If you decide you want to collect then you’ll need a complete list of Ladybird books to act as a tick-list.
When I first got interested in Ladybird books, I found it very hard to get the sort of list I wanted – one which struck a balance between simplicity and information. So I made one myself and that’s what I’m sharing here. OK so when I say ‘complete’ I mean up to the mid 1970s – for reasons explained below
I’ve focused on the years that interest me and most collectors – from 1940 to the sale of the company in 1972 (in other words, the ‘Wills & Hepworth’ golden years. I list quite a lot of books that came after this day – mainly because the series in which they belong crosses over the 1972 date.
Where there are significantly different editions I’ve listed these too. As ever, beware of the date stated on the title page. Very often two very different books share the same title, series and date.
If you want more detailed information about how to identify 1st editions, you’ll find those lists here.
(For a time span that goes up to the present and for much more information about Ladybird books published in different languages, you may find Nicole’s lists helpful).
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND ANY ERRORS