and money was rather tight. We lived in a street of terraced houses, surrounded by similar streets – a perfectly pleasant environment in many ways…

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A slice of humble pie

As I said in my last post, I don’t believe a Ladybird Book ever existed where, in teaching the alphabet, ‘A’ stood for Armoured Train. Daft notion. Although a rumour of its existence has circulated for years, I’ve seen how…

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Sorry!

The first thing I want to say is ‘Sorry’.  Just recently I feel as if, especially on Twitter, I’ve been talking about myself, rather than books – far too much.   All I can say in my defence is that this…

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Frock Wars. And the winner is …

In these degenerate times, a matter of great debate for many of us is not Global Warming, the Middle East, or Britain’s relationship with the EU but which of Cinderella’s 3 ball-dressses is the prettiest. Although it always struck me…

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Before She Was Mine

I’m currently reading a great book at the moment – Before She Was Mine, by Kate Long. I love all of Kate’s books anyway, but for a Ladybird Book lover, there’s often an additional motivation: spot the Ladybird Book reference….

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