Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975
Trivia

Frightened of a Ladybird – part 1

Children’s responses to things can often be surprising.  My son, for example, would sit cheerfully through the most alarming scenes of Doctor Who but then was kept awake for night after night after a particular episode of Thomas the Tank…

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Collectors

Storing or displaying?

Seeing some of my lovely books so beautifully displayed at the De La Warr pavilion recently really made me think about my collection in a new way. These books had been sitting in boxes in my shed for years, if…

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Collectors, Society

Locating Lynn Brailey

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…

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Collectors

So … what to collect?

Some go for only fiction or only non-fiction. Some for particular series that they remember as a child. Some want to collect only the oldest version of any title. Some want First Editions. Some are interested in all the different…

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Trivia

Is this Peter? Is this Jane?

Because of the huge success of the Key Word Reading scheme, especially in the 60s, 70s and 80s Peter and Jane are often synonymous with learning to read.  Their main predecessors, Janet and John, were popular in schools in the…

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Uncategorised

Sorry!

The first thing I want to say is ‘Sorry’.  Just recently I feel as if, especially on Twitter, I’ve been talking about myself, rather than books – far too much.   All I can say in my defence is that this…

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Trivia, Uncategorised

Frock Wars. And the winner is …

In these degenerate times, a matter of great debate for many of us is not Global Warming, the Middle East, or Britain’s relationship with the EU but which of Cinderella’s 3 ball-dressses is the prettiest. Although it always struck me…

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Collectors, History

100 years … of what?

It’s finally here. Let the party begin. A centenary of Ladybird Books. It says so here, and here …and here … Radio programmes and newspaper articles and exhibitions and celebratory re-publishing … Some starting now, lots in the pipeline. Expect…

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