Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

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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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RIP John Berry

I have only just heard that John Berry died just before Christmas, aged 89. When Ladybird was reaching its peak in the 1960s and 70s John Berry was one of the favoured artists. His style is photographic and was the…

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