Is your name Lynn Brailey? WAS your name Lynn Brailey? Then perhaps you are being sought.

Not for anything bad – this is Ladybird Land, for goodness sake.

Let’s go back a stage. Lots of old Ladybird Books have book plates in them showing that they were given as prizes for good attendance at some sort of club or Sunday School or worthy work at school. These book plates have their own charm and are part of the history of any used book. Ladybird Books were priced at 2 shillings and 6d for three decades and back in the 1940s that was a decent amount of money, so prize-giving was one way to ensure that children from less well-off families had books of their own to read. The only Ladybird Book of his own that my husband (one of 7) ever had was given as a prize. This book was ‘Exploring Space’ and was well-read and fell to pieces; most bookplates are found in the early Bible Story series books and are, as often as not, found many years later in pristine condition!

Anyway, I’ve just started a Ladybird Book Facebook Group. I’ve never been much of a FB user but I can see that a group allows for much easier sharing and interaction than a website so if you like Ladybird Books, please join us One member has said that he would like to track down the owner of a book that he bought from a bric-a-brac shop on the quayside at Exeter about 5 years ago. His idea is to return it to its original owner, if such can be found and if she still wants it. So Lynn Brailey, who apparently was making good progress in Upper 2, probably in around 1968, if you would like your copy of ‘Seashore and Seashore Life’, please get in touch!