Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

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Home visits

Not everyone likes the internet. There’s something about actually browsing through books, especially old ones, which can’t be reproduced online. I vividly remember a trip to a little bookshop called ‘Peakirk Books’ shortly after I started collecting Ladybird Books. I…

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An interesting way to research

This is a bit different – give it a go: click on the link below: Ladybird Research Drag one of the ‘spots’ and drop on the ‘i’ for a larger snippet of information. To search for info on a term,…

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The ‘A Team’

A collection of Ladybird Books. One wall in my study: Panorama of Ladybird Books Sorry Firefox users, this doesn’t seem to work for you.

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What to Look for in Spring?

… Ladybird Books! (surprisingly) Not long now until car-boot sale season … Anyway, On the subject of questions and answers, I’m planning on setting up a new page on my website – Ladybird FAQs. Question number one will be “Where…

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Flog it?

I was contacted by a researcher last week, who said that the BBC might be doing a feature on Ladybird Books if the programme ‘Flog it!’ goes to Loughborough. Apparently nothing has been decided yet, but I’ll keep you posted…

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Learning with Harry

Did anyone else see the Antiques Roadshow this evening? I caught the tail-end of the piece on Ladybird Book original artwork and had to catch up on what I’d missed on the BBC iPlayer. Just one comment (leaving aside the…

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The Guardian – Douglas Keen

On Saturday, The Guardian – Keen’s favourite newspaper – published an obituary. If you missed it, you’ll find a version of it here. It was written by Cressida Connolly , who I’ve never met but who I think must be…

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Douglas Keen 1913 – 2008

I learnt today from a family friend that Douglas Keen has died. Douglas Keen was Editorial Director of Ladybird over the period of the 1960s and 70s – the publisher’s ‘golden age’ – and was in no small part responsible…

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Martin Aitchison on ‘See Hear’

If you missed the feature on Martin Aitchison on BBC2’s “See Hear” yesterday, you’ve got a week to catch it on the BBC iPlayer. A great mini-feature on a wonderful man and a very interesting life. BBC iPlayer: See Hear

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