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Frank Hampson

I’ve just put together a new page in the ‘Artists’ section on the illustrator Frank Hampson. Frank was one of the small group of artists who, after war time service, worked for The Eagle comic before moving to Ladybird in…

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Trivia

And the winner is …

It will come as no surprise to long-standing LB book collectors to hear that this year Nicole (from Australia) was the first to crack the Christmas quiz. (Answers from two other continents followed swiftly behind hers). But Nicole wins back…

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Ladybird Christmas Quiz

This year’s Ladybird Christmas Quiz is here:If you’ve got a decent collection of Ladybird Books to consult (or don’t mind having a few guesses) have a go. Having completed the quiz, the first letter of every correct answer, when correctly…

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A video history

To do something a bit different, I’ve made a video history of Ladybird Books in the 20th century – which you’ll find here: www.ladybirdflyawayhome.com/videos.htm It’s very homespun and you’ll need to turn the volume right up to hear it, but…

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Art

Martin Aitchison’s artwork

I’ve just put the (almost) finishing touches to a brand new gallery of artwork by the wonderful Ladybird Book artist, Martin Aitchison. Martin, now 88, was one of the most prolific of Ladybird’s artists during the ‘golden years’ of the…

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History

A bit of history

I am delighted to have recently acquired the rather odd-looking book in the picture. It was owned (and probably made) by William Murray – author of the Key Word Reading schemes: Peter and Jane and ‘Read with Me’. It’s a…

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Ladybird Times

I’ve have a very Ladybird focused few weeks. I’ve been corresponding with an ex-employee of Ladybird, the son of a Ladybird artist and with a relative of Willima Murray (author of the Key Word Reader scheme), met some of the…

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Libby and Ladybirds

First of all I should say that I like Libby Purves. I think she is always witty and usually wise and often find myself in agreement with her. In the article she wrote recently in The Times recently, she makes…

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Vintage Ladybird

The Penguin Group are really beginning to revel in the increasing awareness of Ladybird Books as ‘national treasures’ – the nostalgia and recent social history. Combining this with the growth of social software sites, they’ve now launched a website called…

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