Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

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The Story of Music

Have I made it a bit hard this year? So far no one has scored more than 4 out of the 8 Christmas Quiz questions. If you think you can beat 4, have a go here.

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Stumpy the Bear?

I am often asked to identify books from fairly little information – someone will email me asking if I can help them identify a much loved childhood book from some vague recollection of an illustration or a line of text….

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The Great Cirencester Ladybird Hunt

Cirencester Ladybird Book Hunt How’s this for dedication – and a bit of creativity! In Cirencester, the Oxfam bookshop has organised a special week featuring old Ladybird Books. They have had the idea of involving other local shops and children…

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A Ladybird Book featured pretty prominently on Doctor Who this week. Not a ‘proper’ Ladybird Book, you might say. Not a Ladybird classic. The Romans, 1994 – not the wonderful L. du Garde Peach/Kenney classic from 1959. But then it’s…

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This year’s car boot season

So far the car boot season has been a bit disappointing. We’ve had pretty good weather – but weekend mornings have been a bit wet. Or maybe I’m getting old and the attraction of the early morning car boot field…

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A Pop–Up Ladybird Book!

Ok, this is very silly. But experimenting with an new online tool, I might as well share the product. The story of how I became a collector of Ladybird Books: You’ll find it here.

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Robert Norton Ayton

I’ve added a new biography page to Below you’ll find a biography of Robert Norton Ayton, illustrator of many Ladybird Books from the ‘golden age’ of the 1960s and 70s. You’ll find it here Coming soon: Reminiscences of Ayton’s life…

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