Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975
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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Collecting Ladybird books, 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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Ladybird By Design – Exhibition

On the 24th of January a new exhibition will be opening, celebrating the design of Ladybird Books through ‘the golden years’ of the 50s, 60s and early 70s. The exhibition will be held at the De La Warr Pavilion in…

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Answers to the Christmas Quiz

Here are the full pictures.  Congratulations to this year’s Wise Robin – Anthea!  Peter and Jane: 5a Coco the Caravan – from ‘Tootles the Taxi’ Smoke and Fluff Snow White and Rose Red What to Look for in Summer The…

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Christmas Quiz 2014

Here’s this year’s Ladybird Book Christmas Quiz. It doesn’t have very much anything to do with Christmas, but I ran out of inspiration. Very simply – I’ve taken some of the pictures that I’ve posted on Twitter this year and…

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Much Ado about Branding

Just this week everywhere I look online I seem to see reference to Ladybird Books – and the trumpeting that they are ” to drop gender branding from its books after almost 100 years”.: If you search Twitter at…

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History, News & reviews

The Ladybird Story – My Review

The Ladybird Book Story is a new publication based on a PhD thesis by Lorraine Johnson and co-written by Brian Alderson; published by The British Library. Here’s a very quick summary of what I’m going to say for those who…

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Artists, History

The Ladybird Book that never was

  The original Kenney versions and a 1978 version When I met John Kenney’s relative (see last post) she asked me whether Ladybird had ever published a book in the Robin Hood series called ‘The Spy’. The reason for this…

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