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Because I feel I should

  As we’re still in Olympics season I felt I ought to contribute this picture to the national mood. (You’re very welcome).  I don’t like these books, they do nothing for me and they’re really outside my period of interest…

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Stranger than fiction

I was contacted last week by the Secretary of the Leicestershire History Society who wanted a piece on Leicester-born artist John Kenney for their newsletter.  (To Ladybird Book lovers, Kenney is best known for illustrating most of the History series…

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Collecting Ladybird books, History

Puffin Picture Books

Why did Ladybird become so successful through the 1950s and 60s? With the steer of Douglas Keen, Ladybird began to commission more and more non-fiction titles.  These titles clearly filled a gap in the educational market and I have read…

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Collecting Ladybird books

Lists

How often does the back cover of a Ladybird Book show that it has been as a tick list by a young owner, at some time in its life? Book vandalism, of course. But then the Ladybird Book collector should…

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Before She Was Mine

I’m currently reading a great book at the moment – Before She Was Mine, by Kate Long. I love all of Kate’s books anyway, but for a Ladybird Book lover, there’s often an additional motivation: spot the Ladybird Book reference….

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Party Games

Did you see those packs of vintage Ladybird postcards that were on sale around Christmas? I was, of course, tempted by them but then the obvious question was ‘Why?’. I mean, what do you do with a box of Ladybird…

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Christmas Quiz 2011 Winner

And this year’s winner is …Sangitha Vineeth – who sent her screenshot from India, with a day of my opening the quiz. Sangitha, if you want to send me your address, I’ll post you your prize (but don’t hold your…

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Notebooks

   The company Ladybird, having taken a number of years to feel anything but embarrassment about the National Treasure status of old Ladybird Book imagery, has had a volte-face. In the last few years, especially at Christmas, an increasing range…

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Ladybird Christmas Quiz 2011

So here we are again. This year I’ve made a version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.You’ll find it here. Sorry the questions don’t start easy and get steadily harder – the application randomises them. Want a prize this…

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