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Series 563

One of the best loved and nostalgic series for Ladybird lovers is series 563 – ‘Learning to Read’. A sort of early precurser to the Key Word Reader series of the 1960s, the artwork of Wingfield, Driscoll, Robinson and Tunnicliffe…

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Something soothing (or terrifying?)

Do the words ‘Peter and Jane’ take you back to a warm, fuzzy, nostalgic place in your memories? The rosy-tinted hues of distant childhood? Or do they remind you of the horrors of primary school, of being tortured into reading…

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From Writer to Artist

A few weeks ago I delighted to be given a couple of letters which were written by L du Garde Peach to John Kenny. Now if you love the History series of Ladybird Books, (Series 561) those names will be…

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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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